History of the College

The College is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region.

We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia using a corporate model.

AICA was formed in 1985 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration at a national level

It became clear though that the structure of AICA had limitations and it was resolved to work towards a new model that would ensure a sustainable organization, with a clear delineation between management and professional activities that could be adequately resourced.

To realise this vision a National Consultative Steering Group was formed, made up of key stakeholders from the College membership.

Consultation with members resolved that the new organisation be a College, reflecting an emphasis on education and be Australasian rather than Australian, recognising the location and relationships within the region.

The vision for the new College was given form with the work of the Steering Committee and came to fruition at the AICA Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, 9th November at the APSIC (Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control) Conference in Melbourne when the members voted unanimously for the formation of the new entity.

The College is a company, limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act and the head office is in Hobart.

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Corporate Governance

College Structure and Organisation

The College is a company, limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act with its head office Brisbane.

Overall management of the College is vested in the Board of Directors (formerly titled Executive Council) supported by an Operations Manager and Secretariat.

The February 2016 meeting of the Executive Council resolved to adopt a new name for itself, which we believe is better aligned with our duties as custodians of the College.

Effective 29 March 2016, the ACIPC Executive Council will be referred to as the ACIPC Board of Directors

The Board  is chaired by the President and the Executive Management team comprises the President, President Elect and Past President.

The Operations Manager and Secretariat attend all meeting of the Board and Executive Management Team.

What is Governance?

It is the framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which authority is exercised and controlled in ACIPC.

It includes the mechanisms by which those in control are held to account.

It influences how the objectives are set and achieved, how risk is managed, and how performance is optimised.

Effective corporate governance structures create value and provide accountability.

Effective Governance is based on the following 8 principles;

  1. Solid foundations for management and oversight
  2. Structure the board to add value
  3. Ethical and responsible decision-making
  4. Integrity in financial reporting
  5. Timely and balanced disclosure
  6. Respect the rights of shareholders (membership)
  7. Recognise and manage risk
  8. Remunerate fairly and responsibly

The Governance Committee

The Governance Committee has been established to oversee the College’s governance and risk management processes.

Terms of Reference

Click here for the Terms of Reference for the Committee.

Operational Policies

A number of policies have been developed as a guide to managing the affairs of the College. 

Appointment to Committees

Authority to Approve Contracts, Spending and Payments

Grievance & Conflict Resolution

Remuneration and Reimbursement of Expenses

Confidentiality at Meetings


Pecuniary Interest Register

Social Media

Financial Investment

Conflict of Interest

Delegations of Authority

Code of Conduct

Position Statement Guideline

Expense Claim Form

Board of Directors

The February 2016 meeting of the Executive Council resolved to adopt a new name for itself, which we believe is better aligned with our duties as custodians of the College.

Effective 29 March 2016, the ACIPC Executive Council will be referred to as the ACIPC Board of Directors.

The Executive Council, now Board of Directors, held a view that this change, which is permitted within the existing standing provisions of the Constitution and thus requires no formal amendment therein, is a better reflection of our duties, functions and obligations.  Members of the Board are duly elected and the Board acts in accordance with our Constitution and prevailing legislative and regulatory standards of the day.

While the change in name will not result in any material change in the way which we operate, given that we have always functioned in this manner, it will nonetheless underscore our duties, functions and obligations as the College grows and develops. It also reflects the emerging sophistication of our College.

The Board of Directors oversees the management of the College and is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the College for a two year term. The current Board commenced its term of office at the 2015 Annual General Meeting held on 23rd November 2015 in Hobart, Tasmania. 

Reporting to the Board are six Standing Committees – Credentialing, Education, Research, Policy, Governance, Member Services and Communications (Combined).

In 2014 the Special Interest Advisory Committee was wound up as its work was completed and SIG’s are now included in the work of the Education Committee.

The Past President and President Elect are both members of the Board of Directors to ensure continuity and effective succession.

A Consumer Representative was appointed in mid-2013 and joined the Board that commenced its term of office on July 1 2013.

The current Board’s term of office concludes at the 2017 AGM.


 Professor Ramon Shaban is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher. A nurse scientist, infection control practitioner and emergency nurse, Professor Shaban’s expertise emergency care and infection prevention and control is the basis of a highly successful and integrated program of teaching, practice, and research. He is Clinical Chair of Infection Prevention and Control at Gold Coast University Hospital and Health Service and Griffith University and Director of the Griffith Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Programs at Griffith University.

He is an active member of variety of professional groups and committees including the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, and Editor of the journal Infection, Disease and Health.



