Aged Care IPC Lead Requirements

If you have any questions about the requirements for IPC Leads or the timing to complete designated courses, please contact the Department of Health agedcareIPC@health.gov.au

Please note, the College is not involved in the setting of the requirements for IPC Leads.

 

By 1 December 2020, each residential aged care facility must have appointed a nurse to be the lead person for infection prevention and control.

Visit the Department of Health’s website for more information about the requirements of the IPC leads, including the training requirements.  

Foundations in IPC Course

The College will be holding additional Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control courses with places reserved for staff from aged facilities. Please use the links below to register your interest in a course place for staff groups or individuals.

If you ARE NOT employed in an Aged Care Facility please register HERE

How to book

Courses are scheduled to commence before the end of November and we will email confirmation of course starting dates shortly.

ACIPC is currently taking and processing enrolments.

If you have not enrolled staff as yet, you will not miss out on a course placement as we are utilising rolling enrolments. Once you/your staff have registered you/they will be online within 5 business days.

If payment is not made at the time of registration (preferred method is credit card payment online), payment must be received within 14 days of BOOKING

Please contact the College when you are ready with all staff details.

 

Bookings for 1 to 5 staff members
Click here to book individual students.
All students need to register individually, including their full name and a direct contact email.

Group (6+ staff ) bookings:
       1.Register a group contact for invoicing and administration
       2.Download and complete the group booking form with your course attendees
       3.Email the completed form to admin@acipc.org.au

If you are not employed in an aged care facility and would like to enrol in Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control, please visit this page.

 

Course Overview

  • AQF8 level – the course is set at a similar level of complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate Certificate/Diploma program.
  • Accelerated delivery mode – the course can be completed in approximately 80 hours.
  • The course meets the Department of Health’s requirement for relevant training in infection prevention and control.
  • The course is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P).
  • The course provides a valuable pathway for further learning in IPC and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional.

The course includes 11 self paced modules 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. This course reflects recent evidence, guidelines and standards.

New materials relating to SARS Cov 2, and COVID-19 are included in the course.

The “Welcome and Introduction” section of the course outlines the course delivery and assessment in detail. Students are expected to write short 100-200-word discussion points on several of the modules during the course and a quiz tests core knowledge in all topic areas.

Course Information

 
Course Commencement

New courses will commence with rolling enrolments. If you are currently in a Foundations course, you do not need to change course.

Course Facilitators

Course facilitators will support students with live webinars, phone and email support.

Course Duration/Format

The course includes 11 self-paced modules with a series of self-directed learning units supported by a structured online curriculum. The course can be completed in approximately 80 hours.

Course Assessment

Course assessment includes written assignments, discussion forums and a series of online questionnaires. The course will conclude with the submission of the final written 3000-word assignment.

Students can finish the course and submit their final paper at any time prior to 28 February. The assessment will commence on submission of the final paper and a certificate will be issued to passing students.

For anyone who does not complete the course within 24 weeks for commencement, the student will be deemed to have not passed the course. Extensions can be granted in special circumstances, such as illness.

Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued with a certificate recognising their achievement

Course Pricing
  • $1520 for ACIPC Members
  • $1820 for Non-Members

The non-member fee includes ACIPC Membership for 2020/2021.

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Modules 

  1. Introductory concepts in infection prevention and control: Microbiology and the role of the laboratory, immunology.
  2. Exploring the concepts and science of HAI – prevention: Hand hygiene, standard and transmission-based precautions.
  3. Surveillance and epidemiology: Concepts and application.
  4. Cleaning, decontamination and sterilisation: Environmental hygiene & management of reusable devices.
  5. Outbreak Management: Communicable Disease notifications.
  6. Multi-resistant organisms: Antimicrobial stewardship.
  7. Aseptic technique and invasive devices: Management and evaluation.
  8. International and Australian oversight of infection prevention and control strategies: Clinical governance – responding to standards and guidance.
  9. Theories of leadership and motivation: Professional issues.
  10. Employee Health: Vaccination, sharps safety, pregnancy. Blood and body fluid exposure response and management.
  11. Practice specific settings: Aged Care, haemodialysis, invasive procedure settings.

 

Pathway for developing IPC expertise

This pathway is relevant to the roles of IPC clinical leads for aged care facilities.

  1. Online Short Course in IPC in Aged Care Settings (LINK) is the introduction to core IPC principles for an individual’s personal practice
  2. Undertaking of the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course to develop a deeper knowledge that allows individuals to lead contextualised IPC practices and procedures within their facilities
  3. Participation in peer networking, IPC forums and IPC conferences to maintain and update IPC skills and knowledge
  4. Undertaking credentialling to be recognised as an IPC expert
  5. Undertaking further tertiary education at graduate or post-graduate level

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who do I contact about the government requirements for IPC leads to undertake this study or the timing to complete the course?

❖    Email the Department of Health agedcareIPC@health.gov.au or visit their website https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/infection-prevention-and-control-leads

Q. How much will this Course cost?

❖    The current Course fee is set at $1,520 for ACIPC members and $1,820 for non-members (inclusive of GST). This is subject to review by the College Board from time to time and will be amended accordingly on the College website.

