Courses and programs

Hand Hygiene


Welcome to the eLearning module Hand Hygiene.

Effective Hand Hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing health care associated infections.

Hand Hygiene is a general term referring to any action of hand cleansing. It includes:

  1. Washing hands with the use of a water and soap or a soap solution, either non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial  OR
  2. Applying a waterless antimicrobial hand rub to the surface of the hands (e.g. alcohol-based hand rub).

When performed correctly, hand hygiene results in a reduction of microorganisms on hands.

Note: There are 4 assessments in the module. You must gain a score of 100% score in all assessments in order to successfully complete this module.

Please note that if you fail any of the tests you will need to complete all of the tests again on your next attempt, regardless of whether they are displaying as completed in the module, otherwise the module will not record your completion.

A certificate is issued on completion.


On completion of the HHA Online Learning Package, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain what hand hygiene is and why it is important
  • Describe when they should perform hand hygiene
  • List the 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene
  • List the common products which are available for hand hygiene
  • Describe how to perform hand hygiene
  • Explain the consequences of failing to perform adequate hand hygiene
  • Explain the importance of cleaning shared equipment


This course is applicable for all NSW Health Staff and may qualify for up to 0.4 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.