From the President

Dear Colleagues,

Amongst many things, 2020 feels like the year we never had. All those plans for the year we had agonised over weren’t just pushed to the side, they were completely obliterated, some never to be seen again.

Extraordinary circumstances require an extraordinary response, and I am very proud that ACIPC members have been front and centre during 2020. I have only seen a fraction of the work our dedicated members have undertaken this year. In all types of settings, in various circumstances, responding, ramping up, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its been relentless, exhausting, traumatic, stressful, and I thank all members for their extraordinary work.

Consequently, right now Australia is in a good place. Mistakes have been made, they always will, but we must learn from them. And if we have learnt anything this year, we must remain vigilant, responsive and agile.

To that end, as a result of the Commonwealth’s requirements for infection prevention training in aged care, the College responded rapidly to accommodate a large intake of students to the Foundations course. As I write this, we have had over 3,080 students enrol to date. On behalf of ACIPC, I warmly welcome our new members. Sincere thanks to Jackie Miley, Education Manager and our group of over 30 new facilitators for guiding the students through this important study. We caught up with Perri Waddell and Janine Carrucan below and will aim to feature more of our facilitators in future newsletters.

The College is exploring how we can best support these new members. If you are working in aged care and have any specific resources you’d like to see from the College you are welcome to email agedcare@acipc.org.au

All members have access to Infexion Connexion, and we encourage our new members to post various questions, and I know our more “seasoned” ACIPC membership will support and assist where possible.

Members may have seen an expression of interest for a voluntary Moderator for Infexion Connexion to assist Michael Wishart. Full details are listed below.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board for their support and guidance, and all members of our committee for their work and input.

Thank you also to Ben Thiessen, Sara Kirby, Andrew Watts and their teams for their outstanding work during this year. As we head in to 2021, the College is well placed and resourced to continue to grow and support our members.

Please note, the ACIPC Office will close at 5pm Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and re-open 9am Monday 4th January 2021. During this time there will be limited monitoring of emails.

I wish you all a safe, happy and relaxing break.

Take care and stay safe, till next year!

Phil Russo
ACIPC President

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Seeking Expressions of Interest

Dear ACIPC Members
Access to Infexion Connexion is a key ACIPC member benefit where more than 3000 members can share ideas, seek advice, and gain valuable insights from other members’ knowledge and experience in a fully moderated, collaborative space.  
Michael Wishart, ACIPC Director, established this forum and is currently the sole moderator of all email messages sent through for approval before they are posted – he is now looking for assistance to moderate the forum as College membership grows.
ACIPC are seeking expressions of interest from passionate, credentialled, members to volunteer with Michael to approve forum post emails that align with the Infexion Connexion list Guidelines.
If you would like to assist Michael as a voluntary Moderator of messages to Infexion Connexion, you will need to have the following qualities and attributes:

  • Is a credentialled IPC
  • Financial full member of ACIPC in good standing for at least 5 years
  • History of regularly reviewing messages sent to Infexion Connexion, and contributing to discussion
  • Have a passion for professional development of ICPs
  • Be willing to safeguard the integrity of the College and all members, and seek and follow the direction of the ACIPC Board as required
  • Undertakes to flag any concerns about breaches of the guidelines to the ACIPC Board, via the ACIPC office 
  • Has good access to email, and the potential to respond to email communication in a timely manner
  • Has a reasonable understanding of email etiquette, and a congenial and compassionate writing style
  • Is willing to work with other Moderators in email message management; and 

If you would like to express your interest in becoming a voluntary Moderator, please send an email to the ACIPC Board for consideration via the ACIPC Office Manager by 15th January 2021.
Please include a brief response addressing how you meet each of the criteria, and a 1 page CV.

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2021

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2021 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. For more information, click here

We have released more courses and online resources!

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Due to the high levels of enrolments into the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course, we have released another course commencing on 10th March 2021. These spots are filling very quickly.
Please note: If you are an IPC Aged Care Lead, you are required to book through our courses dedicated to Aged Care Leads by clicking this link here.

Online Short Course in IPC in Aged Care Settings

ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face to face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years. This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. To find out more information and to book a course, please click here.

ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass

The ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities.

To find out more information and to book a course, please click here.

Topics covered from leaders in the field include the following:

Insights and lessons from the COVID-19 front line
Safety vs welfare in an outbreak
Outbreak management in COVID-19 – Implications for aged care settings
Planning to transfer a resident to hospital
Communicating under pressure
Rural and remote considerations
Cruise ship lessons 2020
Environmental cleaning in aged care facilities
Antimicrobial Stewardship – What does a great program look like?
Waste Management – Getting it right

ACIPC recommends APIC podcast - 5 second Rule - Something is in the air - Airborne Transmission: The basics and not so basic

Air quality and ventilation are a big deal when trying to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19 that can travel in the air. It can be daunting and scary but fear not! Dr. Hilary Babcock and infection preventionist Kate Gase break down the science of airborne and droplet disease transmissions. In this episode, Babcock and Gase discuss the various environmental factors that determine how infectious a virus or bacteria may be. They emphasize the importance of adhering to what science tells us about preventing the spread of diseases.

Available NOW! | Listen Here.

Infection Disease & Health – latest online article

Facilitators Interview

Introducing… Perri Waddell

What’s your background in IPC?
 
My background is largely in quality and clinical governance in the residential aged care space, developing and implementing policy and processes, auditing IPC practices, informing the development of training material for outbreak management, safe PPE use and promoting hand hygiene through environmental audit of accessibility and use of hand hygiene stations.
 
What interested you about the facilitator role?
 
I have long been a strong advocate for having IPC Leads in aged care homes as a budgeted portfolio with time and resources to have genuine oversight and ability to promote IPC practices. As such, the opportunity to support aged care nurses, many of whom would have come from ‘the frontline’ to study this important course, was too good to miss. The short notice and quick turnaround of the program means many students are completing the course without necessarily having planned to commence a new study just before Christmas at the end of an already crazy year- so they need loads of positive support and encouragement. I felt I could offer that support as I have recency of experience of the multitude of competing demands of our nurses. Plus of course I am learning along the way- both the course content and students excellent posts and learning to navigate Moodle.
 
What has 2020 taught you?
 
The true value of maintaining one’s integrity and sense of justice and purpose. This world is a beautiful place going through a rough patch, we all need to strive to be kinder to others and show gratitude each day. I have never been more proud to be an aged care nurse.
 
What is something about you that others might find surprising?
 
I think I’ll go with the fact that I love being on the back of our motorbike- as the pillion rider- it’s the only time I surrender to not being ‘in control’ of my situation and its so relaxing, all I have to do is sit back, enjoy the scenery and trust my husband! Before the world closed its doors this year we rode through Patagonia- fabulous!

Introducing… Janine Carrucan

What’s your background in IPC?

I have worked in IPC since 2009 at Townsville University Hospital, currently Nursing Director Infection Prevention and Control. When I started my journey in IPC, I didn’t have any formal IPC qualifications other than a Masters of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, but quickly realised that this was my dream job , so completed Masters IPC at Griffith and have not looked back.  I am an active member of ACIPC and am very passionate about infection prevention.
 
What interested you about the facilitator role?

I have had various roles delivering education throughout my nursing career and thought the facilitator role would be a great way to continue my interest in education and to also give back to the community by supporting the emergent need to train aged care clinical leads.  I am passionate about IPC and want to influence this group to assist in preventing the dire events in aged care during 2020.
 
 
How has this year challenged you?

The biggest challenge for me this year was the pace in which we had to function.  Since February 2020, every day or week has highlighted a different question/challenge for the IPC team and as their lead, I needed to navigate bureaucracy and people to get things done.  We have achieved projects, processes, and activities that we never thought we could have or would have been involved in.  Our scope of practice in IPC has increased and we are very much in everyone’s mind now.
 
 
If you had to define yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Passionate, patient focused and good sense of humour.

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

 

 

 

Back in late March, as many Australians faced life in lockdown and COVID-19 cases began to climb, ACIPC became a founding member of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and partnered with a diverse group of national peak bodies to provide clear and consistent guidance for the clinical care of Australian’s with COVID-19.

A first of its kind, the Taskforce uses a ‘Living Evidence’ model that responds rapidly to emerging research while adhering to trusted standards for evidence synthesis and guideline development. This rigorous evidence process combined with the Taskforce partnership model has allowed for hard conversations together with academic and clinical debate before arriving at 100% consensus recommendations.

Now, in December, we can thankfully breathe a little easier, with low COVID-19 cases numbers across Australia and low hospital admissions.  We can also reflect on the extraordinary collaborative effort, not just from the 32 member organisations, but the more than 250 clinical and evidence experts from around the country who have volunteered their time each week to review the evidence and develop or update recommendations.

This commitment to ensuring best-practice treatment guidelines has provided their clinical colleagues throughout Australia with confidence that they are armed with the latest research and trustworthy advice.

ACIPC members have been significant contributors to the Taskforce effort, including President Phil Russo, President-Elect Kristie Popkiss and Brett Mitchell. 
To date, the Taskforce has made 118 living guideline recommendations and published 10 living clinical flowcharts, covering over 100 clinical questions. This guidance includes strong evidence-based recommendations for the use of corticosteroids, including dexamethasone, a conditional recommendation for the use of remdesivir, and recommendations against the use of hydroxychloroquine. Summaries of the evidence currently available for another 32 therapeutic agents is presented, together with recommendations these agents only be used in the context of randomised trials. Several recommendations are being maintained for special populations including Pregnancy and Perinatal Care, Paediatric and Adolescent Care and Palliative and Aged Care.
The Taskforce website has been viewed more than 270,000 times, with 170,000 individual users from 180 countries around the world. With a 70% Australian, 30% international audience Australia is leading the way in living guideline development with countries such as Germany and Canada looking to adopt the model.
In 2021 the Taskforce’s expert panels will continue to meet regularly and convene as required when relevant new research is published.  Key focus areas for the new year include:
•    Disease-modifying treatments
•    Post-acute COVID-19
•    Infection prevention and control.

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Germitec’s Hypernova Chronos Wins Prestigious Prix Galien Award for First-of-its-Kind UV-C Ultrasound Probe High Level Disinfection System

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The Prix Galien Award, considered an equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical research and medical technology research, has honoured Germitec’s Hypernova Chronos as the Best Medical Device for 2020.

Germitec, a global healthcare leader in designing UV-C High Level Disinfection systems for ultrasound probes, has radically simplified the lives of healthcare professionals in terms of safety, time, and responsibility. The firm has received the 2020 Prix Galien Award for Best Medical Device for its Hypernova Chronos™ system, a breakthrough patent technology that replaces chemicals with photons. It is still today the only Chemical-free High Level Disinfection system for decontaminating ultrasound probes between patients. The award recognises excellence in scientific innovation that improves the human condition globally.

Hypernova Chronos breakthrough technology has positively changed clinical workflow practices in decontamination of ultrasound probes between patients in Womens Health (IVF), Radiology and Imaging, Urology, Outpatient/Day Surgery, Intensive Care, and Accident and Emergency. The technology is reducing the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), which are estimated at 5-10% of hospitalised patients every year, resulting in substantial morbidity and mortality. It has been rigorously tested to kill high-risk cancer strains 16 and 18 of Human Papillomavirus that causes 70% of cervical cancer and other anogenital cancers, providing extra safety to patients. Several studies have scientifically shown in pelvic ultrasound examinations, emphasising the potential cross-infection risk when HLD is not the standard of practice.

“We are honoured by this prestigious recognition. Winning the award not only highlights the breakthrough technology behind Hypernova Chronos in High Level Disinfection but the unrivalled team that worked to develop and bring it to market. An innovation with the potential to make a significant impact in minimising the cross-infection risk of pathogens from the repeated use of probes that move from patient to patient,” said Clement Deshays, CEO of Germitec. “The innovative technology has positively changed clinical workflow practices in decontamination of ultrasound probes between patients. Especially for Womens Health (IVF), Radiology/imaging, and in the context of ultrasound-guided procedures and pulmonary ultrasound examinations in Emergency, Intensive Care, or Resuscitation.” 

About Hypernova Chronos

Backed by more than 15 years of designing and developing hospital hygiene systems that have radically simplified the lives of healthcare professionals in terms of safety, time, and responsibility, the Hypernova Chronos is replacing impregnated chemical wipes, soak stations, and hydrogen-peroxide mist with a faster, simpler, and cleaner workflow for seamless high level disinfection processes (HLD). Hypernova Chronos’s ultrafast 90-second HLD cycle time, digital traceability, and chemical-free system is changing clinical practice, enabling UV-C HLD to become the standard of care in all hospital departments and clinics. 

Hypernova Chronos is approved in more than 35 countries worldwide, and now further, spanning into regions in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

About Germitec

Germitec® is committed to DESIGN the BEST innovations for Hospital Hygiene. Who are well known for inventing Ultraviolet Light High Level Disinfection (UV-C HLD) for reprocessing non-lumen medical devices: Hypernova Chronos and Antigermix E1. The UV-C products are designed for SPEED. SIMPLICITY. EFFICIENCY. ECO RESPONSIBILITY. PEACE OF MIND. And YOU.
They are enabling medical staff to change clinical practice to be the BEST in reducing cross-infection risk, thus improving the quality of patient care.

Further Information:
https://germitec.com.au/germitec-hypernova-chronos-wins-prix-galien-award/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/472165760

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Past Newsletters

January 2020

December 2019

From the President

Colleagues,

So far 2020 is throwing us plenty of challenges, none less so that the emergence of the novel coronavirus. This rapidly evolving situation will be impacting many members working to minimise its impact in Australasia. I direct you to information prepared by the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health which you can see here. One can’t help but wonder if efficiencies in a national response could be gained if Australia had a national center for disease control.

