ACIPC Courses

Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care

The ACIPC Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care is a 1-2 day program that will provide participants with a body of knowledge and essential information specific for infection prevention and control in the Residential Care setting.  Workshop 1 is scheduled to run in Parramatta on Thursday June 21. Register to attend here. 

Please email for training enquiries. 

Target Audience

Health and allied health care professionals and support staff from Residential Care settings. Participants may work in aged care settings or provide home care, or work with disabled clients in group  care settings, or the home environment.

  • Health Care Assistants (aged care, disability care, home care)
  • Nurses
  • Infection control link staff
  • Environmental hygiene and Cleaning staff
  • Residential Care managers (age care, NDIS providers)
  • Catering staff
  • Disability Support staff
  • Home care

Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course are for participants to:

  • Have an understanding of infection prevention and control issues that are important in residential aged care settings
  • Have an understanding of important management concepts to improve resident health
  • Be able to respond appropriately to infection prevention and control events, including outbreak management and staff and resident health issue

Course structure

Content will be delivered across two consecutive days.

Workshop 1
The target audience is all staff who work in residential care.
Workshop 2
The target Audience is those who require more detailed knowledge of infection prevention/control; have an interest in the specialty, hold an infection prevention/control portfolio or responsibility, or have accountability for managing staff/clients.


1 Day workshop 2018 prices TBC 


2 Day Workshop TBC 2018 prices TBC


Workshop 1 

1. Principles of Infection Control in the Residential Care setting     
          Chain of infection
          Basic microbiology
          Standard precautions
          Transmission based precautions
  2. Work Practices, including
Hand hygiene           PPE          Food & equipment handling           Linen           Waste           Transport
3. Staff Health
Occupational exposure           Sharps safety           Immunisation Wellness
 4. Resident Health

Workshop 2

Facilitated by experience Infection Prevention and Control Consultants, the second workshop is intended to be follow on from the first workshop, allowing attendees to bring back questions from Day 1.This workshop can also be attended as a stand alone program.
1. Organisms of significance 
2. Outbreak Management
3. Surveillance and Antimicrobial Stewardship
4. Governance and policy
Environmental Aged Care accreditation standards
Communication and network opportunities  



Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control 2018

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. With 11 carefully paced modules Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice and is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P). The program has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules, with a series of self-directed learning units supported by a structured online curriculum. Topics include environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. 


Module 1
Overview of International and Australian IPC strategies
This module looks at the varying roles of National and International bodies which assist in the prevention and control of infection. This module also looks at the role clinical governance and quality improvement programs have in the management of risk.
Module 2
Microbiology and the role of the laboratory
In this module, the student will explore common terminology in relation to microorganisms. This will include the differentiating and important features of commonly known bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses. Whilst exploring these microorganisms, the student will explore the role of the laboratory.
Module 3
Healthcare associated infection, standard and transmission based precautions 
This module will provide students with vital information about healthcare associated infections and their management with the appropriate use of standard and transmission based precautions.
Module 4
Surveillance and epidemiology 
This module will explore the different characteristics of epidemiology including important concepts such as cluster, endemic, epidemic, incidence, outbreak, pandemic, prevalence, surveillance and clinical indicators.
Module 5
Environmental hygiene
In this module, the student will explore appropriate environmental hygiene techniques, reprocessing of reusable instruments and equipment and the appropriate management of specialised conditions.
Module 6
Outbreak management
Students in this module will cover outbreak management in both community and healthcare settings. It will also cover preparedness, surveillance and preventative measures.
Module 7
Multi-resistant organisms and antimicrobial stewardship
In this module, the student will explore how and why antimicrobial resistance is a problem. Antimicrobial stewardship will also be explored as a pivotal response to combating this problem.
Module 8
Aseptic technique and invasive devices 
Students will learn how invasive devices can be associated with increased risk of developing a healthcare associated infection. Students will obtain a detailed knowledge of aseptic technique and the means of using this technique to prevent healthcare associated infections.
Module 9
Employee health 
In this module, students will explore the role of the infection control professional in the monitoring, screening and recording of employee health. This module will also look at the use of sharps safety and the management of occupational blood and body fluid exposure.
Module 10
Practice specific settings 
In the first part of this module, the student will explore the importance of infection prevention control in building and construction. The module will then explore specific practice settings that require unique or heightened levels of infection prevention and control.
Module 11
Professional issues 
The final module explores how the role of an infection control professional is also a leader who will bring about effective change in their workplace. This will be achieved by using evidence, effective stakeholder engagement and the implementation of sustainable programs.

