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. 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. 

ACIPC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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. 

PROFESSOR MARILYN CRUICKSHANK – President

 

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.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PHILIP RUSSO – President-Elect

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


PROFESSOR RAMON SHABAN – Past President

 Professor Ramon Shaban is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher. A nurse scientist, infection control practitioner and emergency nurse, Professor Shaban’s expertise emergency care and infection prevention and control is the basis of a highly successful and integrated program of teaching, practice, and research. He is Clinical Chair, Infection Prevention and Control Sydney Nursing School and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, The University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District. He is an active member of variety of professional groups and committees including the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, and Editor of the journal Infection, Disease and Health.
 

SALLY HAVERS – Director

 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).


DOCTOR DEBOROUGH MACBETH – Director

 An Infection Control Professional since 1993, Deborough has augmented her experience with formal study and research, completing the APIC Basic Infection Control Course in Chicago in 1995. Her PhD awarded in 2005 was based on ethnographic research into the influence of clinical culture on infection control practice. Deborough contributes to the profession through membership and service most recently to ACIPC on the Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee and as an Associate Editor of Healthcare Infection.
 

DOCTOR STEPHANE BOUCHOUCHA – Director

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.


KRISTIE POPKISS – Director

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 the Infection Prevention and Clinical Operations Manager at Fiona Stanley Hospital for Serco and is a Credentialled Infection Control Practitioner – Expert level, with over 10 years’ experience in the field. Kristie’s goal is to further contribute to the greater vision of improving both the culture and best practices of Infection Control for Australasia.


SANDRA ROODT – Director

Sandra Roodt is a Registered Nurse with 8 years’ experience working in Infection Prevention and Control in Australia. Sandra currently holds the position of Infection Control & Staff Health Manager at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce in Canberra and recently also took on responsibility for the Infection Prevention & Control program of the newly built Calvary Bruce Private Hospital. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2009, Sandra was a Nursing Officer in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for 14 years. Sandra has completed a Master of Public Health (major in communicable diseases) in Dec 2016 and is currently in the process of applying for credentialing (CIPC-E level) through ACIPC.

 


MICHAEL WISHART – Director

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.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR THEA VAN DE MORTEL – Director

Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel, RN, BSc.(Hons) (Biology), MHlthSc., PhD, is Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University. Thea was a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Intensive Care who developed an interest in science and infection control due to the high rate of hospital acquired infections in critically ill patients.  She subsequently completed an Honours degree in biology, a Masters in Health Science, and a PhD on health care students’ hand hygiene knowledge, beliefs, practices and education. This research included the development and validation of a Hand Hygiene Questionnaire which was administered to nursing and medical students in Bachelor’s programs from 20 universities in four countries. She went on to teach microbiology, infection control and epidemiology to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and public health students, and is currently teaching into the Griffith University Postgraduate Infection Prevention and Control Program. Thea has been conducting infection prevention and control research since 1994, and has published multiple papers on topics including hand hygiene, health care workers attitudes towards Hepatitis C, and doctors’ antimicrobial prescribing practices.


PETER MARTIN – Director and Consumer Representative

 Peter has a background on Education having worked in secondary schools for almost 40 years. Subsequently he has had extensive experience in professional organisations (including the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association Inc), and health administration, being a member of the Board and past Chairman at Stawell Regional Health as well as experience as a member of a number of advisory committees dealing with primary care, services for older people, the provision of training for board members, and the allocation of funding in rural areas. Peter is a community-minded person being a member of his local Lions Club for over 35 years. He also has experience in the regulatory sphere having been a non-practitioner member of the Dental Practice Board of Victoria and the Dental Board of Australia. Peter commenced his two year term in January 2016.
 
ACIPC Board of Directors Strategic Priorities 2018 / 2019 

Strengthen our profile, communication and relationships with members, industry and partners.

Grow the business and invest in our financial sustainability.

Strengthen the reputation and profile of our flagship journal.

Strengthen the profile of the ACIPC Credentialing Framework together with the ACIPC Practice Standards.

Strengthen the profile of ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Expand ACIPC education initiatives, including short courses and accreditation of external courses.

Support the growth and profile of the annual ACIPC International Conference.

Maintain best practice governance and business processes.

 

 

The Annual General Meeting of the College was held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 during the Conference held at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  The meeting was attended by over 50 members and was chaired by the President Professor Marilyn Cruickshank. 

ACIPC 2018 Annual Report 

ACIPC 2015 Annual Report

ACIPC 2017 Annual Report

ACIPC 2014 Annual Report

ACIPC 2016 Annual Report

 

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.