Course Title: Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: OHTH5930C

Course Title: Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5365 - Diploma of Nursing

Course Contact: Rosemarie Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 7478

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Eleisha Petdro


Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.


This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.


This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

This course includes clinical placement

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


1. Follow standard and additional precautions for infection prevention and control

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Follow hand hygiene practices in accordance with organisations policies and procedures

1.2 Implement hand care procedures and cover cuts and abrasions

1.3 Follow organisational procedures for choice and use of personal protective equipment

1.4 Follow procedures for respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette

1.5 Follow procedures for environmental cleaning

1.6 Follow procedures for handling, transporting and processing of linen in a manner that controls the spread of infection

1.7 Follow procedures for disposal of contaminated waste

1.8 Follow procedures for handling and cleaning client equipment that prevents skin and mucous membrane exposures, contamination of clothing, and transfer of pathogens

1.9 Identify and respond to situations where additional precautions may be required to prevent transmission of infection


2. Identify infection hazards and assess risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify infection hazards associated with own role and work environment

2.2 Identify own ares of responsibility in relation to infection prevention and control

2.3 Assess risk by determining the likelihood and severity of harm from identified hazards

2.4 Document and report activities and tasks that put self, clients, visitors and/or other workers at risk

2.5 Identify appropriate control measures to minimise risk in accordance with organisation procedures


3. Follow procedures for managing risks associated with specific hazards

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Follow protocols for care after exposure to blood or other body fluids as required

3.2 Place appropriate signs when and where appropriate

3.3 Remove spills in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organisation

3.4 Minimise contamination of materials, equipment and instruments by aerosols and splatter

3.5 Identify, separate and maintain clean and contaminated zones

3.6 Confine records, materials and medicaments to a well-designed clean zones

3.7 Confine contaminated instruments and equipment to a well-designated contaminated zone

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

All learning activities you will undertake within the course are designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to perform to the standard expected in the health industry.

Learning activities include:

Online theory sessions

Face to Face tutorials - including practical lab session to introduce you to the key concepts and skills within the course

Online Activities - provide you with formative feedback and facilitate your learning as you progress through your course

Self- Directed Learning

Clinical placement - provide you with practical experience in a nursing environment.


Teaching Schedule

Week Learning  Assessment
Week 1

Lesson 1: Introduction to infection control

online class


Week 2 

Lesson 2 - Introduction to infection control Part 2 Online Module (self-directed)

Practical Lab

Week 3 Practical Lab

Assessment Task 1 - Knowledge Assessment due

 Week 4 Practical Lab Assessment Task 2 : Case study due
Week 5



Assessment Task 3 : Practical Assessment

To be advised  

Assessment Task 4 - Clinical Placement



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Prescribed Textbook

Year Published: 2017 or 2016 Edition 

Title: Tabbner's nursing care : theory and practice Creator Gabrielle Koutoukidis Contributor Kate Stainton author. Jodie Hughson author. Publisher Elsevier Australia a division of Reed International Books Australia Pty Ltd Identifier (ISBN) 9780729542272  (Links to an external site.)(ISBN) 0729542270

Title: Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing: Volume 1

Creator: Audrey Berman (Links to an external site.)

Contributor: Barbara Kozier - author,  (Links to an external site.)Glenora Lea Erb 1937- author. (Links to an external site.)

Edition: Third Australian Edition

Publisher: Pearson Australia

Subjects: Nursing -- Australia -- Textbooks (Links to an external site.)

ISBN: 9781486020027 (v. 1 : paperback)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.


You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 Knowledge Assessment
Assessment Task 2 Case Study
Assessment Task 3 Practical Simulation
Assessment Task 4 Clinical Placement

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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