Our thoughts go out to all affected by the bush fires.  Our sincere gratitude to the extraordinary efforts by firefighters, volunteers on all levels and our colleagues working in these areas.

In February the ACIPC Board will have a two-day meeting, setting strategies for the coming two years on how best to build on the great results from last year, provide more services to our members and continue to grow the College. Click here to see who your Board Members are.

I strongly encourage our industry colleagues to register for the ACIPC IPC Industry Masterclass which is being held on Thursday 20th February in Melbourne. This is an opportunity for our trade partners to learn more about what their client’s face on a daily basis; from basic infection prevention and control principles to the drivers that impact upon governance, accreditation and safety and quality in healthcare.

The masterclass will be followed by a networking event where we will update corporate partners on College activities and sponsorship models for the Conference this year. If you are not attending the masterclass but would still like to attend our industry networking evening, please RSVP here.

Until next month,

Associate Professor Phil Russo
ACIPC President


Upcoming ACIPC events around the country

Several events are planned over the next few months across the country where members can catch up over a drink and some nibbles and hear from a local expert. These events rely on the invaluable assistance of members on the ground who work with the College to produce these evenings. Special thanks to Marija Juraja, Ruth Barratt, Wendy Beckingham and Darren Martin for helping out.

Adelaide 25th February Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

Presented by Diana Lagana, Sharon Stendt, Irene Barron, Lisa Upton

Sydney 25th February Training in the use of personal protective equipment – one size does not fit all! Presented by Ruth Barratt

Bendigo 3rd March C.diff – are we doing it right in 2020? Presented by Dr Andrew Mahony 

Canberra 17th March  Dr Nicholas Coatsworth will present on the topic of Sepsis 


Members – become involved!

Complete and return this form to register your interest in working with the College on a committee, or by hosting or presenting at an IPC education event. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Contributing to ACIPC


  
Recently Recredentialled Members:

 Congratulations to the following diligent members who recently successfully updated their credentialling status:

 Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Sue Atkins

Lisa Upton

Ramon Shaban

Belinda Henderson

Sue Borrell

Wendy Peecock

 Congratulations as well to our colleague Katherine McKay who has earned the post nominal CICP-A.

Please visit the credentialling webpage for information on how you can take the next step to enhance your professional standing in the field. If you were previously credentialled and are not sure when you are due for recredentialling, please contact admin@acipc.org.au



New Fellows of ACIPC

Fellowship of ACIPC recognises the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to ACIPC and the profession. Congratulations to our most recent Fellows Sandra Roodt and Professor Ramon Shaban.

Join the Low-Middle-income Special Interest Group

This is a call out for members interested in sharing resources and working to support our colleagues in IPC working in LMI countries. The LMI SIG meets throughout the year via teleconference and also face to face at the ACIPC Conference. Members can request and share information via the LMI SIG email forum and membership is open to any ACIPC member working in IPC in an LMI area, or with an interest in supporting IPC colleagues in this sector. Interested? Email Sara at officemanger@acipc.org.au to find out more.


Latest from Infection Disease & Health

Here are the latest articles available online:

A reflection of 2019: Reviewers, metrics and Editor’s pick
Brett Mitchell

Spatial clusters of Clostridium difficile infection and an association with neighbourhood socio-economic disadvantage in the Australian Capital Territory, 2004–2014
Aparna Lal, Ashwin Swaminathan, Teisa Holani

Evaluating the implementability of Antibiotic Surgical Prophylaxis guidelines
Courtney Ierano, Darshini Ayton, Trisha Peel, Caroline Marshall, Karin Thursky

Bloodstream infections in neutropenic patients with haematological malignancies
Ana Sofia Carvalho, Diana Lagana, Jennifer Catford, David Shaw, Narin Bak

Two carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks detected retrospectively by whole-genome sequencing at an Australian tertiary hospital
Alexandra Marmor, Kathryn Daveson, David Harley, Nicholas Coatsworth, Karina Kennedy

CRyptOcoccosis in Newcastle and the hUnTer (CRONUT) – An epidemiological study
Carly M. Hughes, Daniel Lennon, Joshua S. Davis

Hand hygiene beliefs and behaviours about alcohol-based hand rub use: Questionnaire development, piloting and validation
Wai Khuan Ng, Ramon Z. Shaban, Thea van de Mortel

Evaluation of a hepatitis B virus protection intervention among interns at Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt
Rehab H. El-Sokkary, Rehab M. ElSaid Tash, Eman M. Mortada, Omnia S. El Seifi

Plasmodium vivax infection due to percutaneous exposure in non-endemic area
Yesid Fabián Mantilla-Flórez, Bibiana Patricia Barragán, Eduardo Adrés Tuta-Quintero, Carlos Eduardo Pérez-Díaz


Review of published and grey literature on the presence of Antimicrobial resistance in food in Australia and New Zealand report

The review of published and grey literature on the presence of Antimicrobial resistance in food in Australia and New Zealand report (the report) has now been published and is available on the Australian Government’s AMR website, amr.gov.au.

In 2018, the Department of Health commissioned a consortium of researchers in Australia and New Zealand, led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Adelaide and the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre to conduct a literature review of published and grey literature concerning antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food in Australia and New Zealand.

The report provides an overview of available evidence on AMR presence in the food production, processing and retail sectors for red meat, pork, poultry meat, dairy, egg, seafood and horticultural products in Australia and New Zealand.

The report makes recommendations for future action on AMR in food systems in order of priority to deliver the most substantial impact. These recommendations are being considered as part of the development of the One Health Master Action Plan that will support Australia’s next National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and beyond (the 2020 AMR Strategy).

The report is available via this link.


MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 March 7-8 2020, Taiwan

MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 is the very first themed masterclass that will be held on March 7-8 2020 by the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of Taiwan.

MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 will cover basic knowledge, the advance and the development in vaccinology, reviewing real-world data of the vaccine impact, effectiveness & safety, as well as vaccination policies. The organizing committee expectedly will invite 30-40 experts giving lectures and exchanging opinions featuring from rotavirus vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, influenza vaccine, and other available vaccines.

More details here http://www.mcv2020.com.tw/ConferenceTopics.html


 IPC Jobs

Peninsula Village – Umina Beach, NSW, seeking IPC auditor

We are seeking an infection control representative to complete an audit of our 300- bed aged care facility located at Umina Beach on the NSW Central Coast. We would like the audit to occur in April/May 2020 with a full report and action plan to follow.  If you are interested please contact Alana Hardman at alanah@penvill.com.au with your details and availability.

April 2020
ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
April 2020
Apology – the wrong version of this email was sent out previously.
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
 
Much has happened since my last correspondence, so apologies for the longer than normal message! Over the last week we have seen pleasing results from our interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the challenges continue, and I am aware that many of you continue to work long and exhausting hours under intense conditions.
 
There continues to be differing opinions and recommendations in how to manage our patients. What has not changed is our knowledge that is spread via droplets, and the most common way it is spread is from close contact with an infectious person, contact with droplets from an infected persons cough or sneeze, or touching objects and surfaces contaminated with droplets and then touching your mouth and face. Most importantly, this is also what the epidemiology of the disease is telling us.
 
As always, please take care to ensure your sources of information are reliable. ACIPC recommend the Commonwealths website.
 
The reality is there is so much more to do, and to use a quote, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
 
1. 2020 Conference 
As you know, the conference planned for 2020 has been postponed. Together with Conference Design, we are working hard on identifying other options for November this year, and we will keep you posted. On behalf of the Board I extend my sincere gratitude to the Scientific Conference Committee for their hard work in compiling what was to be an outstanding program, much of which we hope to take to the 2021 conference in Adelaide.
 
2National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
As some of you may be aware, the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has been established to undertake continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19.
 
ACIPC is proud to be a member partner of the Taskforce.  I am on the National Steering Committee, and Professor Brett Mitchell is representing the College on the National Guidelines Leadership Group. The taskforce works closely with the National Infection Control Expert Group (on which ACIPC is also represented), providing advice to AHPPC.
 
The Guidelines are published on the Magic App (this is the same platform used for the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare) facilitating “Living Guidelines” that will be updated weekly with the latest evidence.
 
I urge you to familiarise yourself with the Taskforce website which also has links to the updated guidelines on the Magic App.
 
Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

 
Cardinal Health – Deadline 30th April 

Cardinal Health Scholarships can assist with funding the important work members do, be it designing and implementing infection control strategies, research, training programs, clinical governance etc. Funding is also available for further education in the IPC field. Everything you need to know including applications forms can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.  https://www.acipc.org.au/scholarships-and-awards/

 
ACIPC FIPC May 2020 – limited places still available

There are a handful of places still available in our Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. For this intake, we are offering accelerated delivery mode. This means that the course could be completed in approximately 80 hours over a few weeks should the student choose, or have the time to work through the course material. The Course Coordinator will support students with live webinars, phone, and email support. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 will be included in the course. The start date is May 6th 2020, you can enrol here now and payment plans are available.

 
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Setting online course

The College is currently running a 2-week online course for a client working in the aged care sector. The course aims to prepare residential and community aged care setting staff with the necessary information to design implement and evaluate high quality infection prevention and control practices in an aged care setting. More information will be available on the ACIPC website shortly. Please contact the College for any IPC training enquires.

 
Video Updates 

Thanks to Board Members Dr Sally Havers and Anne Whitfield who have recently posted brief videos on the ACIPC website. If you would like to share something you are doing at your workplace that you think will interest others, please feel free to pitch your idea to us with a view to making a short video for the website.  Email officemanager@acipc.org.au for more information.

 
GAMA webinar series
 
During April, ACIPC partnered with GAMA Healthcare to produce a webinar series aimed at supporting members and healthcare workers right now.
 
If you missed out, these brief but informative recordings can be accessed here.

           With Dr Moira Junge

            With Professor Darren Morton

            With Dr Lisa Conlon

 
Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus
 
The final webinar in this series will be held on Thursday 14 May 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here
 
We hope you can join us at what is a very topical event. 
 
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.

The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:

  1. standard safety precautions;
  2. when to ‘lock down’;
  3. risk and governance;
  4. work, health and safety;
  5. incident management;
  6. open disclosure;
  7. insurance;
  8. dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  9. regulatory and mandatory reporting.
 
Join the GOARN COVID 19 Knowledge Hub! 

The Global Outbreak and Response Network COVID-19 Knowledge Hub is designed as a central repository of quality public health information, guidance, tools and science for responders, researchers and general public to enable them to access the best COVID-19 resources available at any point in time. 
 
The COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrates how important it is to come together as a community to share good practice when faced with so many unknowns of an emerging disease. As a partnership of over 250 institutions, GOARN is an important producer and consumer of the many scientific and pragmatic public health solutions that are being forged from the pandemic response experience at the country, regional and global level. We welcome your support and collaboration to grow and develop the GOARN COVID 19 Knowledge Hub together. Most importantly, we invite you to utilize its resources to inform your operational decision and solutions to control the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 
TIPCU PPE Videos
 
Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control (TIPCU) have produced two videos demonstrating Personal Protective Equipment for:

  • Contact and droplet precautions
  • Contact and airborne precautions

 These videos add to the suite of previously produced videos demonstrating PPE for:

  • Standard precautions
  • Contact precautions
  • Droplet precautions
  • Airborne precautions

 All 6 videos are freely available here

 
 
Harvard Business Review – Working from home resources

Whilst many members are working on the front line during COVID, a large number of us are juggling multiple responsibilities whilst working from our home. HBR has a number of helpful articles, podcasts and toolkits dealing with working remotely and making sense of leading and working through this difficult time.
There’s a dedicated page here and standout resources include:

 
Latest articles from Infection Disease and Health online
 
Members will receive their hard copy of the Journal shortly. Here are the latest articles.
Contact the College if you need assistance with accessing your subscription online.
 

Improving sepsis care for hospital inpatients using existing medical emergency response systems
Anna Khanina, Kelly A. Cairns, Steve McGloughlin, Judit Orosz, Gordon Bingham, Michael Dooley, Allen C. Cheng
Clinical impact of rapid diagnostics using Xpert Flu/RSV™ PCR on antimicrobial stewardship initiatives during influenza season
Ruchir Chavada, Liam Clifford, Owen Weisback
Analysis of the integrity of ultrasound probe covers used for transvaginal examinations
Jocelyne M. Basseal, Susan Campbell Westerway, Jon A. Hyett
Estimating the utilisation of unregistered antimicrobials in Australia
Nadine T. Hillock, Jonathan Karnon, John Turnidge, Tracy L. Merlin
Hand hygiene compliance monitoring: Do video-based technologies offer opportunities for the future?
Katherine J. Mckay, Ramon Z. Shaban, Patricia Ferguson
Use of a radiopharmaceutical multidose dispenser for positron emission tomography: Risk assessment and mitigation measures for infection prevention
Daniela Karanfilovska, Ruth Martin, Howard Barton, Kenneth S. Yap, Allen Cheng
Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study
A. Oon, E. Reading, J.K. Ferguson, S.J. Dancer, B.G. Mitchell
Emotional touchpoints; the feelings nurses have about explaining multi-resistant organisms to colonised patients
Joanna Harris, Kenneth Walsh, Hazel Maxwell, Susan Dodds
An audit of nitrofurantoin use in three Australian hospitals
Rixt A. Wijma, Stephanie J. Curtis, Kelly A. Cairns, Anton Y. Peleg, Andrew J. Stewardson

Should we talk more about imported malaria in Bogotá, Colombia?
Kevin Molina-Ortiz, Valentina Puerta-Laverde, Estefanía Gutiérrez-Ocampo, Rhuvi Villamizar-Peña, Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
 
 
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July 2020

ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
July 2020
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From the President


Dear Colleagues,

 There will be no return to the old normal in the foreseeable future. But there is a roadmap where we can get control.” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director WHO.
 
