September 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

The 2017 ACIPC International Conference is only weeks away. This year’s program features presentations from over 40 invited speakers from Australia and abroad. There are two significant announcements in relation to the 2017 ACIPC International Conference.

The ACIPC Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at the conference venue. The ACIPC Constitution requires an Annual General Meeting to be held at least once every calendar year and within the period of 5 months following the end of the financial year.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will include the election of ordinary members and office bearers of the Board of Directors. The office bearers of the ACIPC are the President, the Immediate Past President and the President Elect. To be eligible to be an office bearer or an ordinary member of the Board of Directors a person must be a member of the ACIPC and have suitable qualifications, skills and experience to discharge the functions of a Director as determined by the ACIPC Board from time to time.

Information on the Annual General Meeting and the election of office bearers and ordinary members will be available on the ACIPC website from early October 2017. The ACIPC Constitution is available here

The 2017 ACIPC International Conference will occasion the announcement of the Inaugural Fellows of the College. The ACIPC Board of Directors has approved the introduction of the membership category of Fellow and the application process will be launched on 1 October 2017.

ACIPC belongs to you, our members, and the success of our College is determined by the dedication and commitment of all members. I encourage members to consider the opportunity presented in the election of ordinary members and office bearers as well as the opportunity to apply for the prestigious membership standing of Fellow.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E


In Memory of Elizabeth Agnew

Elizabeth was a Life Member of ACIPC (formally AICA) and the College would like to acknowledge her life and contribution as we near the first anniversary of her death in October 2016. Elizabeth started her career as a RN in the UK and went on to work as a RN and RM in the UK, South Yemen and Australia. Elizabeth held a number of roles at St Francis Xavier Cabrini Hospital Melbourne including Nurse Educator and Infection Control Officer. This was followed by a lengthy period as Infection Control Co-ordinator at Queen Vic and the W.C.H where her many achievements included quality assurance of the management of infectious diseases, identification of problem infections; surveillance of antibiotic usage and review of protocols.


 

New position statement Credentialling for IPC Professionals

We are pleased to announce that we have a new position statement; Credentialling for IPC Professionals. This replaces the former PS Specialist Recognition and the Nursing Profession and can be accessed here.


ACIPC International Conference –  International Scholarship Applications Deadline extended to 22 September 2017

 We are pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for those interested in applying for the 2017 ACIPC Conference International Scholarship.

The value of the scholarship is AUD$3000.00 and offers the following support to the successful applicant:

  • Complimentary conference early bird registration to the ACIPC 2017 Conference inclusive of social functions and the Hand Hygiene Australia pre-conference workshop
  • Return economy airfare from country of destination to Canberra, ACT Australia
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Submissions close Friday 22 September 2017.
There will be no further extension to this deadline.

International Scholarship applications are open to residents of one of the following countries or territories:

  • Cocos-Keeling Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Caledonia
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Tonga
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Niue
  • Soloman Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Western Samoa
  • Fiji
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Tokelau

Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship

Conference Program and Registration

An up to date conference program is now available online. Early bird registrations will close on 6th October 2017. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the team at Conference Design. mail@conferencedesign.com.au, 03 6231 2999, or visit the conference website www.acipcconference.com.au


ACIPC Consumer Information Page

The ACIPC Consumer Information Page is full of handy resources for including tips on preventing infection at home and in healthcare facilities. Visit the page here.


Nursing Workshop Antimicrobial Stewardship – Thursday 2nd November 2017 WOOLLOONGABBA 

Inviting nurses from healthcare facilities with an interest in Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) 

The key focus of the workshop is:

  • To gain an understanding of AMS strategies
  • Explore nursing practice activities that contribute to AMS
  • How to use data to inform the development of local AMS strategies

Topics

Antimicrobial Stewardship intervention strategies: from theory to bedside

How to successfully implement AMS strategies

National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

Workshop PDF and EOI form can be downloaded here


Save the Date: International Infection Prevention Week

Join your friends, family members, and healthcare professionals in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 15-21, 2017. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. This year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance.” Details here.


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August 2017
From the President

Colleagues,

There are many signs that spring is not too far away. A time of renewal, growth and with it a sense of optimism. My message to you is of optimism and encouragement. The knowledge, expertise and evidence that Infection Control Professionals hold is immense. There is an obligation on all of us as Infection Control Professionals to share our knowledge, expertise and evidence, as importantly in the written word as in practice. I encourage every one of you to seek and seize opportunities to share your knowledge, experience and evidence whether this is in professional development and review of guidelines, protocols, position statements or standards. Our practice, and thereby our community will benefit from the sharing and contributing of our knowledge.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you sincerely for your participation over the last 12 months and invite those of you who haven’t yet renewed your membershipto do so. The stronger our membership is the more we can continue to nurture and grow our dynamic professional community. ACIPC membership provides a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in infection prevention and control. It provides up to date news, opinions and evidence-based practice. Membership delivers unparalleled access to your professional community, opportunities for research and professional development and extensive educational opportunities. It also includes subscription to the highly regarded Infection, Disease and Health journal.

The annual ACIPC Conference will be held in Canberra, ACT 20 – 22 November 2017. This is a great opportunity to engage with the national and international community of Infection Prevention and Control professionals. The ACIPC 2017 Conference website has details of registration and key note speakers – more information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E

President


New position statements available 

Members are advised that the following ACIPC Position Statements have been updated in 2017:

  • The role of the ICP in antimicrobial stewardship
  • Mandatory hand hygiene training
  • Single use items
  • Animal visits in healthcare
  • Preoperative skin antisepsis

You can access these on the ACIPC website here. 

We will keep members updated with any new position statements as they are published. 


Update on Committee HE-023 and opportunity to comment

Here’s an update from ACIPC representative Terry McAuley on what is happening with Committee HE-023, responsible for AS/NZS4187:2014 and AS/NZS4815:2006.

  1. Text Amendment to AS/NZS4187:2014

The proposal for a text amendment to AS/NZS4187:2014 Table 7.2 and associated Clauses has been accepted by Standards Australia. 

The Committee met in Sydney on July 3rd to discuss the changes proposed by the specially convened working party that included water quality / water treatment experts – of which I had been an active participant and contributor.

The Committee agreed that most of the changes proposed will be accepted and work commenced on the amendment at the Meeting. Changes have been made in Section 7, 8 and 10.

The next step is to prepare the draft amended document, have it reviewed by the committee and then this will be sent for public review where stakeholders can provide feedback / comment for consideration by the Committee prior to final publication. 

It is envisaged that the publication of the amendment will occur early in 2018.  

  1. Proposal for the Revision of AS/NZS4187:2014

The Australian Dental Association had prepared a proposal for revision of AS/NZS4185 that had been accepted by Standards Australia, however this did not receive the full support of Committee HE-023. This proposal has now been withdrawn. The Committee agreed that AS/NZS4187 need to be reviewed in its entirety and as such this revision process can accommodate the requirements of the users of AS/NZS4815 with respect to providing comprehensive guidance on the application of AS/NZS4187 in office based practice contexts.

Standards Australia is encouraging nominating organisations to communicate to their members that a proposal is being developed for a revision of AS/NZS 4187, bearing in mind that any final proposal to revise the document will only be approved subject to a clearly defined scope, that is supported by a broad range of stakeholder from both office based and larger HSO’s. 

A scoping workshop is being planned for late October / early November to be held in Sydney. The objective of the scoping workshop is to:

  • Identify issues and changes required to AS/NZS4187
  • Identify the work need to incorporate guidance from AS/NZS4815 into AS/NZS4187
  • Commence preparation of a proposal for the revision for submission to Standards Australia

Standards Australia scoping workshops also can include input from stakeholder groups who are not currently represented on HE-023. Please pass on the details of any organisation that you believe may be impacted by this revision, and we can invite them to join the discussion.  

HE-023 Committee members have been requested to submit their suggested changes to AS/NZS4187 by completing comments on the attached spreadsheet and sending this to Standards Australia Project Manager Clare Hobern no later than September 15th.

As the ACIPC Representative, I will be preparing a submission for changes that I believe are necessary to improve the Standard.

Further Action Required:

ACIPC members are requested to submit the changes they believe are necessary to improve the Standard, using this spreadsheet no later than September 15th 2017. 

Members can submit these directly to  Clare Hobern Clare.Hobern@standards.org.au  or to myself terry@steamconsulting.com.au and I will compile them to be included with the submission I am preparing on ACIPC’s behalf as their representative on Committee HE-023.


 

Standards Australia Publication of Digital Hospitals Handbook

Standards Australia recently completed SA HB 163:2017, Digital Hospitals Handbook. The handbook focuses on delivering more efficient hospital services through the use of technology. It is a people and outcomes focused document intended for use across a broad audience.

Learn more in the media release


Alfred Health Infection Prevention Study Day – Melbourne

The Alfred Health Infection Prevention Study Day will be held on Thursday the 12th of October from 8.30am – 4.15pm at The Alfred (Melbourne).

There will be a range of presentations on infection prevention issues from experts in the field, including:

  • Microbiology and specimen collection
  • Infections in burns, paediatric and pregnant patients
  • Legal aspects of infection prevention
  • Food safety and outbreak management
  • Scabies
  • Surgical site and urinary tract infections
  • CPE

The full program and flyer can be found here.

Registration and further details via Eventbrite

Call 03 9076 3139 with any enquiries or email Daniela Karanfilovska –  D.Karanfilovska@alfred.org.au


EU Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health

The European Commission has issued new Guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health, based on a proposals prepared by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with input from EU Member States’ experts and stakeholders.  Download the Action Plan here. 

 


Call for ACIPC Members to assist with PPE Survey

ACIPC members are warmly invited to participate in a 15-minute online survey, to describe what PPE they think is appropriate (i.e. safe and practicable) for routine use by Emergency Department (ED) staff caring for patients with unknown infectious risks. The survey questions are structured around short video clips in which clinicians demonstrate donning/doffing procedures for two clinical scenarios according to NHMRC guidelines, which not everyone finds practicable or necessary. With your help, we hope to develop consensus recommendations for baseline appropriate PPE adherence for ED staff. This study is led by Prof Lyn Gilbert from The University of Sydney, and has been approved by the Western Sydney Local Health District human research ethics committee, and the ACIPC research committee.

Reintroducing Practical Logic to the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): A Video Survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/EGF7py (Closing date: 31 August 2017).

July 2017

From the President

 Colleagues,

As I write this bulletin we are now in the midst of winter, a challenging time for many of those we are privileged to work with and care for. Infection prevention and control professionals play an integral and vital role in the health of the community in which we work and live. On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors I pay tribute to your commitment and expertise to our discipline.

It is with great excitement I invite you to visit the new ACIPC website. It is a vibrant platform to showcase the work of the ACIPC. I hope you will find the site easy to navigate and the information you require is available to you. We look forward to your feedback and acknowledge the fantastic work Sara and the team in the ACIPC Office have done in launching the revitalized site.

One year ago we launched the ACIPC Credentialling Framework. The framework builds on our longstanding and successful credentialing framework and provides a clear pathway for all professionals in our discipline. The three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training and peer review. Importantly, the ACIPC Credentialling Framework is for everyone.

