Board of Directors

Associate Professor Phil Russo


Assoc. Prof. Phil Russo 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 roadmap 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 ACIPC’s broad membership in the Australasian region, ongoing educational opportunities for its members, a strong new journal, and the delivery of a high quality annual international conference, is the key to the ongoing success of the college.

Kristie Popkiss

President-Elect & Chair Governance, Finance and Risk Committee

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, and Infection Prevention is one of the several services which reports to her.

Kristie’s goals are to further contribute to the greater vision of improving the culture and implementing best practices for infection control for Australasia, whilst also improving the patient experience and outcomes.

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

Immediate Past President

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank is a registered nurse and Professor of Nursing Research at the University of Technology Sydney. In this role, Marilyn provides leadership for nursing research within the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Prior to this, for a 10-year period, Marilyn was Director of the national HAI program at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare 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 a clinical nurse consultant for paediatric HIV, developing guidelines and policies for maternal transmission and 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 former chair of the AMR Standing Committee. Marilyn has co-edited a number of publications on national AMS and HAI surveillance and has represented Australia at international meetings, such as APEC  and the Western Pacific Regional Of fice of the World Health Organisation.
Marilyn was appointed as professor at School of Nursing and Midwifery, Grif fith University in 2015.

Stéphane Bouchoucha

Director & Chair Education Committee

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. Stéphane’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). He subsequently led the French involvement into Eurosuport 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 he developed and validated a scale: the Factors Influencing Adherence to Standard Precautions Scale (FIASPS).

As an early career researcher, in 2016, Stéphane was successful in receiving two early career grants, one of which was from the ACIPC, to consolidate infection prevention control work.

Dr Sally Havers

Director & Chair Practice Guidance Committee

Dr Sally Havers is a committed infection control professional of ten years, with a passion for improving and ensuring safe patient care.

Sally’s experience includes management and completion of large scale, multi-centre research projects (including ethical clearance and protocol development) as well as successfully project managing the development and roll out of a large national infection prevention program. Sally has expertise in 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.


Michael Wishart

Director & Deputy Chair Education & PD Committee Infexion Connexion Moderator

Michael Wishart is an infection control specialist with over 20 years’ experience 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. He has worked as a consultant for hospitals, day procedure centres, 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, and yearly two-day infection control seminars for health professionals at Ashford Hospital. Michael has worked as a technical consultant to the CDNA national infection control guidelines review steering committee. He 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


Kylie Robb 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


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 credentialled 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 including with the British Territorial Army Medical core, as a Nursing Officer in the Merchant Navy (Cruise ships), and 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 the Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA, specialising in IP&M for the last 15 years.

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

Peta-Anne Zimmerman


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, on outbreak response, the development of comprehensive infection prevention and control programmes, and on the integration of public health and acute care response in infectious disease emergencies, in low and middle income country settings.

Peta-Anne is the program adviser for 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 she 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. She 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 Dempsey

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 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 over 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.