Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control for Aged Care Staff

Aged Care IPC Lead Queries

agedcare@acipc.org.au

Aged Care Providers: Only bookings made online using the link below will be accepted for the next available course and students will be allocated in order of booking. If you have any questions that are not covered on this page, please email us for assistance. If your query is regarding bookings and start dates, please follow the process below, which will ensure your students start the course as soon as possible.

Accessing the Online Course Material

It is a course requirement that all students access our online learing system, Moodle, and then confirm you have successfully accessing it using the form link that has been emailed and text to all students. You have been emailed your login details.

Support with Course Material

Your course facilitator will be able to assist you with questions regarding the course material. The office team cannot assist you with course material. Use the Question and Answer Forum within the Communication section in Moodle to communicate with your facilitator. Other studentsd within the course will be able to see your question and the facilitator’s answer. Your facilitator will have posted their email address within your course. Whilst we encourage students to use the Q&A function, we understand that sometimes students will need to contact a facilitator directly.

Aged Care IPC Lead Requirements

Please note, the College is not involved in the setting of the requirements for IPC Leads. 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. Visit the Department of Health’s website for more information about the requirements of the IPC leads, including the training requirements.

Completion Date of 28 February 2021

The Commonwealth Government has specified to aged care providers a date of 28 February 2021 for designated Aged Care IPC Leads to complete an approved IPC course. The Foundations of IPC course offered by ACIPC is approximately 80 hours of study. This time will vary depending on the IPC and academic experience of individual students and the ability of providers to support students with paid study leave. The College will facilitate the expediated completion of the course where possible and appropriate but this will again depend on the capacity of the individual students who have been nominated to undertake the course.

The Commonwealth’s date of 28 February is the earliest we would expect students to have completed the course and submitted the final assignment. The marking process will commence from 28 February and the timeframe for marking will vary depending on student activity. We anticipate a minimum of two months.

Extensions Past 28 February 2021

ACIPC won’t be involved in any reporting to the Commonwealth regarding individual students, facilities or providers. Reporting will take place between aged care providers and the Commonwealth solely and directly. If you need to request an extension beyond 28 February for any course participants, contact the Commonwealth using the email and website listed below, or through your normal channels.

Final Completion by 23 May 2021

The College allows a maximum of 24 weeks to complete the course. A student who has not completed the course and submitted the assignment by 28 February can still continue in the FIPC course. The College’s date for the submission of the final assignment is 23 May 2021. After this date, a student who has not completed the course work and submitted the final assignment will be deemed to have not passed the course.

New Bookings

Bookings have now been open since early November and we have limited space available for the Aged Care IPC Leads courses. We will start students on courses as soon as possible.

  • All students must now be registered individually
  • ACIPC Members – CLICK HERE TO BOOK
  • Not an ACIPC Member – CLICK HERE TO BOOK
  • Payment must be made by credit card at the time of booking
  • Each student must be registered with their own email address
  • No ‘group’ bookings are available
  • When completing the form you can add a secondary email for invoices
  • Each student must create a new record; do NOT write over another student’s details
  • You may need to ‘sign out’, clear cookies and refresh your screen if you are doing multiple entries

If you are NOT from an Aged Care Facility: You can register for the Foundations in IPC courses that will commence from March 2021 – CLICK HERE

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.

The following modules are included in the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course:

  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.

 

Course Information

 
Course Commencement

New courses will commence with rolling enrolments.   We now have very limited space available for the Aged Care IPC Lead courses.  

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.

 

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 credentialing to be recognised as an IPC expert
  5. Undertaking further tertiary education at graduate or post-graduate level

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Participants

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). 

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 Credentialed 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 credentialing as an ACIPC Primary Credentialed 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 agedcare@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

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Employers/Group Leaders

Q.  How do I support my staff/students?

  • It is critical employers engage directly with their employees/students over the duration of the Foundations of IPC course. The Aged Care IPC Clinical Lead students will need support from their employers to undertake the study in an accelerated format, including paid study leave as required.
    The support required by individual students will vary given the broad range of staff undertaking the course. We recommend once students have accessed the course and begin working on the modules employers talk with individual students to assess their personal requirements. The course is delivered and assessed at an AQF8 level.
    Each course has a facilitator and students who will facilitate the students’ learning and will engage with that person on course content, material and assessment. As the course is self-paced, different students will progress through individual modules at different speeds.

Q.  Can my staff get Prior Learning?

  • Prior learning will potentially reduce the time required for a student to complete the course. A student with prior learning in other higher-level courses and IPC specific courses could move through the whole course quicker and complete the final assessment essay. It would not mean they could skip certain modules though, so there isn’t recognition of prior learning (RPL). The course needs to be completed as a whole.

Q. When is the completion date?

  • The Commonwealth Government has advised providers “by 31 December 2020, the nominated IPC lead must have enrolled in, and/or commenced a suitable IPC training course if they do not have suitable existing qualifications. Individuals enrolled in training courses must have an identified date for completion that is prior to 28 February 2021”.

    We are specifying the Commonwealth’s requirement of having a completion date of 28 February means students have finished the modules and submitted the final assessment by 28 February. We will undertake the assessment. It would be unreasonable for students to have to allow time for our marking process prior to the 28 February deadline.
    Any extension required beyond 28 February 2021 for individual students is a matter of reporting between providers and the Commonwealth Government.

Q.  What is the maximum time allowed to complete the course?

  • The College allows a maximum of 24 weeks from the starting date to complete the course. This timeframe will still apply to the Aged Care IPC leads even though the Commonwealth as specified the 28 February date, that is, someone who has not completed by 28 Feb will not be deemed to have not passed. Extensions to the 24-week limit can be requested from the College on a case by case basis and will be subject to the granting approval of a standard academic extension.
    Students who have not completed the course and submitted the final essay after 24 weeks will be deemed to have not passed.

Q.  How do I check the progress of my staff group?

  • If a provider has registered a group (6+ students), the College will advise the provider’s nominated Group Leader in mid-December if any students who were enrolled by 1 December have not accessed the course. We will not be able to provide reports on the number of modules completed by a student. That will be the responsibility of the provider’s Group Leader. We will provide another update at the end of January.

    To allow for reporting by providers to the Commonwealth after 28 February, we will provide Group Leaders with a summary of students who have completed the course, including the submission of the final essay. We expect for the majority of students, marking will commence after 28 February. We anticipate this will take four weeks for students who initially pass and may be longer for students who are required to resubmit work.

Q.  When do my staff get a Certificate of Completion?

  • Students who do pass the course assessment will be issued a Certificate of Completion and Academic Transcript. If students complete the course early, we anticipate that marking and issuing of Certificates/Transcripts will be completed early as well.

 

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.  Participants will also receive online access to the College Journal, Infection, Disease and Health, which is peer reviewed and Medline indexed.

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, Infection, Disease and Health, which is peer reviewed and Medline indexed.

 

Credentialing

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

Our Credentialing 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 credentialing of infection control professionals. The Committee is responsible for assessing applicants for credentialing. In addition, the Committee provides direction, guidance and advice on the role and scope of practice of infection control professionals and the wider discipline.