As President of your College, I am delighted to share great news with you in relation to membership categories. The College will soon be launching a new membership category of Fellow. Fellowship of the College is a prestigious member status awarded to infection prevention and control professionals in recognition of significant professional achievement. Fellowship recognises the experience, contribution and standing of infection prevention and control professionals to ACIPC and the professions.

Applications for Fellowship will be open to members who are Infection, Prevention and Control professionals who are credentialled by the ACIPC at any of the 3 tiers. The application will be assessed against published criteria and on the basis of the professional leadership, commitment and achievements of the applicant. Candidates inducted to the ACIPC as Fellows are entitled to:

  • Be known as a Fellow of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Use the post-nominal FACIPC
  • Receive and display the certificate of Fellowship

I look forward to sharing more information about this important initiative in the near future.

Yours in infection prevention and control

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E

President


ACIPC’s Infection Prevention and Control Residential Care Workshops 2017

ACIPC is offering IP&C Residential Care Workshops. The program provides participants with essential IP&C information designed for the Residential Care setting. Workshops will be hosted in metropolitan, rural and remote areas. Dates for workshops in Northern NSW, Sydney and Launceston are progressing. Workshops are also proposed in WA, Victoria and SA and we will be updating the new website with dates and venues. For more information, please email educationofficer@acipc.org.au


Expressions of Interest – Working Party to update publication on Clostridium difficile

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare in conjunction with HIGSIG and ACIPC are convening a working party to review and update the ASID/AICA position statement published March 2011 in Healthcare Infection (Infection control guidelines for patients with Clostridium difficile infection in health care settings; Rhonda l Stuart, Caroline Marshall, Mary-Louise Mclaws, Claire Boardman, Philip L. Russo, Glenys Harrington, John K. Ferguson) Healthcare infection, 2011, 16, 33-39.

ACIPC is seeking 2-3 members who have an interest in policy development and literature review to join this working party. Experience in managing patients with CDI would be beneficial.  It is proposed that this working party would be of a short duration of approximately 2 -3 months with the view to publishing the final review. At this time meetings have been proposed to be held by teleconference only.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter outlining your experience and brief CV (no more than 2 pages) to the ACIPC Office admin@acipc.org.au  by no later than Tuesday 18 July 2017. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Thea van de Mortel –Chair ACIPC Policy Committee by email – t.vandemortel@acipc.org.au


CDNA discussion paper “Towards a nationally consistent Public health response to multi-drug resistant organisms”

Link to paper.

Background

Following a significant outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing bacteria in Victorian health facilities, the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) identified the need for clarity around the contribution of public health, both at a jurisdiction and national level, in the surveillance and response to multi-drug resistant organisms (MROs). While MROs have not been a traditional area of public health unit responsibility, the outbreak in Victoria revealed the expectations of involvement and the valuable assistance that could be offered by people with public health expertise.

A working group of CDNA was established in 2016 to consider this issue and develop a discussion paper for the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). The overarching aim of the paper is to consider the issue of MROs through a ‘public health lens’; in the context of MROs, this refers to public health expertise in the protection and improvement of the health of communities through organised and collaborative efforts to detect and control communicable diseases.

It was noted that overseas and in Australian jurisdictions, improvements in surveillance and governance around the detection and response to MRO outbreaks have been triggered by an outbreak occurring. With leadership and motivation at both national and jurisdictional levels, there is the current opportunity to improve systems prior to an outbreak occurring. A nationally consistent public health response to MROs would provide reassurance that outbreaks would be detected and responded to in the early stages of an incident, no matter the jurisdiction or setting in which it occurred.

The discussion paper describes the current situation in Australia, highlights limitations of the current situation and provides recommendations for a way forward.

CDNA is now seeking input from a wider group of stakeholders.

Your comments would be appreciated regarding:

  1. a)      The accuracy of the description of the current situation, from a public health perspective
  2. b)      Any additional recommendations that you see as critical to a way forward
  3. c)      The feasibility of implementation of the recommendations and any barriers to doing so.

It would be appreciated if all comments could be returned to Anna.Colwell@health.gov.au by the 28th July 2017.


The 10th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Shenzhen, China, December 2-5, 2017

WSPID was founded with the purpose of bringing together members of national and regional organizations in this specialty for an international congress. The congress is unique in attracting leading experts in the field who address us on the diversity of infectious disease topics relevant to both participants coming from developing and developed countries.

As in previous years, the meeting will cover aspects of infectious diseases in regions around the world. Abstracts are still a key component of the congress and the program has been planned to allow ample time for oral and poster presentations.

More information can be found here:

http://www2.wspid2017.kenes.com/


WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Summary update on WHO hand hygiene day and WHO IPC update

Dear Colleagues

Here I provide a last update for you on the available WHO resources and activities, as well as what is coming next, and ask for your continued support and action!

Join a free teleclass from Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi on 5 May, people can register here, the recording will also be available and I believe it will also be in French and Spanish https://www.webbertraining.com/schedulep1.php?command=viewClass&ID=1351

WHO social media plans

On and around 5 May 2017, @WHO will issue social media messages to ensure reach of the campaign using #handhygiene #antibioticresistance – we know that many of you too have plans and ask that you use the #s so that we can gather analytics.
Please also post as many photos as you can using the WHO campaign board, this demonstrates leadership and is a big part of showing solidarity for the campaign and enhancing the global profile! http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/selfieboard2017.pdf?ua=1

A dedicated WHO acknowledgements web page
This page features web links of those who have promoted the campaign has now been launched. Please continue to post a link to the campaign web pages to show your organisation’s support and let me know if we have not featured yours! http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/SLCYH_support/en/

A final summary of all the other campaign resources available now for you to use, to be found here http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/2017/en/

–       Five advocacy posters in low and high resolution

–       Campaign banners

–       A promotional photograph board

–       A short PowerPoint advocacy slide set

–       A number of advocacy videos including from the WHO Collaborating Centre Geneva (patient safety and infection control) and from Dr Marc Sprenger, WHO Director, Antimicrobial Resistance

–       An activity list for infection prevention and control leaders at the facility level

–       A national policy maker engagement brief

–       A document of the evidence of hand hygiene as the building block for infection prevention and control.

Coming this week!

–       An interim version of the new national practical manual for the implementation of the WHO Core Components in low-resource settings

–       A new WHO instructional video on aspects of the core components, brought to life by interviews from people in the field. This will be a great addition to training sessions and will be a key part of the core components implementation progress.

– An announcement on a new assessment tool in support of core components implementation

– The next campaign newsletter to all stakeholders including an update on the numbers of registered health care facilities – we already know that the numbers have jumped right up, the last count told us the most had been in the African region.

Thank you very much, we know for sure the campaign is only a success because of your reach, energy and support!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Best wishes,

Claire Kilpatrick

clairekilpatrick.ck@googlemail.com

RN, PGDipICN, MSc, MFTM RCPS (Glas)

Consultant to WHO Service Delivery and Safety – Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit


You may be interested to read the latest WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter which gives a 5 May summary as well as an overall WHO IPC update. Link here.


ACIPC Conference –  22-22nd November Canberra

A reminder to join us for the ACIPC Conference! Early bird registrations are now open. Visit the website for registration and scholarship opportunities.

June 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

As I write this message to you the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course is well underway for the second year. This is a very exciting achievement for the College and over 10% of the College membership will have completed the course. As the course is a component of successful application for credentialing as a CICP – Primary we are looking forward to welcoming more credentialed practitioners.

You will soon receive a renewal notice for membership of the College. ACIPC membership provides a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in infection prevention and control. It allows you to stay up to date with the latest news, opinion and evidence-based practice. Membership delivers unparalleled access to your professional community, opportunities for research and professional development, discounted rates on selected ACIPC products and services, access to member-only resources and extensive educational opportunities. It also includes subscription to the highly regarded college journal Infection, Disease and Health. We encourage you to renew your membership and to share information on the value of membership with infection prevention and control colleagues.

Best wishes,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President


VALE PROFESSOR GRAHAM AYLIFFE, A FOUNDING FATHER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF INFECTION CONTROL

http://theific.org/prof-graham-ayliffe


CALLING FOR ACIPC RESEARCH GRANT 2017 PROPOSALS

A key strategic focus of the College is to enable members to conduct areas for research that will lead to improved knowledge and practice, and ultimately outcomes. In alignment with this key strategy, the College is proud to continue to provide the opportunity for its members to undertake research through its annual ACIPC Research Grants.

The 2017 ACIPC Research Grants submission process is now open and closes at 1700 (AEST) on Friday 7th July.

Further information and application forms are available on the ACIPC website.


CONSULTATION FOR THE NSQHS STANDARDS USER GUIDE FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback on the draft resources to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition). The resources aim to assist health service organisations to implement and prepare for assessment to the NSQHS Standards (second edition).

Consultation has commenced for the NSQHS Standards user guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and closes on 31 July 2017.

Click here to view or download the guide, consultation questions and instructions for submitting a response online or by email, mail or fax.

Your feedback will help ensure that this resource is useful, easy to understand, and applicable to you and your organisation.

You are invited to circulate this information to your contacts who may be interested in reviewing this resource and providing feedback.

The launch of the NSQHS Standards (second edition) and the finalised supporting resources is planned for November 2017, with assessment to the NSQHS Standards (second edition) to commence from 1 January 2019.

Questions regarding the public consultation on these resources can be addressed to the Commission on 1800 304 056 or at NSQHSstandards@safetyandquality.gov.au.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF CARBAPENEMASE PRODUCING ENTEROBACTERIACEAE: A GUIDE FOR ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is pleased to release Recommendations for the control of carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae: a guide for acute care hospitals (2017). This guide replaces the previous Recommendations for the control of multi-drug resistant Gram-negatives: carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (2013).

A PDF copy of the document may be downloaded from the Commission’s website.


ULTRASOUND PROBE INFECTION RISK – A CALL TO ACTION – LIVE WEBINAR 29TH JUNE 2017

Infection Control Today have released a Call to Action about ultrasound probe infection risk. It highlights that immediate action is needed to bridge gaps in awareness about ultrasound probe reprocessing requirements and to enhance education.

With all of these factors in mind, two representatives from the Call To Action group will present their insights in a live webinar.

Nanosonics has reached out to the group that recently published this Call to Action on ultrasound probe infection risk and two of these experts will now present their conclusions in a live webinar.

Details:

Date: 29th June 2017
Time: 9AM AEST (AUST)
Cost: Complimentary

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand current ultrasound probe reprocessing guidelines and their clinical application
  • Gain awareness of new research, global trends and new technology in ultrasound probe reprocessing
  • Gain awareness of the expansion of ultrasound procedures to a wider range of departments and procedures
  • Understand probe reprocessing challenges and strategies that could improve patient safety

Speakers:

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC Infection Prevention Consultant, Board member California APIC Council, SF APIC Chapter, Facilitator National Corporate IP Director Network

Ruth Carrico, PhD FNP-C, FSHEA CIC Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Registration Link:

https://citrix.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1146751


INVITATION TO ATTEND ANTIMICROBACTERIAL RESISTANCE SUMMIT – MELBOURNE, 29TH JUNE 2017

Find out what is happening and contribute to the debate.

Second ASID /ASA AMR Summit: Roadmap to Effective Action
Date: June 29, 8am-5pm
Venue: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne
Registration: Free
Register Now! Click Here

More information is available on the Summit’s webpage here.


