Course Title: Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5658C

Course Title: Implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Eleanor Schroeder

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411412

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

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 organization.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTIN403C 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 practice
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 necessary
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 procedures

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit will have the skills to implement infection control responsibilities of employees with supervisory accountability and to implement and monitor infection control policy and procedures in a specific work unit or team within an organization.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities: Includes a combination of some or all of the following, Class attendance and participation, individual or group project work, e-learning, self-directed learning, Blackboard collaborate.
role-play/simulation, Pre-Clinical and clinical practice in the simulation lab / undergraduate teaching clinic
Learning Outcomes : To be able to practice effectively as a Professional Dental Hygienist, according to the guidelines and within your scope of practice.

Teaching Schedule

Timetable to be issued

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will comprise a written assignment and a written report

Assessment Tasks

Overview of assessment
Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental hygiene)
Refer to the Australian Dental Council June 2011 document “Professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dental hygienist for additional information”
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.

Assessment Matrix

Overview of assessment
May includesome or all of the following:
Observation in the work place with questioning to address
appropriate application of knowledge
• written assignments/projects/exam
• case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice
• questioning – verbal and written
• completion of clinical log book

Participation and attendance to class activities

Written report on Implementation 60%

Third party evidence required

Completion of written policy document  40%

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