Infection Prevention and Control Week
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Week is held during the third week of October each year to highlight the importance of preventing infections. The theme for IPC Week 2023 is Celebrating the Fundamentals of Infection Prevention.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Week aims to promote better infection prevention and control practices in health care and to recognise the efforts of all healthcare workers to reduce the risk of infection in health services.
Everyone has a role in the prevention and control of infections in health care. Simple actions, such as cleaning shared patient equipment between each use and hand hygiene, can make big difference.
IPC Week 2023 - 15 to 21 October
The Commission’s focus for IPC Week 2023 is supporting health service organisations to meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Services (NSQHS) Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard.
Novel infections, such as COVID-19, that cause outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics present new challenges, and require rapid responses to control and prevent further spread. At the same time, it is essential to ensure the safety of patients and members of the workforce, and the sustainability of health service provision.
The NSQHS Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard provides the framework that supports health service organisations to prevent, control and respond to all infections.
Join the conversation
Clinicians and organisations can share our resources through your local networks and social channels during IPC Week. Promoting IPC Week will raise awareness about the importance of infection prevention and control and improving patient safety.
To engage and educate your colleagues during IPC Week, you may wish to use the presentation slides, the 10-question quiz and ICP week crossword below.
Basics of IPC presentation
These presentation slides are designed to provide you with a framework for developing a presentation on the basics of IPC that can be tailored to your local needs. These slides include the high-level topic headings, some basic information on each topic and ideas to help adapt the presentation for your own audiences.
Hand Hygiene presentation
This presentation provides healthcare workers with an introduction to the basics of hand hygiene, why it is important for the prevention of infections, and patient and healthcare worker safety.