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Communication of infection control guidance
To support Australia’s response to COVID‑19, the Commission has promoted existing guidance and standards on infection control, including the Australian Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Healthcare (2019) and Standard 3 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. In addition, the Commission developed new tailored infection control resources for COVID‑19, collaborated with other agencies to support infection control practices, and improved dissemination of relevant resources.
The overall aim of infection control measures is to minimise the risk of exposure, thereby reducing transmission, infections and illness. Effective infection control is best achieved by applying a combination of:
- Individual measures
- Appropriate personal protective equipment
- Organisational and environmental measures.