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:

Dr Joan Faoagali Award winner announced

ACIPC Member Leah Stott is the inaugural recipient of the Dr Joan Faoagali scholarship which awards $1000 for a student to undertake ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

The applications for the award were reviewed by Dr. Deborough MacBeth (Chair Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee and Board Director) and Ms Belinda Henderson (Past President, ACIPC) who commented that all applications received were of a very high standard.

Thank you to all students who applied for the award and congratulations to Leah.

More information about the Dr Joan Faoagali Award can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.

Registrations for Foundations are still open with course work commencing on the 18th April. For any enquiries, please contact


 What is your professional background Leah?

I began my Nursing career travelling around Australia with a friend working in Outback Communities. It was in Mt Isa that I became interested in Intensive Care and moved to Townsville to pursue a career in Neonatal Intensive Care. After training in Townsville I was lucky enough to move to both Sydney and Melbourne and continue my post graduate studies to work in Paediatric Intensive Care. Working in a high acute area were patients often presented with MRO infections I developed a passion for infection prevention and was given the opportunity to work as an Infection, Prevention and Control at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.

What was your motivation for undertaking Foundations?

To gain in depth knowledge in contemporary Infection, Prevention and Control practice to enable me to apply evidence based and best practice principles to my role as an Infection, Prevention and Control Nurse and to gain an understanding of current issues in Infection Prevention and Control practice in order to undertake research to further develop evidence based knowledge.

Why do you think the award is valuable?

I think this award is very valuable and thank you ACIPC and the Dr. Joan Faoagali award for making my participation in this course possible.

What are your professional goals?

To introduce health strategies that prevent and control the spread of health care acquired infections within the health organization and to minimize the impact to patients diagnosed with a health care acquired infection.


2018 ACIPC International Conference Brisbane19 – 21 November 2018

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