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Infection Control Training Package Project: Draft 2 Validation

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 2 Validation - Closed

      Consultation to validate Draft 2 was open from Friday, 01 July 2022 and closed at 5.00pm on Friday, 15 July 2022.

      Draft 2 material was made available for comment on the SkillsIQ Online Feedback Forum once the public consultation period commences. A Validation Guide summarising the proposed changes was included in the material and can be downloaded from the bottom of the Feedback Forum page.

      SkillsIQ also undertook a number of activities to engage industry stakeholders and VET professionals to provide feedback. These activities included a series of general information webinars and stakeholder interviews.

      Webinars:
                           Date                                       Time

      Webinar 1: Thursday, 07 July 2022       11:00am -12:00pm (AEST) - closed
      Webinar 2: Monday, 11 July 2022          2:00pm - 3:00pm (AEST) - closed
      Webinar 3: Wednesday, 13 July 2022   1:00pm - 2:00pm (AEST) - closed

      Following the close of the validation period, feedback will be collated and reviewed by the Direct Client Care and Support IRC and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). This feedback will inform the development of the Final Draft for submission for endorsement to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

      Project Timings



      The following dates have been scheduled for consultation periods: 

      Draft 2 Public Consultation: 01 July – 15 July 2022

      STA Consultation: 22 August – 2 September 2022

      Further Information

      For further information, please contact Marianne Wehby via email at marianne.wehby@skillsiq.com.au or by phone on 02 9392 8100.