Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Ltd will be held on Tuesday 9 November commencing at 5:10 pm (AEDT) via Zoom. Members have been sent registration details.
Nominations have now closed.
Candidates for President-Elect
The Board has accepted two nominations for the position of President-Elect. As such, an election will be held.
Members will be sent a link to vote from the 22nd October. The Election will close on Sunday 31 October at 11:59 pm AEDT.
Stéphane Bouchoucha (Current Director)
Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha, RN, BSc (Hons), M Public Health, Grad Cert (IPC), PhD, CICP-A, FACIPC
Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha is the Associate Head of School (International), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health at Deakin University.
Stéphane’s passion for infection prevention and control started in the late 90s, when working as a nurse for an HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy organisation (AIDES Fédération Nationale, Paris). Since that time, he had a successful career as a clinician working in settings from intensive care, emergency, health service leadership and management, and infection prevention and control. Before coming to Australia, Stéphane worked in France and the UK and in 2008, Stéphane moved to Australia and worked at the Royal Darwin Hospital before joining Charles Darwin University as a lecturer in the nursing program. He moved to Melbourne in 2011.
Stéphane completed a PhD in 2015, where he investigated the predictors to adherence to Standard Precautions in healthcare workers. The tool he developed during his PhD has been translated in several languages and used to improve health care workers adherence to standard precautions in many clinical settings in Australia and overseas. Stéphane’s research programme is dedicated to IPC, with a focus on antimicrobial stewardships and determinants of IPC adherence behaviours.
Stéphane has been a member of ACIPC since 2014 when he was a member of the Research Committee and the Member Engagement Committee. He was elected as a Board Director of the College in 2017 and re-elected in 2019. Since joining the Board, Stéphane has chaired the Practice Guidance Committee and is now the Chair of the Education Committee, the committee that oversees the delivery of the College’s courses to over 3,000 students and sets the College’s educational strategy.
Stéphane’s research leadership in infection prevention and control has been acknowledged through various invitations to review grant applications, such as the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Hong Kong Government or Cardinal Health Infection Prevention Scholarship. He has also served on the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission – 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Assessment Committee overseen by the NHMRC to review grants with an IPC focus.
Stéphane has been a member of the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard working group and a member of the group that undertook the review of the Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard (2021).
Stéphane has published over 40 peer reviewed articles with a focus on Infection Prevention and Control and Public Health. He has also presented his research at national and international conferences. Stéphane teaches undergraduate and postgraduate nursing, as well as supervising research students with IPC projects.
Why am I seeking election as President Elect?
Working as a clinician in various settings including IPC, as an IPC researcher, and as an educator has provided me with a unique insight to the many challenges that are faced by those working in infection prevention across Australia.
I have been a strong supporter of the vision and aims of the College since its inception and believe I have served members well in my roles as a Board Director, Chair of the Practice Guidance Committee and Chair of the Education Committee.
The College has emerged as a strong provider of education for our members. In the next several years I believe we need continue to grow our education and professional opportunities for all members as well as well as other professionals involved in IPC.
In the next several years I believe we need to:
- continue to grow our education portfolio for members and non-members
- support members in light of the increasing challenges in their professional roles
- increase advocacy to promote the importance of the role of IPC professionals
- strengthen relationships to build the College’s reputation and capacity
- consolidate our relationships with other national bodies to strengthen the representation of the College as the peak IPC voice and increase our advocacy efforts
- consolidate our relationships with international colleagues for productive collaborations to benefit our members
- expand the College’s reach within the Asia-Pacific region
I am excited by the potential opportunity to serve ACIPC and our members as President-Elect. Central to anything I would do in the role, would be increasing support for members, and improving patient safety and IPC outcomes for the community. I believe the College has a central role to play in the lives of all people.
Kylie Robb (Current Director)
Kylie Robb MHSM (Clinical Leadership), GradCert InfecPrev&Cont, CICP-A, MAICD, FACIPC
Kylie Robb is the Australian Dental Association NSW Branch (ADA NSW) Head of Practice Services in Sydney and adjunct lecturer for the University of Newcastle.
Kylie has been instrumental in advocating for best practice in infection prevention and control (IPC) standards for the oral health profession in Australia.
Kylie is a Fellow and Board Director of ACIPC with post-graduate qualifications in IPC and Health Services Management. Kylie holds the award of Credentialled Infection Control Professional – Advanced (CICP-A) and routinely presents on IPC leadership, quality improvement, clinical governance, and healthcare sustainability. Kylie has been recognised by the World Health Organisation’s Western Pacific Regional Office for her dental IPC expertise and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America through her appointment onto their International Ambassadors Program.
Why am I seeking election as President-Elect
As a current board director and Fellow of ACIPC, I am inspired by our College’s vision to be empowered leaders in IPC, and I am committed to the long-term sustainability of ACIPC. This vision has seen our College play a vital role in the health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and moving forward our expertise and leadership will be essential to Australasia’s COVID-safe recovery. This recovery will require our members to contribute their skills beyond traditional healthcare settings, to include tourism and hospitality, manufacturing, corporate services, education, and retail settings.