ACIPC MEMBER DISCOUNT ON ELSEVIER PRODUCTS

ACIPC members are reminded that a 15% discount on Elsevier products is available.

To redeem the discount, members can order online at elsevierhealth.com.au using promo code ACIPC in the ‘Discount Codes’ field at checkout.

May 2017

From the President

Colleagues,  

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAND HYGIENE DAY

Friday 5 May 2017 is International Hand Hygiene Day. Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) are powerful weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign for Hand Hygiene Day urges those working in the healthcare industry to take a stand, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands”.

Everyone plays a part, and here’s how:

  • Health workers need to thoroughly wash their hands at the right times.
  • Chief executive officers and managers of healthcare facilities need to support hand hygiene campaigns and IPC programs to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections.
  • Policy makers need to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support for, and commitment to infection prevention.

On the 5th of May, this hand hygiene day, we want to make sure individuals understand their own important role in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

To learn more about antibiotic resistance, reputed specialists Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi will be giving a free hour long teleclass on May 5, 2017 at 1:30pm GMT.

Click here to find out more and register.


UPDATE ON COLLEGE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

I am pleased to advise you that the College is continuing to make good progress against the 8 Strategic Priorities identified by the Board of Directors. The priorities are:

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

This bulletin gives me an opportunity to update you on progress in relation to Strategic Priorities 1, 5, 7 and 8. The College Board of Directors recently hosted an evening with our industry partners ahead of the Board of Directors meeting. The event was well attended and a great opportunity for us to highlight the value the College places in the partnerships we have with industry. The event enabled us to hear from our partners about the work the College does and the feedback was very positive. We are also reviewing membership categories and will be facilitating Fellowships of the College.


FOUNDATIONS OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL COURSE

The second ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course will commence on May 22, 2017. This is great news for those beginning a career in Infection Prevention and Control and for those who are looking for a strong base on which to build their infection prevention and control knowledge. Registration is now open and places are filling up fast! For more information go to www.acipc.org.au


ACIPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The College’s Conference Organisers, Conference Design, continue with us this year to grow and expand our ACIPC Annual Conference. For those who were present last year for the conference in Melbourne you will know what a well organised conference it was. This year we plan to improve on the conference by including a range of education-based sessions during the conference to cater for the needs of the delegates as identified in some of the delegate feedback from last year. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canberra from 20 – 22 November 2017. Details are available on the ACIPC website.


BUSINESS DIRECTORATE

Progress continues against Strategic Priority 8 with the appointment of Sara Grealy to the role of Office Manager, ACIPC. Sara commenced with the College in early April and is based in Hobart. Find out more about Sara here.


NEW INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES GUIDELINE

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has published The Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, 2017 online and can be found here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2623725

Kind regards,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

May 2017

From the President

Colleagues,  

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAND HYGIENE DAY

Friday 5 May 2017 is International Hand Hygiene Day. Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) are powerful weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign for Hand Hygiene Day urges those working in the healthcare industry to take a stand, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands”.

Everyone plays a part, and here’s how:

  • Health workers need to thoroughly wash their hands at the right times.
  • Chief executive officers and managers of healthcare facilities need to support hand hygiene campaigns and IPC programs to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections.
  • Policy makers need to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support for, and commitment to infection prevention.

On the 5th of May, this hand hygiene day, we want to make sure individuals understand their own important role in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

To learn more about antibiotic resistance, reputed specialists Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi will be giving a free hour long teleclass on May 5, 2017 at 1:30pm GMT.

Click here to find out more and register.


UPDATE ON COLLEGE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

I am pleased to advise you that the College is continuing to make good progress against the 8 Strategic Priorities identified by the Board of Directors. The priorities are:

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

This bulletin gives me an opportunity to update you on progress in relation to Strategic Priorities 1, 5, 7 and 8. The College Board of Directors recently hosted an evening with our industry partners ahead of the Board of Directors meeting. The event was well attended and a great opportunity for us to highlight the value the College places in the partnerships we have with industry. The event enabled us to hear from our partners about the work the College does and the feedback was very positive. We are also reviewing membership categories and will be facilitating Fellowships of the College.


FOUNDATIONS OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL COURSE

The second ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course will commence on May 22, 2017. This is great news for those beginning a career in Infection Prevention and Control and for those who are looking for a strong base on which to build their infection prevention and control knowledge. Registration is now open and places are filling up fast! For more information go to www.acipc.org.au


ACIPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The College’s Conference Organisers, Conference Design, continue with us this year to grow and expand our ACIPC Annual Conference. For those who were present last year for the conference in Melbourne you will know what a well organised conference it was. This year we plan to improve on the conference by including a range of education-based sessions during the conference to cater for the needs of the delegates as identified in some of the delegate feedback from last year. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canberra from 20 – 22 November 2017. Details are available on the ACIPC website.


BUSINESS DIRECTORATE

Progress continues against Strategic Priority 8 with the appointment of Sara Grealy to the role of Office Manager, ACIPC. Sara commenced with the College in early April and is based in Hobart. Find out more about Sara here.


NEW INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES GUIDELINE

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has published The Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, 2017 online and can be found here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2623725

Kind regards,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

May 2017

From the President

Colleagues,  

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAND HYGIENE DAY

Friday 5 May 2017 is International Hand Hygiene Day. Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) are powerful weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign for Hand Hygiene Day urges those working in the healthcare industry to take a stand, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands”.

Everyone plays a part, and here’s how:

  • Health workers need to thoroughly wash their hands at the right times.
  • Chief executive officers and managers of healthcare facilities need to support hand hygiene campaigns and IPC programs to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections.
  • Policy makers need to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support for, and commitment to infection prevention.

On the 5th of May, this hand hygiene day, we want to make sure individuals understand their own important role in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

To learn more about antibiotic resistance, reputed specialists Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi will be giving a free hour long teleclass on May 5, 2017 at 1:30pm GMT.

Click here to find out more and register.


UPDATE ON COLLEGE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

I am pleased to advise you that the College is continuing to make good progress against the 8 Strategic Priorities identified by the Board of Directors. The priorities are:

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

This bulletin gives me an opportunity to update you on progress in relation to Strategic Priorities 1, 5, 7 and 8. The College Board of Directors recently hosted an evening with our industry partners ahead of the Board of Directors meeting. The event was well attended and a great opportunity for us to highlight the value the College places in the partnerships we have with industry. The event enabled us to hear from our partners about the work the College does and the feedback was very positive. We are also reviewing membership categories and will be facilitating Fellowships of the College.


FOUNDATIONS OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL COURSE

The second ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course will commence on May 22, 2017. This is great news for those beginning a career in Infection Prevention and Control and for those who are looking for a strong base on which to build their infection prevention and control knowledge. Registration is now open and places are filling up fast! For more information go to www.acipc.org.au


ACIPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The College’s Conference Organisers, Conference Design, continue with us this year to grow and expand our ACIPC Annual Conference. For those who were present last year for the conference in Melbourne you will know what a well organised conference it was. This year we plan to improve on the conference by including a range of education-based sessions during the conference to cater for the needs of the delegates as identified in some of the delegate feedback from last year. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canberra from 20 – 22 November 2017. Details are available on the ACIPC website.


BUSINESS DIRECTORATE

Progress continues against Strategic Priority 8 with the appointment of Sara Grealy to the role of Office Manager, ACIPC. Sara commenced with the College in early April and is based in Hobart. Find out more about Sara here.


NEW INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES GUIDELINE

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has published The Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, 2017 online and can be found here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2623725

Kind regards,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

October 2016

From the President

Colleagues,  

 The 2016 ACIPC International Conference is almost here!

Our major annual event, the 2016 ACIPC International Conference, is only weeks away! The 2016 ACIPC International Conference promises a wealth of interest as we tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities for the future of our profession. Held at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne, the conference will broker new dimensions and frontiers in education, research and practice in infection prevention and control as we come together to prevent and control infection in our communities.  

The impressive line up of keynote speakers, presenters, workshops, trade display and tremendous networking opportunities will ensure there is something for everybody. And where better to do so than in Melbourne, one of Australia’s most vibrant capital cities. With great restaurants, sporting facilities, arts, culture and entertainment precincts peppered with the laneway lifestyle, Melbourne is the gateway to Victoria’s spectacular beaches, coastline, regional wineries and peninsulas. There is plenty to see and do set across the city and wider Victoria. On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors, I look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne and seeing you at the 2016 ACIPC International Conference. 

Best wishes
Ramon
Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

[1] Declaration of Interest: Professor Shaban was the project leader of a research consortium at Griffith University contracted by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to contribute to this report. No other interests to declare.

[2] Das P & Horton R. (2015) Antibiotics: achieving the balance between access and excess. The Lancet, Vol 387, Issue 10014, p102-104.

Reminder – Changes to ACIPC Credentialling 

Just a reminder that the new three-tiered ACIPC credentialling process commenced in July 2016. Members already credentialled under the current system will continue to hold their credential as an expert ICP when the new process commences and will be required to submit an application for re-credentialling as is the current requirement every three years. The re-credentialling process for expert CICP has not changed. 

For more information follow this link, or contact the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee at credentialling@acipc.org.au

Kind regards
Dr Deborough Macbeth
Chair, ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee


Life Members

Life Membership is an acknowledgement by the College, and the various State based Associations that combined to create the new College, that the present is a result of the efforts of people who have worked over the years to create our College.

As part of our ongoing review of our membership records, it has come to our attention that there are some Life Members of the former State/Territory infection control Associations that were not carried-across to the College at the time the organisations merged.  If you were a Life Member of your former Association and have not been recognized as such by the College, we’d like to hear from you.

Click here for the Life Member webpage. Please contact our Secretariat on admin@acipc.org.au and we will gladly follow up for you. 


Member Access to Digital Version of the Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin 

Click here for link to current edition. 


 ACIPC Membership Renewals Now Overdue

Members who have not renewed/paid their College membership fees have been reminded to do so recently via a direct email.  The College membership year runs 1 July through to 30 June of each year and the current annual fee is $170.  Members 2016-2017 membership fees are now well overdue. 

ACIPC is the peak body for infection prevention and control across Australasia. It is your College. Your membership and active participation is essential to us continuing as a strong, highly visible and viable organisation.  Membership of ACIPC enables you to stay up to date with evidence-based practice and provides you with unparalleled access to your professional community. The College offers its members many value-added opportunities for professional development as well as research opportunities, full access to the College Journal Infection, Disease and Health, and member-rates and discounts for our various products and services. As a member, you have access to comprehensive networks, collegiate infection prevention and control peers to share information, ask challenging questions and seek advice from on tricky situations. You will also enjoy access to the members’ only web resources and an array of educational opportunities all essential to preventing and controlling infection for the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

We encourage members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2016-2017 to bring their membership back to financial status so they can continue to receive member benefits and importantly, maintain a continuous membership record. Failure to renew membership, will see membership cease as at 18 November 2016.

The most-efficient way to renew/pay for membership is via the ACIPC website.  Members will then automatically receive a receipt/confirmation of payment for their records.

If you have any membership enquiries or wish to discuss your renewal, please do not hesitate to contact the College Secretariat, Lorelei Broadbent, at admin@acipc.org.au or phone 07 3211 4695. 


