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Infection Prevention in Healthcare - PUBH5421

Year - 2020

This unit will provide students with an understanding of the individual and societal risks of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and the rationale for, and barriers to, their prevention and control (PC). A basic understanding of medical microbiology and communicable disease epidemiology will be assumed. The unit will cover such important concepts as: introduction to healthcare associated infections (what they are, why they are important; fundamentals of infection prevention and control); how infections are transmitted and how can we interrupt this transmission?; hand hygiene theory, practice and evidence; outbreaks, methods to investigate outbreaks, including strain typing and whole genome sequencing, and to contain them; rationales and strategies for implementation of HAI-related policies; antimicrobial stewardship and its importance in the development of multi-drug resistant organisms; and challenges faced with management of emerging infectious diseases and high-consequence infections. Attendance, in person, at workshops is strongly recommended, to enable participation in discussions. However, lectures will be recorded and available online after the workshops. Students who are unable to attend some or all of workshop sessions can view them, but generally not the associated discussions, online. Assessments are online. Students not attending face-to-face teaching will be expected to participate in online discussion.

block mode (2 x 3days) - this can be with face-to-face attendance, or as an online student, or a combination of the two

2x2000 word essays/assignments (2x30%); 4x short answer question assignments - 250 word answers for each of 4 questions (30%); hand hygiene assessment (5%); discussion participation (online or face-to-face) (5%).

Additional information
Assumed knowledge: basic knowledge of medical microbiology, antimicrobial agents and communicable disease epidemiology and clinical features

Assumed knowledge
basic knowledge of medical microbiology, antimicrobial agents and communicable disease epidemiology and clinical features


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Public Health
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Patricia Ferguson
HECS Band: 3
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