Nurse educators helping to keep SA ‘COVID Clean’  

25 June 2020

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC) has won a contract with the Department of Innovation and Skills (DIS) to provide ‘COVID Clean’ training for up to 5,500 employees across the state.

South Australia has been a world leader in crushing the COVID curve and now a new training program will help the state avoid community transmission in the future.

As the state welcomes the easing of tough restrictions that were necessary to reach the enviable position of no active cases for 27 days, it is more important than ever that complacency does not undo the great work done so far.

“Our health care workers and the whole community can feel very proud of their efforts so far to stop the spread of this potentially fatal virus, however now is the time to ensure that we continue to remain vigilant,” ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj. Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM said.

“We have sadly seen COVID-19 spikes across the eastern border and we want to avoid this happening here. This training will enable a wide range of businesses and workplaces to gain the knowledge they need to stay COVID clean.”

The State Government-funded infection control courses aim to educate workers in COVID-19 prevention and preparedness across a broad spectrum of vocations including hospitality, retail, tourism, transport, logistics, security and cleaning services.

“We are proud to be able to provide this program that will enable businesses to put in place measures that will help keep their staff and customers safe,’’ Ms Dabars said.

ANMEC, a service of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), was officially recognised by the State Government in 2019 as SA’s Training Provider of the Year and is a renowned industry leader in health-focused training solutions.

“We are proud to be recognised by the Government through winning this contract. A big point of difference between us and other training providers is that all of our educators are experienced Registered Nurses who have the expertise to teach in this area,” Ms Dabars said.

The fully accredited COVID Clean course will be available through face-to-face training and as an online learning program from July 1, 2020. Employees who complete the course will be issued with a certificate to display in their workplace or include with their resume.

Full course information is available at

ANMEC is a registered training organisation. RTO Code 40064.

I want to take part, how can I enrol?
Training is available from 1 July 2020. Full course information is available at

Register an Expression of Interest

How is the course delivered?
Face-to-face sessions for workplace groups can be arranged at either ANMEC facilities or on-site at workplaces. ANMEC is available to travel to regional and metro workplaces to conduct the training as required.

The course will also be available as an online learning program, with approximately 25 hours of practical study involved.

How much does the training cost?
The majority of the costs will be subsidised through the Department of Innovation and Skills, with an only small enrolment fee of $15 per student.

Is the course compulsory for businesses?
No, but this course will provide your staff with knowledge necessary to keep your employees and customers safe and help to ensure you understand your responsibilities as a business.

In addition, everyone who successfully completes the course will receive an accredited certificate that demonstrates to the community that you have taken the necessary precautions to keep them safe.