Australian College of Nursing looking for speakers 

The Australian College of Nursing is hosting a two day CPD short course ‘Infection prevention and control’ in Perth on 1st-2nd December 2016. The ACN are looking to source a speaker/s to present sessions at this course who are locally placed in or around Perth. The target audience are nurses working in all areas of health including hospitals, aged care, primary health and community. The program outline is available from the ACN.

If you are interested, please contact the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) directly – Molly.Pullukaran@acn.edu.au. The program outline is available from the ACN.


Infection Prevention & Control in the Residential Care Setting Workshops

The College has had a very successful year with it’s Infection Prevention and Control in the Residential Care Setting Workshops. The attendee feedback from Brisbane, Adelaide, Ballarat and Melbourne has been excellent and reflects the requirement to provide valuable education series such as this in 2017.

2017 Residential Care Workshop locations and dates will be updated as they become available.

Please contact opsmanager@acipc.org.au or education@acipc.org.au if you have any queries.


ACIPC Foundations Course Face to Face Workshop and Graduates Awards

The Foundations Course Face to Face Workshop will be held on Saturday 19th November for students to finalise their course work requirements. Foundations Course students will be able to attend allocated Conference workshops on Sunday 20th November. at The Pullman, Albert Park venue. Workshop details and the program outline will be emailed to Foundations Course students in the next few weeks.

ACIPC Foundations Course Graduates Awards

The Award Ceremony will be held on Monday 21st November during Plenary 1 at 10.05 am – 10.35 am. The Awards will be proudly presented by ACIPC President Professor Ramon Shaban and the Chief Executive Officer for Medical Australia, Mr Darryl Ellis.

For more information about the 2017 Foundations Course intakes, please Click Here (information will be available on the College website in the next few weeks) or alternatively email education@acipc.org.au


International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 

The winner of the 2016 “Raise the Roof on IIPW” photo competition will be announced by Tuesday 8th November on the ACIPC website. IIPW was been proudly sponsored and supported by GOJO Australasia Pty Ltd.  


Centre for Disease Control
CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.

March 2017

From the President

Welcome to the autumn edition of the ACIPC news bulletin. The year has commenced very well with much happening in the infection prevention and control environment. It gives me great pleasure to share some exiting news with you.

Our first Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional, Ms Erica Short One of the key priority areas for the College has been the introduction of the new ACIPC Credentialling Framework, which we have now realised. Congratulations to Ms Erica Short on becoming the ACIPC’s first Primary Credentialling Infection Control Professional (CICP-P). Erica’s application was approved by the ACIPC Board of Directors at the meeting held on 3 March 2017. Congratulations Erica! To learn more, please visit this link: CICP-P

Best wishes for a great 2017,
Ramon.
Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President


International recognition of the College’s new Credentialling Framework

As I have reported previously, our peers in the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) UK are highly impressed with our new 3-tiered framework. The Journal of Infection Prevention has recently published an editorial by President Professor Heather Loveday in which she advises that the Society will be using our model as a template in establishing their new, revised credentialling framework. This is terrific news and it is another indicator of the global standing of our College among our peers; a salient hallmark of professionalism. I pay tribute to the ACIPC Board and to the former and current members of the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee for their leadership of this work and initiative. I especially acknowledge the work of the Chair of CAPS, Dr Deborough Macbeth, who is arguably the College’s strongest proponent of credentialling having been instrumental in its genesis. Well done to you all.


College collaborates with Australasian Society for Ultrasound Medicine with guideline development

ACIPC in collaboration with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) has released Guidelines for Ultrasound Transducer Reprocessing. Within 24 hours of dissemination of the Guidelines there were numerous emails from national and international members congratulating the joint group on releasing excellent, clear and concise Guidelines. Many national emergency specialists have welcomed the new Guidelines and German ultrasound specialists will be adopting the Guidelines internationally. A very successful collaboration, and well done to all of our colleagues and peers involved.


International collaboration with the Infection Control Academy of India

I recently attended the BioAsia 2017 Health and Access Conference at the invitation of the President of the Infection Control Academy of India (IFCAI). I had the opportunity to present to the Conference and participate in panel discussions where I was able to offer insights into HAI, AMR and other healthcare outcomes. The President of IFCAI expressed great interest in developing a closer relationship with the ACIPC, which the College will explore into the future.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control 2017

Plans are close to final for the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, we are very excited about the level of interest already expressed for the course. For more information, please check the College website.


Medtronic 2017 Infection Control Scholarship

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one?
If so, Medtronic wants to recognise your excellence! To find out more visit this link.


Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS)

In 2017, all Australian aged care homes (ACH) are strongly encouraged to participate in acNAPS. The acNAPS is a collaborative project between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, The Guidance Group and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Coordinating Centre. It is supported by funding from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care under the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) project.

The primary aim of acNAPS is to reduce harm to ACH residents by preventing infections and promoting appropriate antimicrobial use. It enables ACHs to undertake standardised data collection and to benchmark their infections and antimicrobial use against de-identified national aggregate data. Additionally, it supports accreditation requirements.

This year the point prevalence survey can be undertaken on a single day between Monday June 19th and Friday September 1st.If your ACH is interested in participating in the 2017 acNAPS, please contact the acNAPS team via phone (03) 9342 9415 or email support@naps.org.au Online training sessions will be scheduled for June.


Seeking your views – new quality standards and streamlined assessment

You are invited to share your views on two components of the single aged care quality framework:

  • The draft single set of standards and
  • Options for a streamlined approach for assessing provider performance against these standards.
  • The call for submissions will close on Friday 21 April 2017.

The Department of Health wants to hear from consumers, their families and carers, aged care organisations, staff of organisations, and other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.

A webinar will be held on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 2.00pm AEDT to outline the draft standards and options for the streamlined assessment process. You will be able to ask questions to help you prepare your online submission.

For information and to complete a submission, visit the department’s Consultation Hub.


Have you lost a laptop?

The College has been contacted by a member of the public with the following message: ‘I was out walking in Melbourne today when I found a dropped bag. No ID in the bag but it had a laptop in a canvas bag from the ACIPC 2016 conference.’ If you have lost a laptop and think this may be yours please contact the ACIPC Secretariat admin@acipc.org.au or 07 3211 4695.

August 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

How time flies. September for the Southern Hemisphere signals the changing of season, as we move into Spring. For many of us, the change of season is a reminder of what Winter brings, in particular waves of Influenza. There have been many reports of a heavy seasonal burden of Influenza this year. Many influenza viruses circulate at any one time, and three or four strains are particularly problematic. These are included in the trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines that are used around the world to prevent Influenza, reducing the burden of illness and disease. Preventing infection is core to our practice, and vaccines are fundamental measures in our collective efforts.

As I flagged in my last President’s address, we say farewell this month to the College’s Inaugural Operations Manager, Steve Burke. Steve has been with the College since its inception, and has worked very hard during this time to establish and grow the College to what we are today.  The Board of the College and its many members and partners owe a great debt of gratitude to Steve for all of his efforts. We wish him all the very best for this future endeavours. At the same time, we welcome Kellie Byron-Gray to the role of Interim Operations Manager. Kellie comes to us from the Education portfolio of the College, and is well placed to undertake the duties of Operations Manager over the coming months. A very warm welcome to you Kellie.

The College’s enterprise is very busy delivering a range of services to you, our members. The Conference Committee is busy putting the final touches to a highly successful annual conference, this year to be held in Melbourne. At the same time, they are planning for next year’s conference in Canberra, and over the coming weeks members will be asked to have their say on some different options being considered for the structure and format of the 2017 conference. Our Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee are diligently working through a flood of credentialling applications, as well as communications from members interested in credentialling. Our colleagues and peers in Education are busy delivering the College’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Program, as well as the Infection Control in the Residential Care Setting Workshops. Our peers in the Policy Committee are drafting new policies in support of our practice. Colleagues within the Member Services Committee are undertaking a review of member categories and planning for additional member services and benefits. Others within the Research Committee are examining proposals and facilitating research opportunities for the ACIPC membership.

This orchestra of individuals is doing great things behind the scenes to meet the professional needs of you, our members, as contemporary infection control professionals. We are a well-established and highly reputable College, and our future is bright. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in our collective endeavour to prevent and control infection for the health and welfare of our communities globally.

Kind regards

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban

President

Update on recent webinar – Non-tuberculosis Mycobacterium and Heater Cooler Devices

Unfortunately, due to a global outage with the GoToWebinar software, the webinar was cancelled at the last minute on 23rd August. We are currently arranging for a recording of the presentation to be made available on the ACIPC website. A separate email will be sent out to all registrants when dates and recording has been confirmed. We thank you for your patience.


Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care – Successful First Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the very first ACIPC Infection Control in the Residential Care Setting Workshop was held in early June Brisbane. The participants came from a variety of backgrounds including clinical and non-clinical staff from disciplines such as facility cleaning, facility managers, nursing staff, AIN’s, community nurses, infection control staff and healthcare trade representatives. 

What the participants really liked about the day and what they will take away from the experience included;

  • The importance of cleaning surfaces frequently,
  • Visual demonstrations of the importance of cleaning – ‘when you see it, you believe it!’
  • Precautions to prevent infections in day to day work practices
  • Basic Microbiology and Agar slide examples

Perhaps one comment sums it all up – “I will be able to pass my knowledge on to other staff so that we can have a safer environment and more importantly, a safer environment for our residents.”


Member Access to Digital Version of the Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin 

Click here for link to current edition. 


Centre for Disease Control
CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.

Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS) 

For more information on acNAPS, please Click Here

April 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

In amongst the hustle and bustle of the annual influenza vaccination program, and the kaleidoscope of everything else that is infection prevention and control, shines some exciting news and opportunities for us all.

It is with great pleasure that the College is able to bring to you this month’s bulletin in which we announce the launch of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, together with the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship in partnership with Medical Australia Ltd. Meeting the professional needs of our members and of our profession is a fundamental goal of our College, and of all professional Colleges and learned societies. Education, training and professional development are important levers and enablers in our efforts to prevent and control infection for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The launch of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course has been something that many of us have hoped for and envisioned for many, many years. It is fantastic that the College has, this year, materialized this goal and delivered on it for you, our members.  The course is the product of many individuals over many years, in particular in recent times from members of the College’s Education Committee chaired by Immediate Past President Belinda Henderson. Access to the new course has been made all the more easy by the generous support of Medical Australia Ltd, who have partnered with the College to offer the 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship. The College is grateful to Medical Australia Ltd for the tangible support that it is able to offer its members by way of financial scholarships to support individuals to undertake the new Foundations Course.

The new Foundations Course adds to our growing stable of reputable and high quality education initiatives, and sets a new standard in the quality and provision of infection prevention and control professional education of this kind across Australia. Moreover, the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course is an important component of our revitalised professional credentialling framework that will be launched on 1 July this year. The new framework will see the single-tier credential replaced with a three-tiered credentialling framework that will cater for everyone wishing to renew or commence their infection prevention and control credentials. There is something for everyone in the new framework that is under development by the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee under the expert leadership of its Chair, Dr Deborough Macbeth. Stay tuned to next month’s bulleting for more information about the College’s new credentialling framework.

