From the President

I am fortunate to be in Geneva for the 3rd International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) hosted by Prof. Didier Pittet.

The conference had over 900 delegates who had travelled from 89 nations. There were 97 oral presentations and 427 posters.

The hot topics include Ebola, MERS and a focus on MDROs including CREs. Perfect timing given the Australian situation.

You can click here for the conference website which contains information about the presenters, twitter comments (tweets) as well information about where to find the abstracts etc.

For our own conference this November in Hobart you may have read Brett Mitchell’s comments in Infexion Connexion that they have received a large number of abstracts.

It is very gratifying to hear that there is such a level of interest in the Conference and that members are confident about sharing their work – each year it is building on the previous years’ achievements – a big thank you for your support.

Cheers

Belinda

Click here for short video interview with Belinda. 
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Flu Risk - Health Workers must be immunised
 
Health Care workers are being urged to get their flu shots following this week’s launch of the 2015 influenza vaccine.
 
The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) says Australia’s more than half a million health professionals must be at the front line of defence against the spread of flu.
 
Click here for full text

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Healthcare Infection Update   

ACIPC’s Healthcare Infection Journal set to increase scope and readership. All members should have received notification last week from Associate Professor Brett Mitchell, Editor in Chief advising that the journal has been accepted for indexation in Web of Science, the proposed rebrand and transition of the Journal to an improved model and invitation to all members to contribute to this process via an on line survey. Click here for full text of email including survey link.

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ICP Education Oportunities

 Want to know more about Ebola? MERS-Cov? MDR-TB? and be able to do more about the increasing global threats of healthcare-associated infection and communicable diseases? 

Griffith University has the longest running and most successful tertiary infection prevention and control education program across Australasia, delivered for flexible external study. 

Take the next step in specialised knowledge here. 

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College Assurance Mark Working Party  - Expression of Interest

The EC is currently considering the possibility of creating an ACIPC Assurance process and possible logo identifying that the College has reviewed commercial products as complying  with a set of criteria and then allowing a company to display an assurance mark of some kind.

The next step is to establish a working party to develop a formal proposal to EC that includes Terms of Reference, strategic objectives, a timeline for development of the mark, including any legal/regulatory issues and adoption by the College.

Expressions of  Interest are sought from members who would be interested in joining this working party.Click here for the draft discussion paper. If you are interested please email Steve Burke, Operations Manager on opsmanager@acipc.org.au

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