Vale Mr Reg Whiteley 24th January 1926 – 21st December 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Reg Whiteley. Reg had a long and distinguished career, as a business founder, an innovator and an initiator of so many enduring organisations. Reg originally graduated as an industrial chemist from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and went on to work in a variety of positions, until moving to Sydney in 1955. In 1971, Reg and his wife Moira purchased the Australian General Disinfectant Company and it was renamed “Whiteley Chemicals” in 1976, known today as Whiteley Corporation.

Reg was proudly involved in the coordination and foundation of the NSW Infection Control Association, with the first meeting being held in Reg’s office. Reg was a life member of Australian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC).

Reg was on the steering committee that drafted the first ever Australian Disinfecting testing system under the NSW Therapeutic Goods Act and Disinfectant Test (the TGA Disinfectant Test in 1978), which remains in force through Commonwealth Legislation. Reg was also was the initial author and teacher of the first cleaning managers curriculum at the NSW TAFE, was a founding member of the NSW Branch of the Australian Chemical Specialty Manufacturers Association (now known as ACCORD Australia).

Reg was a fearless competitor and an innovator. He held at least 9 separate classes of patents which were recognised globally. Reg led Whiteley Corporation through competition with the largest global companies in each of the fields of endeavour. He won awards for innovation for various products and was proudly a life member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Reg was a reliable friend and supporter to many colleagues and staff. Reg has left a solid legacy in the Infection Prevention market and is a huge loss to our industry. He will be sadly missed by his family, many friends, colleagues and communities.

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem globally and untreatable infections due to resistant organisms are becoming increasingly common. The problem is driven by several factors, including antibiotic overuse in both human and animal health and in food production, deficiencies in infection control in hospitals, and importation of pathogens by travelers and in food imports. Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy was introduced in 2015, with a second strategy under development.

In June 2017, the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA) and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), in partnership with Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), hosted the second National Antimicrobial Resistance Summit. Key representatives and stakeholders from state and federal government, research, human healthcare, veterinary and agricultural sectors discussed the way forward to improve the response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia. The key recommendation arising from this was that Australia should, as a priority, develop a central cross-jurisdictional mechanism to coordinate and manage national AMR control activities. We recommend the establishment of a new Australian National Coordinating Centre on Antimicrobial Resistance which is responsible for effective coordination of current and future AMR efforts in human and animal health and agriculture.

Click here for the full letter signed by ASID President A/Professor Joshua Davis, ASA President Ben Howden and ACIPC President Marilyn Cruickshank.

8th International ACIPC Conference: Perth 2019

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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.