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Infection Control Training Package Development: Draft 1 Consultation Open

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Practices have come under increasing focus in recent times and particularly in aged care during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Practices have come under increasing focus in recent times and particularly in aged care during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strong stakeholder support for a review of the units of competency relating to IPC implementation was noted during the review of the individual support, aged care and disability support training package products, however, they were not within the scope of that project.

The National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN), Chaired by Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, asked the Department of Health and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) to establish a mechanism to review the:

  • quality of the training in IPC units within the VET nursing education packages; and
  • ensure that the IPC unit content remains contemporary, and evidence based.
  • SkillsIQ at the direction of the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee, coordinated the development of a Case for Change which was approved by the AISC at the February 2022 meeting.

    The following two Units of Competency in the HLT Health Training Package are being reviewed and updated:

    • HLTINF001- Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • HLTINF003- Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures.
    • The Case for Change highlighted many issues to support the need for the review and included the following recommendations:

      1. Urgent review of IPC developments within national units of competency.

      2. Map infection prevention and control content of HLTIN001 and HLTIN003 units against revised national documents, update units to reflect changes to ensure currency and to ensure the safety of the health workforce and the Australian community the health workforce will care for.

      3. Consideration of whether to make HLTINF001 a prerequisite for HLTINF003 or continue to include the core IPC knowledge and skills in HLTINF003 unit as a standalone.

      The full Case for Change document can be viewed here.

      Project Governance

      This project is being overseen by the Direct Client Care and Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The membership of this committee is as follows:



      An Infection Control Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has also been formed to guide the project. The membership of this committee includes representatives from other IRCs with a direct interest in the infection control units as well as representatives from the health sectors with expertise in the operating contexts where the units apply.

      Project Status - Draft 1 Consultation - Open

      Consultation on Draft 1 will open on Thursday28 April 2022 and will close at 5:00pm on Thursday, 26 May 2022.

      The Draft 1 consultation period will seek feedback on two Units of Competency.

      Please click here to access Draft 1 documents, including a Consultation Guide.

      Consultation Activities and Timelines

      Draft 1 material is available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum. A Consultation Guide summarising the proposed changes is included in the material and can be downloaded from the bottom of the Feedback Forum page.

      Throughout the Draft 1 consultation period, SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of activities to engage with stakeholders in order to gather feedback. These will include a series of national consultation webinars and stakeholder interviews. To attend a webinar, each of which will contain the same presentation material, please select your preferred time and date and register your details by clicking on any of the links below. Please register each attendee separately.

      Webinars:
                           Date                                           Time

      Webinar 1:  Wednesday, 4th May 2022     2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed 
      Webinar 2:  Friday, 6th May 2022               1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST) - closed
      Webinar 3:  Monday, 9th May 2022           11:00am - 12:00pm (AEST) - closed 
      Webinar 4:  Tuesday, 17th May 2022         10:00am -11:00am (AEST) - closed

      To view the Draft 1 webinar slides please click here.

      Project Timings



      The following future dates have been scheduled for consultation periods: 

      Draft 2 Public Consultation:    4 July – 18 July 2022

      STA Consultation: 22 August – 2 September 2022

      Further Information

      For further information, please contact SkillsIQ via email at enquiries@skillsiq.com.au or by phone on 02 9392 8100.