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.

GAMA Healthcare and ACIPC invite you to participate in a webinar on: Caring for the Carer—self-care tips for the COVID-19 crisis.  Date: Wednesday 8th April / Time: 8:00-8:30pm AEST Register via this link

As health care workers are increasingly called upon to address the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that they practice self-care strategies – after all, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. In this presentation, Associate Professor Darren Morton will explore evidence-based strategies from Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology for caring for your wellbeing in the midst of a crisis.  

About the speaker: Associate Professor Darren Morton is an internationally recognised wellbeing researcher and educator. He is the Director of the Lifestyle Medicine & Health Research Centre at Avondale University College and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He was also one of four people selected worldwide to write the board certification exam for the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Darren is the author of four books and over 60 publications in scientific and medical journals. He has also made numerous media appearances and has presented to hundreds of corporate, educational, community and academic audiences around the world. Darren is the world-expert on the “runner’s stitch” but his research interest nowadays focuses more on pleasure than pain. Specifically, Darren is passionately interested in evidence-based approaches for optimising human functioning and helping people live their best life. This has led him to develop wellbeing programs—including The Lift Project—that are now used in over 10 countries around the world.

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 

 

From the President 



Colleagues, (apologies for the long newsletter)

Healthcare workers are the current day heroes. Whilst many of us are doing our best to protect the community, many colleagues are on the front line providing clinical care. Furthermore, healthcare workers also need to tend to their own family and friends, and all the issues that the changes in day to day life throw at us. Work and life plans for 2020 and beyond have all been thrown into the air, and we don’t know when, or if they will back down.

The next 12 months and beyond will be challenging for ACIPC as we work towards providing members support and service.

I know many of you are working under intense and extreme pressure. Many on consecutive days on end without break. Clearly work demands will only increase in the next few months. I understand that everybody’s priority right now is responding to coronavirus.

Not surprisingly, many of our planned education events have been cancelled or postponed. We are very aware that many of you are now time poor. Where possible, we will utilise online and flexible delivery. 

You would have received an email earlier in the week regarding the postponement of the mandatory hand hygiene auditing to direct precious resources to focus on coronavirus response. Whilst the College fully support the importance of routine hand hygiene auditing, we are also cognisant of the IPC resources required to undertake auditing. We would encourage all members to also share this letter with Executive staff at their hospital.

We would also like to reach out to any retired members who may have capacity to assist IPC teams during this time. For more details, please see below.

Sue Loucks has worked with the College over the past year as Executive Manager and Sue’s contracted time with the College has now come to an end. On behalf of the Presidents, Board of Directors and College staff I sincerely thank Sue for her hard work and diligence during her time with the College, and wish her all the very best.

Finally, and importantly, please take care of yourselves, colleagues, family and friends during this testing time. If you believe the College can assist you any further, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are planning a series of brief video updates for members, to commence soon.

Until next month,

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 to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control. 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.


Upcoming Member-Only Webinars

April 16th | Lunch and Learn Webinar – Infection control in a dental setting:
How to survive with all that spray, instruments and environmental contamination – Kylie Robb

May 21st | Lunch and Learn Webinar – PPE and Innovation, Ruth discusses her recent research study – Ruth Barrett

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

Become an ACIPC member now to access webinars and other member benefits! 

 

ACIPC is grateful for the support of our Gold Partner Reynard Health Supplies. Visit our PARTNERS PAGE for details on how your company can work with ACIPC. 

Houston, we have a problem! What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.
Due to COVID-19, these events will now be held as webinars over two months

Webinar 1
Thursday 16 April 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here
Webinar 2
Thursday 14 May 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here

We hope you can join us at what is a very topical event. 
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.
The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:

  • standard safety precautions;
  • when to ‘lock down’;
  • risk and governance;
  • work, health and safety;
  • incident management;
  • open disclosure;
  • insurance;
  • dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  • regulatory and mandatory reporting

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2020 - applications now open

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. More details are on the Scholarships and Awards Page. 

Applications close 30th April 2020

How to clean your house to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other infections

Read this helpful article republished from The Conversation and other helpful tips on the ACIPC Consumer Information Page. Other COVID-19 resources can be accessed HERE

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.