The National Hand Hygiene Initiative was established to develop a national hand hygiene culture-change program that standardised hand hygiene practice and placement of alcohol-based hand rub in every Australian hospital.

Hand hygiene is a high priority for the prevention of healthcare associated infection (HAI) worldwide, as it is the single most effective intervention for preventing HAI.

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative will deliver:

  1. Australian hand hygiene guidelines adapted from the WHO — World Alliance for Patient Safety “Clean Care is Safer Care” Program
  2. A National Hand Hygiene Initiative education strategy based on the Australian hand hygiene guidelines
  3. Establishment of clearly defined outcome measures for accurate auditing applicable across all health care settings
  4. Development of guidelines and audit tool/s based on the outcome measures
  5. Education program to support the hand hygiene audit tools
  6. Development of a mechanism for the electronic collection of outcomes data and information transfer to Hand Hygiene Australia.

Hand Hygiene Australia

The Commission has engaged Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) to implement the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI).

To meet Action 3.8 of the Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard, health service organisations should have a hand hygiene program that is:

  1. consistent with the current NHHI and jurisdictional requirements
  2. addresses non-compliance or inconsistency with the current NHHI.

To find out more please visit the Hand Hygiene Australia web site.

Infection Prevention and Control Orientation Package for Health Care Workers

This online module is designed to be used by health service organisations as part of their orientation program for the workforce in infection prevention and control.

This module contains three levels that reflect the variation in risk of exposure to blood and body substances that different roles may have, and users should choose the content that best reflects that level of risk of the role they have e.g. direct contact, indirect contact or no contact with blood or body substances.

A certificate of completion is available to registered users when they have completed all of the content in the level selected. More than one level can be undertaken by a registered user and modules can be repeated.

Online module – Infection Prevention and Control Orientation Package for Health Care Workers

Hand hygiene resources