Education

The College provides professional development to equip individuals and organisations with the skills and knowledge needed to deliver infection prevention and control services.

COVID-19 resources

ACIPC urges all members to be regularly updated on COVID-19 developments. This page has links to Commonwealth and State and Territory information and other relevant sites.

Conference Community

The ACIPC Conference Community is designed to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.

Credentialling

Credentialling provides a career pathway for IPC professionals as well as recognition for individuals who deal with IPC in their workplace.

Insights from the COVID-19 frontline video series

The College has recorded a series of three presentations by ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E) Ann Whitfield. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak. The videos include Q&A with our Education Officer Jackie Miley and are highly recommended viewing for anyone working in a healthcare setting. 

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Media Release: Infection control college supports Royal Commission's call for more expertise in aged care

The Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control’s President, Associate Professor Philip Russo has issued the following statement.

What the COVID pandemic has demonstrated is the great benefits for patient care of strong infection control, and the serious risks to patients when infection control falters.

The Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control welcomes and supports the recommendation by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety that the Australian Government should arrange for the deployment of accredited infection, prevention and control experts into residential aged care homes.

The Royal Commission puts a focus on the need for stronger measures on infection prevention and control in its  Aged care and COVID-19: a special report, released on 1 October 2020.

It has recommended that the Australian Government report to Parliament by no later than 1 December 2020 on the implementation of its recommendations which include:

All residential aged care homes should have one or more trained infection control officers as a condition of accreditation. The training requirements for these officers should be set by the aged care advisory body, proposed by the Royal Commission.

The Australian Government should arrange with the States and Territories to deploy accredited infection prevention and control experts into residential aged care homes to provide training, assist with the preparation of outbreak management plans and assist with outbreaks.

The report’s recommendations are of direct importance to ACIPC members and to the College’s role in meeting the needs and challenges described by the Royal Commission.  ACIPC board director, Kathy Dempsey, who is with the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, was an expert witness at a Commission hearing.  She explained the process by which infection control and prevention specialists are accredited. There are currently 63 credentialed infection control and prevention specialists across Australia, mainly in major hospitals.

The Federal Government has announced that as part of increased funding to support the pandemic response in aged care, providers “must have one or more trained infection control officers to improve infection control management”, a measure we welcome.

The College strongly supports measures to ensure that residential aged care homes have rigorous infection control protocols and staff.  Our past experience with influenza and other infectious disease episodes in aged care have already revealed an endemic and ongoing need for more effective infection control, and the lack of onsite expertise.  COVID-19 has elevated the gravity and urgency of this need. 

ACIPC has since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic responded to the rising demand for education of IPC staff.  Since the start of the year, the College has conducted 6 training courses for 170 workers in aged care. There are currently another 5 short courses organised for the sector for 178 staff, with the potential to provide additional short courses if needed. A Masterclass addressing high level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management including but not restricted to COVID-19 management will be available soon. Since the start of the year, 13 members have been credentialled / recredentialled and a further 41 have completed, and 234 are currently undertaking the College course Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control, which is a pathway to becoming a Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional.

As the Commission report says, there is nothing more important to help providers prepare for and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks than access to high level infection prevention and control expertise.

Providers of aged care are required under existing Standards to minimise infection-related risks by implementing ‘standard and transmission-based precautions to prevent and control infection’. But for COVID-19, there are particular challenges associated with infection control in aged care homes. These challenges are compounded by the lack of onsite infection prevention and control expertise or where external oversite of Infection control may not have been possible.

The Commission report stated that based on the findings of expert reports into the impact of COVID on aged care homes it is apparent that high-level infection control expertise is needed by aged care homes:

to assist with the preparation and implementation of outbreak management plans  to provide training

to staff on the use of PPE and infection prevention and control

to provide assistance on day one of an outbreak.

The Commission said that the Australian Government should make arrangements with the States for easy access by providers to the accredited specialists. This should be able to be achieved on a regional basis.

While it is true, as the Australian Government submitted, that ‘infection control specialists are organised and engaged by the public health units of each State and Territory’, the Commission considered that the Australian Government, as the government responsible for residential aged care facilities, should be working closely with the States to make infection control expertise available to the sector.

“We accept that there are clearly limits to what the relatively small number of accredited experts can contribute through their direct involvement in the aged care sector.”

“The best approach may be to use their expertise in training and mentoring roles to increase capacity in the aged care sector,” the Commission report states.

The Commission also inquired into the issue of training for personal protective equipment.  This was a matter that requires urgent attention by the Australian Government, aged care providers and those responsible for the content of the Certificate III. Providing this training should be a core responsibility of providers.

“Providers need to appreciate the risks associated with COVID-19. While the tragic events in NSW and Victoria may have assisted unaffected providers to learn about the need for infection prevention and control expertise, this need must be made absolutely plain in the national aged care COVID-19 plan,” the Commission stated.

