Using theory to improve implementation of behaviour change programs

Dr Lisa Hall1, Ms Sally Havers2

1Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2Hand Hygiene Australia, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC, Australia


A key role of the infection control professional is to implement new guidelines or evidence into practice. When faced with this task many are surprised about how long this takes, and how complex it can be. Using implementation science can ensure behaviour change programs have a big impact.

This session will cover the basics of implementation theory, and how to use it in your day-to-day role.

This presentation will cover an introduction to commonly used implementation theories and frameworks. A particular focus will be on how these theories can be used by infection control professionals to plan, implement and evaluate behaviour change programs.

Case studies from successful implementation science projects in Australia will be showcased. This will include the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals study, which aims to improve uptake of an environmental cleaning bundle and qualitative research examining barriers to implementation of aseptic technique standards.

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