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CPD40m of CPD
Total Rating(s)539
First Published
Updated04 March 2019
Expires 20 June 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

An essential training module that looks at the transmission of potentially pathogenic organisms by contaminated hands. This module is designed to complement existing, basic infection control knowledge and has been developed consistent with relevant global and national recommendations.

  • Hand antiseptics
  • Hand antiseptics
  • Hand hygiene technique
  • Surgical hand hygiene technique
  • Five moments of hand hygiene
  • Hand hygiene and glove use
  • Reducing infection rates through better hand hygiene
Learning Outcomes
  • Select an appropriate hand antiseptic
  • Reduce your risk of irritant contact dermatitis by appropriate hand drying and moisturising as well as correct glove use
  • Consistently and correctly perform hand antisepsis
  • Follow the ‘Five Moments’ recommendations

Target Audience

The target audience for this module is any clinician or healthcare worker employed in the provision of care in any setting relating to health care.

Validation of learning:

  1. A written appraisal from your infection control representative that states they have watched you perform hand hygiene correctly
  2. Evidence that the unit in which you work has shown a decrease in nosocomial infections
  3. Evidence that procedures you personally undertake do not result in infectious outbreaks


This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.


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Cathryn Murphy

Cathryn Murphy PhD is a registered nurse currently working for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) as the ACORN Professional Standards Officer. In that role, Cathryn is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and promotion of ACORN's professional standards, which currently includes but is not limited to the Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the Standards) now in their 15th edition, ACORN Professional Standards and the Practice Audit Tools (PATs). Cathryn’s career over several decades has covered senior infection prevention positions within the clinical, government, non-government and professional associations in her home country Australia and internationally. She is an Honorary Adjunct Assoc. Professor at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. For more than 20 years Cathryn has provided independent consulting services to a range of clinical, public policy, professional associations and commercial clients throughout the world. Career highlights include working in the USA at the CDC, consulting for the World Health Organization and serving as the elected APIC President in 2010. In 2016 Cathryn became the first non-North American to be awarded APIC’s esteemed Carole de Mille Award for lifetime excellence in and dedication to the field of infection prevention. She is currently a credentialled ACIPC expert, holds the US CIC certification and is a fellow of APIC and also SHEA. Cathryn’s passion for improving patient safety through better and smarter infection control and prevention is unrelenting. Cathryn’s ideas are innovative and practical. From 2019 onwards she looks forward to learning from and giving reliable, high-quality service to, her professional peers and colleagues particularly those involved in infection control and prevention and perioperative care and nursing. See Educator Profile

Learner Reviews

539 Total Rating(s)
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Susan Sinclair
08 Dec 2019

Good knowledge and well presented

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Pamela Goldspink
05 Dec 2019

References were excellent

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Robert O'Connor
29 Nov 2019


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josine Wells
27 Nov 2019

was informative and supports best practice

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Emily Tessmer
27 Nov 2019

Good, thorough

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Karen Berwick
27 Nov 2019

Easy to follow and participate with answers. A good learning tool for all workplaces.

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bronwyn langfeldt
26 Nov 2019

Good reference tool, outlined very well and easy to follow.

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Neeraja Vijaya Kumar
26 Nov 2019

good source of information.

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Patrick Francis Berry
25 Nov 2019

This was an excellent overview of effective hand hygiene, and supports the benefits and importance of infection control in the patient care continuum

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Yeon kyeong Han
25 Nov 2019

good, but too much reflection part which is unnecessary.