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Cover image for: Restraint Use in Healthcare
CPD40m of CPD
Total Rating(s)26
First Published
Updated26 November 2019
Expires 26 November 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Explore the legal and ethical issues associated with the use of restraint in healthcare in this interactive Mandatory Training Module. Come away with a strong understanding of your legal responsibility when making the clinical decision to use (or not use) restraints in a number of real workplace situations.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify various forms of restraint and seclusion.
  • Understand legal and ethical issues associated with the use of restraint.
  • Recognise the risks to a person’s wellbeing when using restraint.
Target Audience

This Mandatory Training Module is intended as an update for all staff. It is essential for staff commencing employment at any level in the healthcare sector.

Validation of Learning
  1. Read relevant policies and procedures on a regular basis.
  2. Reflect on your own practice and how you can implement what you have learned.
  3. Engage in discussion with a colleague about the content of this module.
  4. Ensure you have read your relevant professional Code of Practice.
  5. If you work in aged care, familiarise yourself with the Department of Health and Ageing’s Decision-Making Tool: Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care.


This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.


Portrait of Linda Starr
Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

26 Total Rating(s)
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Annie Bennett
07 Dec 2019

Good general information.

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Ang Tian Cheng Sky
07 Dec 2019

Worth it

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Rebecca Rigby
06 Dec 2019

Good overview of the use of restraint in healthcare settings. However I would have liked to have seen more examples of scenarios where restraint could be used, the circumstances under which it's used, what kind of restraint is to be used, and then the monitoring of said restraint. It felt like everything the educator had to say was pre-scripted and it wasn't very engaging. Would have preferred it if they added examples of things they've seen and experienced.

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06 Dec 2019

previous knowledge is re enforced.

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Gerard MONKS
06 Dec 2019

A good resource

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Cathy Ellis
06 Dec 2019

was very well presented and informative

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Angela Stoltenberg
05 Dec 2019

This module was very helpful in understanding what forms of restraint and seclusion there are and what the mental health act reads regarding thus

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Susan Sinclair
05 Dec 2019

informative , good knowledge of topic and well presented

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Dallas Campbell
05 Dec 2019

Very informative and educational.

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Adrian King
05 Dec 2019

Very informative