Carefully chosen words preparing us for the future. The pandemic won’t be over in a month, or by the end of the year. Whilst the situation is not hopeless, there is a long road ahead. Sadly, we are seeing the number of deaths in Australia increase, particularly amongst those from our aged care sector. The spread in Victoria has demonstrated how quickly numbers can escalate, and the extraordinary effort required to respond. We need to remain alert and vigilant, as similar outbreaks could spring up anywhere in Australia. I am proud of the dedication, commitment and extraordinary work undertaken by our members.
 
As we move into a new financial year, and a new chapter for the College, I would like to thank our industry partners businesses who have sponsored and engaged with the College to date. In the absence of our conference, we have developed a new initiative called the ACIPC Conference Community. Hosted under the AICPC Conference website, this is an opportunity for industry to engage with like-minded professionals in the spirit of collaboration and community.
 
In tandem with the Conference Community, we have also released a new suite of sponsorship opportunities which have been specifically tailored to benefit corporate partners in light of the conditions imposed by COVID-19. The College has seen a huge increase in the need for ICP’s at all levels of our profession to improve their knowledge and understanding of ICP practices which has resulted in enrolments for our Foundations in Infection Prevention and Control course, and other formal academic online award courses sky rocket. Within our prospectus you will find several opportunities to directly sponsor these courses and engage with the attendees throughout the year.  We hope we can enjoy your ongoing support throughout 2020/21 and helping us pursue our vision to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.

A rapid review panel for COVID-19 infection prevention and control articles submitted to Infection, Disease and Health was established a few months ago. This has been very successful in providing quick and timely feedback to papers that may be of time critical importance to the infection control community.  
 
The journal has seen a massive increase in submissions this year. Reviewers on the COVID-19 rapid review panel typically review articles within 7 days of request and on average have completed one review a month. On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to personally thank those involved in the rapid review panel for their invaluable input during an incredibly busy time. If members are interested in assisting in the IDH COVID-19 rapid review panel, please email the Editor in Chief Brett Mitchell Brett.Mitchell@newcastle.edu.au
 
 
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

 

College Memberships

The supportive and collaborative environment ACIPC provides for its members is now more important than ever. Thank you to all of our members who have renewed their membership for the financial year and welcome to all new members!
 
If you have not yet renewed your membership for this year, you can do so by calling the office on 03 6281 9239, or simply email admin@acipc.org.au to have your invoice and link to renew resent to you.

 
ACIPC Education Officer Jackie Miley 
 
ACIPC education is enjoying unprecedented activity on our online courses. We have 249 students in total studying with us on 6 courses at the moment. 
 
Some students are taking an accelerated approach and completing their studies well within the usual six months. 
 
Our courses have, amongst other learning activities – a discussion forum for each topic, and students are active in demonstrating their knowledge, sharing experiences, perspectives, insights, and the odd frustration too!  I so enjoy reading these knowledgeable, well supported, informative, heartening posts from students in all areas of healthcare.  There is such a lot of good work going on out there.  It amazes me how much ‘learning’ occurs from sharing problems, issues, perspectives and solutions based on the best available scientific evidence and supported by guidelines, in a safe and confidential learning environment.  Students report how much they like these discussion forums and miss them when the course is finished!  They form a support network for ACIPC students, who often remain in contact long after the course is finished.

I am currently busy assisting students with academic writing, giving feedback on draft final essays, and generally being ‘present’ in each course.
 
The Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course (80 hours) has several ‘runs’ of the course active at the moment and the next course commences on September 9th, with places filling fast.

Our shorter IPC in Aged Care Settings Course (20 hours) continues to be popular with each course filling to capacity.  The next course commences August 26th and again book your place soon to avoid disappointment.
I am busy assisting students with academic writing, giving feedback on draft final essays, and generally being ‘present’ in each course.

 
Members of ACIPC are invited to participate in the study:

Exploring the experience and perspectives of infection prevention in managing COVID-19 to inform future pandemic planning.
 

We aim to inform future pandemic planning by documenting the experiences of infection prevention and control teams dealing with COVID-19 in an Australian hospital setting.
 
This survey will be anonymous and take approximately 10 minutes of your time.
 
If you wish to participate please click on the link: https://monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WmcYqcJ3N61Gsd
 
This work is being completed as part of Alisha Baswa’s enrolment in a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Andrew Stewardson, Darshini Ayton, Joe Doyle and Phil Russo. This project has been approved by the Alfred Ethics Committee

 

 

Clinical Care Standards Survey – Have Your Say

Have your say on clinical care standards for delirium, hip fracture and antimicrobial stewardship

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) develops clinical care standards to support the delivery of appropriate care. The Delirium, Hip Fracture Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standards (CCS) are currently being reviewed, following their publication more than three years ago. The Commission is keen to hear about your experience in using and implementing these clinical care standards and their indicators. Your feedback will inform the review and help improve these clinical care standards.

Provide feedback
If you or your health service organisation provide care to people with delirium or hip fracture, or care that involves antimicrobial treatment, you are invited to participate in this national survey:

Click here to complete the survey

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Global Health Alliance Australia update (picture in folder)

ACIPC is a proud member of Global Health Alliance Australia. Check out the latest updates here. 

 

Provide feedback

If you or your health service organisation provide care to people with delirium or hip fracture, or care that involves antimicrobial treatment, you are invited to participate in this national survey:

Click here to complete the survey

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Global Health Alliance Australia update

ACIPC is a proud member of Global Health Alliance Australia. Check out the latest updates here. 

 
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

 

Depression and anxiety in hospitalized patients on contact precautions for multidrug-resistant microorganisms
Eline Maria Granzotto, Aline Maciel Gouveia, Juliano Gasparetto, Letícia Ramos Dantas, Felipe Francisco Tuon
Sustained fall in inpatient MRSA prevalence after a video-reflexive ethnography project; an observational study
Gwendolyn L. Gilbert, Suyin Hor, Mary Wyer, Rosemarie Sadsad, Caro-Anne Badcock, Rick Iedema
Evaluation of quick sequential organ failure assessment and systemic inflammatory response syndrome in patients with gram negative bloodstream infection
John F. McNamara, Minyon Avent, Adam Stewart, Christopher Kwan, David L. Paterson
Reducing surgical site infections post-caesarean section in an Australian hospital, using a bundled care approach
Michelle Bolte, Blake Knapman, Lilach Leibenson, Jean Ball, Michelle Giles
Evaluating bio-burden of frequently touched surfaces using Adenosine Triphosphate bioluminescence (ATP): Results from the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) trial
Brett G. Mitchell, Alexandra McGhie, Greg Whiteley, Alison Farrington, Lisa Hall, Kate Halton, Nicole M. White

Open Access

Hospital acquired viral respiratory tract infections: An underrecognized nosocomial infection
Naveen Manchal, Mohamed Reffai Syed Mohamed, Michael Ting, Hugh Luetchford, Fleur Francis, Janine Carrucan, Robert Norton
Efficacy of pulsed xenon ultraviolet disinfection of multidrug-resistant bacteria and Clostridioides difficile spores
Hiroki Kitagawa, Kayoko Tadera, Toshinori Hara, Seiya Kashiyama, Minako Mori, Hiroki Ohge
Preventing nosocomial infections in resource-limited settings: An interventional approach in healthcare facilities in Burkina Faso
Pierre-Gilles Duvernay, Elisabeth de Laguiche, Renata Campos Nogueira, Bertrand Graz, Louis Nana, Wilfrid Ouédraogo, Yannick Sauter, Eric Sauvageat
Strategies for CAUTI prevention: Are we on the same page?
Gillian Ray-Barruel, Min-Lin Wu, Nicole Marsh, Brett Mitchell

Scope of practice and educational needs of infection prevention and control professionals in Australian residential aged care facilities
Ramon Z. Shaban, Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Deborough Macbeth, Philip L. Russo, Brett G. Mitchell
 
COVID-19 papers
 
Travel health risk perceptions of Chinese international students in Australia – Implications for COVID-19
Tara Ma, Anita Heywood, C. Raina MacIntyre
News coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic: Missed opportunities to promote health sustaining behaviors
Corey H. Basch, Grace Clarke Hillyer, Zoe Meleo- Erwin, Jan Mohlman, Alison Cosgrove, Nasia Quinones
SARS-CoV-2: The viral shedding vs infectivity dilemma
Arabella Widders, Alex Broom, Jennifer Broom
Preparation and response to COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore: A case report
Fan Peijin Esther Monica, Fazila Aloweni, Ang Shin Yuh, Elena Binte Mohamed Ayob, Norhayati Binte Ahmad, Chiang Juat Lan, Ho Ai Lian, Lee Lai Chee, Tracy Carol Ayre
Hajj in the Time of COVID-19
Suleman Atique, Ramaiah Itumalla
IPC Job Opportunities

Clinical Nurse Consultant – Group Manager – Infection Prevention Control – Epworth Healthcare 

One of Melbourne’s leading private hospital providers, Epworth HealthCare are looking to make a new appointment to their nursing leadership team. As the Group Manager – Infection Prevention Control, especially in light of Covid 19, this is a fantastic opportunity to enter the organisation and create a standout clinical service across all locations. Using your strategic thinking and strong coaching-based leadership capability, you will be critical to the development and growth of the infection control team. 

Flexible working hours, salary packaging, discounted private health insurance and reduced or zero health service costs make up part of the remuneration package. Full details here. If this opportunity is of interest please contact Andrew Gemmell via email, with a cover letter and CV to andrewg@ccentricgroup.com or call on 0452 116 599.
 

Employment Opportunity: Independent Infection Prevention Specialist – sought for advice & guidance – Residential Aged Care

OneCare Ltd is a not for profit residential aged care provider with five facilities across Tasmania and we are seeking to link and engage with an infection control practitioner for guidance in the determination of strategies and interventions in regards to OneCare Outbreak Management. We are concerned particularly regarding staffing, the use and availability of PPE, should a worst-case scenario develop whereby OneCare has Covid-19 or other virulent strain of Influenza like Illness present in one or more of our facilities.  OneCare facilities include:  Launceston – The Manor Complex, Burnie – Umina Park, Port Sorell – Rubicon Grove, Glenorchy – Barossa Park Lodge, Kingston – Bishop Davies Court. 

We are seeking an independent infection control practitioner who could act in the role of contact person to guide and assist us with determining sufficient and reasonable detail to manage such a scenario, particularly across staffing, PPE supply, and business continuity during an outbreak situation.  Please send your credentials to assist in this role by COB Friday 31 July 2020 to enable further conversation specific to addressing mutually agreeable terms.

Lynnmaree Padman  Manager Quality & Care Systems

Email: Lynnmaree.padman@onecare.org.au  Phone: 0439 199 338

Infection Prevention and Control Advisor

You will be a member of the Healthcare Management Team, which is led by a Healthcare management coordinator. You provide direct technical support to the field colleagues who are assigned to address IPC matters and you collaborate with the other specialists and generalist health advisors in providing support to the field project teams. The colleagues are typically spread around the MSF offices in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
 Main Objective
To provide leadership in improving healthcare quality and patient safety through assuring the availability of standards, strategies, technical support, collaboration, capacity building, and workforce competency in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) within MSF-OCA portfolio, both at HQ and at a field level.
Deadline for application is  16 August 2020. The assessment will be done by means of an interview in the week of 24 or 31 August.
More information can be found here

National Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant – Opal Aged Care Sydney

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services and based at our Sydney CBD Office, we are seeking an experienced Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant to join our Clinical Team. The key purpose of the position is to provide clinical expertise and consultancy through advanced clinical leadership relevant to the specialty of Infection Prevention and Control.
The position is responsible for planning and delivering an effective infection prevention and control service through the implementation of a system-wide approach within a culture of improving performance, consistent with the Opal’s values and goals. The Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant will provide leadership and be responsible for the management of infection prevention and management services across Opal’s Homes.
To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Tertiary qualification in nursing with current registration with AHPRA.
  • Post graduate qualifications in Infection Prevention and Management, or gerontology, clinical management, or relevant clinical areas.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in similar senior clinical nurse leadership role in Health or Aged Care
  • Extensive experience in infection prevention & control in acute, sub-acute and/aged care sector
  • Experience in evaluating workplace practices against accreditation standards, quality systems, and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to maximise productive working relationships and effective change.
  • A true passion for care, continuous quality improvement and the aged care industry. 

More information here.

This position is being offered on a permanent part time basis, 38 hours a fortnight based on a rotating cycle (Week 1: Three days, Week 2: Two days). There is some flexibility on the preferred work days. Applications close: 31 Aug 2020

 
 
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October 2020

ACIPC Newsletter

October 2020

 

From the President

Dear Colleagues,

Next month marks 12 months since I took on the Presidency role. I will leave reflections of 2020 for another time, but if nothing else, for us all, it has presented many unforeseen challenges which I am sure will continue in 2021.

Many of our initiatives this year have been related to our educational offerings, and I am proud to announce the launch of our Aged Care Masterclass. This is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities. The Masterclass has presentations IPC experts from across Australia who are active in the field such as Kathy Dempsey, Ann Whitfield, Carrie Spinks, Luci Rodda, Tara Dobbs, Belinda Henderson, Norman Davies, Dr Jonathon Chambers, Associate Professor Noleen Bennett, Fiona Gotterson. The Masterclass is particularly suitable for previous students of the Online Short Course Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings and Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control and is open to anyone interested in IPC in aged care settings.