As President-Elect I will support our President and Board to maximise the vision and profile of ACIPC as the peak body for IPC in Australasia. I am committed to exploring approaches to diversify and adapt our College in order to meet the expanding needs of the community, and to provide increased opportunities to support a diverse membership that is committed to preventing and controlling infection in healthcare settings and beyond.
There has never been a better time to firmly establish our College as the peak body for infection prevention and control in the community as well as in healthcare. This is an exciting time for our College and I would respect and honour the opportunity to represent all of our members as ACIPC President-Elect.
Candidates for Directors
The Board has accepted eight nominations for the position of Directors. Following the election for the President-Elect, there will be seven nominations for seven positions. As such, an election will not be required.
Janine Carrucan (New Nominee)
Janine Carrucan RN BApp Sci MPHTM GCertEd MAdv Prac (Infection Prevention & Control) CICP-E
Janine Carrucan is Nursing Director, Infection Prevention and Control, Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Janine is a senior registered nurse with a passion for infection prevention and control and patient safety. As Nursing Director for infection prevention and control, she manages a team of infection control practitioners to deliver the infection prevention and control program at the Townsville University Hospital. This includes 7 rural hospitals and 2 large aged care facilities. Janine is the (NSQHS) Standard 3 lead and is one of the primary leads for the COVID-19 response including large drive-through testing sites, very large vaccination hubs, hotel quarantine and plays an integral role in all aspects of the response across the health service. Janine is a credentialled expert infection control practitioner (CICP-E) with a master’s degree infection prevention and control, master’s degree in public health and tropical medicine and a range of other IPC qualifications. She has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years and has experience in surgical nursing, primary care and nursing education. Janine recently assisted ACIPC as a course facilitator for the Aged Care Leads Foundations course and is a current member of the Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee and the Education Committee. Janine is a past member of the Membership Engagement Committee.
This is an exciting time for our profession and I am an active member of ACIPC, with current roles with the Credentialling and Professional Standards and Education Committees. I am keen to contribute more to the organisation by nominating as Director of ACIPC Ltd. We are very fortunate to have a professional organisation representing infection prevention and control professionals in Australia that is evolving and meeting the needs of members and our communities. As a regional infection control practitioner, I hope to be able to contribute that unique perspective to the strategic direction and add value to the organisation as a Director. I am passionate about credentialling of our members to strengthen the credibility and validity of our profession amongst other specialities. I hope to be able to encourage more members, particularly from regional areas, to be credentialled. My other passion is education and providing members with opportunities to further their knowledge regardless of location. I was fortunate to assist the Aged Care IPC Leads undertake the Foundation of Infection Prevention and Control course and this gave me insight into the knowledge gap that is evident in various settings. As a senior leader in my organisation, I am well versed in organisational values and ACIPC’s core values are similar to those values I try to demonstrate on a daily basis. I am accountable for my actions and ensure that I am fair and transparent. In my professional role, I am required to participate in strategic thinking and planning and apply a broad and critical evaluation of our programs and future responses; these are skills I am able to bring to the ACIPC board. I am well regarded in my organisation and have gained a robust network of ICPs throughout Australia. I believe my skills, expertise and working style will contribute to ACIPC as an inclusive membership-based organisation.
Kathy Dempsey (Current Director)
Director & Chair Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee
Kathy Dempsey is a senior clinician and HAI Manager for NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, responsible for the strategic direction and support for Infection Prevention and Control and HAI (Healthcare Associated Infection) reduction across NSW Healthcare. She has 30 years’ experience in health, with previous management responsibility and organisational accountability as the senior ICP/Program Manager for WSLHD for 21 years.
Kathy is a credentialled expert infection control practitioner (CICP-E) with a master’s degree, a diploma in leadership and management, and a range of internationally recognised certifications. She is considered a leader in the field of infection prevention and control. Kathy has extensive and broad expertise in infection prevention and control clinical practice responsible for the timely, efficient and effective administration of the HAI program and infection prevention and control with oversight for the planning, implementation, prioritisation and resource allocation of all matters relating to HAI and infection prevention and control. She possesses high level analytical and research skills to inform policy and program development for infection prevention and control and HAI.
Nicola Isles (New Nominee)
Nicola Isles has over 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a background in Intensive and Coronary Care and 20 years’ experience specialising in infection prevention and control in both public and private healthcare facilities. She has a keen interest in promoting and ensuring best practice in Infection Prevention and Control and Vascular access. Her current role is as Healthscopes National Infection Prevention, Control and Radiation Safety Manager for 42 Healthscope Hospitals. She has the proven ability to both develop and implement policies, manage risks, lead projects and provide strategic direction at a national level. She is a Credentialled Member with the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (CIPC-A), with a keen interest in quality, governance and patient safety, with a strong focus on consumer engagement, improving patient experience and outcomes. She has more recently commenced as an accredited assessor for the NHQHS National Standards. She is passionate about implementing research and evidence-based best practice to implement effective change in Infection Prevention and Control.
