Infection Prevention and Control eLearning Modules
The Commission has developed a suite of eLearning modules to provide information on the principles of infection prevention and control in Australian healthcare settings. Many of these modules are also of value to those involved in community care, aged care, and other occupations such as beauticians.
The Commission is expanding this suite of modules to better support infection prevention and control training in the aged care sector, and has recently published the first module in this suite.
It is important to understand the importance of infection prevention and control and their individual contribution to preventing the spread of infection.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's (the Commission) infection prevention and control eLearning modules are based on the content of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare and are available through the National Hand Hygiene Initiative Learning Management System (NHHI LMS). To access the modules, you will need to log into the NHHI LMS using your current login details, or register as a new user.
A certificate of completion is available at the end of each successfully completed module which you are encouraged to download to print or save, as your workplace may require this in the future. This is not a requirement of the Commission.
Infection Prevention and Control
To support healthcare workers, and others in the community, the Commission developed 10 eLearning modules which can be undertaken individually, or as a suite, dependent on need. These modules are:
- Principles of infection prevention and control
- Risk management systems for infectious agents and infectious diseases
- Basic microbiology and multi-resistant organisms
- Cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation
- Infectious agent health screening and immunisation of healthcare workers
- Outbreak investigation and management
- Management of occupation exposure
- Renovation, repairs and redevelopment risk management
- Basic epidemiology/statistics
- Surveillance and quality improvement.
A workbook has also been developed to support the use of the modules, and is available through the link below:
To enrol in any of these modules, login to the NHHI LMS, select the tile labelled ‘Infection Control Modules’, open the catalogue and choose the module you wish to undertake to begin your learning. You may select any number of modules in any order.
Infection Prevention and Control Orientation
The ‘Basics of Infection Prevention and Control Orientation’ module is suitable for all health care workers and health care students, and may be suitable for other industries where infection prevention and control is important. This module provides a foundation on which to build your infection prevention and control knowledge and may be used during induction, or to support annual updates.
To enrol in this module, login to the NHHI LMS and select the tile labelled ‘Basics of Infection Prevention and Control Orientation’ to begin your learning.
Infection Prevention and Control for Aged Care
The Commission has developed a suite of online infection prevention and control (IPC) learning resources to support the aged care environment in providing robust IPC practices as part of resident care.
The Basics of Infection Prevention and Control for Aged Care module is intended to provide a sound foundation in IPC for all workers in the aged care sector. The module is suitable for use during induction or to support annual updates.
The Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care - training support resource is designed for registered nurses, IPC leads and others responsible for the delivery of IPC education in the aged care setting. The purpose of this module is to:
- Provide a definition for each of the core elements of IPC and the key concepts for each element
- Provide a framework for the development and delivery of a basic IPC education package
- Equip the learner with a basic foundation of what to include when training others in IPC.
Both modules were developed in conjunction with the New South Wales Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).
To enrol in any of the modules in the aged care suite, log into the NHHI LMS, select the tile labelled ‘Aged Care Modules’, open the catalogue and choose the module you wish to undertake to begin your learning.