Members have been advised that ACIPC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th November at 1:00 pm AEDST. This will of course be an online meeting which will be hosted on the ACIPC Conference Community Platform and login details will be circulated shortly. An agenda will be circulated shortly and the Annual Report and minutes from the previous meeting will be available via the members area.

Amongst many of the social events we have been denied this year is the annual presenting of awards to members. However, this year we need to present the Claire Boardman Award for Leadership, together with the winners of the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship and Joan Faoagali Award, and celebrate our Foundations Graduates. Presentation of the awards will be a special online event via the Conference Community Thursday 19th November from 7pm. I hope you can join me in celebrating all awards, scholarship winners and graduates.

Finally, congratulations to Simon Meyer-Henry on his recredentialling as a CIPC-E. Our Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee have recently increased their members to enable the committee to look at a number of assessments recently received.

Take care and stay safe, till next time.

Phil Russo
ACIPC President

Insights from the COVID-19 frontline video series

 

The College has recorded a series of three presentations by ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E) Ann Whitfield. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak. The videos include Q&A with our Education Officer Jackie Miley and are highly recommended viewing for anyone working in a healthcare setting. 

Guidance on CPR during the pandemic

The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, in partnership with the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), have published new clinical flowcharts to guide clinicians and trained first aid responders in delivering potentially lifesaving CPR as safely as possible.

 The Taskforce established a Cardiac Arrest Working Group as a result of feedback from hospital and community representatives citing a hesitation to commence resuscitation of people in cardiac arrest during the pandemic, stemming from concerns about infection risk. Drawing on expertise in infection prevention and control, infectious diseases, emergency care, intensive care, anaesthetics, retrieval, primary care and public health, the working group considered the best national and international advice on CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance was developed with broad consultation, incorporating input from government, consumers and healthcare workers in hospitals, primary care and aged care facilities. 

The working group worked closely with the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and the 32 peak clinical bodies who are members of the Taskforce to ensure that the CPR flowcharts would be consistent with national guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and importantly, supported broadly by healthcare professionals. 
For further information and to view the latest guidelines: covid19evidence.net.au

 

Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) – Stopping Sepsis National Action Plan – Report Card (attach report card to newsletter and link to online version)

 

As we come to the end of World Sepsis Awareness month and following World Sepsis Day 2020 the ASN have provided an update on how they are tracking on the Stopping Sepsis National Action Plan (SSNAP) 2017. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic ASN were unable to hold the annual ASN national meeting this year to review the progress on implementation of the SSNAP recommendations. Attached for your information is a ‘report card’ on the progress made to date, ongoing activities and planned activities.

 

Nurses’ and midwives’ cleaning knowledge, attitudes and practices: An Australian study
Brett G. Mitchell, Philip L. Russo, Martin Kiernan, Cassie Curryer

Covid-19 exposes the gaps in infection prevention and control
Stephanie J. Dancer

Concerns for low-resource countries, with under-prepared intensive care units, facing the COVID-19 pandemic
Muhammed Elhadi, Ahmed Msherghi, Mohammed Alkeelani, Ali Alsuyihili, Ala Khaled, Anis Buzreg, Tariq Boughididah, Mohamed Abukhashem, Ayiman Alhashimi, Samer Khel, Rawanda Gaffaz, Najah Ben Saleim, Sumayyah Bahroun, Abdelmunam Elharb, Mohamed Eisay, Nafati Alnafati, Bushray Almiqlash, Marwa Biala, Esra Alghanai

Understanding Covid-19 transmission: The effect of temperature and health behavior on transmission rates
Ahmet Ozyigit

COVID-19 in a complex obstetric patient with cystic fibrosis
Andrew Walczak, Kathryn Wilks, Rebekah Shakhovskoy, Timothy Baird, Sanmarie Schlebusch, Carmel Taylor, David Reid, Keat Choong

Quantifying what could have been – The impact of the Australian and New Zealand governments’ response to COVID-19
Chris Varghese, William Xu

 

A retrospective observational study on enterococcal bacteraemia and endocarditis at a regional hospital in New South Wales, Australia
N. Lwin, A. Bannan

Characteristics of personal protective equipment training programs in Australia and New Zealand hospitals: A survey
Ruth Barratt, Ramon Z. Shaban, Gwendolyn L. Gilbert

Prevalence of device use and transmission based precautions in nineteen large Australian acute care public hospitals: Secondary outcomes from a national healthcare associated infection point prevalence survey
Philip L. Russo, Andrew J. Stewardson, Allen C. Cheng, Tracey Bucknall, Brett G. Mitchell
Open Access

Hospital MRSA outbreaks: Multiplex PCR-reverse line blot binary typing as a screening method for WGS, and the role of the environment in transmission
Genevieve McKew, Marc Ramsperger, Elaine Cheong, Thomas Gottlieb, Vitali Sintchenko, Matthew O’Sullivan

Readability of online dengue materials: The need for accessible information as part of infectious disease prevention and control efforts
Zoe Meleo-Erwin, Corey H. Basch, Joseph Fera, Philip Garcia

Initiating tuberculosis treatment at end of life – Balancing patient and infection control interests
Adam G. Stewart, Hugh Wright

Scope of practice and educational needs of infection prevention and control professionals in Australian residential aged care facilities
Ramon Z. Shaban, Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Deborough Macbeth, Philip L. Russo, Brett G. Mitchell

Factors contributing to needle stick injuries among new registered nurses at a hospital in Trinidad
Caimete Smith Kwanzaa, Keshmer Clarke, Christine Ramlal, Rabindranath Singh, Oscar Noel Ocho

Assessing patient understanding of their antimicrobial treatment: How are we doing and how might we improve?
Kim Yeoh, Catherine George, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising

Antibiotic prescribing in surgery: A clinically and socially complex problem in Australia
Courtney Ierano, Arjun Rajkhowa, Trisha Peel, Caroline Marshall, Darshini Ayton, Karin Thursky

Successful treatment of invasive carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae infections in children using carbapenem–aminoglycoside combination therapy: A case series
Phoebe C.M. Williams, Adam W. Bartlett, Pamela Palasanthiran, Benjamin Armstrong, Brendan J. McMullan

Back to the basics: Hand washing is public health 101 and it works to slow down the spread of viruses
Hilary B. Tabish, Corey H. Basch

 

 

 

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Date: Tuesday, 10th November 2020

Time: 6pm – Sydney Australia time

Moderator: Kath Schubach, ANZUNS President

 

BD in partnership with ANZUNS would like to invite you to a webinar to discuss CAUTI prevention and management in Australia.

 

Speakers and Topics 

 

Professor Brett Mitchell – The burden of CAUTI 
Professor Brett Mitchell is an internationally renowned expert and researcher in the field of infection prevention and control. He is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle, Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease in Health, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Professor Mitchell is a member of the National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce Leadership Group and was the Chair of the recent NHMRC committee responsible for the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. He has over 150 peer reviewed publications and conference presentations and has worked in a variety of nursing positions in Australia and abroad. His research interests in the area of infection control include environmental cleaning, pneumonia, surveillance and urinary tract infections.

 

Dr Ashani Couchman – Clinical management of complicated CAUTI’s 

Dr Ashani Couchman is a Urological Surgeon who sub-specialises in transitional (adolescent) urology, and neuro-urology. Consulting in both public and private, The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Continence Matters, The International Spine Center and is a visiting specialist at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital. As the elected chair of the Children’s and Young Persons committee of the International Continence Society, the President Of the Continence Foundation of Australia SA branch and the chair of the Younger Fellows Committee in South Australia for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Couchman advocates for patients and colleagues both in Australia and internationally.

 

Alyson Sweeney – CAUTI and long-term catheter use in the home setting 

Alyson Sweeney is a Continence Nurse Specialist in community care and is a clinical team leader with the Tasmanian Health Service in Southern Tasmania. Alyson has an enduring interest in understanding and improving the care and well-being of people who live with a long-term suprapubic catheter (SPC) at home. Alyson has worked with and conducted research on this population over many years. This work includes a master’s degree that explored what it is like to live with a SPC. Other works include SPC change methods; a crossover comparison cohort trial. Presently Alyson has completed a doctoral thesis that has led to the development of a best practice guide for the care of people who live at home with a long-term SPC.

 

Karina So – Managing the complex patient with a long-term urinary catheter, a case study 

Karina So is a Urology Nurse Practitioner in private practice and a Clinical Lecturer of Concord Medical School, University of Sydney NSW. She has extensive clinical experience in management of adults with acute, chronic and complex urological cancer and non-cancer related problems. Over the last 31 years, Karina has held multiple leadership positions in professional groups and government-sponsored expert panels. She developed local and district clinical practice guidelines and on-line point-of-care resources. Recently she contributed to the Health Pathway project by Sydney Local Health District on urinary catheterisation.

To register to attend this webinar or watch on demand please click the registration link below. 

Register here

February 2020

February 2020

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From the President 

Colleagues,

Recently the Board of Directors met over two days to identify priorities and set the Colleges direction for the next two years. I am pleased to share with you a refreshed College Vision; Empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.
 I believe this simple but meaningful statement will guide us in achieving our revised Strategic Priorities for 2020-21 which are;

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.

Over the next few weeks, the new Chairs of our Committees will also be reviewing the terms of references and updating where required to ensure we continue to grow strong as a College.

At the meeting we also farewelled Peter Martin as our Consumer Representative over the past four years. It was great pleasure to award Peter with an Honorary Membership of ACIPC in recognition of his valuable contribution. You can read Peter’s article reflecting on his time as a Director below. Dianne Smith has stepped into the role of Consumer Representative and we look forward to working with Dianne along with Mark Metherell who will assist the Board as a Special Advisor.

Finally, as you would all be aware, the situation on COVID-19 continues to evolve on a daily basis. The College continues be well represented at a Government level on the Infection Control Expert Advisory Group. This group has met numerous times over the past weeks and continues to do so. I strongly encourage all members to regularly visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. All updates and advice are posted here.https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
The College Statement, released earlier this month can be accessed on the home page.

Until next month,

Phil Russo

ACIPC President

ACIPC events in February

 

Recently the College held a Masterclass for Industry  followed by an informal networking event with the Board. This has become an annual occurrence for the College and provides an opportunity for the Board and industry colleagues to get to know each other. Our Conference Manager Andrew Watts will also be coordinating the exhibitor and sponsorship packages for the Sydney Conference. Make sure you’re on the Conference mailing list to stay up to date. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Sydney in November.

 

 

This month, Meet the Expert networking events were held in both Sydney and Adelaide. Thank you to Ruth Barratt for presenting and organising the Sydney event and to Marija Juraja for making the Adelaide event happen!

ACIPC events in March

Meet the Expert Networking evening – Bendigo 3rd March C.diff – are we doing it right in 2020? Presented by Dr Andrew Mahony 

Meet the Expert Networking evening – Canberra 17th March  Dr Nicholas Coatsworth will present on the topic of Sepsis 

GAMA Healthcare and ACIPC IPC Seminar Series

The College have once again partnered with GAMA Healthcare to run a series of one day IPC workshops around the country and for the4 first time in NZ. Tickets are just $30. Martin Kiernan will be presenting at each event along with Dr Jocelyne Basseal. Professor Brett Mitchell will be speaking at the Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney event.

Auckland 28th of April at the Sudima Hotel

Melbourne 29th of April at Crown Melbourne

Brisbane 1st of May at Victoria Park Golf Course

Sydney 4th of May location TBC

Adelaide 6th of May location TBC

Perth 8th of May at the Technology Park

 

Visit our Education and Events page for more information.

 

 

Latest Fellowship recipient – Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank was recently awarded Fellowship of ACIPC. As Past President of ACIPC, Marilyn’s contribution to the profession and to the College has been significant. Congratulations Marilyn!

 

 

FIPC – Enrolments are now open

The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course provides a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional. There are 11 carefully paced modules and Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice. The program has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules, with a series of self-directed learning units supported by a structured online curriculum. Topics include environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. This course has been updated to reflect amended guidelines and is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P).

 

$1520 for ACIPC Members / $1820 for Non-Members (this rate grants ACIPC Membership for the duration of the Membership Year)

ENROLMENTS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE MAY 2020 INTAKE

 

Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
 
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.

The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:

  1. standard safety precautions;
  2. when to ‘lock down’;
  3. risk and governance;
  4. work, health and safety;
  5. incident management;
  6. open disclosure;
  7. insurance;
  8. dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  9. regulatory and mandatory reporting.

This is a free event, though numbers are limited. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you are able to join us.

This seminar will also be available by zoom videoconference, details will be provided on request.

Facilitator

Alison Choy Flannigan, Partner and Health & Community group leader, Hall & Wilcox

 

Reflections on my term of office on the ACIPC Board

 

Peter Martin OAM

 

 

I was pleased to be nominated by the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) four years ago as a Consumer Representative of the board of the newly formed ACIPC. CHF is a highly respected organization which among other things is tasked with nominating suitable members of the public to be consumer members of boards, committees and working parties of health-related organisations.

Many organisations serving the public have made consumer membership of their governance processes an integral part of their management structures. Indeed, this is now a requirement of governments with their own statutory authorities and a recommendation of the Institute of Company Directors.

It is recognised that consumers who are users of the services provided by such bodies are in a particularly significant position to offer advice and perspectives which are of benefit to the organizations and which add value to governance, service provision and public perceptions. ACIPC was forward thinking in making provision for consumer representation on its board from its inception.

I had been a member of the board of my Victorian regional public hospital, including a term as Chair. As part of my responsibilities I specialized in governance and risk, particularly clinical governance where I became interested in the importance of good infection control processes. I attend several conferences and workshops where this was a major topic of discussion. I continue to be a consumer member of my hospital’s clinical governance committee and maintain my interest in the field.

