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Provider Number PO342.

CPD1h 5m of CPD
Total Rating(s)163
First Published
Updated31 January 2019
Expires 30 December 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course explores current issues surrounding the use of restraint in residential aged care settings.

  • Ethical and legal issues associated with the use of restraint
  • Challenging behaviours in residential aged care
  • Alternatives to the use of restraint

The use of various forms of restraint is still common in residential aged care facilities and its use remains controversial. There are associated risks related to the inappropriate use of restraint.

There are more beneficent alternatives, with aged care staff not always being educated on what these are, and how they may be implemented, or on what ethical and legal implications are associated with the use of restraint.


The purpose of this Course is to support decision-making by nurses working in residential aged care settings in relation to the provision of safe, quality care and the use of restraints.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the ethical and legal issues surrounding decision-making associated with the use of restraint in residential aged care
  • Examine the causes of challenging behaviours in residential aged care
  • Explain strategies that can be implemented as alternatives to restraint
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all healthcare professionals caring for older people, particularly those who work in residential aged care settings.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


Portrait of Darren Wake
Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

163 Total Rating(s)
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Roxanne Saltmarsh
09 Dec 2019

Restraint and seclusion are behavioural management interventions that should be used as a last resort to control a behavioural emergency. Behavioural emergencies are often the result of unmet health, functional, or psychosocial needs, and you can often reduce, eliminate, or manage such emergencies by addressing the conditions that produced them. Restraints include the use of physical force, mechanical devices, or chemicals to immobilize a person. Seclusion, a type of restraint, involves confining a person in a room from which the person cannot exit freely. Restraint and seclusion are not therapeutic care procedures. In fact, restraint and seclusion can induce further physical or psychosocial trauma. In short, these procedures pose a safety risk to the emotional and physical well-being of the person and have no known long-term benefit in reducing behaviours. Great topic.

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Rosemarie Mayfield
03 Dec 2019

Very informative and educational

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Aswathy Sebastian
03 Nov 2019


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Bee Chua
17 Oct 2019

It’s a informative topic, I wish it include more information on restraint on resident who have cognitions deficits and who is bed bound or chair bound.example is placing pillows on the side of the bed to prevent a person who is bed bound from rolling off the bed constitutes a restraint.

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cherrilyn Clifton
11 Oct 2019

I found this course to be very exciting a new knowledge to share with my students.

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Lan Shen
02 Oct 2019

Great learn

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Annett Bessert
30 Sep 2019

Good learning opportunity

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Elizabeth Rose Bellotti
19 Sep 2019

Good overview

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Nicole Zhang
07 Sep 2019


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Mochamad Rizky
03 Sep 2019

Very good