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Manual Handling Refresher Darwin

A manual handling refresher course is an annual update for those who have already completed their initial manual handling training course.

This refresher course is for students who have already completed a HLTWHS005 Conduct Manual Tasks Safely certification and would like to update their knowledge, be it for personal improvement or to meet organisational guidelines. Our Manual Handling Refresher is open to both domestic and international students, and those who successfully complete their training will receive same day certification via email.

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What You'll Learn in this Refresher Course

Manual handling refresher training is there to ensure that the safety skills and knowledge that you learned during your initial course remain second nature. We’ll refresher you in your knowledge of proper proper techniques, and safe manual handling practices, including:

  • How to prepare yourself to perform a manual handling task by using four P’s of proper manual handling techniques (Plan, position, pick, and proceed)
  • Proper lifting techniques and the impact of correct body pre-placement
  • How to identify hazardous manual tasks through risk assessment
  • Risk factors including repetitive tasks, incorrect postures, and inefficient systems of work
  • Methods for minimising risk
  • The national code of practice and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) regulations
  • Strategies for promoting health and safety in your workplace
  • Reporting procedures
  • Manual handling injuries which can result from improper techniques
  • Manual handling tools, mechanical aids, and how to use them
  • Lift policies
  • Basic anatomy
  • The importance of regular breaks


Most importantly, we’ll update you on any breakthroughs regarding safer manual handling techniques and equipment which has become available in the past year. We strive to keep all our students on the cutting edge of safety.

Why Complete a Refresher Course?

Manual handling tasks are those which require the lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, or relocation of heavy loads or objects. Breakthroughs in safe manual handling techniques are happening all the time, and newer, safer equipment is constantly being developed. 

Taking manual handling refresher training allows you to keep your knowledge up to date while complying with new safety legislation and regulations.

People who perform manual handling tasks can be found in almost any industry, job description, or workplace, making manual handling training an important step for success in any career. A manual handling refresher course is important for those in the health care industry, including occupations such as nurses, carers, aged care workers and more. 

Students undertaking accredited courses at our training centre

Eligibility Criteria

In order to enrol in our Manual Handling Refresher Course you need to have completed HLTWHA005 – Conduct Manual Tasks Safely. Students must also meet the following requirements in order to enrol. All students must:

  • Students must have already completed HLTWHS005– Conduct Manual Tasks Safely

  • Students must be 14 years old or older. (Please note: Students under 18 will be required to complete and bring a Parental Consent Form to class)

  • Possess a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number

  • Due to the nature of manual handling all students must possess a basic level of physical fitness, and have enclosed footwear and casual clothes to wear to their in-person training session.

  • Students must also possess a basic level of English literacy to read and comprehend simple safety guidelines and instructions.

If you have any questions about enrollment eligibility please contact our support team directly.

Delivery Method

FirstAidPro delivers its manual handling refresher training through a blend of hands-on, practical training and online, self-guided theory. Students are to complete the self-guided portion first and bring it with them to their practical session as proof. The time it takes to complete the self-guided portion of your training depends entirely on your personal commitment and your reading skill level.

Our hands-on portion of their training lasts for only two (2) hours. After this, successful students will be emailed their certificate on the same day.

Course Fees

With FirstAidPro, the Manual Handling Refresher Course for Healthcare Workers costs a single, one-time fee of $60.00 inclusive of GST.

You’ll be asked to pay for your course upfront during the online booking process. Our secure online booking platform accepts both Visa & Mastercard credit and debit cards. 

Our Darwin Training Venue

First Aid Pro Darwin

First Aid Pro offers Manual Handling Refresher Courses from our Darwin training venue.

Easily accessible by car or by public transport, our modern Darwin training facility is equipped with everything needed to get hands-on manual handling training including patient hoists, hospital beds, slide sheets, wheelchairs, wheelie walkers and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should Manual Handling Be Refreshed?

The frequency of manual handling refresher courses depends on various factors, including the nature of the work, industry regulations, and individual circumstances. As a general guideline, it is recommended to refresh manual handling training every 1 to 2 years. However, certain industries or workplaces may require more frequent refreshers, especially if there are changes in procedures, equipment, or regulations. Regular refreshers ensure that individuals maintain awareness of best practices and contribute to a safer working environment.

Who Should Complete A Manual Handling Refresher Course?

A manual handling refresher course is particularly crucial for healthcare workers who are involved in activities requiring physical effort to lift, move, or support loads. Given the unique challenges and responsibilities in healthcare settings, regular refresher training is essential. Whether you're a nurse, caregiver, or any healthcare professional, staying updated with the latest techniques and safety measures through a refresher course ensures the well-being of both the care provider and the patient. It's a proactive step toward maintaining a safe and supportive environment within healthcare practices.

Why Do I Need Manual Handling Refresher Training?

A manual handling certificate is required to ensure that individuals are trained to safely undertake manual handling tasks in the workplace. Employers may require this certification to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and to mitigate liability in the event of manual handling-related injuries. Without this certification, there will be certain jobs you simply cannot apply for. Examples include construction workers, certain disability support workers, and nurses.

Does a Manual Handling Certification Expire?

The answer to this question depends where in Australia you are. In some states and territories this qualification does not expire, and in others a manual handling certificate remains valid for two (2) years. Regardless, Safe Work Australia, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and most organisations recommend manual handling refresher training be retaken once a year to ensure the knowledge this course provides remains second nature.

Can I do a Manual Handling Refresher Course Online?

No. Due to the physical nature of manual handling, this training must be conducted in person. While plenty of theoretical learning is involved, students must also learn about the manual handling equipment, the demonstration and assessment of which must be displayed and can only be done so in-person.

What Are Some Examples of Potentially Hazardous Manual Tasks?

A hazardous manual handling task is any activity which can cause injury (be it immediately or gradually) if performed incorrectly. Specific examples of manual handling activities include jobs which require a person to carry a particularly heavy object or load, perform repetitive movements such as assembly line work or data entry, adopt awkward postures, or be exposed to sustained vibration when using certain powered equipment.

What Are Some Consequences of Incorrect Manual Handling?

The consequences of performing manual handling tasks incorrectly can be both physical and mental. Some of the most common consequences include:

  1. Physical Ailments: Incorrect manual handling practices can lead to short-term injuries such as cuts, sprains, bruises. They can also cause longer-term problems such as soft tissue injuries, nerve injuries, and long-term musculoskeletal disorders like lower back issues and broken bones.

  2. Mental Health Issues: While not directly caused by manual handling, the risk of injury and accidents can negatively impact employees' mental health. Long-term conditions may become difficult to manage, affecting mental well-being and potentially leading to stress, depression, or anxiety.

What is the Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice?

The Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice outlines the health and safety duties of duty holders in relation to hazardous manual tasks and provides practical guidance on the risk assessment and risk management process, including hazardous manual task identification and risk assessment. The code is based on a national model code of practice developed by Safe Work Australia, and it applies to all types of work and all workplaces where performing manual tasks is required.

Why Are Manual Handling Tasks Important?

Manual handling tasks are important as they involve physically exerting force to lift, carry, push, or pull objects. Recognising potential manual handling hazards to prevent injuries and promote a safe working environment is crucial. Manual handling training is an essential part of many legally compliant workplace procedures.

Importantly, these courses help maintain correct posture and protect the spine. By practising correct spine posture, workers can minimise the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and maintain their overall well-being.