Infection control education and training
Continuous updating of skills and knowledge is important in the rapidly expanding area of infection prevention and control in order to promote sound decision making and policy formulation.
Several local education options are available for both the novice practitioner and the more experienced infection prevention & control coordinator including:
Introduction to infection control
The Infection Control Service conducts a centralised education program for novice Infection Control Liaison Nurses or “champions” which is available for staff in all SA Health facilities.
This one-day workshop is designed to give nurses or other health professionals who have been appointed as an infection control “liaison” or “champion” some basic training in the principles of infection prevention and control.
Introduction to surveillance
This half-day workshop introduces basic surveillance concepts to the novice infection control professional (ICP) whose role includes surveillance.
Pre-requisite requirement for this workshop includes documented completion of an infection control course, either:
- the completion of the introductory workshop held by Infection Control Service; or
- the completion of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) on-line training package (see below).
The surveillance workshop is available for staff from SA Health and private hospitals who contribute data to the South Australian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Program.
SA Health eLearning courses
Infection prevention courses are available to all SA Health employees to support the 10 National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. There are currently three infection prevention related courses available to staff:
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Aseptic Technique
- Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You can access the courses as they are released through the Digital Media e-Learning portal. You will need to register on the site using an email address (it does not need to be your SA Health email address) and a password that you can easily remember.
To unlock the Safety and Quality courses, click on “unlock course” and enter the access code.
The access code is available to staff via the SA Health Safety and Quality eLearning courses inTRAnet page.
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing)
The University of Adelaide offers a 12 month full-time course which provides graduates with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice within the clinical practice at an advanced level.
For more information see the University of Adelaide’s website.
The ACSQHC offers an on-line training package that consists of a set of ten learning modules on infection control topics, designed for the novice Infection Control Practitioner. A module on infection prevention principles for general staff orientation is also available.
For more information see the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care website.
For further information on education and training, contact SA Health's Infection Control Service.