Infection Prevention and Control (Awareness Training) - 125 min
Welcome to the ‘Infection prevention and control’ course. This course has been designed to give you a practical understanding about how to control and manage infection when providing health care and supporting services.
This course has been designed to comply with the national infection prevention and control guidelines and covers:
- what infection is and how it's transmitted
- standard and transmission-based precautions to prevent the transmission of infection
- infection control in the care environment, and
- your responsibilities in relation to privacy.
The information contained in this material should not be considered legal or other professional advice. If you need specific advice about your particular situation, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional.
The course has been mapped against the national ‘Comply with infection control policies and procedures’ competency (competency unit code HLTIN301C).
This unit forms part of a wide range of accredited courses. For more information, click the link to visit the Vocational Education and Training national register.
If you are currently studying this unit as part of one of these qualifications, this course will provide you with the theoretical understanding you need to achieve this competency.
Assessment of competency
To receive a nationally accredited outcome you must also successfully complete an assessment of competency with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who is able to issue this unit of competency within their Scope of Registration.
This will need to occur after you have completed this course.
In each state and territory, there are legal requirements and standards in relation to infection control. This course does not cover those requirements. You should also make sure that you are aware of any requirements that relate specifically to your role.
Click on a link to view a site containing the legislation and standards for that state or territory. Legislation can be freely viewed, while standards should be purchased from Standards Australia.
There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary to complete this course. The materials have been developed to provide training relevant for:
- registered and enrolled nurses (for the purposes of this course, we’ll refer to nurses as healthcare workers)
- personal support workers and carers
- domestic and catering staff, and
- anyone else involved in the maintenance of infection control standards or infection prevention programs.
Throughout this course we will use the term ‘patient’ for those who are receiving care. This term can be understood to cover ‘residents’ and ‘clients’.
A Certificate of Completion is issued on successful completion of the course and you are required to get an 80% pass mark to be deemed as understanding the content. It is recommended that training is conducted every 2 years to stay refreshed.