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Updating the RACGP’s Infection prevention and control standards

 Submissions close: 7 February 2022

The RACGP is seeking feedback on the Infection prevention and control standards for general practices and other office-based and community-based practices (5th edition) (IPC Standards). This is your chance to help shape this important resource.

First published in 2014, the IPC Standards are designed as a guide to help health professionals and other healthcare staff in the implementation of infection prevention and control procedures.

The RACGP is updating the IPC Standards in 2022 to ensure the guidance reflects current evidence and best practice. A technical working group will develop the updated resource and a draft will be provided to members and stakeholders for feedback.

At this initial stage, we’re seeking your thoughts on the current IPC Standards. We’re eager to hear from you and your practice teams about how you use the IPC Standards, as well as your thoughts on its content, level of detail and format:

  • What areas of the IPC Standards do you find most useful?
  • Is there content that needs more detail or prominent focus?
  • Is the advice in the IPC Standards presented in the most useful format (ie text and tables)? If not, what format would be more useful to you and your practice?
  • What general feedback do you have on the IPC Standards?

It’s important to acknowledge that the IPC Standards are designed for use in office-based practices in the implementation of infection prevention and control procedures. This means general practices are not accredited against IPC Standards, but may refer to them in meeting some criteria set out in the Standards for general practices (5th edition).

Please email any feedback on the IPC Standards to standards@racgp.org.au by 7 February 2022.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.