Wound Awareness Week

NZWCS National Wound Awareness Week

24th to 30th July 2023

Topic: Asepsis and aseptic technique

The Wound Awareness Week (WAW) 2023 is to raise awareness of the prevention of healthcare acquired infections (HAI), including surgical site infections and soft tissue infections, through the appropriate use of aseptic technique by healthcare professionals.

Webinar Video Presentations

Bugs in Colour (Incorrect technique)
Password: Aseptic2019

Bugs in Colour (Correct technique)
Password: Aseptic2020



New Zealand Aseptic Technique: Free e-learning module now available

A new e-learning module is available to help you reduce the risk of healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) from occurring while treating patients.

Often occurring in surgical sites, IV lines or catheters, HAIs can have a huge impact on patients’ lives – they cause unnecessary pain and can lead to long term disability or even death.

The New Zealand Aseptic Technique (NZAT) was developed to create a simple, consistent approach to aseptic technique in Aotearoa New Zealand.  It complements other aseptic education you may have undertaken, such as the Aseptic Non-Touch Technique.

Developed by experts across the health sector, with support from ACC and Te Whatu Ora Hutt Valley and Counties Manakau, these new resources are available to all health professionals in any clinical setting.

The e-learning module is free, takes about 30 minutes to complete and you will receive a certificate supporting your professional development. Simply head to the Learn Online website ( now, take two minutes to create a log in and search ‘NZAT.’

For more information, and to access the e-learning module, visit