Infection control education and training

Continuous updating of skills and knowledge is important in the rapidly expanding area of infection prevention and control to promote risk-based 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 the following

SA Health

Training for 2022

  • Reprocessing & Sterilisation ½-Day Seminar: August 2022 (date to be confirmed)
     available for SA Health and private organisations
  • Infection Control Update Seminar: 7 November 2022
     available for SA Health and private organisations.

Training for 2023

All dates will be confirmed early in 2023.

  • Winter Illness Outbreak Planning Seminar: February 2023
  •  available for SA Health and private organisations
  • Introductory Infection Control Link Nurse/Champion Workshop: February 2023
    available for SA Health staff only
  • Surveillance Introductory Workshop: February 2023
      available for SA Health staff only.

Introduction to infection control

The Infection Control Service conducts a centralised education program for novice Infection Control Link, Liaison Nurses or “champions” (PDF 112KB) 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 "link", “liaison” or “champion” some 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) 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 facilities who contribute data to the South Australian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Program.

Infection control update

The one-day 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 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.


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

The University of Adelaide offers a 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time online course, which provides graduates with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills necessary to safely practice within infection control practice at an advanced level.  For more information see the University of Adelaide’s website.

James Cook University: Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

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

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 a 1 to 1.5 years full-time of 3 year part-time course for Infection Control Practitioners 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

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.

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 valuable 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.

National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) – Online Learning Modules

The NHHI Hand Hygiene online learning modules have been developed to increase knowledge regarding hand hygiene practices. The modules are available for access by any person with an internet connection. All learners need to complete a registration as a new user the first time they access the system only. The NHHI website Module Catalogue provides information regarding the various modules available for different target audiences including: Nursing/Midwifery, Allied Health, Dental, Renal Dialysis, Medical and Students. Access is free.

If you are having difficulty accessing the online learning modules, for problem-solving the ACSQHC offer a range of frequently asked questions.

To become a Hand Hygiene General Auditor (GA), the SA Health hand hygiene auditor training pathway provides self-learning online education package.

For more information see the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI).

Further information

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