GSA Workshop

The Hand Hygiene Gold Standard Auditor GSA workshop aims to train clinicians to be role models, educators, ward resources and hand hygiene champions. GSAs have been given jurisdiction by Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) to provide training for ward auditors, to increase the number of auditors in each facility. To ensure validity in training, only the HHA state jurisdictional officer can train GSAs. In NSW, the jurisdictional officer is the CEC's Hand Hygiene Project Officer.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss the background to the NHHI
  • Differentiate the concept of micro-organism transmission
  • Identify and define the 5 moments and related terminology
  • Record the 5 moments using the "rules" for auditing
  • Identify work practices that may increase the risk of transmission
  • Deconstruct clinical activities to identify when HH should be performed
  • Appreciate how a multimodal strategy compliments a successful HH program
  • Discuss reasons for HH behaviour and how to affect change
  • Submit data directly to the national database and to run reports
  • State the expectations of HH auditors role and demonstrate how to find resources and support from HHA

Dates of course

Assessed on a needs basis with LHD stakeholders

Mode of delivery and duration

GSA training is a face to face workshop that involves a comprehensive schedule held over two days.

Who should attend

  • Healthcare workers with an interest in infection control, patient safety and quality processes
  • Staff with availability to conduct Hand Hygiene audits and be involved in future training of Ward Auditors in your facility
  • Staff with an awareness of auditing/feedback/education
  • Background as a health professional

Prior learning requirements

Prior to attending the workshop you are required to complete an online learning module. If you have not accessed this online learning before, please follow the prompts for self-registration then select and complete the Pre-Workshop Online Learning Module. Keep your login and password for future use.

Evaluation of program

Participants will be asked to give feedback at the conclusion of the program survey. It is an expectation that all participants complete the course evaluation survey.


Assessments will be conducted over the 2 days. A high pass mark of 90% is expected to ensure sound knowledge of the 5 moments audit process. It is expected that participants will participate fully in the practical sessions and be fully engaged.

CEC certificate

Certificates will be issued to participants who successfully complete the program.

CPD points

Participation in this program will qualify participants for 11 continuing professional development hours.

HETI course code



Free for NSW Health Staff

Program contact

Name: Project Officer, Carolyn Ellis
Phone: 02 9269 5535