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.

SA Health


  • Infection Prevention and Control Liaison/Link/Champion Introductory ½ Day Workshop
    Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024
    Audience: for SA Health staff only
  • Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Introductory Workshop
    Date: Friday, 22 March 2024
    Audience: for SA Health staff only
  • Reprocessing and Sterilisation 1/2-day Update Seminar
    Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
    Audience: for SA Health and private organisations
  • Winter Illness Outbreak Preparedness 1/2-day Seminar
    Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
    Audience: for SA Health and private organisations
  • Infection Prevention and Control Annual Update Seminar
    Date: Wednesday, 16 October 2024
    Audience: for SA Health and private organisations


Note: all dates are subject to change.

Introduction to infection prevention and control (IPC)

The Infection Control Service (ICS) provides this education workshop for nurses or other healthcare professionals who are novice Infection Control Liaisons, Links or Champions and is available for staff in all SA Health facilities.

This half day workshop is designed to provide health professionals who have been appointed to this role, basic training in the principles of infection prevention and control.

Introduction to surveillance

This one-day workshop introduces basic surveillance concepts to the novice infection control professional (ICP) and is available for staff from SA Health facilities who contribute data to the South Australian Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Surveillance Program.

Pre-requisite requirement for this workshop includes documented completion of infection control education, either:

  • the completion of the Infection Control Link/Liaison/Champion ½ day workshop facilitated by the ICS; or
  • the completion of designated modules in the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) on-line training package.  For further information please contact the Infection Control Service.

Infection prevention and control annual update seminar

The one-day IPC update seminar is designed to provide up-to-date information on new developments in the field of infection prevention and control. For further information please contact the  Infection Control Service.

SA Health eLearning courses

Infection prevention courses are available to all SA Health employees to support the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. There are currently three infection prevention and control related courses available to staff:

  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Safe Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Access to these courses are available via the Digital Media e-Learning portal. 

Universities

University of Adelaide: Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control)

The University of Adelaide offers 6-months full-time or 1 year part-time online certificate, which provides graduates with the opportunity to build infection prevention and control competencies for senior and specialist positions in infection control. For more information refer to the University of Adelaide’s website.

James Cook University: Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

The James Cook University offers 6-months full-time or 1 year part-time equivalent online course.  For more information see the James Cook University course website.

Griffith University: Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control

The Griffith University offers a 1-year part-time online course.  For more information see the Griffith University course web page.

Griffith University: Master of Infection Prevention and Control 

Griffith University also offers an online 1 to 1.5 years full-time or 3-year part-time course for Infection Control Professionals to undertake. For more information see the Griffith University course web page.

Charles Darwin University: Graduate Certificate of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

Charles Darwin University offer an online or on campus (Casuarina, Darwin) 6-months full-time of 1-year part-time course. For more information, see the Charles Darwin course web page

Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

The ACSQHC offers an online training package that consists of a set of ten learning modules on infection prevention and control topics, designed for the novice Infection Control Professional.  Also available are

  • a module on infection prevention principles for general staff orientation
  • aged care dedicated modules for workers and ICP leads in residential care facilities. 

For more information see the  Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care website.

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course provides a pathway for further learning and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional. The course comprises of eleven modules and is designed for professionals working in the areas of health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, office-based practice, residential aged care, community health and health policy. There is a fee for this course, please refer to the website for details.

For more information see the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control website.

The ACIPC Mentoring Program aims to contribute to the future of the Infection Prevention and Control profession by pairing mentees with suitable mentors across all fields in a professional relationship of growth and development. This course is free for ACIPC members. For more information see the ACIPC Mentoring Program web page.

Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care COVID-19 Infection Control Training

COVID-19 infection control online training is available for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19; see

National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) Online Learning Modules

The NHHI Learning Management System (LMS) hosts a suite of online learning modules on hand hygiene and infection prevention and control. These modules are suitable for healthcare workers, student healthcare workers and for other industries where infection prevention and control is important.

There are 3 Hand Hygiene Modules to be accessed according to staff role :-

  • Hand hygiene for clinical healthcare workers
  • Hand hygiene for non-clinical healthcare workers
  • Hand hygiene for dental healthcare workers

Further information

For further information on education and training, contact SA Health's Infection Control Service.