Understanding COVID-19 for Aged Care Workers

This course is no longer mandated in South Australia


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What you will learn

The COVID-19 virus has had a devastating impact on older people within aged care residences.

The goal of this course is to provide the motivation and instruction to guide the changes in practice necessary to protect aged care residents from the COVID-19 virus.


This course is for all employees or contractors who provide personal or nursing care to South Australian aged care homes.

This course meets the infection control training requirements identified by SA Health.

This course may also be relevant to carers working within the disability sector.

Further resources

More information about COVID-19 and aged care facilities, including fact sheets and current restrictions, can be found here: COVID-19 Aged Care Restrictions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of course you will be able to:

  • Understand why the COVID-19 virus is especially dangerous to aged care residents
  • Understand how the COVID-19 virus is spread and factors that facilitate its transmission
  • Understand the four core protective practices of hand-hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing and isolation and how these inhibit the spread of the virus
  • Identify the changes in personal, resident and visitor behaviour required to implement the four core practices
  • Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment and identify correct donning and doffing practices

About this course


The course is designed to take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

The course can be completed in a single session or over two or more sessions.


On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.


This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.

The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.

If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.


This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standard 3.

Clinical Governance Standard Partnering with Consumers Standard Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard: Ticked Medication Safety Standard Comprehensive Care Standard Communication for Safety Standard Blood Management Standard Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard



This course was created in collaboration with

Thank you to the staff and residents of Calvary Care Flora McDonald Retirement Community for their assistance in this production.

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