The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) is the peak body for infection prevention and control professionals (ICPs) in the region. Our members are practitioners and decision-makers in the field of infection prevention and control and include nurses, industry professionals, scientists, academics, educators, and policy makers.
ACIPC seeks to be the voice for infection prevention and control professionals, focussed on providing leadership, education, and evidenced-based practice for a healthy community. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of IPC in health and aged care settings, and the broader community, our members continue to address challenges such as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistance.
Our vision is to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.
The College supports our members and IPC in the broader community through our activities, including:
- education for members and non-members;
- advocacy on the importance of IPC to government and the community;
- collaboration with other health associations and international IPC organisations;
- publishing original research in our journal Infection Disease & Health;
- communication to our members and stakeholders, including our newsletter IPC News;
- representation on national and international panels, committees and working groups;
- our credentialling pathway to strengthen the roles of ICPs.
The College commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various state and territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.
The College is a company, limited by guarantee and incorporated under the Corporations Act. We are a registered charity with the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) and are endorsed as a deductible gifts recipient (DGR).
Overall responsibility for the College is vested in the board of directors, chaired by the president. An executive management team (EMT) of the president, president-elect and past president provide day-to-day oversight of the College’s operation, which are managed by an executive manager and office staff.
Our head office is located at Level 6,152 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania.
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 the Australian Infection Control Association (AICA) 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 organisation, 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 Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) 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.
Professor Peter Collignon
Professor Collignon AM, M.B,B.S(Hons), B.Sc.(Med), PhD, FASM,FRACP, FRCPA
Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist at ACT Pathology and Canberra Hospital
Professor in the Medical School of the Australian National University
Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Medicine in
Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Infection Control
Active in many public health advocacy issues, Peter’s particular interests are antibiotic resistance, infection control and hospital acquired infections.His research is widely published and referenced in many Australian and international journals.
He has been and continues to be an active member of many national and international committees, including those of the Australian Quality and Safety Commission. He has been appointed to many of the expert committees of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the issue of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in food animals.
In October 2017 he was awarded a PhD by thesis, examination, and defence in Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit – VU) on the topic of antibiotic resistance and One Health.