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Infection prevention and control in residential care

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This short course will provide participants with the Infection Prevention and Control knowledge to implement appropriate strategies that support residents and staff in your residential care facility. This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours.

Who should attend?

This short course is designed for Registered and Enrolled Nurses seeking to gain more detailed knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care settings; you may have a specific interest, hold an Infection Prevention and Control portfolio or responsibilities, or have accountability for managing infection prevention and control issues and/or staff.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

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RN member $187.50

EN member $153.50

RN non-member $219.50 EN non-member $186.00


Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be better able to:

  • Utilise a risk management framework in Infection Prevention and Control that enables you to develop a Gap Analysis and Quality Improvement Program that addresses current non-conformances

  • Develop and implement a surveillance program that addresses outcome and process surveillance audits as required by current accreditation organisations

  • Work with support services (environmental cleaning; laundry; waste management and maintenance) to comply with standards and meet key performance indicators

  • Implement standard precautions to manage residents with  significant multiresistant organisms and infectious diseases  

  • Define and evaluate the role of nurses in implementing  Antimicrobial Stewardship principles in a residential care facility

  • Identify and manage an outbreak of disease in a residential care facility

  • Locate and utilise infection prevention and control resources that can be used in your residential care facility.


8.45amRegistration and welcome

Risk management

  • Chain of infection
  • Standard Precautions
  • Reducing the risk of infection transmission
10.00amSetting up a Quality Improvement Program
10.30amMorning tea


  • Process
  • Outcome

Work with support services

  • Environmental cleaning
  • Waste management
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance

Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Define your role
  • Implement a program
  • Conduct audits

Disease outbreak management

  • Pathology results
  • Interpretation and action
  • Checklist
2.30pmCase scenarios and problem solving
3.00pmAfternoon tea
3.15pmInfection control resources
3.45pmCase scenarios and problem solving
4.15pmProgram concludes