Course Assessment

Assessments include written assignments, discussion forums and a series of online questionnaires. Participants who successfully complete the course will be issues with a certificate recognising their achievement.

Target Audience

This course 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. This course will also benefit professionals who work in environments that require infection prevention and control strategies to be implemented such as veterinary practice, tattooing and beauty therapy.


2018 Brochure

Foundations Course Outline

Foundations FAQ

Student Guide

Information on cancellations and refunds can be found on the ACIPC Professional Development page.

*This course is designed to be at the AQF8 level. This means that the course meets the complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate certificate/diploma. Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control has been recognised by Griffith University and can be credited as part of the infection prevention and control post graduate certificate. Please see our FAQs for more information.

For enquiries, please contact

Registrations Cancellations and Refunds

ACIPC Event Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) is the peak body for infection prevention and control professionals in the Australasian region. Education and research are a key focus area of ACIPC and events enable members and non-members to undertake education and identify areas for research that will lead to improved knowledge, evidence-based education and practice and improved patient outcomes.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a standardised, transparent approach to ACIPC event registration, cancellation and refund of registrant payment to both ACIPC members and nonmembers. Registration for ACIPC events is made via the on-line registration process through the ACIPC website for any College event. 

  1. SCOPE

This policy covers registration, cancellation and refunds for ACIPC educational events.


ACIPC – Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

EFT – electronic funds transfer

Registrant – any person registering for an ACIPC event or course


The Registration, Cancellation and Refund policy will be published on the ACIPC website.  All event and course registrants must agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to registering and paying for an event. 


The registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. Registrants are advised to consider personal insurance, including cover for travel, accommodation and personal possessions in the event of attending a face-to-face activity. ACIPC does not cover individuals against the cancellation or postponement of an event or for theft or damage to belongings.  ACIPC reserves the right to cancel or postpone an activity.

Payments for events

Payment for ACIPC events occurs as an online function of registration on the ACIPC website 

Credit Card Payment

Credit cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.  

Currency and GST

All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD$) and include 10% GST.

EFT Payments

Please include the EFT reference shown on your ACIPC Tax Invoice when submitting an EFT and email the details including date, amount and your bank’s reference to the ACIPC Secretariat

 Confirmations and Tax Invoices

A confirmation with a PDF Tax Invoice will be emailed automatically when you submit your registration. If you pay by credit card a receipt will also be attached. If you elect for EFT/bank transfer an invoice will be emailed to you with payment due within 14 days.

If you are registering within 7 days of the event, you will be required to pay with a credit card when registering online. Direct debit method will not be available.

Cancellation & Refund

If a registrant is unable to attend an event, withdrawing from an event or applying for a refund, the following will apply.

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Registration Online registration Credit Card payment at time of registration or EFT/Bank transfer to be paid BEFORE course commencement. EFT option not available in last 7 days before course commencement.

Cancellation no later than 7 days prior to course commencement  Full refund will be issued within 14 days of cancellation notification

Cancellation less than 7 days prior to course commencement $100 cancellation fee applies to cover administration costs. Remainder of fees will be refunded within 30 days from receipt of cancellation.

Cancellation fees during Modules 1 – 5 Cancellation fee of $300 will apply. Remainder will be refunded within 30 days of receipt of cancellation.

Cancellation during Modules 6-11 No refund.

Residential Aged Care Workshop

Registration  Online via credit card or EFT/bank transfer. NOTE: EFT not

available within 7 days of a workshop. Payment will be by credit card only.

Cancellation greater than  5 working days before workshop Full refund where payment is made online via credit card.  $50 administration fee applies if payment via direct deposit/EFT. Refunds will occur within 14 days.