Finally, providers and employers should strongly support their staff to undertake infection prevention training and credentialing where appropriate. In the short term, the College is in the process of setting up an Aged Care Special Interest Group to provide resources, information, networking and support to those working in aged care.

Media enquiries: Sara Kirby 0429 294 033 / officemanager@acipc.org.au

 

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ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass

What does excellence in Aged Care IPC look like? The ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass is a series of recorded presentations addressing high level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities. Speakers: Kathy Dempsey, Ann Whitfield, Carrie Spinks, Luci Rodda, Tara Dobbs, Belinda Henderson, Norman Davies, Dr Jonathon Chambers, Associate Professor Noleen Bennett, Fiona Gotterson. Target Audience, anyone interested in IPC in aged care settings, previous students of Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control, and students of Short Online Course Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings. The Masterclass will be available from 29th October 2020 and is $95 for ACIPC members and students of our courses and $125 for non-members. 

 

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control is the peak body for infection prevention and control professionals in the Australasian region. Our vision is to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control. ACIPC members are key decision makers in the field of infection prevention and control and include nurses, aged care workers industry professionals, scientists, academics and educators, policy makers, dentists, veterinarians, beauticians and tattooists. Meet our Board of Directors and find out more about ACIPC here. 

Letter in support of a national centre for disease control in Australia 

ACIPC, ASID & ASA support the call to establish a national CDC and offer knowledge and expertise to advise. Australia needs one central place where resources are concentrated, and where experts are employed to coordinate both surveillance and action. A national co-ordinating centre would work with the Commonwealth and state/territory health departments to support surveillance and response for all infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza. It would also train the public health and clinical workforce and identify gaps in our knowledge that require research. Click on the green text above to read the letter. 

September 17, was World Patient Safety Day and consumers and those who work to prevent infection are calling for all Australians to recognise the vital part we can all play in uniting to halt COVID-19.

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia and the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control are joining to observe World Patient Safety Day to champion the need for continued effort to combat COVID-19.

Read the full press release here.




The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has been established to undertake continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. ACIPC is proud to be a member partner of the Taskforce. 

The taskforce works closely with the National Infection Control Expert Group, on which ACIPC is also represented, advising the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and its other standing committees on infection prevention and control issues.
The ACIPC COVID-19 Q & A Webinar for Healthcare Workers was held on Wednesday 2 September 2020

Webinar speakers: Belinda Henderson, Professor Brett Mitchell, Kathy Dempsey, Professor Kirsty Buising 

A recording of this webinar is available on the ACIPC Conference Community page 
From the President 


 Dear Colleagues,
 
Although we are not preparing ourselves for a conference in Sydney this year, we can still network and disseminate our work through the new ACIPC Conference Community. The ACIPC Conference Community has been established to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference. Already our first presentation, the COVID-19 Live Q&A webinar has been held and can be viewed on the Conference Community page. Thank you to our panellists Belinda Henderson, Professor Brett Mitchell, Kathy Dempsey and Professor Kirsty Buising. This excellent and well attended event was of many on this platform and a call for Presentations is outlined below. I strongly encourage you to make the most of the ACIPC Conference Community. Registration is free and if you are not already a member, you can join here now.

 
Another change in the way we do business this year is how we conduct the Annual General Meeting. This year it will be held online on Tuesday 19th November at 1:00 pm AEDST. Members will soon be sent an official notification.
 
Congratulations to Janine Carrucan has just been recredentialled as a CICP-E. Credentialling is one of the College’s hallmarks of professionalism. We understand that this is an incredibly busy time for all working in IPC and I encourage you to maintain your credentialling status. The College seeks to support our members who are leaders in infection prevention and control through ongoing credentialling, through which your expertise and experience are globally recognised. Our office will notify you once your due date is approaching and you’re welcome to check your credentialing status byemailing admin@acipc.org.au.
 
Finally, another show of gratitude to all of you who are working so hard this year. For many the workload has been intense, working well beyond paid hours, open to critique, and often thankless. It is important we continue to support each other and check in on our colleagues.
 
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

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Join Australasia's Peak IPC Body

Membership to the College provides an opportunity to ‘influence’ practice by discussing ideas, and projects and supporting each other through the Special Interest Groups and Infexion Connexion.

The diversity of our members means the College is able to contribute to the vision of helping to improve, strengthen and support infection prevention and control, provide essential educational material and tools and, to share experience and expertise amongst those in developing countries and poorly resourced environments.

 

Infexion Connexion

Members can join ACIPCs discussion list and participate in the IPC conversation. This is a fully moderated discussion list. Info and guidelines are here. 

ACIPC Journal

The College’s journal, Infection, Disease and Health, publishes original research into infectious diseases, old and new, emerging and endemic, with a focus on the interface between human, animal and environmental factors.

Research

A key strategic focus of the College is to enable members to identify areas for research that will lead to improved knowledge; evidence based education and practice and improved outcomes. Find out more about our funding opportunities and research grants. 

Consumer Information

Helpful fact sheets and useful tips for infection prevention and control in the home and in healthcare facilities.