ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR PHILIP RUSSO – President

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


KRISTIE POPKISS – President-Elect 

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.


PROFESSOR MARILYN CRUICKSHANK – Past 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.


DOCTOR 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 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.


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.


KYLIE ROBB – Director

Kylie 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 – Director

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 credentialed 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 from employment in the British Territorial Army Medical core, a Nursing Officer Merchant Navy (Cruise ships), 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 Communicable Disease Control Directorate WA whilst specialising in IP&M for the last 15 years.

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


DOCTOR PETA-ANNE ZIMMERMAN – Director

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

Kathy 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 Credentialed 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.