On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors and the ACIPC Education Committee, and our partner Medical Australia Ltd, I commend the new ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course and the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarships to you.

Best wishes

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z Shaban

President

Announcing the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship.

The College is very pleased to announce the launch of the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship in partnership with Medical Australia Limited for the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course which commences in May. 

Medical Australia has invested $15,000 in scholarships to support today’s infection control professionals to undertake the College’s Inaugural Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, which commences in May. During 2016 there will be 20 scholarships available, each worth $750, to support individuals to undertake the course.

The College and Medical Australia Ltd are pleased to be able to bring the Foundations Course and the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship to ACIPC members. We commend these to you.

Click here for more information including application form.


Infection, Disease and Health – New Website Now  Live 

The first edition of Infection, Disease and Health is due out in May and the journal website www.idhjournal.com.au is now live. 

Details regarding the journal including scope, guide for authors are available here. For those that followed Healthcare Infection on Twitter, you may have noticed changes to the account to reflect the move to IHD. For those on Twitter and not yet following, we would encourage you to do so @IDHjournal. Retweeting from @IDHjournal greatly assists exposure of the journal and the College.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control.

The course structure comprises 10 Modules delivered over 20 weeks from April to November excluding holidays. The program will include self-directed learning, supported through on line resources, structured reading lists, webinar content and email moderated discussion and Q & A sessions. 

The target audience includes Health and allied health care professionals: • Metropolitan and rural healthcare facilities • Remote and community locations • Office based practice • Residential aged care • Mental health • Drug and alcohol • Health policy • Veterinary practice • NGOs

The last part of the program includes 2 face to face workshops. The inaugural graduation will be held at the 2016 Annual Conference in Melbourne. 

Want to know more – why not join the next Information Webinar on Wednesday 11th May at 12.30pm. Click here to register.

Enrolments are now open with the course due to commence Monday May 25th. Click here for more information.


Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care – Brisbane.

This is a two day program that will provide participants with a body of knowledge and essential information specific for infection p Content will be delivered across two days, one month apart:

Workshop 1: the target audience is all staff who work in Residential Care Facilities.

Workshop 2: the target audience is those who require more detailed knowledge of infection prevention and control in Residential Care settings; you may have a specific interest, hold an infection prevention and control portfolio or responsibilities, or have accountability for managing infection prevention and control issues and/or staff.
Issues or questions that have arisen following the first workshop can be addressed during the second workshop, allowing participants to gain specific knowledge and skills relevant to their place of work.

Workshop 1 will be held on Friday 10th June. 

Workshop 2 will be held on Friday 15th July.

Click here for more information including registration.

Want to know more – why not join the next Information Webinar on Wednesday 4th May at 1.00pm. Click here to register.


Centre for Disease Control – CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career. The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP.

Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


Expression of Interest – Speaker at the Day Surgery Nurses Association Conference

The Day Surgery Nurses Association has asked if any members would be available on 27th August to speak on the subject of anti-microbial stewardship at their 2016 Annual Conference.

If you would like to be considered for this please send an expression of interest to Steve Burke, Operations Manager on opsmanager@acipc.org.au.


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.

February 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

February has been a very busy time for you all as members of the College and our profession.  In amongst the everyday challenges of infection prevention and control practice in all its multitude of settings and contexts have arisen emerging and re-emerging challenges.  The spread of Zika Virus presents us and others with challenges for protecting individuals and communities from infection, particularly in terms of the apparent rapid global spread of the virus and modes of transmission. Outbreaks of Measles, a vaccine-preventable disease, continue to occur with particular alarming dimensions where the majority of patients in a Victorian cluster are adults rather than children. As well as this new Australian research bringing into focus the cost effectiveness of the oldest and fundamental element of infection prevention and control, hand hygiene, has given us much to consider and reflect, particularly in times of increasing fiscal challenge. So too has it been a busy time for the College as we work to support your needs as members in these and the many other facets of our work in infection prevention and control. In recent days, there has been considerable discussion amongst members and observers about some of these aforementioned challenges via the ACIPC Discussions List, Infexion Connexion. The College’s media releases regarding some these and other recent key issues together with issues that arose from broader discussion therein are available to members on the College website, News and Press Release page – Click here for link. Lots happening, as is the case in our profession.  

The College continues its active and forward-looking approach to embrace opportunities and work through the challenges in our wide and diverse practice settings in our shared goal to prevent and control infection for the health and welfare of individuals and communities. The ACIPC Executive Council sat in Sydney on 17-18 February 2016 for an active two-day meeting of Council that included an intensive strategic planning forum. Over the coming weeks the Executive Council will furnish members with a range of information on our work and seek your advice and input into our shared plans for the College and our future.

The first of this information that I bring to you today is that the ACIPC 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.

Secondly, during our intensive strategic planning forum, the Board established draft strategic priority action areas for 2016-2017. (see also link below)  The ACIPC Board of Directors has proposed the work of the College over the next two years will focus principally on the following:

  1. Build our profile and strengthen our relationships with members, industry and partners.
  2. Grow the business and invest in our financial sustainability.
  3. Launch our flagship journal, Infection Disease & Health.
  4. Launch our new ACIPC Credentialling Framework together with the ACIPC Practice Standards.
  5. Launch our flagship ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
  6. Expand ACIPC education initiatives, including short courses and accreditation of external courses.
  7. Enhance our highly successful annual ACIPC International Conference.
  8. 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. To that end, the Board welcomes your thoughts and comments as members regarding these areas, which should be submitted by email to the Secretariat at admin@acipc.org.au

Finally, the Board to the opportunity while gathered in Sydney to hold our annual Corporate Partnership and Sponsorship Event, the third that the College has conducted since commencing operations. The event was another resounding success, giving the College’s highly valued corporate and industry sponsors and partners the chance to talk directly with members of the ACIPC Board and to explore opportunities for future collaboration. Over the coming weeks the Board will advise members of the exciting tangible outcomes from the event that will enhance our standing and reputation as the peak body representing  infection prevention and control professionals in the Australasian region.

With kind regards

Ramon

Click here for Strategic Priority Action Agenda 2016 – 2017 

Call for Expression of Interest – Reviewer for Infection Control Clinical Indicator Data for the Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 17th Edition 2008 – 2015.

If you are interested in representing the College on this project please see attached correspondence from ACHS, click here, and send your Expression of Interest by Close of Business Monday March 7th to the College Secretariat on admin@acipc.org.au .


Infection, Disease and Health – On Line Submission Open

Details regarding the journal including scope, guide for authors and For those that followed Healthcare Infection on Twitter, you may have noticed changes to the account to reflect the move to IHD. For those on Twitter and not yet following, we would encourage you to do so @IDHjournal. Retweeting from @IDHjournalgreatly assists exposure of the journal and the College. Further notification about the journal will be sent in March.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control.

The course structure comprises 10 Modules delivered over 20 weeks from April to November excluding holidays. The program will include self-directed learning, supported through on line resources, structured reading lists, webinar content and email moderated discussion and Q & A sessions. The last part of the program includes 2 face to face workshops. The inaugural graduation will be held at the 2016 Annual Conference in Melbourne.

Final details about price, scholarship availability, workshop location and pre reading etc. will be shortly be available on the College Events page and will also be emailed to members separately. Watch this space for this exciting and long awaited initiative.

Click here for Course Webpage.


Centre for Disease Control – CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.


Medtronic (formerly Covidien) Scholarships 2016 – Applications Close 31st March 

Have you (or any of your colleagues) initiated an infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Medtronic would like to recognise your excellence. The Medtronic 2016 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. 

Click here for more information.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career. The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP.

Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


Education Officer(s) X 2 – Casual Short Term Positions

The College is seeking two experienced Educational Officers to fill short term casual vacancies. More information available on Jobs Board page here.  


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.

January 2017

From the President

Colleagues,  

I am looking forward to a very collaborative and successful year for the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) members and stakeholders. A full range of educational opportunities will be available and advertised via the ACIPC website. Planning is well underway for the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course to be offered in the first half of this year. Residential Aged Care workshops and Infection Control/Simulated Infection Control Construction and Renovation workshops will feature this year along with the popular and successful webinar series.

Conference Design has provided the ACIPC with the feedback and evaluation from registrants at the 2016 International ACIPC Conference. The information will be reviewed by the executive Management Team and Board of Directors and will assist the Conference Organising Committee in planning the 2017 International Conference to be held in Canberra, 19 – 23 November 2017.

Best wishes for a great 2017,
Ramon.
Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President


Congratulations Professor Lyn Gilbert AO

Professor Lyn Gilbert(AO) has been honoured in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control extends sincerest congratulations to Professor Gilbert (AO), acknowledging the contribution to medical research, particularly in infectious disease prevention and control that Professor Gilbert (AO) has made.


Foundations of Infection, Prevention and Control Course

Registrations will open very soon for the 2017 Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Final preparation is underway and we are working towards a March/April commencement. For all who have expressed an interest in enrolling in the course, information will be emailed as soon as possible. If you or a colleague is interested in enrolling in the course, please contact opsmanager@acipc.org.au to register your interest.


Infection Control/Simulated Infection Control Construction and Renovation Workshop (Brisbane)

ACIPC is pleased to advise a workshop conducted by Glenys Harrington will take place at QE11 Jubilee Hospital on 6 March 2017. The workshop focuses on strategies for the prevention of infection in patients, staff and visitors during times of environmental disturbance by construction, renovation and repair activities in healthcare settings. Click here for further details.


Expression of Interest – Standards Australia

Standards Australia is currently constituting a Technical Committee (“Health Contact Centres”) with the responsibility to develop a standard for Australian Health Contact Centres.

Standards Australia has invited the ACIPC to nominate a representative to participate in the work of this committee. The scope of the project is to develop a standard for the management and governance of call centres, also known as contact centres, that provide information, advice, triage, treatment and any other health services to the Australian public. The goal of the proposed Standard is to define and describe the governance, management and quality standards expected of Australian Health Contact Centres.

If you are interested in representing ACIPC in this work please forward a brief expression of interest (no more than 500 words) providing evidence to support your interest and a brief CV to opsmanager@acipc.org.au by close of business Monday 13 February 2017.

July 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

This month heralded the launch of the ACIPC Credentialling Framework, and applications are now open! The new framework builds on our longstanding and successful credentialling framework and provides a clear pathway for all professionals in our discipline. The new three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training, critical reflection and other elements with peer review. Importantly, the new ACIPC Credentialling Framework is for everyone. A key underpinning philosophy of the new framework is providing a career pathway for infection control professionals within a formal credentialling framework that is open to everyone working in infection control. The new ACIPC Credentialling Framework affords members with professional practice pathways that support and recognise the vital role you play. Whether you are new to the profession or have been practising for some time, there is something for everyone in the new ACIPC Credentialling Framework.  For more information see: http://www.acipc.org.au/Credentialling

This month also brought news of the retirement of an esteemed colleague, supporter and friend of the College, Professor Chris Baggoley AO. Chris has been a strong and effective advocate for the College and our profession throughout his career, in particular during this term as Chief Medical Officer. He has been a remarkable global leader of, and advocate for, infection prevention and control leader, in particular, in antimicrobial resistance. On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors and College members, I would like to thank Chris sincerely for his decades of distinguished and dedicated service. We wish him all the very best for retirement and the future. At the same time, we extend congratulations to Chris’ successors incoming Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy and Deputy Chief Medical Officer,Dr Tony Hobbs. We look forward to strong ongoing collaborative working relationships with their offices.