When CHF advertised the consumer membership of the board of ACIPC I applied and was subsequently appointed. This appointment has now ended after four years.

I am very well aware of the situation regarding hospital-acquired infections and was pleased to join ACIPC which I soon learned was a leader in developing expertise and best practice in IPC in hospital settings. I am proud that in my four years its leadership in this field has been increasingly recognised. I am even more proud of the dedicated passionate professionals in the field and on the board who I have come to know well. I am delighted that infection control is now ‘core business’ for health service boards.

It is important that professional organisations such as ACIPC are not only led by experts in their professional field but that also their governance processes are such that the membership can be confident that its affairs are conducted according to law, are approved by the relevant regulators and satisfy the appropriate accounting standards. I found that I could assist the College by using my knowledge of board governance processes by being a member of the college’s Governance, Finance and Risk Committee. I am pleased with the progress which has been made in establishing appropriate record keeping, reports and processes. I am confident that the structures we have established allow the board to be confident that the College is on a sound financial footing, satisfies its statutory and regulatory obligations and can look to the future with confidence.

I am proud of the progress made in my four-year term and look forward to seeing the College make further progress with great confidence. I wish it and its members well as they face the challenges of the future.

Abstract Submission Now Open: Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences 2020

Theme: From Global to Local

We live in an era of rapid information sharing and increased connectivity, facilitating the sharing of ideas and experiences at a faster rate than ever before. This more connected world brings new challenges for controlling the cross-border migration of pathogens. But it also creates new opportunities for promoting pleasure, rights, and quality of life, beyond just the prioritisation of disease elimination. The conference theme – from global to local – engages with this shifting paradigm. As the world shrinks and our focus adapts, we embrace the goal of achieving optimal sexual health for all.

Information about submitting an abstract can be found via this link.

 

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care – Table of Amendments

 

In response to feedback from Guideline users (including the Commission’s HAI Advisory  Committee), a table of amendments has been added to the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care.  The Table has been added to assist readers in identifying what and when updates have been made to the guidelines. The Table details content changes only. Typographical amendments are not included in the table. The table is available on both the web version (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-guidelines-prevention-and-control-infection-healthcare-2019) and the MAGICApp version of the guidelines.

 

Global Health Alliance Australia February

If you’re not already subscribed, we encourage you to have a look at the February newsletter from our friends at Global Health Alliance Australia

The lastest issue has updates on:

5 Second Rule Podcast

Our colleagues at APIC have an excellent podcast – episode 5 is titled Bacteria, Virus, and Fungi, Oh My! Lynn Slonim Fine PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, is an Infection Preventionist at the University of Rochester Medical School in Rochester, NY. Dr. Fine has worked in IPC for over 15 years. She served as a section editor on the APIC Text Online and was a contributing author in APIC’s The Infection Preventionists Guide to the Lab. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of her local APIC Chapter, she has been a faculty member for APIC’s EPI Intensive and CIC Prep courses. She currently teaches Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology at several local colleges in Rochester.

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May 2020

ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
May 2020
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From the President


Dear Colleagues,
 
Where are we in this COVID-19 marathon? Its hard to know for sure, perhaps halfway, maybe not even that far. Nevertheless, as restrictions are slowly being eased, it is interesting to note the reinforcement of practical hygiene and infection prevention measures. Some of our infection preventing mantras are becoming embedded into daily community life, not the least, messages on the importance of good hand hygiene and the role of alcohol based hand rubs. Future generations of healthcare workers are now performing hand hygiene as they enter their primary school classrooms. A habit they will hopefully continue in their future professional lives!
 
The Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) continues to provide infection control support to AHPPC. Information about ICEG, membership and all publications are now posted on the ICEG website.
 
The  National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce continues its prolific weekly output, and posts all updates on its website as well as updating the living guidelines in the MagicApp.
 
There has been a recent update to the guidelines COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities and this and other resources can be found on the ACIPC COVID 19 resources page.

The College continues its advocacy work during this time and earlier this month ACIPC joined with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) for a Position Statement endorsing practices aimed at facilitating next-of-kin presence for patients dying from COVID-19 in the ICU. The statement can be accessed on the ACIPC home page.
 
With the absence of the traditional conference this year, we have looked to broaden the scope of exposure and engagement for sponsors with opportunities that demonstrate value for both the sponsors and ACIPC members. Next month the College will launch a number of new initiatives and this will include tiered sponsor categories, opportunities to work with the College directly by sponsoring education events, as well as a number of online event opportunities. As a sponsor of ACIPC, your organisation will be associated with leadership and excellence in the field of Infection Prevention and Control and I look forward to sharing our 2020/2021 prospectus with members and stakeholders over the next few weeks.
 
Phil Russo
ACIPC President 

 

College Memberships

Members will shortly be contacted with a link to renew membership for the next financial year.

If you are not yet a member of ACIPC and would like to join, simply email your details to admin@acipc.org.au and we will send you information about membership benefits and fees along with a link to join our community.

 
ACIPC FIPC June 2020

We were overwhelmed with interest in our FIPC which commenced in May and have now opened a second intake of the course scheduled to start on the 17th June 2020. As with the May course, we are offering accelerated delivery mode which means that the course could be completed in approximately 80 hours over a few weeks should the student choose or have the time to work through the course material. The Course Coordinator will support students with live webinars phone and email support. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 are included in the course. You can enrol here now and payment plans are available.

 
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Settings online course 

ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face-to-face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years.

Aged care settings are an essential part of healthcare, and residents are at significant risk, highlighting the importance of this unique educational offering.
This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. It comprises 6 modules, about 12-14 hours learning, which consist of self-directed learning supported by online resources, video, structured reading, webinar content, moderated forum discussion, question and answer forum, and email.
The course can be undertaken over a 6-8 week period and a certificate of completion is issued to students who complete the course. There is no exam.
This course will commence on Wednesday 1st July, places are limited. Cost is $500 per student.
More information including a link to register can be found on the ACIPC website.
 

 
The Claire Boardman CICP Medal


The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman, and her leadership in establishing the College. It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to, the leadership of, the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control.
 
Even though we are not having a traditional conference this year, we will be opening nominations soon and the medal will be awarded via an online event. Watch this space!

 
GAMA Healthcare and ACIPC webinar series – COVID Q&A recording available
 
A panel discussion was held on the 20th May featuring a terrific line up of experts, Andrew Stewardson, Martin Kiernan, Kathy Dempsey and Belinda Henderson, chaired by Brett Mitchell. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the session can be accessed here.
 
2020 Joan Faoagali Award winner announcement

Congratulations to ACIPC member Maria Broumos who is the 2020 recipient of the Joan Faoagali Award! Maria is a Team Leader Dental Operations at Merri Community Health Services in Victoria and will receive $1000 towards her tuition fees for Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Maria,  What is your current IPC role?
My current role is to lead a team of Dental Assistants at Merri Community Health Services. My title is Team Leader, Dental Operations.

How did you hear about the FIPC course?
I had been a member for two years and it was always a goal to one day complete the course. FIPC appealed to me because it aims to provide participants with the knowledge to develop a series of skill that could then be used to impart to other staff and team members to improve the provision of patient care through efficient and strategic infection control practices. 

What module are you most interested in learning more about in FIPC and why? 
This was the most difficult question to answer as the course in its entirety is an excellent array of modules. The ones of most interest are: Outbreak Management: Communicable Disease Notifications. This is of interest especially considering the COVID19 pandemic and observing how the outbreak is being managed. I am also looking forward to Theories of Leadership and Motivation as I am in a leadership role and am interested in the related theories.

Do you have an IPC (or professional) hero or mentor? How have they helped you?
My hero and mentor is a highly credible professional who has been a pillar of support and a mentor throughout my evolving career. Mr. Craig McCracken implemented a highly regarded Dental Prosthetist Program at RMIT University in early 2004. Mr McCracken had a vision of what the program would look like – an integral component being a focus of infection control practices and prevention relating specifically to the course and scope of practice of aspiring registered dental prosthetists. Mr McCracken qualified as a prosthetist in Tasmania in 1977 before taking up a teaching position at RMIT University in 1981. Mr McCracken identified a skill and the passion that I had for infection control and invited me to educate alongside him. Mr McCracken has always encouraged me to continue to educate myself and leave a footprint for upcoming aspiring clinicians. I worked alongside Mr McCracken for over a decade where I witnessed firsthand a man who had a goal that was driven by passion. I owe where I am today and the knowledge that I have to Mr McCracken and I will be forever grateful as are past and present students who have had the honour of witnessing such a legend.

 
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles
 
Preparation and Response to COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore: A Case Report

Fan Peijin Esther Monica, Fazila Aloweni, Ang Shin Yuh, Elena Binte Mohamed Ayob, Norhayati Binte Ahmad, Chiang Juat Lan, Ho Ai Lian, Lee Lai Chee, Tracy Carol Ayre

News coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic: Missed opportunities to promote health sustaining behaviors

Corey H. Basch, Grace Clarke Hillyer, Zoe Meleo- Erwin, Jan Mohlma, Alison Cosgrove, Nasia Quinones
 

 
 
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August 2020

ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
August 2020

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From the President

From the President
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
I continue to be in awe of the ongoing hard work and dedication of our members, and the larger community in responding to COVID-19. In the midst of such exhaustive work, we also need to be cognisant of new data and findings as they come to light, and learn.
 
Recently we have seen some crucial information published. Since the start of July, over 2200 HCWs in Victoria have acquired COVID-19. Of the 1780 that have been investigated it is estimated at least 69% acquired the infection in the workplace, and it is expected this proportion will increase as more investigations are completed. What we don’t know is how exactly these infections were acquired. Many assume that failure of PPE, or that incorrect type of PPE (read masks) is to blame. But we must also acknowledge likely of heavy environmental contamination, close contact between healthcare workers, and lack of skill and knowledge are also important factors. We simply do not have detailed data to be sure. Basic epidemiological data on those investigations are available here Victorian HCW COVID-19 infections. Fears of the outcome of COVID-19 outbreaks in certain groups are coming to light, with many deaths linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities. Enormous efforts are underway with many ACIPC members directly involved in responding to this emergency. Also from Victoria, the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry findings to date are also publicly available, and I would recommend members to keep an eye on the progress of the inquiry. Recently, in NSW the Newmarch House COVID-19 Outbreak findings were published with many important findings specific to infection prevention and control in these settings.
 
Whilst the devastating effect of this pandemic cannot be underestimated or glossed over, it is important to also try and look for some positive outcomes. Clearly, the infection prevention literacy amongst our colleagues, politicians and the community at large has skyrocketed. At times it seems like everybody is an expert, but really, this reflects the genuine concern and interest many folk have in the work we do (not so long ago we were constantly challenged by certain groups of the need to perform hand hygiene so frequently). The incidence of influenza is lower this year, hopefully associated with the increased awareness of infection prevention. And from the viewpoint of the College, enrolments in our Foundations of Infection Prevention Course, and our Aged Care courses have never been higher. Credit to Jackie Miley for the excellent work she is doing in keeping our education up to date and accessible.
 
On another note, you will have recently received an email regarding the ACIPC Conference Community. This exciting new venture will offer many features for members and stakeholders during these unusual times. Thank you to the team at Conference Design for their work on this.
We are excited to be making registration for the ACIPC Conference Community FREE; it is our hope that a great number of our members and broader profession will embrace the new look concept for this year.

Phil Russo
President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

 

 

 

The ACIPC Conference Community is designed to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Components will include:

  • A series of Live and Pre-Recorded Invited Keynote Presentations
  • Online Poster Presentations
  • Online Free Paper Presentation Sessions
  • Dedicated Educational Sessions delivered by ACIPC Partners
  • Online Exhibition Area
  • Online Discussion Forums
  • Physical Regional Events when appropriate

We are excited to be making registration for the ACIPC Conference Community FREE; it is our hope that a great number of our members and broader profession will embrace the new look concept for this year.

 

 

 

ACIPC Conference Community introductory event
ACIPC COVID-19 Q & A Webinar for Healthcare Workers

Wednesday 2 September 2020
19:00 AEST

 

This is a forum for participants to ask our panel of experts questions on the current COVID-19 situation.
Participants are invited to submit questions in advance to the webinar. The panel will also take live questions.
More information regarding webinar Q&A including the pre-submission of questions will be made available shortly.
 
To register for the webinar sign up for the ACIPC Conference Community below. Registration for the Conference Community and webinar is FREE for ACIPC members and non members.

 

ACIPC Conference Community is Proudly supported by

 

 

 

Platinum Sponsor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Sponsor 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronze Sponsor 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Welcome new members!

Welcome to the 59 new members who have joined the College over the past month. It is great to have you as part of our growing community of infection prevention and control practitioners. If you have any questions about your ACIPC membership, please call 03 6281 9239 or email admin@acipc.org.au.

 

 

 

Call out for LMI members

Thanks to the generosity of ACIPC members, we have memberships to the College to allocate to IPCs from low or low-middle income (LMI) countries. If you know someone who is actively involved in IPC from the LMI area and would benefit from an ACIPC membership, we would like to hear from you.  
To nominate someone for sponsorship please provide their full name, position and email address and we will contact them.
To find out if someone qualifies for LMI sponsorship, please visit our webpage https://www.acipc.org.au/membership/

We look forward to hearing from you!
 

 

 

 

ACIPC in the Media

The College is regularly represented in the media. Here is a list of recent interviews and articles.

