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Contemporary Infection Control

Develop and enhance protocols to manage infection risks

Suitable for all members of the dental team, this program will particularly benefit dentists, dental auxiliaries, dental prosthetists and dental assistants who have not undertaken a recent infection control course.

Course overview

This course provides an overview of key areas in infection prevention and control in which there have been significant changes in the past year, and provides up to date information on coronavirus infections and viral influenza.

The course covers areas where changes have occurred in Australian standards, NHMRC 2019, Hand Hygiene Australia, CDNA 2018, and provides a structured approach to implementing key aspects of these new protocols. Attending this course will help attendees to be compliant with the latest guidelines.

Please be advised that we have updated this course to be delivered fully online.


  • Disease trends for infectious diseases of concern to dentistry
  • Risk-based precautions
  • Recent developments in handcare practices
  • Performance assessment of dental masks and respirators
  • Comprehensive sharps injury protocol and post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Biofilm reduction strategies and microbial assessment of dental unit water
  • Simplified management of endodontic instruments
  • Efficiency-based measures to improve workflow in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover
  • Features and correct operation of pre-vacuum autoclaves
  • Batch identification of instruments (instrument tracking)
  • Analysis of failures in infection control – lessons from recent incidents of practice
  • Requirements for autoclave record keeping
  • Protocols for the use of chemical and biological indicators

This 6 hour course is comprised of a series of short videos, grouped by themes as shown below. The first theme of the course presents a series of lectures summarising where the major changes have been over recent years. The information presented in all the videos draws on the current infection control guidelines.


  • Major Updates
  • Risk Areas
  • PPE
  • Standard Precautions
  • Reprocessing
Course date: 


Time: 6.30 - 7.30pm (1 hour online Q&A)
Course structure: 

This course will be delivered completely online. It will consist of a series of short videos to watch at your own pace, followed by a 1 hour Q&A session with the course presenter.

Please note: Allow for 3 - 5 business days to receive your course login details.

CPD hours: 7
Course fees:

$485 (incl. GST)

Earlybird fee for dentists (Pay by 30 March 2021)
$600 (incl. GST) Standard for dentists  
$460 (incl. GST) University of Sydney alumni
  $460 (inc. GST) University of Sydney/NSW Health staff
  $365 (inc. GST) Dental Team (Nurse, Practice Manager, Hygienist)
Registration:  Click here to register you interest

Course presenter

Professor Laurence Walsh AO


Laurie is a specialist in special needs dentistry who is based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He has been teaching infection control and clinical microbiology for over 25 years, and has presented invited courses and lectures on infection control across Australia and internationally. Laurie has written over 60 articles on infection control in ADA publications and over 300 papers on clinical microbiology topics.  He has contributed to various protocols, guidelines and checklists and manuals used in Australia, through his involvement with Standards Australia, CDNA, ACSQHC and the ADA. Laurie has served on the ADA Infection Control Committee since 1998.