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World Hand Hygiene Day 2023 webinar: Highlighting quality improvement in the hand hygiene programme

Infection prevention and control
27 April 2023
1:00 PM  - 2:00 PM

You can now watch recordings of the presentations from this webinar here.

Good hand hygiene is one of the simplest, most effective ways to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections, which makes it a key patient safety priority. 

Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission (Te Tāhū Hauora) has led Hand Hygiene New Zealand (HHNZ), a national quality improvement programme to improve hand hygiene practice in Te Whatu Ora districts and private surgical hospitals throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is part of the Te Tāhū Hauora infection prevention and control programme, which aims to reduce the harm and cost of healthcare-associated infections. 

HHNZ uses the World Health Organization’s multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy to drive culture change and establish best hand hygiene practice for every patient, every time. 

In this webinar, the audience will hear from three speakers about quality improvement projects that have been implemented successfully as part of a local HHNZ programme. 

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Who should attend?

Anyone who is involved in an HHNZ programme, including:  

  • hand hygiene leads and coordinators 
  • gold auditors 
  • personnel working in quality and patient safety 
  • infection prevention and control professionals. 

Our speakers

Cath Robbins – National Infection Prevention and Control Programme, Southern Cross Healthcare 

Cath will share the campaign that the infection prevention and control team recently rolled out across the Southern Cross hospital network. The campaign uses refreshed hand hygiene posters and hand hygiene ambassadors to improve hand hygiene compliance.  

Carmel Hurley-Watts – Waitaha Canterbury hand hygiene coordinator 

Carmel will share the work undertaken in Waitaha Canterbury to improve hand hygiene access for patients and the district’s recent improvements with the visibility of their hand hygiene compliance rates. 

Vicki McKenzie – Infection prevention and control nurse, Bidwell Trust Hospital 

Vicki will describe how she introduced the concept of ‘Take a moment’ to allow for point-of-care feedback and reflection on missed hand hygiene moments.  


Download a copy of the Powerpoint slides from this webinar: Highlighting quality improvement in the hand hygiene programme (3.36MB, pdf)


The webinar will be delivered via Zoom. Please email to register: 

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