Education

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

Annual Conference

Our annual conference is Australasia’s largest meeting of IPC professionals and industry representatives.

Join ACIPC

Become a ACIPC member to develop your IPC skills and influence IPC practice across Australasia. View member benefits and categories here. 

Credentialling

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

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) Statement

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) recognises the extraordinary efforts of many members and colleagues in the infection prevention field in dealing with the challenges of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

ACIPC support a coordinated and considered response, and recommends members follow direction from the Australian Government Department of Health and jurisdictional health departments.

ACIPC is well represented at the Government level in developing strategies for this outbreak, ensuring the infection prevention and control information provided is appropriate. These recommendations are constantly under review and subject to change as new information about the virus is revealed.

To ensure updated and appropriate guidelines are followed, we encourage all members to seek guidance from the following resources

Australian Government ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA Smart Traveller

NZ Ministry of Health

WHO

Furthermore, ACIPC strongly reject misinformation being spread among the public which can lead to false assumptions about members of our culture-diverse population and cause unnecessary distress. Members are urged to call out and shut down all racism and xenophobia.

In unison with the recent statement from colleagues of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), ACIPC once again call for the establishment of a national centre of disease control to coordinate and centralise responses in these times.

A/Prof Phil Russo

President

6th February 2020

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Colleagues,

So far 2020 is throwing us plenty of challenges, none less so than the emergence of the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This rapidly evolving situation will be impacting many members working to minimise its impact in Australasia. Together with Board Director Kathy Dempsey and previous ACIPC President Belinda Henderson, I am a member of an IPC Expert Advisory Group chaired by Professor Lyn Gilbert to provide IPC advice to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

As you will have noted, infection prevention advice is revised almost daily as new evidence comes to light. Given the rapidly changing situation, I direct you to information prepared by the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health which you can see here.

One can’t help but wonder if efficiencies in a national response could be gained if Australia had a national centre for disease control.

Also, our thoughts go out to all affected by the bush fires.  Sincere gratitude is extended to the extraordinary efforts by firefighters, volunteers on all levels and our colleagues working in these areas.

In February the ACIPC Board will have a two-day meeting, setting strategies and priorities for the coming two years. This is one of two face to face meetings the board has on an annual basis. Click here to see who your Board Members are.

Finally, I invite all our industry colleagues to register for the ACIPC IPC Industry Masterclass and networking event which is being held on Thursday 20th February in Melbourne. This is an opportunity for our trade partners to learn more about what their client’s face on a daily basis; from basic infection prevention and control principles to the drivers that impact upon governance, accreditation and safety and quality in healthcare. If you would just still like to attend our industry networking evening, please RSVP here.

Until next month,

Associate Professor Phil Russo
ACIPC President

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About ACIPC

The College is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.


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ACIPC JOB BOARD

QLD Heath Clinical Nurse, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba. The Vascular Access Surveillance Team are looking for a Clinical Nurse to join their team. You will apply advanced clinical and problem-solving skills, expert planning and coordination skills in the clinical management of vascular access devices in staff/patients/residents/clients with complex care needs, ensuring quality standards are met.  

Temporary backfill position also available, CNC Brisbane Inner City. The purpose of the role is to provide clinical expertise and consultancy through advanced clinical leadership relevant to the speciality of Infection Control. The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) provides indirect care as required and works in collaboration with the Nurse Unit Managers, Nurse Educators and wider health care team to support the clinical units in provision of safe quality healthcare through exemplary clinical nursing standards of practice for the specialty of Infection Control. Email officemanager@acipc.org.au and we will post your job on our website.  IPC jobs can also be included in the monthly ACIPC e-Newsletter.

 

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Complete and return this form to register your interest in working with the College on a committee, or by hosting or presenting at an IPC education event. 

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Australasian Clinical Indicator Report

 

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.

Become an ACIPC Member

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.