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Expect The Unexpected one-day workshop

Pippa Wright
Pippa Wright posted on January 30, 2024 11:06am

March 22nd, 2024 from 08:30 - 17:00

Club Paramatta
2 Macquarie St, Parramatta
NSW 2150

This dynamic one-day workshop will focus on the manual handling of people when the situation is "unexpected".

The highlight of the day will be the opportunity to network with colleagues from various areas of health care and manual handling gurus with years of experience in this field.

The morning sessions will include presentations and panel discussions on:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Evacuation
  • Post fall
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Managing patients with bariatric needs

Followed by an afternoon of hands-on practical sessions with:

  • experts on slide sheet manoeuvres
  • managing people with bariatric needs
  • Compare the best equipment for each situation to see if it meets your organisation's needs.
  • Review the newest equipment from local companies and supplier.

Arrive @08.30 for morning for coffee / tea and start your networking around the trade show.

Top the day off with a free flow networking event with delectable treats and drinks.

Costs: Fully catered
$99 for 1 person
$75 each for group bookings

Please nominate dietary needs on the eventbrite site.

Click here to book!

Limited places - so hurry to book your place.

Parking vouchers available / Paramatta Train station only a 9min walk.
Check road traffic directions if attending by car.

Innovations & Improvements - Manual Handling of People

Pippa Wright
Pippa Wright posted on March 07, 2023 10:41am

1 day Professional Development Workshop.

11th May 2023 - Victoria Park Herston Brisbane. Register throough Conferences above.

Got an idea for a conference abstract?

Pippa Wright
Pippa Wright posted on September 26, 2017 11:10am

Abstracts are still open for the Conference in Melbourne 21 to 23 May 2018. 

Here are some ideas to inspire thought and motivation for submitting an abstract and sharing your story.

Industry scope - Whilst the industry scope remains the same Health and community services (Hospitals, Rehabilitation centres, Education, Emergency services, Aged care, Community care) the 2018 conference has widened the scope to beyong just manual handling of people. Share your successes in materials handling, safety systems, training and education or wellness and injury management.


  • Think Strategies 2020 – 2030 – Where are we headed: Current need to know Topics of interest:
  • Aging population – Greatest uses of the healthcare system - What has your sector done to challenge this?
  • Immigration: Have you predicted an impact on the Healthcare system – From a user’s perspective or and Employees perspective.
  • The modern Regulator – the inspectorate, where is this headed?
  • IT solutions – will computerisation and automation change care delivery?Workforce of the future – what will it look like
  • Aged care – How to navigate into the future – are we prepared for the baby boomer generation
  • What is the Health predictions of the future? Particularly in community care.
  • What impact will the NDIS and packaged care on safety in the workplace, clients self-managing their packages and employing less qualified persons?
  • Can we predict the impact on standard of care?
  • Use of telehealth – How will this look?
  • Where do you see manual handling training in 2020? Purely assimilated?
  • Rehab and post injury work – Predicting the injury type of the future?
  • Mental Health: Stress and anxiety claims: Now on the rise above any physical injury?


  • Dementia – co morbidities, impact on healthcare: Employee perspective, Client perspective; and Behaviours of concern
  • Ageing workforce
  • NDIS – National Disability Insurance Scheme: CDC “Consumer directed care” case studies - What’s the impact / strategies and outcomes
  • Organisational change: Challenging change for better outcomes rather than for change sake.
  • Population change – immigration impacts
  • Working in isolation – who do you turn to?
  • Professional Development – case studies
  • Multicultural workforces – cultural understanding
  • RTW success stories


  • Ergonomics and Design in prevention
  • Ergonomic outcomes – case studies in Over Head tracking systems
  • Workplace stress strategies – What’s happening in Mental health
  • Success stories – Spread the news..
  • Innovations – Equipment, strategies, Programs
  • Rescue teams of the future – challenging environments
  • The good bad and ugly of the industry – Federal government perspective

 Abstract submission close 27th October 2017. Share your success stories!!

2018 Conference - Call for Abstracts

Pippa Wright
Pippa Wright posted on July 19, 2017 11:07am [Updated]

The conference planning committee are please to invite you to submitt an abstract for the next fantastic AAMHP conference in Melbourne on 21-23 May 2018.

Abstracts are requested for either

  • oral presentations
  • workshops
  • new inventors

New for 2018, we will be expanding the scope of the presentations to include broader health, safety and wellbeing initiatives within the health and community services areas.  This is a great opportunity to share new ideas and success stories.

More information is available on the flyer.

To submit an abstract please visit: https://yrd/currinda/register/event/1115

Abstract submissions close Friday 27th October 2017.


Pippa Wright

Professional Certification with ASPHP (USA)

Pippa Wright
Pippa Wright posted on April 14, 2015 11:15am

Dear AAMHP Members

AAMHP has long entertained the prospect of developing a Professional Certification in people handling for Australian Practitioners. However as you are all aware this little committee runs as a small voluntary group that whilst totally committed to the cause, has not the infrastructure to set up such a mammoth project at this stage. However we do have the opportunity to expand our horizons through an internationally recognised program and affiliate ourselves with the internationally recognised group: Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP).

The benefits of professional recognition and acknowledgment by employers and peers within Australia is now possible and we are extremely pleased to announce that AAMHP has signed off to work with the ASPHP in building an international acknowledgment of the safe patient handling profession through access to and participation in the ASPHP certification program, and as such we hope to make this possibly an even stronger affiliation in the coming years. 

