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1h 5m

Restraint in Residential Aged Care

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

23 Aug 2016

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



Very good. -- 01 Jun 2018
I enjoyed this topic. -- 30 May 2018
Interesting topic and for all Health professional not to forget the different kinds of restraints. -- 15 May 2018
very interesting and informative. -- 24 Apr 2018
the educator in this learning was not visible but still it was clear and effective learning resource. -- 05 Apr 2018
very appropriate and relevant to my practice -- 20 Mar 2018
Great refresher topic and relevant to all aged care areas of practice. -- 20 Mar 2018
I would recommend this education to other staff working in aged care. Very informative and direct -- 12 Mar 2018
This was a very interesting learning activity -- 27 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals to remind us of our duty of care to residents -- 31 Jan 2018
A comprehensive look at restraint in RACFs. Thank you. -- 14 Nov 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

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

Target audience

All healthcare professionals caring for older people, particularly those who work in residential aged care settings.


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.


The use of various forms of restraint is still common in residential aged care facilities and its use remains controversial. There are associated risks and the Australian Society of Geriatric Medicine suggests that up to one in every thousand deaths in residential care may be related to the inappropriate use of restraint. However, 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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.