I have over 20 years’ experience in infection prevention and control in both the public and private sectors. I am passionate about promoting and implementing best practice in infection prevention and control within all aspects of healthcare to all healthcare workers, patients and consumers. I have been a positive contributor to infection prevention and control at as National level at Healthscope for over ten years, both as the chair and coordinator of the Healthscope Infection Prevention and Control Committee. This together with my experience and proven ability to deliver excellent results at a national level, has resulted in my appointment to the role of National Infection Prevention, Control and Radiation Safety Manager for Healthscope. My additional role as an accredited assessor to the NSQHS Standards has also highlighted how relevant infection prevention and control is to all the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. The COVID-19 Pandemic has, I also believe, promoted how important infection Prevention is to everyone (‘Make your intention infection prevention’) and this has reinvigorated my enthusiasm and belief that I can effectively contribute to the overall strategic direction, promotion and implementation of infection prevention and control best practice at a national level.
Erica Short (New Nominee)
I am an experienced nurse who is a passionate leader with unique skills in leadership and management, infection control, staff health, immunisation and infectious diseases. My broad clinical experience across multiple states in Australia has allowed me to diversify my skills, knowledge and develop my leadership style. I believe that the key to raising the profile of infection prevention and control has been to balance the current evidence, clinical needs and the task at hand to ensure practical application for all involved. I consider infection prevention and control is everyone’s business to ensure safe patient-centred care. My current position sees me as a sole practitioner as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital. I have a Masters in Infection Prevention and Control; I am an Authorised Nurse Immuniserand I am a credentialled member of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention. I have held a position on the Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee for a number of years which allows me to support my peers to further enhance their profile within infection prevention and control.
When I first joined ACIPC as a novice infection prevention and control (IPC) practitioner I was amazed with the level of knowledge, sharing of information and comradery within my professional peer group which fuelled my passion for all things IPC. My thirst for knowledge has seen me undertake my masters and hold leadership positions within the field. This has also translated into being sought after by IPC peers to support professional development and mentorship. I am an active member of the colleges Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee supporting the development of my colleagues. I believe that the key to raising the profile of infection prevention and control has been to balance the current evidence, clinical needs and the task at hand, to ensure practical application. An opportunity to sit on the board of directors for ACIPC will allow me to bring my experience, passion, enthusiasm and dedication to advancing the profile of IPC whilst giving back to the IPC community. I hope to be able to support the further development of the strategic direction of the college whilst encouraging my peers to be proactive in their approach to IPC.
Ann Whitfield (Current Director)
Peta-Anne Zimmerman (Current Director)
Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman (RN, DPH, CICP-E, SFHEA) is an internationally respected clinician, educator, and researcher in infection prevention and control (IPC) and public health. Dr Zimmerman’s experience in IPC spans over 20 years and her domestic clinical experience, research, and expertise has led her to work extensively in China, Southeast Asia and throughout both the South and North Pacific, directly on outbreak response, the development of comprehensive infection prevention and control programs, and integration of public health and acute care response in infectious disease emergencies in low- and middle-income country settings. Peta-Anne is senior teaching faculty for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), being deployed on multiple missions as a consultant since 2003 and co-director of the Collaborative for the Advancement of Infection Prevention and Control (CAIPC), a formal GOARN Partner.
Peta-Anne holds the award of Credentialled Infection Control Professional – Expert, is a current ACIPC Board Director, the ACIPC representative for GOARN and member of the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards (CAPS) Committee and the Membership Engagement Committee (MEC). Peta-Anne is the Program Advisor of the Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Programs at Griffith University, which includes the only named Master of Infection Prevention and Control in the region and is proud to be the Visiting Research Fellow with the Infection Control Department of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.
Throughout my career as an infection prevention and control (IPC) Professional I have lived by the philosophy of “Follow your curiosity and you will be ready for opportunities when they present.” By being curious and having an almost “ooh shiny!” approach to engaging in my interests, I have followed a path that has wound its way through the world of infectious diseases, IPC, global public health, and education. This has resulted in unexpected opportunities to engage with media and explore alternative methods of sharing IPC knowledge – like using zombie pop-culture to educate healthcare professionals. This all started in 1997 when I first joined the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA – now ACIPC). Joining AICA all those years ago started me on a quest for knowledge, clinical experience, higher education, and research. Due to all of this I have been in a position to give back to the IPC community in a number of ways, through representing ACIPC, coordinating and teaching post-graduate IPC programs, conducting research, consulting for other countries and international health organisations, and mentoring IPC professionals. With this experience, knowledge, and as a beneficiary of the wisdom of those who have gone before me, I would like to nominate to be a Board Director for ACIPC and be representative of our diverse membership for another term.