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COVID-19 Infection Control Training For Sex Workers
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COVID-19 Infection Control Training For Sex Workers

COVID-19 Infection Control Training For Sex Workers

 

The Australian Department of Health has designed an online training module to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We wanted to find out if this course could be beneficial to sex workers – in life during (and after) this pandemic.

Sex workers protection against COVID-19

The Department of Heath states that the course is primarily for care workers across all health care settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Primary care
  • Aged care (both in residential aged care facilities or with visiting carers at home, including cleaners and cooks)
  • Disability (both in residential/shared care facilities or part-time carers in people’s homes, including cleaners and cooks)
  • Allied health
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  • Pharmacies
  • Dental practices, including dentists, nurses, cleaners and receptionists

Having regard to the list above, it sure seems like the course doesn’t apply to sex workers. But that’s not the case and sex workers are able to complete the course. In doing so, you will learn skills in preventing infection.

The only bad thing we can think of is that there is a demand on the departments system which means that completing the course, other may not be able to complete it – noting the pop-up we were met with when commencing our training:

“Due to the high demand of the Infection Control Training course, you may experience timeouts. We are working with our training partner to resolve the issue as quickly as possible”

In the circumstances, we decided to pause our training and just continue it in off peak (later that evening) to reduce the chance of impacting anyone else trying to complete the module.

So what’s the Infection Control Training about? 

Let’s start off by saying this module does have a pass mark of 80% or more. However the ‘‘knowledge check ‘’ at the end is very reasonably set out. The module itself is very straightforward, easy to read and understand. This training module covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and controls for COVID-19 including:

  • COVID-19 – what is it?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Keeping safe – protecting yourself and others
  • Myth busting

The course takes roughly 30 minutes to complete.

What do I receive after completing Infection Control Training?

The biggest takeaways from the course are as follows:

  • Understanding the basics about the COVID -19 virus, including how it spreads.
  • Describe what you can do to protect yourself and others
  • Know what to do if you develop symptoms 
  • Know what to do if the person you are caring for develops symptoms 
  • Explains the difference between myths and facts about COVID-19.

Sex worker COIVID-19 training

And, of course, a PDF certificate of Acknowledgement from the Department of Health.

For us, a bittersweet statistic we discovered while completing the course is that out of everyone that contracts the virus, only 5% of those become seriously ill.

In a roundabout way the Department of Health does affirm the main ideologies of prevention (most of us already know) such as social distancing, washing your hands correctly and regularly as well as respiratory etiquette (coughing into your flexed arm).

If you’re interested in completing the course, then feel free to Click Here or visit www.health.gov.au for more information.


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