Course Title: Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: HWSS5413C

Course Title: Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6094 - Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)

Course Contact: Jeremy Sager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4294

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bianca Alivizatos

Nominal Hours: 50

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

The following competency unit is a pre-requisite for this unit:
HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work

Course Description

This unit is concerned with infection control responsibilities of employees with supervisory accountability to implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures in a specific work unit or team within an organisation.   

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTIN403B Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures


1.    Provide information about infection control policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain accurately and clearly to the work group
relevant information about infection control policy
and procedures, and applicable industry codes of
1.2 Regularly provide information about identified
hazards and the outcomes of infection risk
assessments to the work group
1.3 Provide opportunities for the work group to seek
further information on workplace infection control
issues and practices


2.    Integrate infection control policy and procedure into work practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Implement infection control policy and procedures
with members of the work group
2.2 Maintain liaison with person responsible for
organisation-wide infection control
2.3 Provide coaching and support as required to ensure
that individuals/teams are able to implement
infection control practices
2.4 Adopt work procedures to reflect appropriate
infection control practice
2.5 Deal with issues raised through consultation and
ensure they are resolved promptly or referred to
the appropriate personnel for resolution
2.6 Implement workplace procedures for dealing with
infection control risks and hazardous events as
2.7 Encourage employees to report infection risks and
to improve infection control procedures


3.    Monitor infection control performance and implement improvements in practices 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Promptly investigate infection control hazardous
events to identify their cause in accordance with
organisation policy and procedure
3.2 Monitor work procedures to control infection risks
to ensure compliance
3.3 Regularly review and adjust work procedures to
ensure improvements in infection control practice
3.4 Provide feedback to team and individuals on
compliance issues, changes in work procedures
and infection control outcomes
3.5 Ensure training in work procedures is provided as
required to maintain infection control standards
3.6 Identify any inadequacies in work procedures and
infection control measures and ensure they are
corrected or reported to designated personnel
3.7 Accurately maintain records of infection control
risks and incidents as required
3.8 Use aggregate infection control information
reports to identify hazards, to monitor and
improve risk control methods and to indicate
training needs
3.9 Report and investigate potential breaches of
infection control in line with organisation

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is delivered in the subject cluster: Myofascial Dry Needing.
Students will have weekly face to face practical skills classes, as well as some online and work-based learning activities.  

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1:
08/02/11    Induction
15/02/11    Induction
22/02/11    Dermatomes
01/03/11    Let’s recap! & Health & Safety
08/03/11    Pain Physiology 2 & MDN dermatomes
15/03/11    MDN of trigger points & Anatomy Test
22/03/11    Lower Limb MTrP’s
29/03/11    Lower Limb 2
050/4/11    Lower Limb 3
12/04/11    Practical Assessment: MDN Dermatomes
19/04/11    Easter & Study Break
03/05/11    Pain Physiology 3
10/05/11    Parascapular Muscles
17/05/11    Paraspinals 1
24/05/11    Paraspinals 2
31/05/11    Scientific Evidence & MDN

Semester 2:
12/07/11    Pain Physiology 4
19/07/11    Upper Arm MTrPs
26/07/11    Conditions Based MDN: Forearm Extensors
02/08/11    Conditions Based MDN: Rotator Cuff 1
09/08/11    Conditions Based MDN: The Pelvis 1
16/08/11    Pain Physiology 5
23/08/11    Open book exam:  Pain Physiology
30/08/11    Mid Semester Break
06/09/11    Conditions based MDN: Lower Limb 1
13/09/11    Conditions Based MDN: The Pelvis 2
20/09/11    Conditions Based MDN: Rotator Cuff 2
27/09/11    Practical Assessment: MDN Tripper Points
04/10/11    Conditions based MDN: Lower Limb 2
11/10/11    Conditions Based MDN: Forearm flexors & hand
18/10/11    Condtions Based MDN:  The Lumbar Spine
25/10/11    Integrating East & West

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Finando, D & Finando, S, 2005, Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain, Healing Arts Press, Vermont.



Other Resources

Learning materials for this unit are available on the myRMIT website , in the subject folder "Myofascial Dry Needling".
From time to time you will be asked to access other resources, including websites and journals. Information on these additional resources will be published on the my Studies page.
Students are also required to bring 2 large towels with them to each class.  All other supplies will be provided. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

This unit is assessed in conjunction with others in the subject Myofascial Dry Needling.  
In order to successfully complete this unit, you must be assessed as competent for each the of the assessment items detailed below.
Complete details, including assessment criteria, for each of the assessment tasks outlined below will be provided on the myRMIT, my studies web page. 

Tasks 1. Attendance & Journal:
You are required to attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled classes.  Following each class you are required to write a reflection of the session. 
    Semester 1 Submission Due: Tuesday 31st May, 2011
    Semester 2 Submission Due: Thursday 20th October, 2011

Task 2. Online Theory Test
You are required to complete a Health & Safety Test online during semester one.  This test will assess your knowledge of the content delivered in the first 3 classes, including ethics, regulations, definitions of needling styles, and basic physiology associated with myofascial dry needling.
The test will be available in week 4 (31/2/11 – 4/3/11).  You will each have 2 attempts to complete it.

Task 3. Infection Control Poster
This takes requires you to work with a group to produce a poster detailing the standard operating procedures in relation to infection control in the clinic.
Due Date: Tuesday 24th May 2011

Task 4. Practical Assessments
There will be 2 practical assessments throughout the year, assessing your competence in the application of Myofascial dry needling as you progress through level 1 & level 2 needling skills.
Level 1 – Dermatome Needling 12th April 2011
Level 2 – Myofascial Trigger Point Needling 27th September 2011   

Additional Information:
•    The pass mark for all written tasks is 70%.  
•    You will need to demonstrate competency in all of these assessment tasks in order to achieve competency for this subject.

Assessment Matrix

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