This bulletin also brings news of changes of our own, here within the College. After more than four years of dedicated service, our Operations Manager, Mr Steve Burke, has advised the Board that he will step down at the end of August to take on new adventures. Steve has served the College and our members exceptionally well since our inception, and has worked tirelessly alongside others to build us into the fantastic organisation we are today. On behalf of the Board of Directors and College members, I record a sincere vote of thanks to Steve for all his hard work and efforts. We wish him the very best for his next adventure.  

The Board will shortly embark on a recruitment exercise to appoint a new Operations Manager. In the interim, the Board has approved the appointment of Ms Kellie Byron-Gray to the role of Interim Operations Manager. Kellie comes to us from the College’s Education portfolio where she is currently an Education Officer, and is well placed to undertake this role in the short term while recruitment is underway. Please join me in welcoming Kellie to this role.

Yours in infection prevention and control

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E

President

Webinar – Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Infection and Heater Cooler Devices 

As many of you may be aware, there has been much literature published recently describing a global outbreak associated with nontuberculous Mycobacterium chimaera infections and the use of heater cooler devices during open cardiac surgery. This issue has become very topical in Australia with the release of Medical Devices Safety Update from the TGA in early May 2016, spurring many facilities to undertake their own local investigations.

To help disseminate knowledge in Australia about this global outbreak, the College is pleased to host this webinar presented by two international keynote speakers: Dr Joost Hopman and Dr Jakko van Ingen from the Radboud University, Netherlands.

Dr Hopman is a consultant clinical microbiologist and heads up the infection control unit at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen. He also holds co-appointments with the Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the WHO. In 2014 Dr Hopman was tasked with coordinating the national response to the Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak in the Netherlands. Dr van Ingen is also consultant clinical microbiologist at Radboud University Medical Centre and has undertaken post-doctoral training at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. His research areas include mycobacterial disease and cystic fibrosis. Dr van Ingen coordinated a major molecular epidemiological investigation of the Mycobacterium chimaera outbreak in four European countries (the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom) and presented on the outbreak at this year’s ESCMID meeting (as referenced in the ‘Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention’ blog).

This webinar will be relevant to infection prevention and control staff as well as colleagues working in infectious diseases, clinical microbiology,  perfusion, anaesthetics, cardiothoracic surgery and general practice.

The webinar is scheduled for 5.00 pm Tuesday 23rd August 2016 and will be recorded and available on the College website shortly afterwards if you are not able to make it at that time.

Click here for more information and registration.


Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS)

As you know, the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) and the AURA team at the Commission have been working together on various modules for NAPS. NCAS commenced the aged care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS) as an ongoing annual survey in June 2016.

The successful pilot in 2015 demonstrated the acNAPS as a valuable survey instrument for local assessment of antimicrobial use and infection data in residential aged care facilities and multipurpose services, to support quality improvement through the implementation and comprehensiveness of antimicrobial stewardship programs.

The 2015 acNAPS pilot saw 186 residential aged care facilities and multipurpose services participate in the survey, providing a number of important findings in relation to the appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing and use in residential aged care. Results of the survey also promote facility measurement and evaluation of current practice, for improved antimicrobial prescribing, and the achievement of best-practice benchmarks within Australian facilities. Participation also demonstrates concordance with the Australian Aged Care Accreditation Standards for Infection Control and Medication Management for all facilities.

The results of the 2015 acNAPS pilot also demonstrated the value of national collation and reporting of this surveillance data as part of AURA. For those of you who have not yet seen this report, it is available through this link – Antimicrobial prescribing and infections in Australia residential aged care facilities.

The Commission would appreciate your assistance in promoting the 2016 acNAPS across your jurisdictional and professional networks.

The 2016 acNAPS launched on Monday, 27 June 2016 and is open for participation by all Australian residential aged care facilities and multipurpose services; the survey can be undertaken on any single day until Friday, 9 September 2016. The survey can be completed by a nurse, infection control practitioner or pharmacist, to support participation, expert support from a clinical microbiologist, pharmacists and an infection control practitioner is available to all facilities during this time. Online training sessions have been scheduled for August 2016 and ‘Remote Expert Assessments’ are also available to assist facilities in participation.

If you would like to know more about participating in the 2016 acNAPS, facilities can directly contact the acNAPS team via phone on (03) 9342 9415 or via email on support@naps.org.au.


Call for Nominations – Claire Boardman  CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman, and her leadership in establishing the College.

It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control.

Click here for full details about the Award and nomination process including nomination forms. Closing date for applications is COB Wednesday 31st August 2016. 


Call for Expressions of Interest – Editor in Chief Infection, Disease and Health

Infection, Disease and Health is the official journal of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC).  The journal is the platform for the publication and dissemination of knowledge in the area of infection and disease causing infection in humans. 

Expressions of Interest are sought from members to take on this role and drive the continued development of the Journal’s prestige, readership and reputation.

Click here for full details  


Call for Expressions of Interest – Course Markers, Foundations Course

ACIPC is currently seeking casual staff to undertake marking of assignments undertaken in the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Program.

Applicants should be experienced ICPs with a Bachelor level qualification. Experience in marking preferred. Marking is home-based, and candidates need a reliable internet connection.

If interested please submit your CV to Steve Burke via email at opsmanager@acipc.org.au 


Member Access to Digital Version of the Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin 

Click here for link to current edition. 


Centre for Disease Control CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.

March 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

March is almost over, and as you see in this month’s eNewsletter there are new and exciting things happening within the College. Particularly exciting progress has been made with the launch website for the College’s journal Infection, Disease and Health. The journal’s Interim Editor-in-Chief Associate Professor Brett Mitchell and our publishing partners at Elsevier, Ms Diana Jones and Ms Fiona Barron, to ready the website for business. The new site provides the gateway to information and services within the journal all at your finger tips from articles in press, most read and cited articles and a live Twitter feed through to author and submission guidelines.  The College is delighted to bring this new resource to you, our members, and we hope that it continues to support you in your practice. Stay tuned for more for more in the coming weeks about when the first print issue will become available.

Another very exciting initiative is the launch of the College’s very own Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control. Covering 10 modules over 20 weeks and beginning in April, this distance course has been designed under the auspices of the ACIPC Education Committee to cover the foundational requirements to basic infection prevention and control practice. Enrolments are now open and stay tuned to the College website regarding possible scholarships on offer.

And finally, just a quick reminder that the ACIPC Board of Directors welcomes your feedback on our Draft Strategic Priority Action Areas that were circulated in last month’s eNewsletter. Here they are for ease of reference.

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

As you can see in this month we have made great progress towards 2 of the actions areas. The ACIPC Board believes that these actions areas will best guide our strategic work and efforts as the College grows. We welcome warmly your thoughts and comments as members regarding these areas, which should be submitted by email to the Secretariat at admin@acipc.org.au

Click here for link to Strategic Priority Action Agenda 2016 – 2017

Yours in infection prevention and control

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z Shaban

President

Expression of Interest – Speaker at the Day Surgery Nurses Association Conference

The Day Surgery Nurses Association has asked if any members would be available on 27th August to speak on the subject of anti-microbial stewardship at their 2016 Annual Conference.

If you would like to be considered for this please send an expression of interest to Steve Burke, Operations Manager on opsmanager@acipc.org.au.


Infection, Disease and Health – New Website Now Live 

The first edition of Infection, Disease and Health is due out in May and the journal website www.idhjournal.com.au is now live. 

Details regarding the journal including scope, guide for authors are available here. For those that followed Healthcare Infection on Twitter, you may have noticed changes to the account to reflect the move to IHD. For those on Twitter and not yet following, we would encourage you to do so @IDHjournal. Retweeting from @IDHjournal greatly assists exposure of the journal and the College.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control.

The course structure comprises 10 Modules delivered over 20 weeks from April to November excluding holidays. The program will include self-directed learning, supported through on line resources, structured reading lists, webinar content and email moderated discussion and Q & A sessions. The last part of the program includes 2 face to face workshops. The inaugural graduation will be held at the 2016 Annual Conference in Melbourne. 

Enrolments are now open with the course due to commence Monday May 9th. Click here for more information.


Centre for Disease Control – CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.


Medtronic (formerly Covidien) Scholarships 2016 – Applications Close 31st March 

Have you (or any of your colleagues) initiated an infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Medtronic would like to recognise your excellence. The Medtronic 2016 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. 

Click here for more information.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career. The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP.

Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


New Board Member

Mr Peter Martin has joined the Board of Directors as the Consumer Representative for a two year term from January 2016. He has a background on Education having worked in secondary schools for almost 40 years. Subsequently he has had extensive experience in professional organisations, 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 healthcare related advisory committees.

Click here for more information. 


ACIPC Sharps Injury Study

2nd call – for participation in the survey of 2014 sharps injuries.
Your data is essential for informed discussion on strategies to lessen sharps injury risk to Australian HCW – click here for link to survey. For further detail or assistance email Terry Grimmond at terry@terrygrimmond.com


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.

January 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

Zika Virus Outbreak and Health Alert

The World Health Organization has released a global health alert regarding Zika Virus. Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General, has advised that Zika Virus is a serious global health concern and with highly likely global spread. Moreover, particular concerns have been raised maternal-fetal effects of the virus. ACIPC President Professor Ramon Shaban reports that

“While the current evidence indicates that the vast majority of patients infected with Zika Virus are asymptomatic, and that symptomatic disease is generally mild, there are concerns regarding the effect of the virus on pregnant women and their foetuses. The very limited data available suggests that pregnant woman are no more susceptible to Zika virus infection or experience more severe disease during pregnancy than other patients. With no treatment or specific prophylaxis available it is important for those who are particularly at risk, namely pregnant women, to reconsider travel to endemic areas. Those in endemic areas should to take precautions to avoid the mosquito-transmitted infection. It is important for pregnant women to consult their obstetrician and healthcare team to discuss the risks of transmission and infection and any concerns that they or their family has. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authoritative global health agencies have released comprehensive guidelines for health professionals and the public.”

The College directs members, colleagues and the public to link provided below to obtain the latest information, as well as information provided by the various jurisdictions across Australasia.

WHO Zika Virus:  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/index.html

Australian Government Smart Traveller: https://smartraveller.gov.au/bulletins/zika_virus

Australian Government Department of Health Warnings:

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Health Warnings-1

Best wishes

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban.
President

New College Journal – Infection, Disease and Health

I am pleased to announce we are now accepting online submissions for the College’s new Journal – Infection, Disease and Health. Details regarding the journal including scope, guide for authors and a link to online submission can be found here: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/infection-disease-and-health/

In coming weeks, a new website for the journal will be launched. This website will be interactive utilising social media, have current and past editions of the journal available, journal metrics, editors choice and much more.  

During 2016, authors who choose to make your article open-access will benefit from a significantly reduced article processing charge (50% reduction) where any listed author is an ACIPC member. After 2016, a US$450 discount will apply where an author is an ACIPC member. This makes the article processing fee for IHD of one of the cheapest in our field. Like Healthcare Infection, authors can still choose not to make their article open access – in which case there is no cost.

