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. Our 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.  If you are not currently an ACIPC member you can apply to join the College HERE.

The College is a company, limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act with its head office at 228 Liverpool St Hobart, Tasmania. It is also a registered charity with Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and is endorsed as a Deductible Gifts Recipient (DGR) from the 12th January 2012. Overall management of the College is vested in the Board of Directors (formerly titled Executive Council) supported by an Executive Manager and Secretariat. The Board  is chaired by the President and the Executive Management Team (EMT) comprised of the President, President Elect and Past President. The Executive Manager and Secretariat attend all meetings of the Board and EMT. 


Members of the Board are duly elected and the Board acts in accordance with the ACIPC Constitution and prevailing legislative and regulatory standards of the day. The Board of Directors oversees the management of the College and is elected at the Annual General Meeting of the College for a two year term. The current Board commenced its term of office at the 2015 Annual General Meeting held on 23rd November 2015 in Hobart, Tasmania. Reporting to the Board are Standing Committees – Credentialling and Professional Standards, Education and Professional Development, Practice Guidance, Governance and Financial Risk, Member Engagement and Scientific Conference CommiteeThe Past President and President Elect are both members of the Board of Directors to ensure continuity and effective succession. A Consumer Representative was appointed in mid-2013 and joined the Board that commenced its term of office on July 1 2013. The current Board of Directors were appointed during the College Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21st November 2017. 


Phil has worked in infection prevention and control for over 25 years in a number of different positions including: several roles in infection prevention in major Victorian hospitals, inaugural Operational Director of the VICNISS Coordinating Centre and National Manager of Hand Hygiene Australia. Phil has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and completed his PhD on HAI Surveillance in 2016. Phil was the Chair of the National Consultative Steering Committee, which outlined the road-map for the establishment of ACIPC, and has been a Board Member of the College since 2014, previously Chairing the Research Committee. He is also a member of the HAI Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission, and the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee. His current role is Director, Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research. Phil strongly supports national initiatives in healthcare prevention that are fostered by the College, and is proud of the College’s achievements in representing its members at both national and international forums since it commenced. He believes that continuing to build on its broad membership in the Australasian region, ongoing educational opportunities for its membership, a strong new journal, and the delivery of high quality annual international conference are key to the ongoing success of the College. @PLR_aus

KRISTIE POPKISS – President-Elect 

Kristie Popkiss is motivated, passionate and committed to the field of Infection Prevention and Control because of the significant impact that it has on patients, visitors and staff in our health services across Australasia. She believes that Infection Prevention and Control requires more visibility, transparency and a higher profile, to improve the level of safety in healthcare facilities. Kristie is currently a Director for ACIPC and chairs the Education and Professional Development Committee. She is also the Quality and Risk Manager at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals with Infection Prevention as one of the several services who report to her. Kristie’s goals are to further contribute to the greater vision of improving both the culture and implementing best practices of Infection Control for Australasia whilst improving the patient experience and outcomes.


 Professor Marilyn Cruickshank is a registered nurse and Professor of Nursing Research at University of Technology Sydney. In this role, Marilyn provides a leadership role for nursing research within the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Prior to this Marilyn was Director of the national HAI program at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare for a ten year period where she led work on national HAI surveillance, the national hand hygiene program, antimicrobial stewardship, national infection control guidelines, and Standard 3 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Marilyn developed a keen interest in infection prevention and control as Clinical Nurse Consultant for paediatric HIV, developing guidelines and policies for maternal transmission and for children with HIV in hospitals and the community. Her PhD topic included the epidemiology of paediatric HIV in Australia. Marilyn is also a member of the Australian Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (ASTAG), and formally the Chair of the AMR Standing Committee. Marilyn has co-edited a number of publications on national AMS and HAI surveillance and represented Australia at international meetings, such as APEC and the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organisation. Marilyn was appointed as professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University in 2015.


