Preventing infection together 

Infection prevention and control are essential to reducing the risk of transmitting infections between patients, healthcare professionals and others in healthcare environments. Consistent and clear communication of infection control practices can remove ambiguity and elicit safe and intuitive infection prevention strategies and behaviours for all.

Flu campaign

Protect yourself and those around you by getting the free flu shot – available onsite annually. Staff can check their immunisation status via My Gov or Aurion and stay up to date with boosters by booking in with the Staff Health Clinic.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Standard and transmission-based precautions involve wearing of appropriate PPE, including gowns, gloves and masks. PPE is designed to protect both the healthcare worker and our patients from infection. To be effective PPE needs to be worn correctly and responsibly. An example of this is Mater’s No Risk? No Gloves! program, which focuses on safe and sustainable use of non-sterile gloves.

Hand hygiene

Performing effective hand hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing infections in everyday life. This includes cleaning your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water to ensure your hands are microorganism free. Mater recognises its hand hygiene champions through the Safe Hands Ward program.

We also encourage patients, family members and visitors to ask staff "have you cleaned your hands?" 

Mater Infection Control Advocates (MICA)

MICA is a program designed to improve liaison between the Infection Management team and clinical services. A representative health care worker from each ward/clinical department is selected to advocate for and promote the prevention of infection in their area.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

AMS is everyone’s responsibility. Appropriate prescribing of antimicrobials reduces patient harm and minimises antimicrobial resistance. Mater brochures are available for you and your patients with information about the importance of safe antimicrobial use.