Fellowship of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control is a prestigious member status awarded to Infection Prevention and Control Professionals in recognition of significant professional achievement. Fellowship recognises the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to ACIPC and the profession.
Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel
What does ACIPC Fellowship mean for you personally and professionally?
Personally I was thrilled to be awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control as it is a measure of recognition of the work that I have done to support the College and the discipline through my research and teaching in infection prevention and control as an Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. I also saw it as a way in a sense to further support the College as a Board member as it changed its structure to create a Fellowship category. For those who are considering applying, completing the application allows you to reflect in depth on what you have done and achieved, and allows you in the end to see through others eyes what contribution you have made. My workplace regards the award of Fellowship highly as a measure of esteem.
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Dr Philip Russo
Can you outline why you think members should consider applying for Fellowship of ACIPC?
The ACIPC Fellowship was established to recognise members with significant professional achievement, and applications review three criteria, leadership, contribution to IP&C, and contribution to ACIPC. Having been awarded Fellowship in 2017, I strongly encourage others to reflect on their work and consider applying. Not only is it a recognition of significant achievement, it also demonstrates your support for the College, and importantly flags you as a mentor and role model for others (members and non members) who work in infection prevention. Historically, and generally, infection prevention staff are often reluctant to promote themselves and their work. Fellowship status promotes the achievements of not only the individual, but also that of our College.
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What motivated you to apply for Fellowship of ACIPC?
I applied for an ACIPC Fellowship for two reasons.
The first reason was that of professional development. Writing the application and undergoing the review process is valuable in its own right and forces you as a clinician and ICP to really reflect on the work you have done in your career and what you have achieved. I work every day with very esteemed and knowledgeable ICPs, so it was an important step for me to have acknowledgement from my peers that I make a difference in the field of IC and that the work I do impacts on the safety of patients. I didn’t really expect to be successful in my application so being awarded a Fellowship has given me confidence in my own ability, knowledge and experience.
The second reason I applied was to support the College in its introduction of the Fellowships. So much work has been done in raising the profile of ICPs in Australia through ACIPC and the credentialing process. When I first started working in Infection Control credentialing did not exist and I remember feeling quite lost and unsure of how to progress my career. The process of credentialing is so valuable to ICPs and I saw the introduction of Fellowships as a great opportunity to further grow this profile and really wanted to support that.
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Professor Brett Mitchell
What is your advice to ACIPC Members considering applying for Fellowship?
The ACIPC Fellowship program is a great demonstration of ACIPC’s continuing maturity. Fellowships are an integral part of a professional association. The fellowship process is rigorous but comes with it great reward with respect to personal recognition by peers and the association.