ACIPC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

Information about the 2017 Scholarships is now available on the Conference website here.

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! The Medtronic 2017 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. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes. Funding of $50,000 will be awarded across three categories, to promote excellence in infection control: Major Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $15,000. (Total award = $30,000) Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000. (Total award = $10,000) Educational Grants: $10,000 to further educational requests related to infection control i.e. oral/poster presentations at either national or international conferences. All applications must complete an application form.

UPDATE: Please note the closing date for all applications was 31 May 2017.

ELAINE GRAHAM ROBERTSON AWARD

The Elaine Graham Robertson Award is presented at the Annual Conference- having commenced in the ACT Branch of AICA. The award is the result of a gift from Elaine Graham Robertson – a pioneer infection control professional in the ACT and funds that were previously provided by the ACT Infection Control Association. Click here for more information.

Background Elaine Graham Robertson became the first full time Infection Control Practitioner at Woden Valley Hospital (now The Canberra Hospital) in 1983 and remained in that position until her marriage to Paul Robertson and their move to Wollongong in 1999. She became an Infection Control Consultant in the Illawarra and southern Sydney until her retirement and a move to Brisbane in 2004. In 1985 Elaine chaired the inaugural meeting of the Infection Control Association ACT (ICA ACT) and also in 1985 she was a member of the group that formed the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA). In 1987 she was convener for the first AICA conference held in Canberra and co-ordinated the writing of the first Infection Control Manual for the ACT. In 2004 Elaine drafted three sections of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection Control Guidelines (2004). She has held Executive positions in ICA ACT and AICA. With others, she has been involved in research involving endoscopes. Elaine completed writing the History of AICA – The First Ten Years. Until her retirement she was a member of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and is a Fellow of ICA NSW as well as a Life Member of AICA/ACIPC. It is in Elaine’s honour and to perpetuate her ideals that this award was established in 2005 by ICA ACT.

Purpose The Award has the following aims : Recognise Elaine’s many years of valuable contribution to infection control in the ACT and nationally. Reward excellence in infection control either by research or significant contribution to infection prevention and management practices within the recipient’s hospital or community by the way of an oral abstract presentation at the annual conference.

The recipients of the award since inception have been; Cathryn Murphy – 2006 – Inaugural recipient Marija Juraja – 2008 Sue van Der Graaf – 2010 Brett Mitchell – 2012 Deb Rhodes – 2013 Sue Borrell – 2015

CLAIRE BOARDMAN CICP MEDAL
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. The award is biennial and offered in perpetuity from 2014, and includes;

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control,
Entry onto the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy; and
$1000 prize money

Award Rules:

  1. The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control shall be a biennial award offered in perpetuity from 2014.
  2. A Selection Panel will be appointed by the ACIPC Board comprising the Chair as Censor-in-Chief, Ms Claire Boardman, and 2 external panel members one of whom is an experienced ICP.
  3. The Award is bestowed upon an individual by the Board of the College on the recommendation of the Censor-in-Chief of the award, Ms Claire Boardman, via the Selection Panel
  4. The award will only be made where the Censor makes a recommendation to the Board where a suitable nomination is received and deemed appropriate. The Censor-in-Chief and Board of the College may elect to not bestow the award in any given year. The decision of the Censor-in-Chief and the Board of the College is final.
  5. The Medal shall be announced at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Entry Criteria

Nominations must address the following selection criteria:

  1. Demonstrate excellence in leadership in infection prevention and control practice over a consistent period. Leaders may have implemented change within their group, their peers or organisation that has altered the way people think and perform. They may have overcome significant difficulty or adversity to achieve excellent outcomes within the profession or for their organisation. By setting an example through their leadership and drive the nominee may have worked toward improving patient care, health systems, governance or knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate outstanding commitment to the leadership of the profession and discipline of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control;
  3. Demonstrated excellence in commitment to promoting infection prevention and control practice widely;
  4. The nominee must at time of nomination be a current financial member of ACIPC;
  5. The nominee (or delegate) must register and attend the ACIPC 2016 Annual Conference.

Application Process

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party. Please advise if the nominee is aware or not aware of their nomination at the time of submission
  • Entry forms & templates can be downloaded from the ACIPC website (www.acipc.org.au)
  • Nominations must be submitted using the online portal and address all entry criteria.
  • Completed nominations must be received by the close of business Wednesday 31st August 2016. Nominations received after the closing date or those that do not address the entry criteria will be excluded from selection.
  • All nominations are confidential and the decision of the Selection Panel and Board is final.

Presentation of the Award

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control will be announced and awarded at the 2016 ACIPC Annual Conference: The nominee or their delegate must register to attend the ACIPC Conference and be available to collect the prize (or arrange for a proxy to be there on their behalf). The name and photos of the winner will be entered into the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy, and published in official publications of ACIPC.

For more information, please contact the ACIPC Secretariat at admin@acipc.org.au

Click here for PDF details.

Click here for Nomination Form.

Read Claire’s biography here.