Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2018

Encouraging collaboration amoung the Infection Control community, Supported by ACIPC

Hospitals and Healthcare providers around the world continue to strive to reduce healthcare-associated infections. We care about helping to reduce infections and improve patient outcomes too.

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health 2018 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and has awarded over $480,000 to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Funding will be awarded across three categories:

  • Major Research Project: Two grants for research project requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).
  • Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
  • Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences

More information on the scholarship and how to apply is will be made available here soon. 

Medtronic Infection Control Scholarship 2017 – Successful Projects

A total of seventeen projects were submitted for review for the 2017 Medtronic Infection Control Scholarship Program.

The projects covered a wide range of infection control management, research and  education topics across Australia and New Zealand. Eight projects have been selected for funding:

Major Research Project Category:
An exploration of infection prevention and control services, practice and priorities in Australian residential and aged care facilities  Associate Professor Brett Mitchell, Avondale College of Higher Education, NSW

Next generation ultra-sound guidance tip confirmation system to expand a nurse led PICC insertion service and improved patient outcomes  Emily Larsen, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, QLD

An investigation into nursing students’ knowledge, attitudes and practice of standard precautions Dr
Stephane Bouchoucha, Deakin University, VIC

Minor Research Project Category:
Implementing Ventilator Care Bundle within Australian Tertiary Level ICU - Multiple Methods Study to Determine Feasibility Elyse Ladbrook, Canberra Hospital, ACT

Utilization of ATP bioluminescence assay in monitoring medical device cleaning process, environment and hand hygiene in CSSD Roel Castillo, CSSD Macquarie University Hospital, NSW

Best Practice Intravenous Cannulation in the Emergency Department Assoc. Professor Keith Joe, Cabrini Hospital, VIC

Educational Grant Category:
Present at International Consortium for Prevention & Infection Control conference in Geneva Mary Wyer, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW

Foundations of Infection Prevention & Control – ACIPC  Sarah Bulzomi, Robinvale District Health Services, VIC

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.

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

Debra Rhodes – 2013

Sue Borell – 2015

Oyebola Fasugba- 2016

Kostas Tsattalios – 2017 

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  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 (
  • 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.

The recipient of the award in 2016 was Glenys Harrington. 

For more information, please contact the ACIPC Secretariat at

Click here for PDF details.

Click here for Nomination Form.

Read Claire’s biography here.

ACIPC International Conference Scholarships 

Information about the 2018 Scholarships will be made available on the Conference website in 2018.