1h 5m
Darren Wake
23 Aug 2016

Restraint in Residential Aged Care

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


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


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.


Naomi Johnston01 Jun 2018
Very good.

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
I enjoyed this topic.

Mary Anne Mara15 May 2018
Interesting topic and for all Health professional not to forget the different kinds of restraints.

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
very interesting and informative.

Cherie Martin05 Apr 2018
the educator in this learning was not visible but still it was clear and effective learning resource.

anna chakaipa20 Mar 2018
very appropriate and relevant to my practice

Rhonda Briggs20 Mar 2018
Great refresher topic and relevant to all aged care areas of practice.

Catherine Harding12 Mar 2018
I would recommend this education to other staff working in aged care. Very informative and direct

Carole kathleen Brown27 Feb 2018
This was a very interesting learning activity

Monica Burrows31 Jan 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals to remind us of our duty of care to residents

Vanessa Muir14 Nov 2017
A comprehensive look at restraint in RACFs. Thank you.

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.