Infection Prevention and Control Education

Master infection prevention and control (IPC) with our comprehensive training suite. Designed for primary health care teams, our courses span a broad spectrum, from fundamental principles to specific procedures, all of which enhance patient safety and well-being, putting peace of mind at the forefront.

Beyond the basics, our education activities provide an understanding of transmission, environmental cleaning, and aerosol-generating procedures, equipping participants with indispensable skills to fortify primary health care settings against infectious diseases. Learn essential principles and implementation of guidelines, plus all about the handling of sharp instruments and wound care. If you are preparing for accreditation, one module empowers health care teams with self-assessment audits and effective implementation of IPC standards.

In the ever-evolving realm of health care, the ability to stay informed and adept is paramount. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned professional seeking to deepen your expertise, our flexible modular approach allows you to tailor your learning journey. Break free from the constraints of a prescribed sequence; our training adapts to your needs.

As guardians of patient safety, enrol in the following education options and play a pivotal role in cultivating resilient health care environments.


1.5-2hr Presentations

  • Basic principles of infection prevention and control
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Immerse yourself in a dynamic 1.5-hour presentation to deepen your infection prevention and control understanding in primary health care. Gain insights into healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), infection control principles, and hand hygiene practices. Develop proficiency in properly handling and disposing of sharp medical instruments, equipment usage, handling, and cleaning. Explore strategies to minimize infection risks in the work environment. This interactive session not only provides essential theoretical knowledge but also imparts practical skills crucial for maintaining safer healthcare environments. This is an opportunity to fortify your expertise and contribute to elevating patient safety and well-being in face-to-face healthcare settings.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Infection prevention and control guidelines for primary health care and office-based practices
    Format: 2hr presentation
    This presentation is designed to help you understand the core intent and development process of IPC guidelines, which are essential for meeting accreditation standards and seamlessly integrating into office based and community practice. Navigate emergency response plans, training protocols, and patient care strategies while learning about the pivotal role of IPC coordinators. Review newly added information and fortify your expertise in managing risks, outbreaks, and practice setup. Enhance infection prevention skills, focusing on hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, and ventilation planning. This session ensures a robust defence against infectious threats, enhancing the resilience of primary health care practices.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Reprocessing, including sterilisation
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Join our comprehensive 1.5-hour presentation on reprocessing, emphasizsing sterilisation procedures. Understand the critical role of a trained staff member in checking sterilisation processes, machine functionality, and a clutter-free environment. Explore the workflow, adhering to RACGP standards and ensuring a contamination-free process. Learn more about ensuring instruments are meticulously clean, from wearing PPE to proper sealing and labelling. Learn the significance of documentation, mirroring labels with logbook entries, maintaining a separate tracing book, and performing annual sterilizer validation checks. This session will equip you with the skills to contribute to a safer, more efficient, and meticulously managed practice environment.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Environmental cleaning
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Deepen your cleaning skills in a 1.5-hour presentation. Key principles, like risk-based management and efficient workflow, elevate practices for safer healthcare. Learn hands-on strategies, contributing to effective infection prevention and control in primary care settings. Understand the significance of a streamlined approach to cleaning methods, frequencies, and product selection. With an emphasis on material compatibility, work health and safety, education, and monitoring, this session equips you to refine your practices. Contribute to a safer and healthier healthcare environment by mastering the fundamental principles of environmental cleaning, fostering a culture of safety and cleanliness in your workplace.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Principals of infection prevention and control in wound care
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Dive into a comprehensive 1.5-hour exploration of wound care principles. Uncover the nuances of wound categorization, infection control standards, and the selection of optimal dressings. Gain insights into aseptic techniques, equipment sterilisation, and the crucial aspect of maintaining sterile environments. Evidence-based practices will be discussed, emphasizing the pivotal role of healthcare workers in applying the latest research to enhance patient care. Understand the significance of outcomes measurement in wound healing for informed decision-making and address common questions surrounding dressings, Chlorhexidine usage, sterilization of gauze, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. Equip yourself with essential knowledge for evidence-based wound care, ensuring optimal patient outcomes aligned with national and international guidelines.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Infection prevention and control GP accreditation preparation
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Elevate your infection prevention and control proficiency through our 1.5-hour session designed for general practice accreditation preparation. This presentation focuses on empowering healthcare teams to implement IPC standards effectively. Learn to identify accreditation requirements, develop protocols, and assess infection risks. Understand the responsibilities of an IPC coordinator, from policy drafting to staff training and the vital role of IPC in meeting RACGP standards. With a 3-year accreditation cycle, grasp self-assessment audits, reduce infection risks, and hone essential competencies. Equip your team with practical knowledge, ensuring a seamless survey and onsite visit experience.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.
  • Aerosol-generating procedures
    Format: 1.5hr presentation
    Dive into the complexities of Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) in this informative face-to-face educational session. Uncover the definition and impact of AGPs, including lung function testing, nebuliser therapy, and high-flow nasal oxygen use. This session will explore respiratory virus transmission, emphasizing both droplet and aerosol spread and provide guidance on navigating recommended controls, including ventilation standards and infection prevention strategies. This session will also explore recommendations for minimizing nosocomial infections during AGPs and how to ensure compliance for spirometry and asthma management in primary health care settings. Equip yourself with essential knowledge for safe and effective healthcare practices.
    Search the APNA Events Calendar for upcoming dates of this presentation, or email courses@apna.asn.au to enquire about a bespoke delivery for your team.

Bespoke IPC education 

Looking for a bespoke IPC education package for your team? Contact courses@apna.asn.au and we can tailor a package to your needs.

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