Free Hand Hygiene Module

To ensure all health professionals are best prepared to contain the spread of coronavirus, we at Ausmed have made our Hand Hygiene Module free. We invite you to undertake this 40 minute module.

CPD40m of CPD
Total Rating(s)977
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 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

977 Total Rating(s)
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Jamier R. De Guzman
21 Feb 2020


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Sally Anstess
21 Feb 2020

This is a great little reminder of how important hand hygiene is and how overtime skills in hand washing may be lost due to time pressure or forming bad habits. The scenario at the end was most beneficial as it made you think about what you would do and what you really should do. Great little course

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Noreen Crocker
21 Feb 2020

A well referenced beautifully presented, clear, concise method of teaching with questions to consolidate learning and a scenario to apply knowledge to practise. Well worth it. Now we need a similar session teaching nurses to develop and provide this type of learning experience within the workspace.

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Brittany Stiff
21 Feb 2020

I feel that this resource was exceptionally helpful with reinforcing my knowledge

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Emma Robertson
21 Feb 2020

Quick and easy to understand, navigate and learn.

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KerryAnne Brint
21 Feb 2020


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Gemma Sherwood
21 Feb 2020

This was a helpful resource and the learning outcomes were achieved

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Sarah Hermann
21 Feb 2020

Was good that this was free. Good quality info, however, it was a bit slow and engaging.

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Wendy Henery
21 Feb 2020

Very easy to follow with examples to reflect on.

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Silpa Silpa
21 Feb 2020