Leading experts from around the world identified the fundamental skills necessary for the professional practitioner of safe people handling programs. To which there are Nine Core Competencies identified for Professional Certification: (Refer to:  Defining the Skills of the Perfect SPH Manager) 


Core competency



Financial Acumen

Demonstrated through budgeting, cost justification and/or vendor negotiation


Team Leadership

Demonstrated through assembling and leading a cross functional team


Policy and Procedure Deployment

Demonstrated through the development, modification and implementation of SPH Policies and Procedures


Training Deployment

Demonstrated by development and delivery of training


Clinical Knowledge & Experience

Demonstrated through clinical job duties


Risk Analysis & Control

Demonstrated through formal analyses and linking control measures to risk results


Program Promotion

Demonstrated by promoting the benefits and/or results of the SPH program internally and externally


Program Audit 

Demonstrated by a formal review and reporting of program performance


Unit Specific Customization

Demonstrated by adapting procedures to unit specific and patient specific needs

Many of you know that I went through this process last year and found it very rigorous but actually very rewarding by taking the time to reflect over ones achievements, work history, and put all the blood sweat and tears in to total perspective. Not only that, but the process gave me opportunities to articulate and demonstrate the resilience of my work and programs creating scope for further improvement.

ASPHP is offering all Members of AAMHP two levels of certification:
  • Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and
  • Certified Safe Patient Handling Associate.

The only restrictions as to who can apply is that they must be a current member of AAMHP and show proof documentation of such, which the AAMHP committee will provide on request.

Once applicants have provided proof of AMMHP membership, in order to apply, receive and maintain the CSPHP credential and CSPHA membership the applicant will then pay certification application fee plus a discounted membership fee. All fees shall be established annually by the Certification Program of the ASPHP. This special rate only applies to certification applications. Any AAMHP member wishing to become a member of ASPHP without applying for certification will pay the normal ASPHP membership rate.

On application and submission of all requirements under the core competencies, the evaluators independently review, but act in teams so that three persons must concur with the outcome; all are CSPHPs.  A request may come back for RAIs (Request for Additional Information) during the review process which demonstrates that this process is rigorous and must be taken seriously by all applicants.For those who apply and are not approved, their applicant status is honored for one year’s period of time so that they can have ample opportunity to address those reasons that they could not be approved at time of application.

Certification isn't for everyone. It is for those people who want to distinguish themselves and their achievements, and for those who want to enhance their capabilities year after year. We all know professionals practicing in their field that have never been certified, including some who are very talented. However, a meaningful certification that is shared with other skilled, motivated professionals provides increased credibility for the certificants over time. (Refer to:  Certification: Who is it for?).

Much more information will be available to AAMHP members on the website and I can assure you we will keep a conversational dialogue going with our International colleagues on this process, to ensure that not only does it benefit our positions as practitioners but also adds value to the International liaisons between Associations. If you’re interested in more information on this process take a look at www.asphp.org/certification.

There is power in numbers and we are hopeful that this partnership works to strengthen the international message of the importance of safe handling of people. Working together we will augment each other’s efforts to fortify the practices that prevent caregiver injury while improving clinical outcomes and quality of life.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries, but I am confident you will find all the information you need on the websites, but I am always here if you need me.
Visit the fcorum site for more information - http://www.aamhp.org.au/forum/topic/94
Kind regards
Pippa Wright
Chair AAMHP National
Director Preventative Injury Planning Strategies P/L
Chartered Fellow Safety Institute of Australia
Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional



SAFER Handling Conference App

Tony Johnston
Tony Johnston posted on May 09, 2014 01:44pm

Don't forget to download the free Conference app!!

Delegates with any smart device will be able to access the program, speaker bios, abstracts using the free SAFER Handling Conference app.

To access the web-based app, click here

You will need your conference registration profile login and password to access all the features of the app.

See you at the conference.



Safer Handling Conference - Program out now!!

Tony Johnston
Tony Johnston posted on February 06, 2014 09:26am [Updated]

The Safer Handling Conference 2014 preliminary program is now available.  The conference is shaping up to be a great event packed with inspiring speakers from around the globe and innovations from local and international manufacturers and suppliers.  

 In line with the conference themes, some of the feature plenary sessions on: 

  • Global directions in safe handling of people
  • Managing the bariatric client
  • Facility design and equipment solutions: focusing on the lessons learnt from the installation of ceiling hoists
  • Challenges of working in the Community: risk assessment models, prevalence of injuries and managing the ageing workforce
  • ... and lot more

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will also feature concurrent presentations and interactive workshops.

To view the full prelimiary program please click here.


Tony Johnston
AAMHP Exec Secretary and Conference Convener

Call for Abstracts - Brisbane Conference 2014

Tony Johnston
Tony Johnston posted on July 02, 2013 04:02pm

 It is with great please to release the call for abstracts for the 2014 Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

The theme for the Conference, SAFER HANDLING, continues to build on the central issues of safe moving and handling and incorporates five pillars:

  1. Systems and risk management Strategies
  2. Adverse patient events
  3. Facility design and environmental controls
  4. Equipment and assistive devices
  5. Research and evaluation.

Abstracts are requested for Oral presentations, workshops and new inventors section.  More details are available on the website (aamhp.org.au) or Abstract flyer .  Abstracts close 6 September 2013.

To submit an abstract please visit: https://yrd.currinda.com/register/event/1011

For more information please contact either secretary@aamhp.org.au or aamhp2014@yrd.com.au.


Tony Johnston 
AAMHP Executive Secretary and Conference Convener