Q. How long does the Course take to complete?

❖    It is an Online Course of 11 modules that are designed for self-paced learning. Time should be allocated to complete and submit Assessment 3. Therefore, the whole Course takes approximately 24 weeks to complete.

Q. What do I need to complete the Course?

❖    Apart from time and energy, students will need a reliable computer to access the online material and to complete assessments. Students will also need an internet connection of adequate speed to enable access to online material.

Suitable speakers to access lectures/webinars/audio files and a headset (microphone and headphones) to participate in online webchats/webinars

Q. Do I need to purchase any textbooks?

❖   No.  Students are not required to purchase any textbooks. However, students employed in infection prevention and control in various settings may find the texts recommended within the course useful.

 Q. What do I get for this Course?

❖   Most of the materials that students need are found online. This includes online notes, readings, articles, lectures, and activities. College members also have access to Member Only resources including the College Journal – Infection Disease and Health. Students will also develop a strong network of fellow learners as they interact with other students online. Students will also develop the skills, knowledge and tools that are a pathway to apply for ACIPC Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-P).

Q. How many hours per week do I need to study to complete the Foundations Course?

❖    We would expect students to allocate 8-10 hours of study per module for the duration of the Course. This takes into consideration the weekly activities however writing of the final assignment is not included. Please note that 8-10 hours is an estimated minimum, and for students who have not studied in a long time or where infection prevention and control is a new concept, it may take longer to complete activities and assessment.

Q. What type of assessments will be used?

❖   Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes, key questions in online discussion forums and a written essay.

Q. I have not studied for a long time – will the College help me learn?

❖    The Foundations Course is designed to ensure that graduates are given a pathway to achieving credentialling as an ACIPC Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-P). Therefore, the Course is set at a standard to facilitate this. The Course will include several academic writing resources and links to assist students.  Feedback will be offered on written discussions, and a draft of the written assignment if presented to the education officer during the draft submission window.

Q. Will Universities accept this course and give me credit or recognised prior learning?

❖    The granting of credit or recognition of prior learning are up to individual universities. Each university applies credit or recognises prior learning to their programs in slightly different ways. The Course is designed at the AQF8 level, which means that the Course meets the complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate certificate/diploma program. The College will continue to advocate for articulation pathways to provide students with future learning opportunities.

Q. Will the College assist me to apply for credit at a university?

❖   Applying for credit is the individual student’s responsibility. However, the College can provide graduates with a transcript of their Course grade and a summary which can be used as evidence for university application. This will include learning objectives, assessment and volume of learning (hours).

Q. How do I access online material?

❖   Once students have enrolled, instructions will be provided to access the online material in the learning management system (LMS).

Q. Can I go on holiday or can I take leave during my study?

❖   Yes and No! As an adult learner, it is the student’s responsibility to keep up to date with module activities and assessment submission dates.

❖   Also, as the material is available online and designed as self-directed modules students can set your own pace as modules are made available during the Course.

❖   Students may apply for an approved an extension to submission of the final assignment in extenuating circumstances (see below).

Q. What if I get sick or feel overwhelmed with study?

❖  If students become unwell or feel overwhelmed during assessment time they can contact the Course Coordinator by emailing education@acipic.org.au to discuss their circumstances. The Course Coordinator will liaise with the student to develop a plan, and make reasonable adjustments to the assessment date. However, in some situations this will not be possible if the request is outside of the Course timeframe.    If necessary, students can apply formally  for an  extension by  completing an Application for Extension Form (see Appendix 1). The application form requires students to provide a reason for requesting an extension, and where an extension of more than 5 days be sought documentary evidence must be provided.

Q. I am enrolled but am having problems accessing the course. Who can I contact?

❖   Email admin@acipc.org.au

Q. I am enrolled, and I have a question about the course materials. Who can I contact?

❖   Each group of students will have a dedicated Facilitator and you will be sent their contact details.  If you don’t know their details email education@acipic.org.au

 

More Information

 

College Membership

We believe it is critical for IPC leads to have peer networks to further their knowledge and individual practices. Our vision is to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control; leadership is critical in ensuring IPC processes and procedures are implemented and maintained in aged care facilities. Given the rapidly changing environments, graduation from any single course, either Foundations or a post-graduate course, is only the first step for an IPC clinical lead.

Aged Care IPC Leads undertaking the Foundations in IPC course will be given College membership until 30 June 2021. This will provide ongoing peer support, education and networking for members working in aged care facilities.

The College has a much used forum, Infexion Connexion, which provides a mechanism for members to ask questions and connect with other IPC experts.

 

Annual Conference

The College runs an annual conference, which has been transformed to a virtual conference for 2020 and 2021. All aged care leads are invited to register HERE.

 

Journal

The College has a Journal, Infectious Disease and Health, which is peer reviewed and Medline indexed.

 

Credentialling

The College’s Credentialling Framework comprises of three levels: Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-P), Advanced Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-A), Expert Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP-E). We currently have over 60 credentialled IPC professionals, https://www.acipc.org.au/credentialled_icps/. I have attached our credentialling document for your reference.

Our Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee (CAPS) is responsible for the development of professional practice standards for infection prevention and control across Australasia and the setting of standards and frameworks for credentialling of infection control professionals. The Committee is responsible for assessing applicants for credentialling. In addition, the Committee provides direction, guidance and advice on the role and scope of practice of infection control professionals and the wider discipline.