Cancellation inside 5 days before workshop No refund given. Subject to full payment to cover cost commitments.


  • Registrants must take into consideration prior to requesting a refund that venue, food and beverage etc. may have been finalised and confirmed prior to the event and have incurred considerable and non-refundable costs to ACIPC.Refunds will only be processed to the credit card or bank account of the individual, organisation or institution from which the payment was received.

  • Event registration fees will not be refunded or allocated to another event unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevents attendance. ACIPC cannot accept responsibility for changes to work commitments, illness or other personal circumstances within the specific cut-off periods as outlined.
  • All cancellations must be advised via email to the ACIPC Secretariat at

Please Note:

Attendees can elect for another person to attend the event in their place with no added cost.

In the event of a cancellation by ACIPC:

A full refund will be given to all registrants if a session has been cancelled by ACIPC.

Non Attendance

If a registered attendee fails to attend an event for which they had registered, the event registration fees will not be refunded or allocated to another event.


ACIPC reserves the right to cancel, postpone or re-schedule events due to low enrolments or unforeseen circumstances.  Where a refund is due to a participant a full refund will be made within 14 days via the same method of payment. All registrants will be emailed informing them of the change in event circumstances at the College’s earliest convenience.


Scholarships and Awards

ACIPC International Conference Scholarships

Information about the 2018 Scholarships will be available soon. 

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2018

Encouraging collaboration amoung the Infection Control community, Supported by ACIPC

Hospitals and Healthcare providers around the world continue to strive to reduce healthcare-associated infections. We care about helping to reduce infections and improve patient outcomes too.

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health 2018 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and has awarded over $480,000 to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Funding will be awarded across three categories:

  • Major Research Project: Two grants for research project requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).
  • Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
  • Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences

More information on the scholarship and how to apply is will be made available here soon. 

Elaine Graham Robertson Award

The Elaine Graham Robertson Award is presented at the Annual Conference- having commenced in the ACT Branch of AICA. The award is the result of a gift from Elaine Graham Robertson – a pioneer infection control professional in the ACT and funds that were previously provided by the ACT Infection Control Association. Click here for more information.


Elaine Graham Robertson became the first full time Infection Control Practitioner at Woden Valley Hospital (now The Canberra Hospital) in 1983 and remained in that position until her marriage to Paul Robertson and their move to Wollongong in 1999. She became an Infection Control Consultant in the Illawarra and southern Sydney until her retirement and a move to Brisbane in 2004. In 1985 Elaine chaired the inaugural meeting of the Infection Control Association ACT (ICA ACT) and also in 1985 she was a member of the group that formed the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). In 1987 she was convener for the first AICA conference held in Canberra and co-ordinated the writing of the first Infection Control Manual for the ACT. In 2004 Elaine drafted three sections of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection Control Guidelines (2004). She has held Executive positions in ICA ACT and AICA. With others, she has been involved in research involving endoscopes. Elaine completed writing the History of AICA – The First Ten Years. Until her retirement she was a member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and is a Fellow of ICA NSW as well as a Life Member of AICA/ACIPC. It is in Elaine’s honour and to perpetuate her ideals that this award was established in 2005 by ICA ACT.


The Award has the following aims : Recognise Elaine’s many years of valuable contribution to infection control in the ACT and nationally. Reward excellence in infection control either by research or significant contribution to infection prevention and management practices within the recipient’s hospital or community by the way of an oral abstract presentation at the annual conference.

The recipients of the award since inception have been; Cathryn Murphy – 2006 – Inaugural recipient Marija Juraja – 2008 Sue van Der Graaf – 2010 Brett Mitchell – 2012 Deb Rhodes – 2013 Sue Borrell – 2015



Dr. Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) over many years with her involvement in both State and National Infection Prevention and Control activities.  Joan showed great resilience, tremendous vision, and was a true leader inspiring all those whose lives she touched – working towards achieving something greater than themselves. Her passion and influence was key to the development of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Joan, whilst battling her cancer made time to write and develop modules for the initial ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.


