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Infection Prevention and Control for Victorian Disability Service Providers

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Location: Victorian locations
Date: 22/02/2021 to 23/04/2021
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Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training is a continuation of the program delivered to providers in December 2020.  In 2021, the free training has been expanded to include additional locations in metro, rural and regional areas of Victoria in response to demand and feedback.

All providers may register a maximum of two staff to attend, however, further nominations will be considered if the training sessions are not fully subscribed. Providers who registered for the December training and missed out will be given first option to nominate two staff per organisation to attend. Morning and afternoon workshops at each location to maximise participation.

Funded by DHHS and presented by the NDS Safer and Stronger Project, the training will be delivered by Bruce Greaves, a health educator, former nurse and emergency department manager with extensive experience in managing infection control and prevention in high-risk environments.

Who should attend?

NDS recommends anyone attending should have some capacity within their role to support others in their organisation with shared learning, resources and checking infection control practice for the risks identified in the training. Attendees will be supported with tools and resources, including the opportunity to participate in a monthly online IPC Community of Practice.

Why only 2 staff per organisation?

There is a limit of 2 staff per organisation. This Champion’s model is intended to build staff capacity within organisations so the trained champions can provide assistance and support to their own colleagues. It has an evidence and best practice foundation. This does require the staff identified to commit to the full three hour course and have some capacity within their role to support others with shared learning, resources and checking infection control practice for the risks that will be identified in the training.

What will the training cover?

The three-hour sessions will:

  • provide hands-on, interactive training to give disability support workers confidence to don and doff PPE correctly
  • outline what PPE is required and the circumstances PPE is needed
  • undertake practical exercises on infection prevention and control
  • discuss diverse setting needs and changes to IPC practice that have occurred as a result of working in a COVID-19 risk environment.

An ongoing need

The experience of 2020 and recent outbreaks of COVID-19 in VIC, NSW and QLD, highlights that a continual focus on effective prevention and preparedness across all sectors, including disability, is an ongoing need for all providers.

This hands-on, interactive training module has been developed to provide greater confidence, consistency of practice and extra support to providers across many sectors. The training will enhance any prior online training staff have completed on Infection Control and PPE.

This course has been developed by DHHS, with contributions from Bruce Greaves, DHHS public health expertise and the disability sector through NDS.

Feedback from the 2020 participants was overwhelmingly positive, highlighting the value of these sessions:

"This training was extremely well presented and gave the staff who attended some practical skills and knowledge to take back to their workplace. This session should be mandatory for all NDIS registered providers to send some representatives."

"Found the session to be very informative and will take back to my workplace quite a bit of important and resourceful information.  Bruce was fantastic!"

"Have walked away with some great activities for our staff meetings and also being able to explain COVID and how it works a lot easier and clearer for all staff."

Event Details

Two sessions are held each day (9:30am - 12:30pm, and 1:30pm - 4:30pm) in each location.  Participants will only need to attend one session.

These sessions can only go ahead if numbers are viable so we encourage all interested organisations and sole providers to register early to lock in this valuable training opportunity.

Melbourne: Monday, 22 February
Melton: Tuesday, 23 February
Sunbury: Thursday, 25 February

Portland: Monday, 1 March 
Hamilton: Tuesday, 2 March 
Colac: Wednesday, 3 March
Geelong: Friday, 5 March
Wangaratta: Tuesday, 9 March
Echuca: Wednesday, 10 March 
Bendigo: Friday, 12 March 
Ringwood: Monday, 15 March
Greensborough: Tuesday, 16 March
Epping: Thursday, 18 March 
Bairnsdale: Tuesday, 23 March
Traralgon: Wednesday, 24 March 
Narre Warren: Friday, 26 March 
Frankston: Monday, 29 March 
Hastings: Tuesday, 30 March 
Cranbourne: Wednesday, 31 March

Mildura: Tuesday, 13 April 
Swan Hill: Wednesday, 14 April
Horsham: Thursday, 15 April
Ararat: Friday, 16 April
Werribee: Monday, 19 April
Broadmeadows: Tuesday, 20 April
Seymour: Thursday, 22 April
Phillip Island area: Friday, 23 April

Contact information

For any enquiries, please contact Heather McMinn, Safer and Stronger Project Disability Sector Consultant, 0448 395 495,