 Sally is a committed Infection Control Professional of ten years, with a passion for improving and ensuring safe patient care. Sally’s current experience includes management and completion of large scale, multi-centre research projects (including ethical clearance and protocol development) as well as extensive project management experience in the development and roll out of a large national infection prevention program. Sally has experience managing multidisciplinary research and project teams, with an active commitment to Infection Control and Infectious Diseases research, both nationally and internationally. Sally has received Certification at the level “Expert” with the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (re-credentialed 2017).


Stéphane Bouchoucha is a senior lecturer and researcher at Deakin University. With over 20 years’ experience as a registered nurse and an academic, Stéphane has worked in a variety of clinical (critical care, Infection Prevention and, Leadership and management) and community settings. Stephane’s involvement in Infection Prevention and Control dates from the late 1990s when he was a volunteer with AIDES (The main French NGO dedicated to HIV) and subsequently worked there, leading the French involvement into Eurossuport 1, a Europe wide study investigating HIV/AIDS patient access to care in European countries. Stéphane has developed a program of research in infection prevention and control informed by his Master of Science (Public Health) and PhD where he investigated the psychosocial factors affecting adherence to Standard Precautions and developed and validated a scale: The Factors Influencing Adherence to Standard Precautions Scale (FIASPS). As an early career researcher, Stéphane was successful in receiving 2 early career grants in 2016, one of which was from the ACIPC to consolidate infection prevention and control work.


Michael Wishart is an infection control specialist with over  20 years’ experience of managing infection control programs and consulting on  infection control issues. Michael established and maintains an ACIPC endorsed email discussion list for discussion of infection control related matters by Australian infection control professionals (http://aicalist.org.au/archives) and has worked as a consultant for hospitals, day procedure centers, and office practices through HICMR Pty Ltd. Michael is an experienced educator and has provided infection control education sessions for residential aged care establishments through ACHA Health and RCNA as well as yearly two-day infection control seminars for health professionals at Ashford Hospital. Michael also worked as a technical consultant to CDNA national infection control guidelines review steering committee. Michael is  registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and is in the process of applying for Credentialling (CIPC-E level) through ACIPC. He currently coordinates the infection prevention and control program at Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane.

KYLIE ROBB – Director

Kylie has been instrumental in advocating for best practice in infection control standards while promoting the benefits of accreditation outcomes to hundreds of practice teams in Australia. She is a member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control’s Education and Professional Development Committee, has a Master of Health Services Management in Clinical Leadership from the University of Technology, Sydney among many achievements. Kylie is a popular speaker, routinely presenting Infection Control and accreditation courses across Australia. Kylie is a 2019 member of the coveted Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s International Ambassador Program.


Ann Whitfield is the Coordinator for Infection Prevention and Management (IP&M) at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group in Western Australia (WA) and is a credentialed expert with the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC). Ann has been a registered nurse for 23 years and has a diverse background in nursing from employment in the British Territorial Army Medical core, a Nursing Officer Merchant Navy (Cruise ships), Registered Nurse positions around the world in areas such as trauma, Intensive care units, adults and paediatrics. She has also held senior nurse roles within South Metro Health Service and in Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA whilst specialising in IP&M for the last 15 years.

Ann has humanitarian experience in developing and implementing IP&M courses in Tanzania with Global Health Alliance Western Australia, and in West Timor for Flinders Overseas Health Group. She also has had a deployment with the World Health Organisation in West Africa as part of the Ebola response team.


Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman is an internationally respected clinician, educator, and researcher in infection prevention and control (IPC). 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, South East Asia and the South Pacific, directly on outbreak response, and the development of comprehensive infection prevention and control programmes and integration of public health and acute care response in infectious disease emergencies in low and middle income country settings. 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.

Peta-Anne holds the award of Credentialled Infection Control Professional – Expert, is the Convenor of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) LMI Special Interest Group, ACIPC representative and senior teaching faculty for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and member of the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Practices (CAPS) Committee. Peta-Anne has also recently received the award of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Kathy 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 Credentialed Expert Infection Control Practitioner (CICP-E) with a master’s degree, a diploma in leadership and management and a range of internationally recognized 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.

