The ACIPC Meet the Expert series is your chance to hear from leaders in the field of infection prevention and control. Seminars will feature local and international speakers and will cover a wide range of relevant topics. These are informal events for healthcare professionals and members and non-members of the College are welcome to attend.

ACIPC Meet the Expert | Sydney 25th February
Tuesday 25th February, 6pm to 8.30pm
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Seminar Room C2.20
Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
Drinks and nibbles provided

Training in the use of personal protective equipment – one size does not fit all! 
Presented by Ruth Barratt
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important infection prevention and control (IPC) measure. Various items of PPE are used for both standard and transmission-based precautions to assist in preventing the transmission of infectious organisms. The use of PPE by healthcare workers has been shown to be sub-optimal, whether this is over-use of gloves or the under-use of protective masks. Training and education of healthcare workers in the use of PPE is an essential part of an IPC programme, yet may present challenges for the IPC professional.

In this presentation Ruth will present some of her research on this topic including:

  1. The findings from a recent survey which investigated PPE training in Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Using video-reflexive methods to improve PPE skills and knowledge.
  3. The development of a recent training programme for PPE used for High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCID) e.g. MERS, Ebola Virus Disease.
  4. The considerations and challenges in selecting appropriate PPE items.

Ruth Barratt RN, BSc, MAdvPrac (Hons), CICP-E
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Westmead Institute for Medical Research
University of Sydney 

Ruth Barratt is a registered nurse, quality advisor and researcher. She holds a Masters in Infection Prevention and Control and is credentialed at expert level through the ACIPC. Ruth has over 22 years of experience in this field across the private and public sector. Ruth has authored several IPC journal publications and represented infection prevention and control professionals on a number of Australasian committees and working parties. Ruth is currently studying for her PhD through the University of Sydney, with her research focus on personal protective equipment practice among clinicians.


Thank you to our speaker Ruth Barratt  for her assistance with organising this event for the College. 


Member Meet the Expert & Networking $38.00
Non-Member Meet the Expert & Networking $80.00
Member Meet the Expert by Webinar $25.00
Non-Member Meet the Expert by Webinar $70.00

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