The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA), requires health practitioners to protect the health and safety of the public
The Podiatrists Registration Board requires compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Infection Control every 2 years.
What to expect in this program
There are 9 online learning modules in this program. The online presentation is just over 4 hours long and covers current practice and is based on the objectives established in the Australia/New Zealand Standards:
AS/NZS 4187:2014, Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations. The objective of this standard is to ensure that health services organisations correctly reprocess reusable medical devices so that they may be used safely without risk of transmission of infectious agents.
AS/NZS 4815-2006 Office-based healthcare facilities – Reprocessing of reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment, and maintenance of the associated environment. This Standard has been prepared for office-based health care facilities to implement procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable medical and surgical instruments and equipment, and the maintenance of associated environments as applicable to health professions.
While the scope and content of the two standards may be related, AS/NZS 4187:2014 does not supersede or replace AS/NZS 4815:2006. These Standards
Each lesson is interactive, with a video lecture by Infection Control educator Amanda Brown; additional materials; outlines of relevant standards & guidelines are available on the e-learning site. At the conclusion of each module, an online quiz can be undertaken and on successful completion, CPD points will be administered.
About Amanda Brown
Director and Principal Presenter – Infection Control Education
Certificate in Dental Nursing (Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne)
Certificate III in Sterilising Practice (Mayfield Education Centre)
Certificate in Infection Control and Sterilisation (Mayfield Education Centre)
Certificate IV in TAA
Infection Control Education programs are totally independent and sponsor free, allowing us to deliver information without trade pressure or bias. Ensuring our programs have a real impact in improving and maintaining quality care and practice is our priority.
Amanda is an experienced industry professional who has spent the past 30 years working, studying and training and has worked extensively in both the private and public sector both clinically and in education.
Through her work at the Fairfield Hospital, she developed an interest and passion for infection prevention and control and enjoys imparting her practical knowledge.
Amanda has a wide network of industry and professional relationships, is a member of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control, Sterilising Research Advisory Council and a past member of the Dental Auxiliary Advisory Committee Dental Board of Victoria.
There are nine lessons in the Infection Prevention and Control Training
Lesson 1. Regulation & documentation
In this lesson, you will be updated on current and relevant legislation, regulation and standards? You will learn how to evaluate your current documentation systems and determine if your current system works. You will assess your current system to determine if your documentation will support you in the event of a disciplinary action? At the conclusion of this lesson, you will appreciate the impact of increased scrutiny on your practice in the event of an adverse incident.
Lesson 2. Managing risk
Risk is the possible acquisition of an infection or causing harm to patients or healthcare workers (HCW) arising from (clinical) activities. Identifying and analysing risk is an integral part of successful infection control and prevention. All procedures involve some risk of infection; in this lesson, you will gain an understanding of the ‘chain of infection’ and Spaulding’s classification principles when assessing risk. This will enable you to practise according to regulatory recommendations.
Lesson 3. Standard precautions
Standard precautions are work practices required to achieve a basic level of infection control. In this module, you will examine the standard precautions that are recommended for the care and treatment of all patients, regardless of their perceived or confirmed infectious status, and in the handling of:
- Blood (including dried blood)
- All other body fluids, secretions, and excretions (excluding sweat), regardless of whether they contain visible blood
- Non-intact skin, and
- Mucous membrane
Lesson 4. Environmental management
The issues looked at this module relate to general facility cleanliness, the challenges and important considerations when assessing cleaning products.
Lesson 5. Pre-treatment and cleaning
In this module, the variables associated with both manual and mechanical cleaning are studied. This will include consideration of single-use products, reprocessing reusable medical devices (RMD), product selection, transportation, inspection, packaging, validation, and monitoring.
Lesson 6. Pack, track, and load
Coding systems of critical items provide information for patient identification in the case of malfunction or misadventure. In this lesson, you will examine various applications and consider the most effective means for tracking and documenting items.
Lesson 7. Unload & release
This module provides an indication of the complex factors involved in the sterilising load orientation, cycle selection and cycle records.
Lesson 8. Steriliser technology, cycle section & validation
Sterilising agents, steam quality, and moist heat sterilisation are all scrutinised in this module along with aspects for physical monitoring, what we sterilise and the intricacies of the release of loads following reprocessing. Also included is vital information on technical aspects of sterilisers including calibration, penetration times, heat distribution, biological and chemical indicators and performance tests.
Lesson 9. Storage, Recall & Design
In this final module all aspects of storage, stock control and transportation are investigated. The elements of product selection and evaluation, facility designs are considered.