ACIPC President, Associate Professor Phil Russo
 

14/04/2020

Sydney Morning Herald

‘Hard to keep across’: front-line workers need transparency over PPE supplies, experts say

15/04/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus Australia: Risk you’re taking with takeaway coffee

21/04/2020

Daily Mail

Pubs, clubs and bars won’t open until at least July – but owners are warning you shouldn’t expect a night out to be anything like it was before they closed down

22/04/2020

Daily Mail

Why you won’t be going back to the gym until SEPTEMBER – and they’ll be nothing like what you remember them

28/04/2020

News.com.au

Coronavirus social distancing: Why distance differs around the world

20/05/2020

Croakey.org

What can the rest of Australia learn from Burnie and other local outbreaks

25/05/2020

News.com.au

Public urinals could be phased out in wake of coronavirus pandemic

26/05/2020

Mammamia.com.au

“I can’t see the logic”: The reopening process isn’t making sense to the fitness industry.

4/06/2020

The Conversation

Heading back to the gym? Here’s how you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus infection

4/06/2020

Il Globo

Sport e allenamenti: guai ad abbassare la guardia

7/06/2020

The Conversation

Can you socially distance at a Black Lives Matter rally in Australia and New Zealand? How to protest in a corona virus pandemic

7/06/2020

Herald Sun/Daily telegraph

Ask the expert – Coronavirus Q & A

7/06/2020

The Conversation

From spit to scrums. How can sports players minimise their coronavirus risk?

7/06/2020

News.com.au

Gym owners optimistic coronavirus restrictions will end soon

23/06/2020

The New Daily

Victoria’s coronavirus spike could happen anywhere, experts warn

30/06/2020

The Conversation

These 10 postcodes are back in Stage 3 coronavirus lockdown. Here’s what that means

5/07/2020

The Conversation

Nine Melbourne tower blocks put into ‘hard lockdown’ – what does it mean, and will it work?

6/07/2020

ABC 7.30 Report

Melbourne tower lockdown

7/07/2020

The Conversation

Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire return to lockdown: this is just how vigilant we have to be until a COVID-19 vaccine is found

10/07/2020

BBC radio

BBC Naked Scientist – COVID Science

11/07/2020

The Age

How a Chinese restaurant explains Australia’s mask riddle

20/07/2020

The Guardian

Australia’s about face on masks and Covid 19: why our health advice was late to the party

22/07/2020

Newscorp

Face masks: Everything you need to know

28/07/2020

ABC online

Coronavirus cases aren’t coming down despite Victoria’s lockdowns. Experts seek to explain why

28/7/202

ABC Radio The World Today

Are lockdowns working?

30/07/2020

The Conversation

723 new COVID-19 cases in Victoria could reflect more testing – but behaviour probably has something to do with it too

4/8/20

SBS News online

Stubbornly high levels of community transmission eventually forced the Victorian government’s hand on Stage 4 restrictions.

4/8/20

The Conversation

Takeaway coffee allowed, but no wandering through Bunnings: here’s why Melbourne’s new business restrictions will reduce cases

11/8/20

ABC radio The World Today

Rhani Sadler – Masks

18/8/20

The Age

COVID-19 danger may rise in dry weather, ‘provocative’ study shows

18/8/20

The Herald Sun

Why staying at home, socially distancing and wearing a mask is driving down Victoria’s coronavirus cases

21/8/20

ABC radio AM

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/concerns-health-care-workers-relax-on-ppe-away-from-the-bedside/12581548

25/8/20

ABC Radio AM

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/infection-control-college-calls-on-aged-care-industry/12592290

 
 
ACIPC Immediate Past President Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

 

8/07/2020

Liam Mannix -science reporter for Herald/Age

29/07/2020

Sonya Feldhoff ABC radio SA

16/08/2020

Annie Guest ABC AM

 
 ACIPC President Elect Kristie Popkiss
 
26/2/2020 – ABC Radio Interview – Covid-19 Pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

New Environmental Cleaning Resources
 
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has recently produced two new environmental cleaning factsheets to support the implementation of the Infection Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.
 
The first factsheet outlines the key principles of environmental cleaning product selection to support jurisdictions and health service organisations in their decisions on procurement of environmental cleaning products.
 
The second factsheet outlines the key principles of environmental cleaning auditing in acute care settings to support jurisdictions and health service organisations to update and optimise existing auditing programs.
 
These two factsheets together with an infographic poster on the benefits of environmental cleaning and flow chart detailing the process and product selection for routine environmental cleaning are available from the Commission’s website at safetyandquality.gov.au/environmental-cleaninq 

 

 

 

Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

Covid-19 exposes the gaps in infection prevention and control
Stephanie J. Dancer 

Assessing patient understanding of their antimicrobial treatment: How are we doing and how might we improve?
Kim Yeoh, Catherine George, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising
 

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November 2020

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ACIPC Newsletter

November 2020

 

From the President

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

 

Congratulations to Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman who last week was awarded the 2020 Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control. This is the highest honour awarded to a member of the College, and Peta-Anne is recognised for her leadership both home and abroad. If you would like to hear more about Peta-Anne, I recently had a brief chat with her about what this award means to her.

 

It was terrific to connect with members last week at our AGM and Awards Night. I encourage you all to read the annual report (link) which outlines some of the Colleges achievements during this challenging year. The Awards night was a great opportunity to announce and celebrate some of our members achievements and it was great to hear from our Patron Professor Peter Collignon, Claire Boardman and Hilary Walsh from Cardinal Health. The list of successful recipients of the Cardinal Health Infection Controls Scholarship are featured below. Congratulations to all the winners, and also to all the graduates from our Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control.

 

 

Following on from the Royal Commission in to Aged Care, earlier this month, the Australian Government Department of Health stipulated that Residential aged care facilities must appoint a clinical staff member as an infection prevention and control lead to ensure the sector is better prepared to prevent and respond to infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and influenza. These IPC leads are required to undertake infection prevention training, and ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course has been identified as meeting the requirements. Since the announcement, over 1000 registered and enrolled nurses have commenced this course and have joined the College as part of the enrolment process. I welcome these new members and wish you all the very best with your studies! The College has appointed a number of new facilitators to assist with the delivery of this important program and these new group of educators will be profiled in an upcoming newsletter. Furthermore, the College is establishing a new committee that will focus on issues in aged care. Terms of Reference of the new committee are being developed, and we will have further news on membership soon.

 

Finally, we have our final 2020 event for the Conference Community planned for the 7th of December which is the Free Paper session. Details and a link to register can be found below. I hope you can join me in participating in this exciting event.

 

Take care and stay safe, till next time.

Phil Russo
ACIPC President

 

We invite members and colleagues to join us for the last ACIPC Conference Community event of 2020 which will be a Free Paper Session on Monday 7 December from 3:00pm – 5:00pm AEDST.

This session will feature a diverse program of submitted presentations from colleagues in the field and industry suppliers, along with an “on demand” poster gallery.

Complementing the presentation content will be an online exhibition area where attendees can meet one-on-one with ACIPC sponsors. The exhibition area will be open throughout the event.

Following presentations, all attendees are invited to join in for a bit of fun at an online speed networking session. These sessions are a great way to connect with your fellow delegates for an informal chat, make new connections and catch up with old friends.

The Free Paper Session is free to attend – to RSVP, please click the link below. 

7 December Free Paper Session – Event RSVP

Event Details – December Free Paper Session

Date: Monday 7 December

Time: 3pm – 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDST)

Agenda Overview: Times are listed in AEDST. To convert times to your time zone, CLICK HERE.

2:45pm – 5:00pm: Exhibition and Poster Gallery open

3:00pm – 4:00pm Standard Oral Presentations

4:00pm – 4:20pm: Industry Supplier Presentations, Short Oral Presentations

4:20pm – 4:30pm: Experiences and stories from the field

4:30pm – 5pm: Networking

CLICK HERE to view the full program.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the ACIPC Conference Community to date, we look forward to announcing more events in the new year.

Kind regards,

The Team @ Conference Design
mail@conferencedesign.com.au  

 

 

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2020 – Successful Projects

 

 

Fifteen Research projects and Fourteen Educational Grants were submitted for review for the 2020 Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship Program. The projects covered a wide range of infection control management, research and education topics across Australia and New Zealand.

Nine projects have been selected for funding:

Major Research Project Category:

 

“Are intubation and extubation aerosol generating procedures?” – A/Prof Caroline Marshall, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC 

 

“Development of a web-based decision support tool to improve the interpretation of microbiological testing result of endoscopes.” – Sally Havers, Austin Health, VIC

 

Minor Research Project Category:

 

“Reducing the risk of streptococcal skin infections with scabies.” – Helen Truscott, Aboriginal Health Council

 

Educational Grant Category:

 

“Master of Infection Prevention and Control.”  – Jan de Groot, Griffith University, QLD

 

“Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control.” – Carmel Maree Couch, Wollongong Hospital, NSW

 

“That old chestnut, to glove or not to glove.” – Kaye Bellis, Alfred Health, VIC

 

“The 3 C’s – Cleaning, COVID-19 & CPE” – Rebecca Edgar, Kaye Bellis, Christine Sharp, Alfred Health, VIC

 

“Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control” – Rozina Kabani, Griffith University, QLD

 

“Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Infection Control)” – Natalie Graham, Epworth Healthcare, VIC

 

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Graduates

 

Congratulations to the following students who have recently graduated from Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control. We commend you all for your hard work!

 

Yana Albrey, Ursula Alwash, Mariyam Athifa, Christine Baker, Julie Birrell, Reannan Bradbury, Maria Broumos, Michelle Christiansen, Laura Law, Camilla Lobo, Bindu Mathew, Ryan Clarke, Mikhala Coad, Victoria Cornell, Rachel Ebsary, Melissa Eley, Andrew Ellis, Mary Jo Francisco, Laura Gallen, Suleen Rautenbach, Colleen Read, Ann Relf, Sacha McMillan, Emma Parsons, Greg Pobjoy, Crystal Polson, Tania Ramirez, Tanya Somani, Jacqueline Richmond, Mel Rogers, Varun Sharma, Elizabeth Skewes, Cheryl Spackman.

 

 

 

2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

 

The 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard was released on 24 November 2020 to coincide with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, together with the clinician fact sheet and consumer guide resources. ACIPC has provided feedback and endorsed the Standard which can be download here.

 

SHEA International Ambassadors Program Alumni Research Grant Competition

 

SHEA is the host of the International Ambassador Program Alumni Research Grant Competition. This program is funded by the SHEA Education and Research Foundation to identify, support, and foster novel research projects in healthcare epidemiology in international settings. A grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded to three winner(s) in 2021. Proposals will be accepted until February 19, 2021.

 

Alumni of the SHEA International Ambassador Program are eligible to apply and submit research proposals that align with SHEA’s research priorities in the fields of hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. Applicants are only eligible to submit one application. Apply here now.

 

SHEA 2021 International Ambassadors Program

 

Applications for IAP 2021 are now being accepted until December 18, 2020. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this link to any person or organisation that you believe may be interested in applying for this program.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

A year in review: what can the Aged Care sector take away from 2020?

 

 

 

The Aged Care sector has faced significant challenges over the past few years, including the Royal Commission and COVID-19. How have these challenges shaped the sector, and what can we learn moving forward?

Join us for a live Q&A webinar, where we will cover:

  • an overview of what has changed in Aged Care and some of the lasting effects of 2020; 
  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Counsel’s Assisting’s final submission; and
  • current employment challenges in the Aged Care sector, and possible solutions. 

We hope you can attend. 

 

 

 

Event details

Date

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Time

12.00pm – 12.45pm AEDT

Venue

Zoom

Contact

Sarah Porter
National Events Manager 
T: +61 2 8267 3815
Email

 

 

 

REGISTER

 

 

 

Presenters

 

 

 

 

Alison Choy Flannigan
Partner and Leader, Health & Community

 

Karl Rozenbergs
Partner 

 

 

    

smarterlaw.com.au

       

 

 

Recent Articles from Infection Disease and Health

 

The rise and rise of hand sanitisers
Greg S. Whiteley, Trevor O. Glasbey, Frederik H. Kriel

 

Are surgical masks manufactured from sterilisation wrap safe?
Sam E. Grigg, Andrea Zampiron, Farzan Akbaridoust, Dileep Chandran, Natasha E. Holmes, Paul D.R. Johnson, Ivan Marusic, Daryl Jones

 

Air travel in a COVID-19 world: Commercial airline passengers’ health concerns and attitudes towards infection prevention and disease control measures
Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Kaitlyn Radford, Cecilia Li, Shizar Nahidi, Ramon Z. Shaban

 

Containment of COVID-19 and reduction in healthcare-associated respiratory viral infections through a multi-tiered infection control strategy
Liang En Wee, Indumathi Venkatachalam, Xiang Ying Jean Sim, Kenneth Boon-Kiat Tan, Ruan Wen, Chee Kian Tham, Wee Hoe Gan, Kwan Ki Karrie Ko, Wan Qi Ho, Grace Kwek Teck Cheng, Edwin Philip Conceicao, Chong Yu Edwin Sng, Xin Hui Jorin Ng, Jie Yi Ong, Juat Lan Chiang, Ying Ying Chua, Moi Lin Ling, Thuan Tong Tan, Limin Wijaya

 

Knowledge, attitudes and practices of healthcare workers within an Australian tertiary hospital to managing high-consequence infectious diseases
Jesse J. Fryk, Steven Tong, Caroline Marshall, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising, Christopher MacIsaac, Nicola Walsham, Irani Thevarajan

 

The Factors Influencing Adherence to Standard Precautions Scale – Student version (FIASP- SV): A psychometric validation
Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Mataya Kilpatrick, James J. Lucas, Nicole M. Phillips, Ana Hutchinson

 

The Factors Influencing Adherence to Standard Precautions Scale – Student version (FIASP- SV): A psychometric validation
Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Mataya Kilpatrick, James J. Lucas, Nicole M. Phillips, Ana Hutchinson

 

 

A year in review: what can the Aged Care sector take away from 2020

 

The Aged Care sector has faced significant challenges over the past few years, including the Royal Commission and COVID-19. How have these challenges shaped the sector, and what can we learn moving forward?