For those that followed Healthcare Infection on Twitter, you may have noticed changes to the account to reflect the move to IHD. For those on Twitter and not yet following, we would encourage you to do so @IDHjournal. Retweeting from @IDHjournal greatly assist exposure of the journal and the College.

Guidelines for authors and on line submission of papers is now available via the Elsevier  site – click here for link.  


New WHO Infection Control Unit 

The World Health Organization has established a new Infection Prevention and Control Unity within its Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) department to provide a comprehensive, integrated IPC function focused on strengthening national and international IPC capacity and implementing safe practices at the point of care.

ACIPC President Professor Ramon Shaban comments that “The focus of this new unit will be on revolve around five keys programs of work, including: leadership, connecting and coordinating; campaigns and advocacy; technical guidance and Implementation; capacity-building, and measuring and learning. This is a terrific and highly warranted initiative of the WHO which will advance our global efforts to protect individuals and communities from healthcare-associated infection and communicable diseases more broadly.”

Members can review the aims and functions of the new unit at the following link: http://www.who.int/gpsc/ipc/en/


Infection Prevention & Control in Residential Aged Care Course – March 18th Brisbane.

This two day program includes all the essential aspects of infection prevention and control for people working in Residential Care Settings.

The content will be delivered across two separate days with a break of six weeks between them (allowing for Easter).

Workshop 1 – Friday 18th March.

Workshop 2 – Friday 29th April.  

Click here for more information about content and registration details.


Medtronic (formerly Covidien) Scholarships 2016. 

Have you (or any of your colleagues) initiated an infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Medtronic would like to recognise your excellence.

With support from ACIPC, the Medtronic 2016 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. Click here for more information.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career.

The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP. Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


Annual Conference – 2016

This year’s Annual Conference will be held at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne from  20 – 23rd November .Click here for the Conference Website.


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.

December 2016

From the President

Colleagues,  

As 2016 draws to a close, it is my privilege to share the news in this e-Bulletin with you. ACIPC has embarked on an ambitious program of growth, as promised at the 2015 Annual Conference. Some of the very exciting achievements of the ACIPC over the past 12 months include:

  • commencement of a new system and framework for the credentialing of infection control professionals
  • the inaugural ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control program
  • offering Residential Aged Care workshops
  • articulation of new education pathways connecting vocational and tertiary training sectors
  • a successful year for the Infection, Disease and Health journal.

In addition to these achievements, infection control professionals have met many emerging and re-emerging encounters. The spread of Zika Virus presented many challenges for protecting individuals and communities from infection, particularly in terms of the apparent rapid global spread of the virus and modes of transmission. Closer to home outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases across a number of jurisdictions were our focus.

The first meeting for 2016 of the ACIPC Board of Directors saw the establishment of the College’s 2016-2017 Strategic Priority Action Areas. In summary, the priorities are:

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

Further details on the priorities can be found in the ACIPC Annual Report 2015 – 2016

It was tremendous to see so many of you at the 2016 ACIPC International Conference. Feedback we have received indicates the conference was the most successful to date. This is in recognition of the commitment and dedication you have to our profession. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the ACIPC members, volunteers, Committee members and Board of Directors for the contribution you have made to ACIPC.

Wishing you a joyous and safe festive season and very much looking forward to progressing the work of ACIPC with you in 2017.

Best wishes
Ramon
Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

Annual Conference 2016

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) was pleased to welcome 590 delegates, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors to the ACIPC 2016 Annual Conference held at the Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park 20 – 23 November.

Attendees from throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and North America listened to a broad variety of presentations on topics including the latest innovations in infection prevention and control, refugee health and a Chief Executive Officers view on infection prevention and control.

ACIPC would like to thank all speakers and presenters for their valuable contributions to the program, and our industry partners, sponsors and exhibitors for their vital support of the conference. Selected presentation slides from ACIPC 2016 are now available via the conference website


Employment opportunity

ACIPC is advertising for an Education Officer. The role is casual part-time, 20 hours per week.

June 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

This month saw the release of the First Australian Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Human Health[1] by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. The rise of antimicrobial resistance is a significant global health and security threat, and something that we all face in our day to day work. Governments all around the world are marshalling resources and launching campaigns and strategies to slow the pace and spread of antimicrobial resistance. We know that use of antimicrobials is the primary driver of resistance, and that it is accelerated by what is commonly described as overuse, misuse or inappropriate use.  There is considerable international evidence demonstrating the relationship between antibiotic overuse, misuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics and resistance, and no disputing the very many problems that arise from this.

However, for millions of people around the world the concepts of antibiotic overuse, misuse or inappropriate use are completely alien.  For them there is no access, or very limited access, to antibiotics. Such things are precious commodities that they only dream of having. As our colleagues Pamela Das and Richard Horton argue in their recent commentary in The Lancet, focusing on resistance in terms of misuse or overuse fails to take a global perspective on the needs of the many for whom antibiotics are a precious resource.[2] They rightly point out that many more people die from the lack of access, or delayed access to, antimicrobials than from resistant organisms. While this should in no way serve to discourage efforts to secure more prudent use of antibiotics in settings where overuse, misuse or inappropriate use occurs, we must also turn our minds to how it is that we can bring about both sustainable access and sustainable effectiveness for all. Enhancing non antimicrobial-based initiatives such as immunisation to improve health outcomes with a system of Universal Health Coverage is one critically important intervention that has real benefits to our wider goal to conserve antibiotics and reduce selection pressure that drives resistance.

The First Australian Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Human Health provides us with some sobering insight into the problems of antimicrobial resistance in Australia, and the extent to which the use of antibiotics contributes to this. This report bring mixed news; cause for celebration in some areas but evidence of much more work that needs to be done in others. I commend this report to you and strongly encourage you to take the time to review it and consider what actions you can undertake to respond to these challenges.  The report is available at this website: http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/publications/aura

The College and its members – you – are heavily engaged in this work. We must continue to work together now and into the future to confront the challenges of antimicrobial resistance for the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities around the world.

Kind regards

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban

President


[1] Declaration of Interest: Professor Shaban was the project leader of a research consortium at Griffith University contracted by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to contribute to this report. No other interests to declare.

[2] Das P & Horton R. (2015) Antibiotics: achieving the balance between access and excess. The Lancet, Vol 387, Issue 10014, p102-104.

Reminder – Special Notice of Changes to ACIPC Credentialling 

Just a reminder that the new three-tiered ACIPC credentialling process will commence from 1st July. ACIPC members still have an opportunity to apply for credentialling as an expert Infection Control Professional. Applications received up until midnight 30th June will be assessed under the current credentialling process and criteria. Members already credentialled under the current system will continue to hold their credential as an expert ICP when the new process commences and will be required to submit an application for re-credentialling as is the current requirement every three years. The re-credentialling process for expert CICP has not changed. 

For more information please see the following link: http://www.acipc.org.au/Credentialling/Credentialling-2016 or contact the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee at credentialling@acipc.org.au

Kind regards

Dr Deborough Macbeth
Chair, ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee 

Email: credentialling@acipc.org.au


Award for College Director 

Please join me in congratulating Mr Peter Martin, Director (Consumer Representative), on being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to education and to the community.  We are honoured and privileged to have Peter as a Director of the College and this award certainly reflects his contribution to our work and endeavours.  Warm and hearty congratulations Peter on this outstanding achievement and fitting tribute to you and your work. Click here for complete citation.

Ramon Shaban, President.


Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS)

The acNAPS is a collaborative project between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, The Guidance Group and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Coordinating Centre. It is supported by funding from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care under the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) project. The acNAPS Antimicrobial prescribing and infections in Australian residential aged care facilities and AURA First Australian report on antimicrobial Use and resistance in humans health reports were both recently published.

acNAPS aims to reduce harm to residents living in residential aged care facilities (RACF) and multipurpose health services (MPS) through promoting the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, while reducing the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. It  enables RACF and MPS to undertake standardised data collection and to benchmark their infections and antimicrobial use against de-identified national aggregate data. Additionally it supports accreditation requirements.

In 2016, all Australian RACF and MPS are strongly encouraged to participate in acNAPS. The point prevalence survey this year can be undertaken on a single day between Monday June 27th and Wednesday August 31st

If your RACF or MPS are interested in participating in the 2016 acNAPS, please contact the acNAPs team via phone (03) 9342 9415 or email support@naps.org.au Online training sessions have been scheduled for July. 


Life Members

Life Membership is an acknowledgement by the College, and the various State based Associations that combined to create the new College, that the present is a result of the efforts of people who have worked over the years to create our College.

As part of our ongoing review of our membership records, it has come to our attention that there are some Life Members of the former State/Territory infection control Associations that were not carried-across to the College at the time the organisations merged.  If you were a Life Member of your former Association and have not been recognized as such by the College, we’d like to hear from you.

Click here for the Life Member webpage. Please contact our Secretariat on admin@acipc.org.au and we will gladly follow up for you. 


Call for Expression of Interest – Chair of the  Scientific Organising Committee

Organisation of the College’s Annual Conference is carried out by the Conference and Scientific Organising Committees. Expressions of Interest are called from interested and suitably experienced College members to be considered for appointment as Chair of the Scientific Organising Committee (SOC). The role of the Chair is to ensure that the Committee works effectively to deliver a comprehensive and high quality program. The Committee’s responsibilities broadly include facilitating speaker participation this is high quality and reflect innovation and diversity, abstract review and producing an interesting scientific program.  

Click here for Expression of Interest document. Click here for Draft Terms of Reference for the Conference and Scientific Organising Committee.


College Supports Choosing Wisely Australia®

The May meeting of the College Board resolved to support Choosing Wisely Australia®. This is an initiative that brings the community together to improve the quality of healthcare through considering tests, treatments, and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm.

Led by Australia’s colleges, societies and associations and facilitated by NPS MedicineWise, Choosing Wisely Australia challenges the way we think about healthcare, questioning the notion ‘more is always better’.

Click here for more information on Choosing Wisely Australia


Inaugural Medical Australia Scholarships Awarded

Medical Australia has invested $15,000 in scholarships to support today’s infection control professionals to undertake the College’s Inaugural Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, which commenced in June. We congratulate the successful applicants and wish them well in the course: Sally Brew, Alison Farrington, Espedito Faraone, Franciska Ferreira, Jennie Hanley, Kathleen McLean, Leeanne Matthews, Paulina May, Alissia Reid and Suellen Vaughan.

The College is grateful to Medical Australia Ltd for the tangible support that it is able to offer members by way of financial scholarships to support individuals to undertake the new Foundations Course.

A number of scholarships are now available for the Accelerated Program. Click here for more information and aplication form. 


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – Accelerated Program

Modules 1 – 5 will be covered in a condensed timeframe so that all the material, including assignments, are completed by the Face to Face 2 Day Intensive workshop held on 19th and 20th November in Melbourne prior to the 2016 Annual Conference. This is the same as for the standard program timetable.

The program includes self-directed learning, supported through on line resources, structured reading lists, webinar content and email moderated discussion and Q & A sessions. 

The target audience includes Health and allied health care professionals: • Metropolitan and rural healthcare facilities • Remote and community locations • Office based practice • Residential aged care • Mental health • Drug and alcohol • Health policy • Veterinary practice • NGOs

The last part of the program includes 2 face to face workshops. The inaugural graduation will be held at the 2016 Annual Conference in Melbourne. 

