Celebrating International Infection Prevention Week

This week (16 October to 22 October) is International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) and offers us the opportunity to recognise the important role of infection prevention professionals globally. 

At Monash Health, we are proud of our infection prevention team and the amazing work they do every day to keep our colleagues, patients, and communities safe.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the crucial role infection prevention plays in slowing the spread of illnesses and diseases and ensuring there are strong policies and practices in place to preserve good health.  

It is important to remember that infection prevention and control played an important part in community and healthcare practices well before the pandemic. Infection prevention professionals globally, including some of our very own at Monash Health, have protected our communities from surges in healthcare-related infections, disease outbreaks including the measles and flu, and other everyday disease challenges. 

This year the week’s theme is, “The Future is Infection Prevention: 50 Years of Infection Prevention” and aims to highlight the decades of infection prevention progress and breakthroughs throughout the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology’s (APIC’s) 50 year- anniversary, to inspire the next generation of infection prevention professionals to join the fight. 

To commemorate the week, we have put the spotlight on four key infection prevention topics: 

  1. Hand hygiene – Before and after, every time
  2. Cleaning clinical equipment – Remember, clean between
  3. Occupational exposures – Safety first, always
  4. Back to basics – Standard precautions and immunisations 

Throughout IIPW, we have used these topics as a reminder to maintain safe infection prevention practices in your everyday roles and responsibilities. Remember, infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility. 


Approved by Professor Rhonda Stuart.

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