Join us for a live Q&A webinar, where we will cover:

  • an overview of what has changed in Aged Care and some of the lasting effects of 2020;
    • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Counsel’s Assisting’s final submission; and
    • current employment challenges in the Aged Care Sector, and possible solutions.

    We hope you can attend.

 

 

Dec 9, 2020 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

 

Register here.

March 2020
From the President

Colleagues, (apologies for the long newsletter)
 
Healthcare workers are the current day heroes. Whilst many of us are doing our best to protect the community, many colleagues are on the front line providing clinical care. Furthermore, healthcare workers also need to tend to their own family and friends, and all the issues that the changes in day to day life throw at us. Work and life plans for 2020 and beyond have all been thrown into the air, and we don’t know when, or if they will back down.
 
The next 12 months and beyond will be challenging for ACIPC as we work towards providing members support and service.
 
I know many of you are working under intense and extreme pressure. Many on consecutive days on end without break. Clearly work demands will only increase in the next few months. I understand that everybody’s priority right now is responding to coronavirus.
 
Not surprisingly, many of our planned education events have been cancelled or postponed. We are very aware that many of you are now time poor. Where possible, we will utilise online and flexible delivery. Please see below for more detail.
 
You would have received an email earlier in the week regarding the indefinite postponement of the mandatory hand hygiene auditing. Whilst the College fully support the importance of routine hand hygiene auditing, we are also cognisant of the IPC resources required to undertake auditing. We would encourage all members to also share this letter with Executive staff at their hospital.
 
We would also like to reach out to any retired members who may have capacity to assist IPC teams during this time. For more details, please see below.
 
Sue Loucks has worked with the College over the past year as Executive Manager and Sue’s contracted time with the College has now come to an end. On behalf of the Presidents, Board of Directors and College staff I sincerely thank Sue for her hard work and diligence during her time with the College and wish her all the very best.
 
Finally, and importantly, please take care of yourselves, colleagues, family and friends during this testing time. If you believe the College can assist you any further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
 

 
ACIPC FIPC May 2020 accelerated delivery
 
In these exceptional times, ACIPC has taken the decision to make the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course  May 2020 available in its entirety from the first week of the course, in an accelerated delivery mode. This means that the course could be completed in approximately 80 hours over a few weeks should the student choose, or have the time to work through the course material.
The course is normally spread over about 24 weeks, and modules made available about every 2 weeks, however our online learning management system fully supports an accelerated delivery model, with all learning material available on day 1. 
The Course Coordinator will support students with live webinars phone and email support.
New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 will be included in the course.
 
ACIPC FIPC course start date is May 6th 2020
 
You can enrol here now and payment plans are available.
 
Postponement of ACIPC events and member resources

The College is reviewing the evolving COVID-19 situation daily and is looking at the best way to deliver resources to members during this difficult time. We will keep our members informed. A huge thanks to our ACIPC List moderator Michael Wishart and to members engaging with our online community via Infexion Connexion. If you are a member and need to check your subscription details please contact admin@acipc.org.au

 
ACIPC Members Code of Conduct

The ACIPC Members Code of Conduct has just been published on the ACIPC Policies page. The Code aims to ensure all College interactions are conducted ethically with honesty and integrity and in a professional manner befitting the College’s stature. This Code has been adopted to prescribe a minimum standard of conduct expected of members when dealing with each other, with the ACIPC staff and representatives and when representing ACIPC.

 
Retired IPCs – can you assist?

ACIPC are compiling a list of retired members who may be able to assist colleagues in IPC over the phone and via email during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commonwealth and jurisdictional guides will be provided by the College. Please contact Sara Kirby officemanager@acipc.org.au with a brief outline of your IPC background.

 
COVID and Infection Disease and Health
 
Dear Colleagues
 
It is important that we can share and learn from our COVID experience at this time and in the months ahead. A rapid review panel for COVID infection prevention and control articles submitted to Infection, Disease and Health has been established. This would not be possible without the support of those who have committed to being part of this. My thanks to those involved.
 
Any COVID related infection prevention and control articles submitted to IDH will utilise this rapid review panel. Should an article be accepted for publication, a fast track publication service will be facilitated. Further, any COVID articles published in IDH will be freely available for the coming months.
 
I would encourage members who have something novel to contribute to the COVID literature, to consider publishing their work.  Letters to the Editor (Correspondence) are also welcomed and may be the simplest way to communicate your contribution.  For those interested, I have also put some ‘tips’ or considerations below.
 
Is my work likely to be of interest?

  • Does my work add to knowledge or contribute something new?
  • Does my work relate to the prevention and or control of COVID?
  • Is my publication likely to help others in some way and or influence practice or policy?

 Tips for preparing your COVID submission

  • In your introduction, avoid providing too much data on cases – numbers and figures are changing rapidly and journals are not the most reliable source for such data.
  • Remember to include statements around funding, conflicts of interest and ethics (if applicable) at the end of work
  • Remember to reference statements appropriately. To make this easier, you can use any referencing style when you submit, so long as it is consistent
  • Have you and someone else proof read your work before submitting?
  • The author guidelines on the IDH website have detailed information www.idhjournal.com.au

Kind regards
Professor Brett Mitchell (FACICP, FACN, CIPC-E)
Editor-in-Chief
Infection, Disease and Health
The official publication of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
www.idhjournal.com.au

 
Publication of the 2020 AMR Strategy 
 
The Council of Australian Governments have endorsed Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and beyond (2020 AMR Strategy) on 13 March 2020. It is now available on the amr.gov.au website. The direct link to the document is: amr.gov.au/resources/australias-national-antimicrobial-resistance-strategy-2020-and-beyond.
 
Endorsement of the 2020 AMR Strategy by COAG is a significant achievement. It reflects that we are taking a truly national approach to addressing the challenges of antimicrobial resistance in Australia. Our 20-year vision of a society in which effective antimicrobials are recognised and managed as a valuable shared resource to protect human, animal and environmental health will help us to collaboratively and collectively work to address antimicrobial resistance in Australia.
 
The 2020 AMR Strategy represents the expert views of stakeholders—from across governments and the animal and human health, environment, agricultural and food sectors—on how best to combat antimicrobial resistance. It is pleasing that we have been able to build on our efforts under Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 and can now broaden our One Health scope to include the environment sector as we start to position ourselves to consider other antimicrobial agents beyond antibacterials.
 
Implementation will be guided by a high-level One Health action plan, development of which has commenced, and more detailed sector-specific action plans.

 
 
Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus

Due to COVID-19, these events will now be held as webinars over two months. 

 
Webinar 1
Thursday 16 April 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here

Webinar 2
Thursday 14 May 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here

We hope you can join us at what is a very topical event. 
 
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.

The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:

  1. standard safety precautions;
  2. when to ‘lock down’;
  3. risk and governance;
  4. work, health and safety;
  5. incident management;
  6. open disclosure;
  7. insurance;
  8. dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  9. regulatory and mandatory reporting.
 
Hall & Wilcox – COVID Hub
 
Hall & Wilcox are regularly posting useful articles an health, law and workplace matters here. The page will include recordings of recent webinars.
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IPC Job Opportunity: Expert in IPC and public health

We are looking for an expert in infection prevention/ public health to assist with putting together effective policies and procedures to deal with the current pandemic in establishing a safe island community for vulnerable people with disabilities on South Stradbroke Island. We are in the process of setting up an inclusive community for people with disabilities, carers and families along with selected health professionals on the island.
 
We require expertise in establishing protocols for quarantine, testing, and management of food and supply chain management for people and supplies coming from the mainland. We are focusing on vulnerable people with disabilities and homeless people who will otherwise be particularly susceptible to COVID19 and./or have difficulty following guidelines for social distancing and self-isolation on the mainland. We seek assistance with development of these protocols and are looking to establish this community in the next couple weeks. There is room currently for approximately 500 people on the island and this can be scaled up in due course to 1000-1500 people over months to come. Contact: Professor Harry McConnell – 0438 731 634 – h.mcconnell@griffith.edu.au

 
UV-C disinfection systems – available for Australian hospitals
(sponsored content)
 
Many ACIPC members would be familiar with UV-C disinfection systems or potentially recall the UVD Robot at the November 2019 ACIPC conference. IC Disinfection is an Australian SME that has secured distribution for the UVD Robot within Australia and New Zealand.
 
As a small Australian business, it has been out of our immediate capability to reach the appropriate specialists in this area in a reasonable timeframe, given the current situation with COVID19. We would really like to support our ANZ hospitals and healthcare facilities and are reaching out to ACIPC members who may like to receive information about the UVDR system.
 
The robot was the result of a Danish Ministry of Health project to reduce healthcare-associated infections after an MRSA outbreak in hospitals and is currently in use in globally in hundreds of healthcare sites, with hundreds deployed to Wuhan and Northern Italy to combat the spread of COVID19. The UVD Robot is recommended as an adjunct to current environmental and terminal cleaning standards.
 
In addition, the following video clarifies its practical use:
 
https://vimeo.com/393950242
 
https://vimeo.com/324792373 (Medical expert review)
 
Recent media articles:

A clinical report outlining evidence-based applications of the robot is available.
 
Please contact:
 
Lyne Moncada MBA
Business Development Manager ANZ
m: +61 (0)447 675 915
o:  +61 (0)8 6499 2677
e:   sales@icdisinfection.com.au
w:  www.icdisinfection.com.au

 

June 2020

ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
June 2020
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From the President


Dear Colleagues,
 
I’m sure you’ve heard many times now the adage that you need to make the most of every crisis. COVID-19 is clearly a modern day crisis, and I’d like to share with you a couple of areas where ACIPC is working hard in the background
 
Clearly the absence of our conference and the cancellation of face to face educational and networking opportunities means we need to change the way we function, in particular, how we engage with members and industry. To this end, Ben Thiessen, Managing Director of Conference Design, and his team are exploring a range of initiatives to ensure we can continue to support our members and maintain our strong relationships with industry. I look forward to updating you on these exciting initiatives in the future.
 
Over recent months we have also received many requests from various non health related business parties to provide expert infection prevention advice and education. Whilst this was not a normal part of ACIPC business, we are exploring ways to provide a sustainable model that will allow the College to respond to these requests efficiently and to the benefit of all.
 
Before I finish, a special mention of Jackie Miley our Educational Officer. Jackie’s agile response to the significant increase in educational demands has resulted in high numbers of enrolments or the Foundation Course, and our new Aged Care online course. With further webinars and a masterclass in the plaining, Jackie continues to work hard to meet your educational needs.
 
This is not the 2020 we planned. But like everybody, we need to adapt.
 
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

 

College Memberships

ACIPC membership renewals have been sent out this week. Thank you to all members for their continued support of the College.

If you are not yet a member of ACIPC and would like to join, simply email your details to admin@acipc.org.au and we will send you information about membership benefits and fees along with a link to join our community.

 
 Newly Credentialled Members
 
Congratulations to Sue Grieg, Janine Brook and Amelia McGuire who recently became Re-credentialled at Expert level.

The ACIPC Credentialling Framework provides a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline. The three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training together with peer review.
 
We strongly encourage all members who are not yet credentialled to consider applying. Here’s a useful video to get you started. We have a dedicated Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee who are available to provide feedback and guidance.
 
More information can be found here. Start your application and the next step in your IPC career today!
 

 
ACIPC FIPC August intake

There are currently 205 student studying Foundations which is keeping our Education Officer Jackie Miley very busy.

Due to the popularity of this course, anyone who ins interested in undertaking this study can jump onboard the September 2020 intake.

Jackie will support students with live webinars phone and email. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 are included in the course.

You can enrol here now and payment plans are available. The non-member rate of $1820 includes membership of ACIPC and the course can be run for a specific work group or facility, by arrangement with the College.

 
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Setting online course – new intake September 9  

ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face to face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years.

This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. It comprises 6 modules, about 18-20 hours learning, which consist of self-directed learning supported by online resources, video, structured reading, webinar content, moderated forum discussion, question and answer forum, and email.

The course can be undertaken over a 6-8 week period and a certificate of completion to students who complete the course. There is no exam.
Cost is $500 per student and more information including a link to register can be found on the ACIPC website.

 
ACIPC, ASID (HICSIG) Webinar – COVID-19 INFECTION PREVENTION IN RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE FACILITIES

Recorded earlier this month, this was an ASID (HICSIG) and ACIPC co-sponsored webinar where panel members provided practical advice about how to prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19 infections in residential aged care facilities. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

To access slides from this presentation, please click on the presenter’s names: 
Kathy Dempsey
Deb Friedman
Noeleen Bennett

Thanks to speakers and conveners for these helpful resources and an excellent presentation.