DIANNE SMITH – Director/Consumer Representative

Dianne Smith is a business manager with 20 years experience in the disability sector, marketing and business management. Dianne has extensive experience in leadership roles, managing not-for-profit organisations and community advocacy.
Having had cancer twice in the last 5 years, Dianne is passionate about healthcare and consumer issues and is committed to contributing to better health outcomes for all consumers. Dianne supports and believes in patient centred care and empowering patients to become active participants in their own health care. Dianne has been appointed to ACIPC as director and consumer representative.

MARK METHERELL – Special Advisor to the Board

Mark Metherell is the Communications Director of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and has been appointed as a non-voting board member to advise on communications issues.   Before taking his current position with CHF in 2013, Mark worked as a newspaper journalist in a variety of roles in three countries for 42 years.  He was the Canberra-based Health Correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald from 1999  to 2012 and in the 1980s was Medical Reporter for The Age in Melbourne.  Mark has no formal health qualifications, however he had the opportunity to learn a little about infection, prevention and control in writing about the emergence of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome in the early 1980s and later about the spread of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus in several Melbourne hospitals.  This century he has reported on the more prosaic but vitally important national efforts to promote hand hygiene in hospitals.


Organisational Structure

Education Officer – Jackie Miley


Office Manager – Sara Kirby 

Strategic Priorities for 2020-21 

Strengthen our profile as the peak body for IPC through effective communication and relationships with members, industry and partners.

Establish an agile and sustainable structure that will optimise College resources to meet member and stakeholder needs. 
Strengthen the profile of infection prevention and control as a profession.



The Annual General Meeting of the College was held on Tuesday 17th November via teleconference.  The meeting was attended by over 50 members and was chaired by the President Associate Professor Phil Russo.


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ACIPC Patron Professor Peter Collignon is an experienced infectious diseases physician and microbiologist, Peter is currently the Executive Director of ACT Pathology. He continues to work in the Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department at the Canberra Hospital. He is also a Professor at the Medical School of the Australian National University and is a college member. In his career he has engaged with media on a variety of topics related to infection. Peter is active in many research and public health advocacy issues dealing with different infections and their risks.


What is Governance?

Governance is the framework of rules, relationships, systems and processes by which authority is exercised and controlled in ACIPC. It includes the mechanisms by which those in control are held to account. It influences how the objectives are set and achieved, how risk is managed, and how performance is optimised. Effective corporate governance structures create value and provide accountability. Effective Governance is based on the following principles; Solid foundations for management and oversight, Structure the board to add value, Ethical and responsible decision-making, Integrity in financial reporting, Timely and balanced disclosure, Respect the rights of shareholders (membership), Recognise and manage risk, Remunerate fairly and responsibly. The ACIPC Governance Finance and Risk Committee has been established to oversee the College’s governance and risk management processes.Click here for the Terms of Reference for the Committee.

A Brief History of ACIPC 

ACIPC as we know it today 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 using a corporate model. AICA was formed in 1985 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration at a national level. It became clear that the structure of AICA had limitations and it was resolved to work towards a new model that would ensure a sustainable organization, with a clear delineation between management and professional activities that could be adequately resourced. To realise this, a National Consultative Steering Group was formed, made up of key stakeholders from the College membership. Consultation with members resolved that the new organisation be a College, reflecting an emphasis on education and be Australasian rather than Australian, recognising the location and relationships within the region.The vision for the new College was given form with the work of the Steering Committee and came to fruition at the AICA Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, 9th November 2012 at the APSIC (Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control) Conference in Melbourne when the members voted unanimously for the formation of the new entity. The February 2016 meeting of the Executive Council resolved to adopt a new name for itself, which we believe is better aligned with our duties as custodians of the College. Effective 29 March 2016, the ACIPC Executive Council is referred to as the ACIPC Board of Directors.