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 Level 6, 152 Macquarie Street, 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.
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.
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.
Prof. Peter Collignon
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.