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.

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 Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) and the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) endorse practices aimed at facilitating family visitation in critical care, where resources (such as PPE) and staffing permit. Read the full statement: 

ACCCN and ACIPC POSITION STATEMENT ON FACILITATING NEXT-OF-KIN PRESENCE FOR PATIENTS DYING FROM COVID-19 IN THE ICU (2020)



COVID-19 Q&A Webinar Wednesday 20th May - recording available along with previous webinars in this series HERE.

Listen to the latest updates on COVID-19. Panel Chair: Professor Brett Mitchell - University of Newcastle


Panelists:
Dr Andrew Stewardson - The Alfred Hospital and Monash University, Martin Kiernan - IPC Lead at NHS Nightingale and Clinical Director at GAMA Healthcare, Kathy Dempsey - NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, Belinda Henderson - Queensland Health - Metro South

Dr Havers discuss her recent PHD project and provides tips on the use of an implementation model for policy introduction. This is a helpful model for anyone responsible for decision making during a time of stress and information overload.

Ann is the Coordinator of Infection Prevention & Management at Fiona Stanley Hospital in West Australia and a Board Member of ACIPC. Never in her career did she think she would be bringing a Lightsabre to work to demonstrate the importance of social distancing…

From the President 



Dear Colleagues

Much has happened since my last correspondence, so apologies for the longer than normal message! Over the last week we have seen pleasing results from our interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the challenges continue, and I am aware that many of you continue to work long and exhausting hours under intense conditions. There continues to be differing opinions and recommendations in how to manage our patients. What has not changed is our knowledge that is spread via droplets, and the most common way it is spread is from close contact with an infectious person, contact with droplets from an infected persons cough or sneeze, or touching objects and surfaces contaminated with droplets and then touching your mouth and face. Most importantly, this is also what the epidemiology of the disease is telling us. As always, please take care to ensure your sources of information are reliable. ACIPC recommend the Commonwealths website. The reality is there is so much more to do, and to use a quote, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
 
1. 2020 Conference
As you know, the conference planned for 2020 has been postponed. Together with Conference Design, we are working hard on identifying other options for November this year, and we will keep you posted. On behalf of the Board I extend my sincere gratitude to the Scientific Conference Committee for their hard work in compiling what was to be an outstanding program, much of which we hope to take to the 2021 conference in Adelaide.

2National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
As some of you may be aware, 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.  I am on the National Steering Committee, and Professor Brett Mitchell is representing the College on the National Guidelines Leadership Group. The taskforce works closely with the National Infection Control Expert Group (on which ACIPC is also represented), providing advice to AHPPC.
 
The Guidelines are published on the Magic App (this is the same platform used for the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare) facilitating “Living Guidelines” that will be updated weekly with the latest evidence.
 
I urge you to familiarise yourself with the Taskforce website which also has links to the updated guidelines on the Magic App.

3
. COVIDSafe app
The COVIDSafe app was recently released to assist us in slowing the spread and keeping Australians safe. The app assists in contact tracing after exposure. It is voluntary, can be deleted anytime, and importantly, good uptake will mean lifting of restrictions earlier.

4. Video updates
Thanks to Board Members Dr Sally Havers and Anne Whitfield who have recently posted brief videos on the ACIPC website. If you would like to share something you are doing at your workplace that you think will interest others, please feel free to pitch your idea to us with a view to making a short video for the website.  Email officemanager@acipc.org.au for more information.

Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President


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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.

ABOUT ACIPC

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. 


GAMA Healthcare Australia and ACIPC have collaborated on a series of webinars designed to assist our healthcare colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Upcoming Member-Only Webinars

May 21st | Lunch and Learn Webinar – “How are Australasian hospital facilities providing PPE training?- results of a national survey”
– Ruth Barratt       

July 16th Lunch and Learn Webinar – Redesigning environmental cleaning in the out of hospital setting (paramedicine) – Tanya Somani Paramedic

Congratulations to ACIPC member Maria Broumos who is the 2020 recipient of the Joan Faoagali Award! Maria is a Team Leader Dental Operations at Merri Community Health Services in Victoria and will receive $1000 towards her tuition fees for Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control. Read our interview with Maria on the Awards and Scholarships page.

 

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship – deadline extended to 31st May 2020

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2020 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 enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.This funding will be awarded across three categories:
• Major Research Project: Awarded to two 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 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
• Educational Grant: A total of $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to infection control.
More details are on the Scholarships and Awards Page. 

College Journal Infection Disease & Health and COVID-19 research

IDH have established a panel of experts, to undertake a rapid review of COVID19 infection prevention & control research. We will expedite publication of accepted articles & make these freely available for the coming months i.e. not behind a subscription. www.idhjournal.com.au 

 

The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare has produced a number of new resources to promote infection prevention and control in the COVID-19 environment and illustrate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) under current circumstances. Here are the links to download the posters:

Break The Chain Poster (A3)

Infection Prevention and Control COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment

Special precautions for COVID-19 Designated Zones

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.