Joan Faoagali was well known in the Australian infection prevention and control community. Joan was particularly interested in the education of clinicians, the prudent use of antibiotics, infection control and the intelligent use of pathology services. Joan was a passionate teacher and service development advocate in both high-level referral centres in Australia and New Zealand and in developing countries including our pacific neighbours. After initially qualifying in Microbiology in Dunedin, Joan was Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.

She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.  


The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to:

  1. Recognise the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of the ACIPC.
  2. Encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.

Selection Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a current financial member of the ACIPC who has applied to enrol in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.
  2. The applicant must be currently employed in an infection prevention and control position and have been employed in such a position for at least one year prior to applying for the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.
  3. The applicant is NOT a member/office bearer of the ACIPC Board of Directors, Board Committees or Infection, Disease and Health editorial board.

Applications must include:

  • A brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing the importance of completing the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course;
  • A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting infection prevention and control involvement;
  • Completed application form. Please note an application form will be available on this page shortly. 

The sponsor of this award and Chair of the Education Committee will evaluate each application.

Terms and Conditions

  • Individual applications will be judged on the selection criteria.
  • The recipient will receive AUD$1000.00 in the form of sponsorship to undertake the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.
Claire Boardman CICP Medal

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman, and her leadership in establishing the College.

It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to, the leadership of, the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control.

The award is biennial and offered in perpetuity from 2014, and includes;

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control,
Entry onto the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy; and
$1000 prize money

Award Rules:

  1. The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control shall be a biennial award offered in perpetuity from 2014.
  2. A Selection Panel will be appointed by the ACIPC Board comprising the Chair as Censor-in-Chief, Ms Claire Boardman, and 2 external panel members one of whom is an experienced ICP.
  3. The Award is bestowed upon an individual by the Board of the College on the recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief of the award, Ms Claire Boardman, via the Selection Panel
  4. The award will only be made where the Censor makes a recommendation to the Board where a suitable nomination is received and deemed appropriate. The Censor-in-Chief and Board of the College may elect to not bestow the award in any given year. The decision of the Censor-in-Chief and the Board of the College is final.
  5. The Medal shall be announced at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Entry Criteria

Nominations must address the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in leadership in infection prevention and control practice over a consistent period. Leaders may have implemented change within their group, their peers or organisation that has altered the way people think and perform. They may have overcome significant difficulty or adversity to achieve excellent outcomes within the profession or for their organisation. By setting an example through their leadership and drive the nominee may have worked toward improving patient care, health systems, governance or knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control;
  3. Demonstrated excellence in commitment to promoting infection prevention and control practice widely;
  4. The nominee must at time of nomination be a current financial member of ACIPC;
  5. The nominee (or delegate) must register and attend the ACIPC 2016 Annual Conference.

Application Process

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. Please advise if the nominee is aware or not aware of their nomination at the time of submission
  • Entry forms & templates can be downloaded from the ACIPC website (
  • Nominations must be submitted using the online portal and address all entry criteria.
  • Completed nominations must be received by the close of business Wednesday 31st August 2016. Nominations received after the closing date or those that do not address the entry criteria will be excluded from selection.
  • All nominations are confidential and the decision of the Selection Panel and Board is final.

Presentation of the Award

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control will be announced and awarded at the 2016 ACIPC Annual Conference: The nominee or their delegate must register to attend the ACIPC Conference and be available to collect the prize (or arrange for a proxy to be there on their behalf). The name and photos of the winner will be entered into the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy, and published in official publications of ACIPC.

For more information, please contact the ACIPC Secretariat at

Click here for PDF details.

Click here for Nomination Form.

Read Claire’s biography here.


ACIPC Education and Professional Development Committee 

Kristie Popkiss  – Chair 

Michael Wishart – Deputy Chair

Nicole Vause – Committee Member

Vanessa Sparke – Committee Member

Sue Flockhart – Committee Member

Kylie Robb – Committee Member

Jan Forber – Committee Member

Matt Mason – Committee Member

Curt Warner – Committee Member

Brendon Heley – Committee Member