Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour [NSW ]

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Occupational Therapy Australia is monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Drawing directly on public health and safety advice provided by government authorities, This workshop has been postponed with registrations temporally frozen until we are able to safely deliver this workshop. If you are interested in registering for this course and would like to know when the dates have been re-scheduled please email info@otaus.com.au.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.



This 2-day course will incorporate theory and practice, with a high degree of hands on participation to ensure each attendee is able to put theory in to practice and ultimately improve their confidence in prescription and training of varying techniques.

Day 1 (Introduction) covers:

The legal aspects related to Workplace Health and Safety including the Act, Codes of Practice and Standards used to guide safe manual handling in the workplace
• Principles of manual handling and working safely to support people
• Barriers to safe manual handling and supporting people with high care needs when working in the hospital, home, and within the community
• How to apply the principles to activities such as transfers (sit to stand and slideboard), repositioning in chairs, and working with wheelchairs
• Equipment options to support safe participation in daily activities
• Practical application of techniques through assessment, appraisal, selection and prescription of equipment including EBP and meeting NDIA reasonable and necessary criteria
• Clinical reasoning informed by manual handling principles applied to

Day 2 (Advanced) covers:

Incorporating the principles of manual handling and working with people completing complex personal care tasks
• Assessment, appraisal, selection, prescription and training in the use of overhead and floor hoists, slings and slide sheets
• Risks associated with working with hoists – floor, standing, ceiling track
• Safe fitting and removal of slings in supine and sitting
• Using slide sheets for bed mobility and positioning tasks
• How to effectively choose the most appropriate hoist and sling combination using clinical justification to meet NDIA reasonable and necessary criteria
• Clinical reasoning informed by manual handling principles applied to a variety of complex


Occupational Therapist at any career stage 


  • Identify manual handling risks associated with working with people
  • Discuss the application of principles of risk management within personal care tasks
  • Understand the principles of manual handling
  • Understand the principles of working with people
  • Apply the principles of manual handling when working with people
  • Demonstrate safe manual handling techniques when working with people
  • Demonstrate how to safely fit and remove slings and slide sheets using a variety of techniques
  • Demonstrate how to safely transfer clients



Elissa Barden is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who has specialised in complex spinal injuries and neurological conditions for the past 15 years. She has her own private practice on the NSW/QLD border in Tweed Heads and contracts to SCU as a Unit Assessor teaching mobility, equipment prescription, personal care and manual handling to OT students.

Elissa has worked for both NSW and QLD Health as a Manual Handling Advisor, training staff on safe manual handling techniques and consults to disability support services as a Manual Handling Risk Assessor; training carers on how to work safely and effectively with those who require hands on assistance to participate in daily activities. She has a fun, hands on approach to training and education, linking in real life experiences and challenges she has been faced with over the years.


Due to the need to understand the theory addressed in day 1 (principles of manual handling and working with people), those attending day 2 are required to have attended day 1, as the learning objectives of day 2 are unable to be met without understanding the theory that underpins the practice.

Participants to wear shorts or pants (no skirts and no low cut tops due to the nature of the course) and please wear closed in shoes.

Total CPD claimable workshop hours: 16


To be advised - registrations have been put on hold until further notice


Registration opens: 8.30 am
Workshop day 1 (Thu): 9.00am to 4.30pm
Workshop Day 2 (Fri): 9.00am to 3.30pm


Southern Cross University Daily Living Lab, U-Block - Hogbin Dr, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 


Southern Cross University is a 5 minute drive from Coffs Harbour Airport.  For shuttle services, taxis and car hire options please visit the Coffs Harbour Airport website.

Parking on campus is free, subject to availability


For public transport options please visit Transport NSW website on https://transportnsw.info/. The Health Sciences building is approximately 300m from the Coffs Harbour Education Campus Bus Stop. 



OTA Member: $650
OTA Student/New Grad Members: $585
Non-member: $930

(All pricing is inclusive of GST)

*Registration for this workshop closes TBA  11.55pm AEST  

Members must be logged in with username and password in order to register at the member rate.


OTA and APA are pleased to announce a CPD partnership for this course. APA members are able to attend the course at the reduced OTA non member rate of $744*. 

To register please use the APA member rate option. 

*please note all registrations under the APA rate will be cross checked with APA for membership status.  


DAY 1 - Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided
DAY 2 - Morning tea and lunch will be provided

*If you have specific dietary requirements that are not listed in the options upon registering, please contact OTA ASAP at info@otaus.com.au 


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Our workshop materials are now provided to you electronically via an online platform, Course Genius. Approximately one week prior to the commencement of the workshop we will email instructions for you to follow to access these workshop resources.

If you do not receive this correspondence within the time frame stated above, please contact the OTA representative ASAP using the contact details below. 

To ensure you receive all correspondence we recommend registering for this workshop with a personal email address.


All information is correct at the time of publication. OTA reserves the right to alter or delete items from the CPD calendar as required, and takes no responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes.

All workshop resources including copies of the presentation, along with all supporting documents and links are not for distribution and are the property of the presenter.

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Please direct all enquiries to info@otaus.com.au or phone 1300 682 878

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