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Cover image for: Restraint Use in Healthcare
CPD40m of CPD
Total Rating(s)35
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.


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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

35 Total Rating(s)
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Pat McFarlane
13 Dec 2019

This was a real 'eye opener'in regards to all the laws associated with restraints. I would like to see more education on this subject.

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Rosemary York
13 Dec 2019


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Andy Kazionov
13 Dec 2019

Engaging and easy to understand. felt each video was a bit short

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Homagain Ananta
12 Dec 2019

This is a great resource to learn re restraints and seclusion. The legal and ethical issues were described in the best possible way.

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Craig Fothergill
10 Dec 2019

Great review

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Chen Hua
10 Dec 2019

Must know when working in health care.

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09 Dec 2019

It was an excellent topic to learn

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Vicki Leoni Williams
08 Dec 2019

Straightforward comprehensive coverage of a sometimes controversial topic. Easily understood and well presented .

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Melanie Guinan
08 Dec 2019

Thank you for clarifying restraint for me.

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Annie Bennett
07 Dec 2019

Good general information.