 Professor Marilyn Cruickshank is a registered nurse and Director of the national HAI program at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare since 2007. In this role, Marilyn leads the national HAI surveillance program, the national hand hygiene program, antimicrobial stewardship, national infection control guidelines, and Standard 3 of the national safety and quality health service standards. Marilyn developed a keen interest in infection prevention and control as Clinical Nurse Consultant for paediatric HIV, developing guidelines and policies for maternal transmission and for children with HIV in hospitals and the community. Her PhD topic included the epidemiology of paediatric HIV in Australia. Marilyn is also a member of the Australian Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (ASTAG), and formally the Chair of the AMR Standing Committee.

Marilyn has co-editored a number of publications on national AMS and HAI surveillance and represented Australia at international meetings, such as APEC and the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organisation. Marilyn was recently appointed as professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University .



 Belinda’s term as Past President commenced in November 2015 for a two year term. Her practice role is as leader of the infection control team at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Her qualifications include a Masters of Advanced Health Practice in Infection Control and she is credentialed with the College.

She has over 14 years’ experience in the field and was a member of the National Consultative Steering Committee that began the journey for the new college three years ago. Belinda is chair of the Education Committee.



 Wendy Beckingham is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Canberra Hospital ACT and a credentialed Infection Control Professional in Infection Prevention and Control for ACT Health. She has held this position since 1998. Wendy holds a Masters in Nursing Research.

Wendy represents the ACIPC on the Hand Hygiene Committee for Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. She has also coauthored several papers for journals such as Healthcare Infection and MJA and coauthor on the Mosby Medical dictionary. 



 Until September 2015 Donna was the Infection Control Manager at Austin Health in Melbourne for 8 years prior to which she was with the Infection Control team at Peninsula Health for 5 years. Before commencing her nursing career she was a Medical Laboratory Scientist and worked in a number of microbiology laboratories in Australia and England.

Donna recently commenced a new infection control position with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory where she will be providing infection control advice to non-acute healthcare facilities and other community-based practices, such as beauty therapists and tattoo artists. She has a long history of involvement with the Victorian Infection Control Professionals Association (VICPA) prior to filing a casual vacancy on the ACIPC Executive Council.Donna is Chair of the Member Services Committee. 



 An Infection Control Professional since 1993, Deborough has augmented her experience with formal study and research, completing the APIC Basic Infection Control Course in Chicago in 1995. Her PhD awarded in 2005 was based on ethnographic research into the influence of clinical culture on infection control practice. Deborough contributes to the profession through membership and service most recently to ACIPC on the Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee and as an Associate Editor of Healthcare Infection.


 Phil has worked in infection prevention and control for over 25 years in a number of different positions including: several roles in infection prevention in major Victorian hospitals, inaugural Operational Director of the VICNISS Coordinating Centre and National Manager of Hand Hygiene Australia. Phil has completed a Master in Clinical Epidemiology and is currently undertaking a PhD at QUT on HAI Surveillance, and working part time at the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Doherty Institute. Phil was the Chair of the National Consultative Steering Committee, which outlined the roadmap for the establishment of ACIPC. Currently an Executive Council member of the ACIPC, he is also Chair of the ACIPC Research Committee successfully implementing the ACIPC Grant scheme. Phil is also a member of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare HAI Advisory Committee.

Phil strongly supports national initiatives in healthcare prevention that are fostered by the College, and is proud of the College’s achievements in representing its members at both national and international forums since it commenced. He believes that continuing to build on its broad membership in the Australasian region, ongoing educational opportunities for its membership, a strong new journal, and the delivery of high quality annual international conference are key to the ongoing success of the College.



 Sharon Salmon is the Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection Control at the National University Hospital, Singapore. Sharon holds a Master of Public Health and is currently a PhD candidate with the UNSW, School of Public Health, UNSW Medicine. She has spent the past decade living and working abroad, spending over 5 years in Vietnam where she worked with the World Health Organisation working closely with the Ministry of Health, Vietnam. She has extensive international consultative experience, providing technical advice for IPC national programs, hospital assessments and development of national guidelines to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Georgia and Brunei. Sharon is currently a trainer and facilitator for the WHO – Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN).

She has conducted three outbreak response missions in Liberia providing IPC technical assistance to the MOH, Liberia for the West Africa Ebola Outbreak. I am seeking election for this post to become more involved in the Australian IPC strategic direction and activities through ACIPC and to contribute my experience to advance and strengthen IPC both nationally and globally.



