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CPD32m of CPD
Total Rating(s)26
First Published
Updated20 June 2019
Expires 20 June 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Environmental sources and reservoirs of potentially pathogenic microorganisms exist in all settings, including healthcare facilities. This Mandatory Training Module looks at the underlying principles of cleaning in healthcare and teaches how to reduce the risk of infection transmission among patients, healthcare workers and visitors. (It is advised that learners also complete the Ausmed Mandatory Training Modules on Hand Hygiene and Basic Principles of Infection Control.)

Learning Outcomes
  • Recognise that environmental surfaces contribute to the transmission of infectious diseases.
  • Differentiate between high-touch and other environmental surfaces, and plan appropriately for their cleaning.
  • Select, safely use (in appropriate sequence), and dispose, replace or store all cleaning items.
  • Safely and appropriately decontaminate surfaces soiled with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Target Audience

The target audience for this module is any clinician, allied or healthcare worker working in the delivery of care or services in any healthcare setting.

Validation of learning

  • Regularly read all the relevant policies and procedures relating to infection control and cleaning in your organisation;
  • Ensure you have readily available copies of instruction manuals for correct dilution of detergents, etc.;
  • Discuss any concerns regarding correct ways to clean your facility with your infection control representative;
  • Ask your infection control representative to watch you correctly don and doff the personal protective equipment (PPE) you use when cleaning;
  • Ask your infection control representative to conduct an audit of your work.


This material was developed by the content expert listed below. It is presented by a professional presenter.


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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.

Learner Reviews

26 Total Rating(s)
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Kels Smith
10 Oct 2019

Clear easy to follow learning

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Patel Harshaben
03 Oct 2019


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Madeline Miller
29 Sep 2019


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Kristine Jambor
07 Sep 2019

Informative and practical information

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Lolita Atkins
29 Aug 2019

Very good resources to have especially a in residential aged care where we plenty of staff staff from nursing to kitchen staff and cleaning staff as a team we can achieved healthy and clean environment.

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Iorfino Connie
25 Aug 2019


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jane prezma
24 Aug 2019

Excellent review of the need for correct cleaning in the care area.

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Michele Selby
22 Aug 2019

Very relevant and informative.

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Vicki Wynne
20 Aug 2019

I was well engaging

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lili Weinhardt
19 Aug 2019

This review was very benefical for my work place.It allowed me to reflect on what I new and also maid me more aware of how important infection control is in a hospital setting.Also how to deal with problems by may having more education, to reduce the increase of infection. Also the use of chemicals and how to clean and were first. How pathogens, microorganisms and multi drug resistant organism are transmitted. this reenforced what I already new and maid me more confident in infection control