International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) October 14-20

The Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control have partnered with APIC to celebrate International Infection Prevention Week.

In recognition of the important role consumers and healthcare providers both play in infection prevention, ACIPC has partnered with The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to promote International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 14-20.

To celebrate IIPW and this year’s theme of Protecting Patients Everywhere, APIC has expanded the resources for both patients and healthcare professionals found on the Infection Prevention and You website ( APIC has developed a new infographic to help remind healthcare professionals how to stop the spread of infection. Download the free Protect Your Patients infographic today.

On Tuesday, October 16 at 12 PM ET (Wednesday October 17, 3AM AEST), APIC will host a Twitter chat, which will to discuss protecting patients everywhere, and how everyone can work together to defend our patients, friends, and family from infection. To participate, follow the hashtag #IIPWChat. ACIPC’s members are encouraged to visit the Infection Prevention and You website, and download and share the free infographics with friends, family and colleagues.

Established in 1986, IIPW is celebrated the third week of October. APIC spearheads the annual effort to highlight the importance of infection prevention among healthcare professionals, administrators, legislators, and consumers. It is now formally recognized in many areas around the world including the U.S., Australia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Asia. As IIPW expands, more patients benefit from safer healthcare practices and reduced threat of healthcare-associated infections. Learn more about IIPW on Facebook and Twitter (#IIPW).

Short Course in Critical Infection | Sydney NSW

SCCI2018, Westmead Hospital |8-9 November

The Sydney short course in critical infection will be held in November this year at Westmead Hospital. We’ll be welcoming critical care and infection specialists in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to be part of case discussions and updates of all things relevant to severe and life-threatening infection.

For more information and course updates, click here.

Foundations October 2018

Enrolments for ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control are now open and the course will commence on October 29 2018.


Foundations is a self-paced 21 week online course and there will be a 4 week break over January.

ACIPC Members $1420 / Non-Members $1700.

If you are not a ACIPC member, why not join the College here now (before enrolling) and claim the discounted rate? Please allow for a few hours business processing time. Additional member benefits are detailed in the link.

Applications open until 21/9/2018

Do you know someone in our field who possesses incredible enthusiasm, provides inspiration to others even in the most difficult of circumstances; and who is a visionary leader that collaborates with others to achieve the best for their team, for the College and for better healthcare outcomes?

Perhaps you know someone that has an unfailing commitment to Infection Prevention and a compelling vision that encourages and motivates others to take purposeful action?

In busy workplaces and with competing demands it can be difficult to pause and reflect on your own leadership capability and those of others.  Often, we work alongside worthy individuals without affording them suitable recognition and acknowledgement of the work they do. The ACIPC nomination process provides an opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who have exhibited exemplary leadership in complex healthcare environments.

Why not take the time to reflect on those you have worked with and to nominate a peer whose attributes you admire or aspire to and submit a nomination which highlights to the broader infection prevention and control community how worthy the nominee is in receiving an award recognising outstanding skill, significant achievement and, visionary leadership in Infection Prevention and Control.

Applications for the Claire Boardman CICP medal for outstanding leadership are now open until Friday 21 September for more information visit the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page or contact the College Secretariat.

Statement: Hand Hygiene Auditing in Australia

Please visit the College Position Statements page to view a letter from Professor Marilyn Cruickshank in response to several recent posts on the discussion list Infexion Connexion concerning the Australia’s National Hand Hygiene Initiative. The statement has been endorsed by the ACIPC Board of Directors.  Any commentary on this can be sent to for forwarding to the College Executive Management Team.

Flu season 2018

Visit our Consumer Information Page for the latest on 2018 vaccines and some tips to stay infection-free.



AMR Website

The Department of Health launched a dedicated antimicrobial resistance (AMR) website in November 2017

The Activity and research directory (the Directory) section of the AMR website provides the opportunity for anyone who is undertaking research and/or an activity that supports Australia’s response to AMR to submit a summary to be listed in the Directory.  Activities included in the Directory can be led by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, non-government organisations, professional bodies and research organisations. The Directory will be a really useful tool to assist in building our information on AMR, and will help to further strengthen Australia’s response to the threat of AMR by identifying potential cross-linkages across existing research and activities, and targeting our efforts to the areas identified as most in need. The Directory can be accessed via:

2018 ACIPC International Conference Brisbane19 – 21 November 2018

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