 Dr Thea van de Mortel, RN, IC Cert., BSc.(Hons), MHlthSc., PhD, is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and Deputy Head of School (Learning & Teaching). Thea was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care who developed an interest in science and infection control due to the high rate of hospital acquired infections in critically ill patients. She got started in the field of infection prevention and control in 1994 by researching the influence of performance feedback on hand hygiene adherence in the ICU. She subsequently completed an Honours degree in biology, a Masters majoring in Health Promotion, and a PhD on health care students’ hand hygiene. She went on to teach microbiology, infection control and epidemiology to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and public health students, and is currently convening Griffith University postgraduate Infection Prevention and Control courses.

Thea has been conducting infection prevention and control research for more than two decades, and has published multiple papers on topics including hand hygiene, hepatitis C, and doctors’ antibiotic prescribing practices. She currently sits on the ACIPC Policy Committee. Thea has been a small business owner and has held management positions at two Australian universities.



 Fiona is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania with responsibility for management of the state-wide  healthcare associated infection surveillance program, provision of infection prevention and control education and advice for a wide variety of both  healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Fiona has worked as an infection prevention and control practitioner for over 18 years and was the Manager of  Infection Control at Western Health, for around 10 years prior to moving to Tasmania

 She has been a member of the Tasmanian Healthcare Associated Infection Committee, has represented Tasmania at a National level on the National  Hand Hygiene Initiative Advisory Committee and is a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) Standard 3  Review Working Group. In addition, she has served as a member of the VICPA Executive in 2000 – 2001. 



 Peter has a background on Education having worked in secondary schools for almost 40 years. Subsequently he has had extensive experience in professional organisations (including the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association Inc), and health administration, being a member of the Board and past Chairman at Stawell Regional Health as well as experience as a member of a number of advisory committees dealing with primary care, services for older people, the provision of training for board members, and the allocation of funding in rural areas. Peter is a community-minded person being a member of his local Lions Club for over 35 years. He also has experience in the regulatory sphere having been a non-practitioner member of the Dental Practice Board of Victoria and the Dental Board of Australia. Peter commenced his two year term in January 2016.
Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2016 – 2017

The College is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region.

The College is here to support the professional practice of infection prevention and control professionals by providing them with support, networking, knowledge and up to date information relevant to their area of practice.

Our vision is that the College is the peak body for the prevention and control of infection in our communities. 

Our purpose is to advance the speciality area of infection prevention and control, support members by education and research, enable evidence based development of policy and practice to give improved health care outcomes.

At the 2016 intensive strategic planning forum the ACIPC Board of Directors resolved that the work of the College over the next two years will focus principally on the following:

  • Build our profile and strengthen our relationships with members, industry and partners.
  • Grow the business and invest in our financial sustainability.
  • Launch our flagship journal, Infection Disease & Health.
  • Launch our new ACIPC Credentialling Framework together with the ACIPC Practice Standards.
  • Launch our flagship ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
  • Expand ACIPC education initiatives, including short courses and accreditation of external courses.
  • Enhance our highly successful annual ACIPC International Conference.
  • Maintain best practice governance and business processes.

During the forum, the Board took stock of the terrific work of the College’s standing committees and our many successes and opportunities therein, and has drafted work plans for each that align with the College’s 8 Draft Strategic Priority Action Areas. There are, and will undoubtedly be, other focal areas for the College and our work during this time, which we will respond to as the need arises. Notwithstanding, the Board’s view is that these represent our immediate strategic priority areas for the coming two years to focus work and effort.

Click here  for Strategic Priority Action Agenda 2016 – 2017 

ACIPC Patron

Peter Collignon

We are delighted to announce that Professor Peter Collignon has accepted our invitation to be Patron of the College. An experienced infectious diseases physician and microbiologist, Peter is currently the Executive Director of ACT Pathology. He continues to work in the Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department at the Canberra Hospital. He is also a Professor at the Medical School of the Australian National University and is a college member.

In his career he has engaged with media on a variety of topics related to infection. No doubt many of you will have either met or heard him and will be aware that he is active in many research and public health advocacy issues dealing with different infections and their risks.

His particular interests are antibiotic resistance (especially in Staphylococcus), hospital-acquired infections (especially blood stream and intravascular catheter infections) and resistance that develops through the use of antibiotics in animals.

Click here for a short YouTube clip of his address at the 2013 HAI Forum – Annecy, France discussing the use of antibiotics in food animals and the Australian experience.

Corporate Reports

This section contains the President’s report and the Audited Financial Reports presented and adopted at the Annual General Meeting.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the College was held on Monday 23rd November 2015 during the Conference held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hobart .

The meeting was attended by over 50 members and was chaired by the President – Belinda Henderson.

Annual Report

Download the 2016 Annual Report

Download the 2015 Annual Report

Download the 2014 Annual Report