New Initiatives in Hand Hygiene at ACIPC 2016

                   ACIPC Conference Hand Hygiene Workshop 2016
New Initiatives in Hand Hygiene

Australian infection control professionals have been remarkably successful in implementing hand hygiene programs. This workshop will address theoretical considerations about how to sustain these gains while addressing remaining challenges, and will also provide practical frontline examples. There will be dedicated time for discussion.

Topics will include:

       Sustaining your hand hygiene auditor population

       Training auditors to provide effective feedback to healthcare workers

       Hand hygiene promotion among doctors – a review and pilot program of medical ward round audits

       Hand hygiene in Australian emergency departments – recent and ongoing projects

       Haemodialysis: successful adaptation and implementation of the NHHI

       Useful new features of HHA tools: hand hygiene compliance web-application & learning management system

Invited Speakers:

       Carolyn Chenoweth, Quality and IPC Manager, Australia, Fresenius Medical Care

       Mrs Susan Jain, Centre for Healthcare Epidemiology and Staff Services, Prince of Wales Hospital

       Prof Didier Pittet, University of Geneva Hospitals and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety

       Dr Sarah Sparham, Infectious Diseases Physician, Austin Health

       A/Prof Rhonda Stuart, Medical Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiology, Monash Health


Who should attend:  Anyone seeking fresh ideas to make their hand hygiene program more effective and sustainable

Where: Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne

When: 9:00am – 1:00pm, Sunday 20 November, 2016


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Welcome to Hand Hygiene Australia

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Health care associated infections (HCAI) are a major and growing issue in the quality and safety of health care, in both the hospital and community settings.  HCAIs require urgent national consideration and action

HCAIs have been nominated as a priority area by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Improved healthcare worker hand hygiene (HH) is the highest priority area to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Reliable indicators of HH compliance are essential, and mechanisms for the wider implementation and monitoring are required.

The purpose of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) is to develop a national approach to improving HH and monitor its effectiveness. This initiative is based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) - World Alliance for Patient Safety campaign – “Clean Care is Safer Care” launched in 2005.  On the 5th May 2009 WHO relaunched their campaign as "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" . 

A message from Prof. M. Lindsay Grayson, Director of Hand Hygiene Australia
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