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A spotlight on hand hygiene

A range of events recently took place across Northern Sydney Local Health District to celebrate World Hygiene Day.

This year’s theme was ‘Unite for safety: clean your hands’ and featured a district wide team poster competition as well as a quiz.

Joint first place teams Northern Beaches Community Mental Health Services (NBCMHS) and the manning unit from Macquarie Hospital wowed the judges with their hand hygiene posters.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) was the winner of the ‘championing hand hygiene’ quiz.

Mental Health Drug and Alcohol (MHDA) Clinical Nurse Consultant Mae Sia organised many of the events surrounding the day with the support of NSLHD Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Director, Jo Tallon, MHDA Director Andrea Taylor and MHDA DON Mark Joyce.

Mae said the events were an interactive way to raise awareness about hand hygiene in achieving quality and care.

“MHDA services across the district showed so much enthusiasm for World Hygiene Day, and I think this shows how involved Northern Sydney Local Health district staff are in promoting proper hand hygiene,” she said.

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