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Infection prevention and control

Infection prevention and control, also known as IPC, are the steps and processes that people can use to reduce the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. People who visit aged care services and people receiving care can help support IPC processes so that everyone is safe. 

Infection prevention and control resources

Partnerships in care program for older Australians

A Partnership in care program helps people living in aged care to keep in contact with family or friends even if there’s an infectious outbreak. Continuing these relationships and companionship is important for people’s health and wellbeing.

A resident can choose a close family member or friend as a ‘partner in care'. The aged care home and the partner then put a formal partnership in place. Partners in care can continue to visit even during an infectious outbreak.

Having a partner agreement means the resident can have continuity of care if the partner isn’t able to visit. The agreement lists the care and activities that the partner is doing for the resident. This makes sure the service understands and can support any important activities while the partner is away. This makes sure the resident keeps getting the care they need.

To become a partner in care a person needs to do basic training in infection prevention and control. They will also need to understand what they need to do to enter an aged care home during an outbreak. Partners can do training by using the resources links in the list below.

Partners in care program resources

Residential aged care providers

Information and resources have also been developed for aged care providers. You can find information on our Supporting visitors and partners in care provider page.

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