 
WHO Western Pacific Region IPC COVID-19 Webinar Series
 
The focus for the Western Pacific IPC Network Webinar Series for July is the role of Community Engagement in the COVID-19 Response. These webinars will be held every week on Wed, until Sep 30, 2020. And are at 10:00am AEST – 08:00 to 09:00 (Manila time) / 12:00 to 13:00 (Suva time)

July 1st Community hand hygiene improvements: PNG experience
 
July 8th Faith-based leaders and communities in preventing COVID-19
 
July 15th  WASH considerations in emergency situations
 
July 22nd  Primary health care in preventing COVID-19
 
 
Links to previous webinar recordings can be found HERE
IPC Network Registration can be found HERE
WPRO IPC Resources are available HERE
 
Contact: Dr Jocelyne Basseal for any information on future topics (bassealj@who.int)

 
RACPWA Webinar: Covid-19: Supporting the State in the Recovery Phase – Coping with Covid-19
 
RACPWA invites you to the fourth COVID-19 webinar hosted by the WA Regional Committee of the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
 
 
Date: Tuesday 30th June 2020
Time: AWST 5pm -7.00pm  / 7pm AEST
Venue: Online meeting via Zoom
 
Program: Coping with Covid-19
 
Speakers:
1) Managing Covid-19 across international borders: Dr Nell Gillett, Occ Physician & Group Manager H&S, S32
2) A Qantas Experience: Dr Ian Hopegood, Director Medical Services, Qantas
3) “A new Ventilator ‘LycoVent'”: Mr Mick Caratti, Engineer Dr Anna Negus, Anaesthetist Dr Paul Sadlier, Anaesthetist
 
Please register via this link
   
Please submit any questions you would like to have answered by the presenters to RACPWA@racp.edu.au .
Hall& Wilcox Seminar: COVID-19 and expedited approval of therapeutic goods – a global perspective
 
COVID-19 has significantly impacted the healthcare sector across the globe. There has been such an increased demand for medicines and medical devices (including COVID-19 test kits, face masks, ventilators, vaccines and digital thermometers) to move through clinical trials and to market.

Never before has there been such a need for urgent and practical therapeutic goods regulatory advice. This 60 minute webinar, held in conjunction with AusBiotech, with speakers from across the globe, will delve into what the regulators (TGA, FDA and European Medicines Agency) are doing to facilitate the supply of therapeutic goods to market quickly due to COVID-19, including:

  • what are the legal, regulatory and ethical issues of rushing medicines and medical devices to market, including safety, human rights and equity of access?
  • what is involved with off-label use?
  • what are governments in Australia, the USA, the European Union and South America doing to fast track approval therapeutic goods?

This seminar will be held twice:
Tuesday 14 July 2020, 11.00pm AEST
Thursday 16 July 2020, 8.00am AEST

 
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles
 
Readability of online dengue materials: The need for accessible information as part of infectious disease prevention and control efforts
Zoe Meleo-Erwin, Corey H. Basch, Joseph Fera, Philip Garcia

  

Concerns for low-resource countries, with under-prepared intensive care units, facing the COVID-19 pandemic
Muhammed Elhadi, Ahmed Msherghi, Mohammed Alkeelani, Ali Alsuyihili, Ala Khaled, Anis Buzreg, Tariq Boughididah, Mohamed Abukhashem, Ayiman Alhashimi, Samer Khel, Rawanda Gaffaz, Najah Ben Saleim, Sumayyah Bahroun, Abdelmunam Elharb, Mohamed Eisay, Nafati Alnafati, Bushray Almiqlash, Marwa Biala, Esra Alghanai

 
 
 

IPC Job Opportunity: Clinical Nurse Consultant – Infection Prevention & Control

Permanent Full Time
Grade 2 – $117,318 – $119, 650 per annum plus superannuation and other benefits
Regional NSW (Broken Hill) 
Relocation assistance and accommodation provided

Randstad Healthcare has partnered with a public sector organisation to source a Clinical Nurse Consultant who specialises in Infection Prevention and Control. Our client provides primary care to approximately 30,000 residents in rural NSW (Broken Hill) employing 800 staff across 10 facilities in the region, including the base hospital.
 
Full Position description here

If this opportunity interests you please send your resume to indiana.evans@randstad.com.au or contact Indiana Evans on (07) 3337 5222 or a confidential discussion.
 

 
 
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All rights reserved.

September 2020

ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
September 2020
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From the President

From the President
 Dear Colleagues,
 
Although we are not preparing ourselves for a conference in Sydney this year, we can still network and disseminate our work through the new ACIPC Conference Community. The ACIPC Conference Community has been established to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference. Already our first presentation, the COVID-19 Live Q&A webinar has been held (Register HERE). Thank you to our panellists Belinda Henderson, Professor Brett Mitchell, Kathy Dempsey and Professor Kirsty Buising. This excellent and well attended event was of many on this platform and a call for Presentations is outlined below. I strongly encourage you to make the most of the ACIPC Conference Community.
 
Another change in the way we do business this year is how we conduct the Annual General Meeting. This year it will be held online on Tuesday 19th November at 1:00 pm AEDST. Members will soon be sent an official notification.
 
Congratulations to Janine Carrucan has just been recredentialled as a CICP-E. Credentialling is one of the College’s hallmarks of professionalism. We understand that this is an incredibly busy time for all working in IPC and I encourage you to maintain your credentialling status. The College seeks to support our members who are leaders in infection prevention and control through ongoing credentialling, through which your expertise and experience are globally recognised. Our office will notify you once your due date is approaching and you’re welcome to check your credentialing status by emailing admin@acipc.org.au.
 
Finally, another show of gratitude to all of you who are working so hard this year. For many the workload has been intense, working well beyond paid hours, open to critique, and often thankless. It is important we continue to support each other and check in on our colleagues
 
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

 

 

Call for Presentations
 
Colleagues, 

A vital component of the ACIPC Conference is the contributions made by our peers, as such we are excited to be offering a new look call for presentations for this year’s Conference.

We invite submissions for the following:

  • Short Oral Presentations: designed to give novice presenters, early career researchers and consumers the opportunity to develop their presentation skills by pre-recording and perfecting their presentations prior to delivery at the time of the conference.
     
  • Standard Oral Presentations: designed for the presentation of interesting Case Studies and Quality Improvement Initiatives from Front Line Workers and Carers, Policy Makers, Healthcare Managers and Consumers.
     
  • Industry Supplier Presentations: presentations from commercial entities who are actively engaged with the supply of products and services to the Infection Control industry.
     
  • Panels and Webinars: Sessions should include an overall topic of significant interest and relevance to the profession, with 3 – 4 panelists discussing perspectives on the session topic.
     
  • Experiences and stories from the field: designed to be brief, informal snippets from our colleagues and consumers in the field. Fun and creativity are encouraged!
     
  • Poster Presentations: poster’s will be available to view on demand throughout the conference in the online poster gallery. Presenters can also include a short 3-minute pre-recorded video about their poster.

To ease pressure on authors and help ensure everyone who wishes to contribute to the conference community will have an opportunity, we are pleased to be offering two call for abstracts.
 

For those interested ipresenting before the end of 2020,

please submit an abstract before 23 October

 

 

 
Registration 

Registration for the ACIPC Conference Community is FREE for members and non-members and includes access to the following activities as they are confirmed:

  • Live and Pre-Recorded Invited Keynote Presentations
  • Online Panel Sessions
  • Online Poster Presentations
  • Online Free Paper Presentation Sessions
  • Dedicated Educational Sessions delivered by ACIPC Partners
  • Online Exhibition Area
  • Online Discussion Forums
  • Online Meeting Hub to connect with other Community registrants
  • Physical Regional Events when appropriate

Register now to catch up on the ACIPC COVID-19 Q & A Webinar held on Wednesday 2 September
Next webinar:
 Healthcare Worker vaccination – time and date TBC and members will be updated shortly!

 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
 
ACIPC Conference Community is Proudly supported by
 
Platinum Sponsor 
 
 
Gold Sponsor 
 
 
Bronze Sponsor 
 
AS/NZS 4187:2014 Online Symposium

Foundations in Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Short Course 

proudly supported by

 
Webinar recording – Hong Kong Covid-19 Preparation for aged care
ACIPC Past President Professor Marilyn Cruickshank recently joined Professors Terry Lum, Kathy Eagar and Joe Ibrahim on an expert panel to draw out the lessons from Hong Kong’s exemplary protection of people in residential aged care from the COVId-19 pandemic. A recording of this webinar can be found on the ACIPC home page.
 
 
ACIPC Lunch and Learn Members Webinars

We have had some excellent topics and speakers recently and members can access recordings of our latest webinars via the Members Area.

  • Kerrie Aitken: Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship – In Practice
  • Darren Robertson – Managing difficult behaviour in a healthcare and office environment

  
On Thursday 15th October at 12:45 – 1:45 AEST

Belinda Henderson will present: “It’s all in the gene” – Whole Genomic Sequencing the potentials for infection prevention and control

Register to attend this webinar on the Lunch and Learn page via the Members Area. Thank you to our excellent speakers and conveners for sharing their knowledge and time with our members.
 

 
 

New antimicrobials report provides five years of local data 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has released a new report on antimicrobial medicines use in Australia that has revealed a sustained pattern of high use in some of the most disadvantaged areas of major cities.

The Antimicrobial Medicines Dispensing from 2013–14 to 2017–18 report out today also has some encouraging findings, with a downward trend in national antimicrobial dispensing rates, which fell 13.3% over five years. 
For the first time, the new-format interactive report analyses antimicrobial dispensing over five years at a range of levels – national, state and territory, Primary Health Network (PHN) and local area.
The report builds on the findings of the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, which examined antimicrobial medicines dispensing from 2013–14 to 2016–17. 

Access the full report: safetyandquality.gov.au/antimicrobials-report-2020
Data from the interactive report can be used by health service organisations, PHNs, general practitioners and other clinicians to review rates of antimicrobial dispensing in their local area and compare them with the rates for similar areas.
The report helps identify areas that may benefit from further investigation and targeted strategies to improve appropriate prescribing of antimicrobial medicines. 
Australia’s antimicrobial prescription rate remains high by international standards, and is double that of comparable OECD countries such as The Netherlands and Sweden.
While there has been a modest decline in antimicrobial use over the past five years, the report indicates potential overuse in some geographical areas. Outer areas of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne were found to have the highest rates of antimicrobial dispensing year after year.  

Media ReleaseAntimicrobials report reveals consistently high use areas in major cities 
Infographic: Key report findings and list of 22 consistently high rate local areas
For more information, visit the Healthcare Variation page on the Commission’s website or email atlas@safetyandquality.gov.au.

 


FIS/HIS International 2020 online will take place from Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 November 2020.

FIS is a unique conference which includes the collaboration of societies with interests in different aspects of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, biomedical science and infection control; the conference will be an invaluable source of education and if you are a healthcare professional with an interest in healthcare infection diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control, you will benefit from attending.

Although there will be no face-to-face element of FIS this year, the Scientific Programme Committee are already working to plan an engaging and interactive programme.

 

 WHO Western Pacific Regional  Infection Prevention & Control And Clinical Management COVID-19 Webinar Series 
 
7 October Adults (home and community care considerations)
21 October Older persons and long-term care facilities
4 November Care of the deceased (healthcare facility and community)
  
Time: 08:00 to 09:00 (Manila time) / 12:00 to 13:00 (Suva time) (3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Zoom link for all presentations: https://who.zoom.us/j/91033623282 Password: .QQ.FD@2
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Contact: Dr Jocelyne Basseal for any information on future topics
 
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Global AMR Research and Development Hub – launch of Dynamic Dashboard
 
The Dynamic Dashboard is an overview of the clinical pipeline of products in clinical development.
 
You can find the pipeline presentation at our Dynamic Dashboard: https://dashboard.globalamrhub.org/
 
On the Homepage the information about the pipeline presentation is at: https://globalamrhub.org/dynamic-dashboard/pipeline-gallery/
 
Both on the Dynamic Dashboard and on the Homepage we provide direct links to the underlying data at WHO and Pew.
 

 
Sponsor contributed article
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Clinell Universal Wipes are proven effective against coronaviruses in a 30 second contact time.
 
GAMA Healthcare has recently tested Clinell Universal Wipes against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 
 Within Australia, to claim efficacy against COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2, test data must be submitted to the TGA. Current TGA guidance states that the following surrogates must be used. 

  1. Human Coronavirus
  2. Murine hepatitis virus

In the event that either Human coronavirus 229E or Murine hepatitis virus cannot be used, consideration will be given to use of other human or animal coronaviruses. Viruses that have been suggested include Bovine coronavirus and Feline coronavirus. For GAMA Healthcare’s original claim, testing against the virulent human coronavirus, MERS-CoV, from the Middle Eastern outbreak was submitted to the TGA.
 
We are pleased to share that we have tested against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, not a surrogate. Testing was conducted at Microbac Laboratory. Microbac are a Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory in USA that were granted a permit from the CDC to test against a clinical isolate from the current pandemic using the test method EN14476.
 
Clinell Universal Wipes are a combined detergent/disinfectant wipe that are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in 30 seconds.
 
For more information visit www.gamahealthcare.com.au. Test data is available on request.
 

 

Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

Assessment of the Clinical Pulmonary Infection Scores for prediction of ventilator associated pneumonia in patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest
Naveen Manchal, Maithri Siriwardena, Karen Hay, Kiran Shekar, John F. McNamara
Back to the basics: Hand washing is public health 101 and it works to slow down the spread of viruses
Hilary B. Tabish, Corey H. Basch
Antiviral efficacy of personal care formulations against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2
Sayandip Mukherjee, Carol K. Vincent, Harshinie W. Jayasekera, Ashish Shrikant Yekhe
Open Access
Improper handling of reusable medical devices post-use in inpatient units: Implications for reprocessing
Anaclara Ferreira Veiga Tipple, Lucimara Rodrigues de Freitas, Jeenna Louhanna Umbelina Spagnoli, Heliny Carneiro Cunha Neves, Dulcelene de Sousa Melo, Dayane de Melo Costa
Exploring barriers to and enablers of antimicrobial stewardship in rural health services
Kaye E. Ervin, Ka Chun Tse, Carol Reid, Elizabeth Smith
Registered nurses’ perspectives on how patients with multi-drug resistant organisms experience isolation
Gift A. Mutsonziwa, Jennifer Green, Jennifer Blundell

 
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