Want to know more – why not view Information Webinar on the course webpage.Click here to open page with webinar recording – note the webinar link is at bottom of page.

Enrolments are now open with the course due to commence Monday July 25th. Click here for more information.


Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care – Successful First Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the very first ACIPC Infection Control in the Residential Care Setting Workshop was held in early June Brisbane. The participants came from a variety of backgrounds including clinical and non-clinical staff from disciplines such as facility cleaning, facility managers, nursing staff, AIN’s, community nurses, Infection control staff and healthcare trade representatives. 

What the participants really liked about the day and what they will take away from the experience included;

  • The importance of cleaning surfaces frequently,
  • Visual demonstrations of the importance of cleaning – ‘when you see it, you believe it!’
  • Precautions to prevent infections in day to day work practices
  • Basic Microbiology and Agar slide examples
  • Reminders of how germs are transmitted and spread and good education to take back and report to other staff.    
  • Some key Awareness of the environment and the importance of everyone’s responsibility. More concise understanding of processes and manage ideas. 

Perhaps one comment sums it all up – “I will be able to pass my knowledge on to other staff so that we can have a safer environment and more importantly, a safer environment for our residents.”

Next Workshop – Ballarat

This workshop is delivered across two consecutive days Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September at Sovereign Park Motor Inn, Ballarat. .

Click here for more information including registration.

Want to know more – contact Kellie Byron-Gray, Education Officer on k.byron@acipc.org.au or download the brochure here .Click here to register.

Watch this space for upcoming worshop dates and venues.


Member Access to Digital Version of the Australian Hospital and Healthcare Bulletin 

Click here for link to current edition. 


Centre for Disease Control
CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.

April 2016

From the President

Colleagues,

In amongst the hustle and bustle of the annual influenza vaccination program, and the kaleidoscope of everything else that is infection prevention and control, shines some exciting news and opportunities for us all.

It is with great pleasure that the College is able to bring to you this month’s bulletin in which we announce the launch of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, together with the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship in partnership with Medical Australia Ltd. Meeting the professional needs of our members and of our profession is a fundamental goal of our College, and of all professional Colleges and learned societies. Education, training and professional development are important levers and enablers in our efforts to prevent and control infection for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The launch of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course has been something that many of us have hoped for and envisioned for many, many years. It is fantastic that the College has, this year, materialized this goal and delivered on it for you, our members.  The course is the product of many individuals over many years, in particular in recent times from members of the College’s Education Committee chaired by Immediate Past President Belinda Henderson. Access to the new course has been made all the more easy by the generous support of Medical Australia Ltd, who have partnered with the College to offer the 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship. The College is grateful to Medical Australia Ltd for the tangible support that it is able to offer its members by way of financial scholarships to support individuals to undertake the new Foundations Course.

The new Foundations Course adds to our growing stable of reputable and high quality education initiatives, and sets a new standard in the quality and provision of infection prevention and control professional education of this kind across Australia. Moreover, the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course is an important component of our revitalised professional credentialling framework that will be launched on 1 July this year. The new framework will see the single-tier credential replaced with a three-tiered credentialling framework that will cater for everyone wishing to renew or commence their infection prevention and control credentials. There is something for everyone in the new framework that is under development by the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee under the expert leadership of its Chair, Dr Deborough Macbeth. Stay tuned to next month’s bulleting for more information about the College’s new credentialling framework.

On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors and the ACIPC Education Committee, and our partner Medical Australia Ltd, I commend the new ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course and the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarships to you.

Best wishes

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z Shaban

President

Announcing the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship.

The College is very pleased to announce the launch of the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship in partnership with Medical Australia Limited for the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course which commences in May. 

Medical Australia has invested $15,000 in scholarships to support today’s infection control professionals to undertake the College’s Inaugural Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, which commences in May. During 2016 there will be 20 scholarships available, each worth $750, to support individuals to undertake the course.

The College and Medical Australia Ltd are pleased to be able to bring the Foundations Course and the Medical Australia 2016 Inaugural Infection Prevention and Control Scholarship to ACIPC members. We commend these to you.

Click here for more information including application form.


Infection, Disease and Health – New Website Now  Live 

The first edition of Infection, Disease and Health is due out in May and the journal website www.idhjournal.com.au is now live. 

Details regarding the journal including scope, guide for authors are available here. For those that followed Healthcare Infection on Twitter, you may have noticed changes to the account to reflect the move to IHD. For those on Twitter and not yet following, we would encourage you to do so @IDHjournal. Retweeting from @IDHjournal greatly assists exposure of the journal and the College.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control.

The course structure comprises 10 Modules delivered over 20 weeks from April to November excluding holidays. The program will include self-directed learning, supported through on line resources, structured reading lists, webinar content and email moderated discussion and Q & A sessions. 

The target audience includes Health and allied health care professionals: • Metropolitan and rural healthcare facilities • Remote and community locations • Office based practice • Residential aged care • Mental health • Drug and alcohol • Health policy • Veterinary practice • NGOs

The last part of the program includes 2 face to face workshops. The inaugural graduation will be held at the 2016 Annual Conference in Melbourne. 

Want to know more – why not join the next Information Webinar on Wednesday 11th May at 12.30pm. Click here to register.

Enrolments are now open with the course due to commence Monday May 25th. Click here for more information.


Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Care – Brisbane.

This is a two day program that will provide participants with a body of knowledge and essential information specific for infection p Content will be delivered across two days, one month apart:

Workshop 1: the target audience is all staff who work in Residential Care Facilities.

Workshop 2: the target audience is those who require more detailed knowledge of infection prevention and control in Residential Care settings; you may have a specific interest, hold an infection prevention and control portfolio or responsibilities, or have accountability for managing infection prevention and control issues and/or staff.
Issues or questions that have arisen following the first workshop can be addressed during the second workshop, allowing participants to gain specific knowledge and skills relevant to their place of work.

Workshop 1 will be held on Friday 10th June. 

Workshop 2 will be held on Friday 15th July.

Click here for more information including registration.

Want to know more – why not join the next Information Webinar on Wednesday 4th May at 1.00pm. Click here to register.


Centre for Disease Control – CDC Health Advisory – Zika Virus 

Click here for link.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career. The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP.

Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


Expression of Interest – Speaker at the Day Surgery Nurses Association Conference

The Day Surgery Nurses Association has asked if any members would be available on 27th August to speak on the subject of anti-microbial stewardship at their 2016 Annual Conference.

If you would like to be considered for this please send an expression of interest to Steve Burke, Operations Manager on opsmanager@acipc.org.au.


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.

December 2015

From the President

Colleagues,

This issue of the E-Bulletin marks the end of another exciting and successful year for the College. On the back of our highly successful 2015 ACICP Conference in Hobart, it is time for each of us to pause and reflect on the year and to celebrate our many successes and achievements. It is also time for us, as a College and as a profession, to reflect on our successes and opportunities. Together we have done much to prevent and control infection in our communities locally, nationally and internationally. The College and its members are actively engaged at the forefront of the challenges of infection prevention and control around the world, none perhaps more notably so than the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). EVD, like so many of communicable diseases and healthcare-associated infections, is not new. There have been no less than 19 documented outbreaks of EVD since the 1970s. While the most recent outbreak was by far the largest and most complex of them, little about the disease itself has changed. What has changed, and dramatically so, is the environment in which the disease exists—in particular, some of our behaviours as humans. The speed and ease of inter-jurisdictional and global travel is a key driver in the spread of communicable disease and healthcare-associated infection. Such is the case for other challenges—in particular, antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

As individuals, professionals and a College we need to meet these challenges and to tackle them head on. As I indicated at the 2015 Annual Conference, the College will in 2016 embark on an ambitious program of growth to lead our profession to meet these and other everyday challenges in our practice. Some of these exciting initiatives include:

  • a new system and framework for the credentialling of infection control professionals
  • a new professional practice standard (replacing the AICA Infection Control Standards)
  • new education products and services, including our very own course ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
  • new educational pathways connecting vocational and tertiary training sectors
  • the launch of the College’s new journal, Infection, Disease and Health

These and other exciting initiatives of the College are about one thing—you. The College is here to better serve you and the profession to meet our professional needs and obligations. To realise these goals and continue our successes, the College Executive Council takes a deliberately inclusive approach to business. As I indicated at the Conference, the Council strongly believes that there is something for everybody in the College. After all, infection prevention and control is everyone’s business.

On behalf of the Executive Council I wish you all the very best for a safe and joyous festive season, and we look forward to working with you in 2016 and beyond.

Best wishes

Ramon

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban.
President

Annual Conference 2015

The 2015 Annual Conference was held in Hobart with over 500 delegates and exhibitors attending over the three days. As usual members took the opportunity to reconnect and establish new friends, meet the exhibitors (over 50 in attendance), take part in the workshops and hear from the speakers. A full listing of the presentations is now available on the Conference website here.

2016 Conference Planning – Your ideas welcome  

The scientific committee is keen to hear ideas for topics and workshops for next years’ conference. Planning has begun and a large amount of work is done at the early part of the year – so ideas now and into January/February are welcomed. Any suggestions can be sent through to the Chair of the Scientific Committee – Brett Mitchell (brett.mitchell@avondale.edua.au). The committee has secured a number of international speakers for the conference next year.  


AGM, New President and Executive Council

The AGM was held on Monday 23rd November 2015. Professor Ramon Shaban was elected as President and Professor Marilyn Cruickshank as President Elect.

The new Executive Councillors also commenced their two year term of office at the same time. Click here for biographical details. Click here for new President press release. 


ACIPC IIPW 2015 Competition Winner  – Nepean Hospital NSW 

Congratulations to Robert Robinson, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD and the Infection Prevention and Control team for their winning entry “Standard Precautions – Back to Basics”. Click here for PDF of their winning submission.


Infection Prevention & Control in Residential Aged Care Course – March 18th Brisbane.

This two day program includes all the essential aspects of infection prevention and control for people working in Residential Care Settings.

The content will be delivered across two separate days with a break of six weeks between them (allowing for Easter).

Workshop 1 – Friday 8th March.

Workshop 2 – Friday 29th April.  

Click here for more information about content and registration details.


Medtronic (formerly Covidien) Scholarships 2016. 

Have you (or any of your colleagues) initiated an infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Medtronic would like to recognise your excellence.

With support from ACIPC, the Medtronic 2016 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. Click here for more information.


Changes to Credentialling

The College Credentialling process will be changing in July 2016 from a single tiered framework that recognized the expert Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, to a three tiered framework that recognizes the ICP at varying stages of your career.

The new framework is also designed to provide a career pathway for the ICP. Click here for information brochures and application forms. 


Vital Signs 2015 – The State of Safety and Quality in Australian Health Care  

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has now released the 2015 Vital Signs report. This is the third in a series of reports about the state of safety and quality in Australia and is available on the Commission’s website at www.safetyandquality.gov.au   


PI Insurance

The College has negotiated with HPI Online who offer discounted premiums on Professional Indemnity & Public Liability policy for Infection Prevention and Control Practitioners. For more information please visit www.hpionline.com.au. If you have any questions, please call HPI on (07) 3426 0440.