Infection Prevention and Control


Image of Infection Preventional and Control Standard 3The ACT wide Infection Prevention and Control Unit's (IPCU) aim is to minimise infection risks for patients, health care workers, students and the general public.

IPCU vision is to be recognised as leaders in Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) for the region, be mentors to other infection control professionals in the region and to be leaders in IP&C in research.


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare: Standard 3: Preventing and controlling Healthcare Associated Infections.

The intent of Standard 3 is to minimize the risk for patients in acquiring preventable infections and to enable the effective management of infections when they occur by using evidence based strategies.

Our program

To achieve the goals of the IPCU in both the acute care setting and the community and ensure an effective infection control program is in place the program comprises of the following key components:

  • implementation and monitoring of hand hygiene compliance and products
  • monitoring and reducing the emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms and vaccine preventable diseases
  • active surveillance for multi resistant organisms improving adherence to infection control guidelines through staff education and policy development
  • monitoring and making recommendations for improvement of cleaning standards
  • active surveillance of blood stream and surgical site infections
  • active involvement in all renovations and building projects
  • purchase of medical supplies and the procurement process for medical items
  • ensuring compliance with Sterilization standards and guidelines which include AS4187 and GENCA guidelines and
  • improve the uptake of health care worker vaccination coverage for vaccine preventable diseases in conjunction with the Occupational Medicine Unit (OMU)



Our location

Level 4 Pathology Building

Canberra Hospital

Garran ACT 2605

Opening hours

8am - 4.30pm weekdays

Contact us

Telephone: (02) 6174 5848

Fax: (02) 6244 4646