IPC in Residential Aged Care Facility Settings
This workshop series offers education focused on infection prevention in a residential aged care facility setting. The informative and interactive program offers one or two-day workshop options suitable for anyone providing care to people living in a residential aged care facilities. This may include allied and support staff, cleaning staff, nursing assistants, and enrolled and registered nurses. Now is the time to ensure your facility has a workforce trained in infection prevention and control and has programs in place. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) is a peak governing body for infection control professionals throughout the Australasian region. Our facilitators can deliver one or both days of the program, depending on individual learning needs. ACIPC can also develop a workshop tailored to your organisation.
Infections can happen anywhere, but people living in a residential aged care facility can be more at risk than others.
This course is not currently offered due to COVID-19. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in this course. Alternatively, our Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings provides the same content and is delivered online.
Workshop one: Introductory principles of infection prevention and control
Covered on day one of a two day workshop
This workshop can be offered as a one day workshop or as day one of a two day workshop and is targeted towards all staff including allied health, nursing assistants, enrolled and registered nurses, environmental cleaning and catering staff or any staff with either interest or a role in infection prevention and control. We will cover topics and information about how infections are spread, precautions to minimise the risk of infection (such as how to practice hand washing and hand hygiene, and when to wear gloves or other protective clothing), safe infection prevention work practices (such as safe handling of linen and food service), and vaccinations for staff and residents.
- Summarise the principles of infection prevention and control as they apply to aged care home settings
- Discuss practical application of these principles to aged care practice
- Outline the rationale for and elements of safe staff health processes
- Discuss the main considerations associated with providing care to residents with specific conditions in relation to infection and prevention and control
Workshop two: Coordinating an infection prevention and control program in aged care homes
Covered on day two of a two-day workshop
Presented over one day, and building on the introductory concepts of the introductory workshop and can be offered as a standalone workshop. This instructive workshop is for those requiring a more detailed knowledge of infection prevention and control strategies, or who hold an infection prevention and control portfolio or accountability for managing infection prevention control issues or staff. This could include infection prevention and control managers, coordinators, or link nurses. Numbers will be limited to allow participants to share experiences, and undertake small group activities to apply content to practice. Topics to be covered includes organisms of significance, outbreak management, surveillance, antibiotic stewardship and governance and policy. Participants may register for this workshop as part of a special two-day program, or choose to attend a single day.
- Identify key elements of a successful infection prevention and control program in an aged care home setting
- Discuss requirements for governance and policy development to support an effective infection prevention and control program
- List organisms of significance, and consider related requirements for the care of residents
- Identify strategies for outbreak management, and apply these to practice
- Discuss relevant surveillance and monitoring activities to support the infection prevention and control program in a residential aged care setting
- Identify relevant resources to support an effective infection prevention and control program plan.