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Contemporary infection control

Develop and enhance protocols to manage infection risks
This course is suitable for all members of the dental team. It will be of particular benefit to dentists, dental auxiliaries, dental prosthetists and dental assistants who have not undertaken a recent infection control course

Course overview

This one day course provides an overview of key areas in infection control in which there have been significant changes in recent years. The impact of the national guideline from ADA Inc, changes to the NHMRC and CDNA guidelines from 2010, and the national registration in July 2010 on infection control requirements will be a particular theme running through the day’s program.


  • Disease trends for infectious diseases of concern to dentistry
  • Risk-based precautions
  • Recent developments in handcare practices
  • Performance assessment of dental masks and respirators
  • Comprehensive sharps injury protocol and post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Biofilm reduction strategies and microbial assessment of dental unit water
  • Simplified management of endodontic instruments
  • Efficiency-based measures to improve workflow in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover
  • Features and correct operation of pre-vacuum autoclaves
  • Batch identification of instruments (instrument tracking)
  • Analysis of failures in infection control – lessons from recent incidents of practice
  • Requirements for autoclave record keeping
  • Protocols for the use of chemical and biological indicators
Key information
Course date: 

Saturday 13 July 2019

8:30am - 4:30pm (Registration from 8:00am) Includes all catering. 

To be confirmed

Course structure:  Lectures
Registration:  Information on course fees and how to register will be available on 14 January 2019.

Course presenter

Professor Laurence Walsh AO

Professor Walsh is a specialist in special needs dentistry who holds a personal chair in Dental Science at the University of Queensland. He is a clinically active specialist in special needs dentistry and has a particular clinical interest in medically compromised patients. Laurie has lectured nationally and internationally on issues with the provision of dental care to elderly and frail patients, and has contributed to the development of care protocols based on minimal intervention dentistry. Laurie has served as an infection control consultant to a range of government and private sector organisations.