PROFESSOR MARILYN CRUICKSHANK – President

 

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank is a registered nurse and Professor of Nursing Research at University of Technology Sydney. In this role, Marilyn provides a leadership role for nursing research within the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Prior to this Marilyn was Director of the national HAI program at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare for a ten year period where she led work on national HAI surveillance, 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-edited 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 appointed as professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University in 2015.


DOCTOR PHILIP RUSSO – President-Elect

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 a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and completed his PhD on HAI Surveillance in 2016. Phil was the Chair of the National Consultative Steering Committee, which outlined the road-map for the establishment of ACIPC, and has been a Board Member of the College since 2014, previously Chairing the Research Committee. He is also a member of the HAI Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission, and the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee. He currently works as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Alfred Health Partnership, Deakin University. 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. @PLR_aus


PROFESSOR RAMON SHABAN – Past President

 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, Infection Prevention and Control Sydney Nursing School and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, The University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District. 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.
 

SALLY HAVERS – Director

 Sally is a committed Infection Control Professional of ten years, with a passion for improving and ensuring safe patient care. Sally’s current experience includes management and completion of large scale, multi-centre research projects (including ethical clearance and protocol development) as well as extensive project management experience in the development and roll out of a large national infection prevention program. Sally has experience managing multidisciplinary research and project teams, with an active commitment to Infection Control and Infectious Diseases research, both nationally and internationally. Sally has received Certification at the level “Expert” with the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (re-credentialed 2017).


DOCTOR DEBOROUGH MACBETH – Director

 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.
 
 

DOCTOR CATHRYN MURPHY – Director

Cathryn Murphy PhD provides independent consulting services to a range of clinical, public policy and commercial clients throughout the world. Over almost 30 years Cath’s career has covered senior voluntary and paid infection prevention positions within the clinical, government, non-government and professional associations within her home country Australia and internationally. Cath is a global advocate for improved infection prevention with particular interest in promoting and supporting the activities of her Australian infection prevention and control colleagues. Career highlights include previous service as the then President of ACICA, working in the USA at the CDC, consulting for the World Health Organization and serving the US-based Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) as a Board member for 7 years including the APIC Presidency in 2010. For more than a decade Cath served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Infection Control and Healthcare Infection. Domestically she has been an invited member and Chair of several Australian Commission in Safety and Healthcare Committees related to infection prevention. Cath is a fellow of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America. In 2016 Cath became the first non-North American to be awarded APIC’s esteemed Carole de Mille Award for lifetime excellence in and dedication to the field of infection prevention.


KRISTIE POPKISS – Director

Kristie Popkiss is motivated, passionate and committed to the field of Infection Prevention and Control because of the significant impact that it has on patients, visitors and staff in our health services across Australasia. She believes that Infection Prevention and Control requires more visibility, transparency and a higher profile, to improve the level of safety in healthcare facilities. Kristie is currently the Infection Prevention and Clinical Operations Manager at Fiona Stanley Hospital for Serco and is a Credentialled Infection Control Practitioner – Expert level, with over 10 years’ experience in the field. Kristie’s goal is to further contribute to the greater vision of improving both the culture and best practices of Infection Control for Australasia.


SANDRA ROODT – Director

Sandra Roodt is a Registered Nurse with 8 years’ experience working in Infection Prevention and Control in Australia. Sandra currently holds the position of Infection Control & Staff Health Manager at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in Canberra and recently also took on responsibility for the Infection Prevention & Control program of the newly built Calvary Bruce Private Hospital. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2009, Sandra was a Nursing Officer in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for 14 years. Sandra has completed a Master of Public Health (major in communicable diseases) in Dec 2016 and is currently in the process of applying for credentialing (CIPC-E level) through ACIPC.


DOCTOR SHARON SALMON – Director

 

Sharon Salmon is an Infection Prevention and Control expert and currently is the Assistant Director of Nursing, Infection Prevention at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore and Associate Consultant with the Ministry of Health, Singapore. Sharon has spent more than a decade living and working abroad, spending over 6 years in Vietnam working for the World Health Organisation, Vietnam Country Office and completed a PhD focusing on Hand Hygiene barriers and facilitators in Vietnam.  She has extensive international 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 a trainer and facilitator for the WHO – Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and has conducted three outbreak response missions in Liberia during the West Africa Ebola Outbreak and recently for H1N1 in Myanmar.


MICHAEL WISHART – Director

Michael Wishart is an infection control specialist with over  20 years’ experience of managing infection control programs and consulting on  infection control issues. Michael established and maintains an ACIPC endorsed email discussion list for discussion of infection control related matters by Australian infection control professionals (http://aicalist.org.au/archives) and has worked as a consultant for hospitals, day procedure centers, and office practices through HICMR Pty Ltd. Michael is an experiienced educator and has provided infection control education sessions for residential aged care establishments through ACHA Health and RCNA as well as yearly two-day infection control seminars for health professionals at Ashford Hospital. Michael also worked as a technical consultant to CDNA national infection control guidelines review steering committee. Michael is  registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and is in the process of applying for Credentialling (CIPC-E level) through ACIPC. He currently coordinates the infection prevention and control program at Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane.


PETER MARTIN – Director and Consumer Representative

 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.