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 

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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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.
 

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.

Past Newsletters

April 2020
ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
April 2020
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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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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
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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

 

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.

LISTEN NOW »

 

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.

October 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the October College newsletter.

This will be my last newsletter as President of ACIPC as I will be handing over the mantle to my very capable colleague Associate Professor Phillip Russo at the AGM in November. I have very much enjoyed my time at the helm of the College both personally and professionally and it has been an absolute joy to work with the Board of Directors, College Committees and the Secretariat. I would like to thank Professor Ramon Shaban for his leadership and counsel as Past Present and I am looking forward to working with the incoming President Elect which will mark an exciting new chapter in the history of the College.

The College has continued to advocate for and make submissions on behalf of the IPC profession – far too many over the past year to detail them all here, but our annual report, being distributed at the AGM and then on the website, will detail them all.

Voting in the 2019 ACIPC Board Director Elections have closed and the outcome will be put to ACIPC voting members at the AGM for ratification.

The AGM will be on Tuesday 19th of November at 17:10 at the ACIPC Conference, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre and I hope to see many of you there.

The Conference is just around the corner and presenters are polishing their speeches and the trade are packing their wares for the trip. The program looks fantastic and can be viewed here. The program content is unparalleled and the array of experts, topics and posters ensures that there is something for everyone.

Registrations for the Conference are still open so if you haven’t registered yet there is still time. The Gala dinner is being sponsored by GAMA and promises to be a fantastic evening with some awards, lots of networking and plenty of time to dance the night away. You can purchase your Gala Dinner tickets when you register for the Conference.  

We have recently welcomed a number of new members who have joined the College via registering for the Conference or for our Foundations course. If you are a new member of the College who is attending the Conference in Perth, please come and say hello to our staff at the ACIPC stand. We can ensure you’re aware of the full benefits of ACIPC membership, upcoming events and find out how the College can best work for you.

International Infection Prevention Week was on October 13-19 and I noticed that along with the College, many of you engaged with IIPW via your social media networks. It is well worth your time to access resources online here. There are many posters that are relevant year-round including a range of Infection Prevention and You posters for you to download and print.

As I sign off from my last President’s Letter, I would like to thank all of you for your engagement with the College. I hope that you feel, as I do, that the College continues to support you in your important work in our field.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – intake open until end of Oct

Our second FIPC of the year is just underway however, the College will accept enrolments until the end of the month.  FIPC is a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for anyone wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional. The program is constantly being updated to ensure the latest information is brought to our students. Assessments include written assignments, discussion forums and a series of online questionnaires. Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) Course and be eligible for articulation into Griffith University. More information can be found on our website or by contacting admin@acipc.org.au


ACIPC Lunch and Learn Webinars – available as recordings

Michael Wishart recently presented on Surveillance definitions for the October Lunch and Learn members-only webinar. If you missed it or any of our recent webinars, simply go to the Members Area and click on the Lunch and Learn Icon to unlock a treasure trove of great IPC content.

Do you have an idea for a webinar topic or speaker? Let us know by emailing education@acipc.org.au


National Antimicrobial Resistance Forum – Thursday-Friday, 7-8 November 2019, Brisbane

Programs for the National AMR forum and workshop ‘How to be an AMS Influencer: implementation strategies’ are available. A detailed program is attached and you can register for these events via these links  National AMR Forum (Friday 8-November)  How to be an AMS Influencer. Implementation Strategies (Thursday 7-November)


Influenza Survey

Thanks to those that have already participated in this survey that was circulated via Infextion Connexion earlier this month. This research is being conducted by Dr Ben Smith and A/Prof Steven Tong at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (Royal Melbourne Hospital).

The purpose of this work is to better understand regional variation in influenza management and is part of a larger project aimed at improving influenza identification in the hospital setting.  Establishing an evidence base to help optimise influenza screening may benefit infection prevention teams through increased detection of infectious patients while minimizing unnecessary respiratory isolation.

Click here to participate in the survey

This survey will take 5 – 10 minutes to complete with no requirement for further follow up.


Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program Survey

Can you spare 8 minutes to help future Health Professional students? Did you graduate in or after 2005?

Then the Commonwealth Health Department needs your help!

By completing this short survey about your training and work history, you will be making an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the role of clinical placements in health workforce training.

Click here to participate in the survey

The survey will provide a unique opportunity to investigate the link between student placements and future work patterns. All Health professionals (excluding doctors) who have graduated since 2005 are strongly encouraged to participate. The survey will take less than 8 minutes to complete


Discount for Elsevier online bookshop

Elsevier, publishers of the College journal IDH, extend to all financial ACIPC members a discount for purchases from their online bookshop. You can find the code required to receive the discount on the ACIPC Members Only page on our website.


Infection Disease & Health: Volume 24, Issue 4

ACIPC Members will soon receive the November issue of the College journal in the mail. Here are some highlights which can also be viewed online:

Instructions for accessing your online subscription can be found via the ACIPC Members Area

 
June 2019

It’s better in the browser.                                                    

Click here to view online.

ACIPC e-Newsletter

June 2019

From the President

Colleagues,

Welcome to the June College newsletter.

Members will have received a renewal notice last week and I am reliably informed that a large number of you have promptly renewed membership for the 2019/2020 period.

If you have not received a renewal OR if you are considering joining our community, please contact our Office Manager, Sara who will be happy to assist officemanager@acipc.org.au.

I am always in awe when I consider that the broad scope of the work of our members which encompasses key decision makers in the field of infection prevention and control and includes nurses, aged care workers industry professionals, scientists, academics and educators, policy makers, dentists, veterinarians, beauticians and tattooists. Thank you for your continued support of the College.

I was pleased to travel to Quebec in May to participate in the Infection Prevention Association of Canada (IPAC)/International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) conference. It was an opportunity to meet several times with other presidents of national associations such as Canada, USA, UK (IPS and HIS), Ukraine, Brazil, Egypt, Serbia, France, Ireland, and Kenya. Prior to the IPAC/IFIC conference I participated in my first IFIC Board meeting during which the Board discussed future directions and priorities. I was impressed by the dedication and passion of the Board for providing resources and engagement with LMI countries.

I was also able to meet with Paul Webber from Webber Teleclass who is keen to continue the relationship with the College. ACIPC members are able to avail themselves of the teleclasses at no cost. We will advertise the teleclasses on our website and members can also access at more convenient times.

As I write this, our colleagues in Perth are participating in ACIPC’s popular IPC in Aged Care Settings workshop. This workshop will be running in Melbourne on the 25th and 26th July and then Hobart on the 19th and 20th August. You can register for these events here and a sincere thank you to our sponsors who help make these events possible for our members and affiliates.

Our Members survey has now closed and thanks to all of you who took the time to provide us with valuable feedback. Our Member Engagement Committee will be providing the Board with recommendations based on your feedback and I look forward to sharing these with you as we continue our work delivering the best service and opportunities for our members.

Congratulations to our latest newly credentialled member Kate Ryan who was recently credentialled at the CIPC-P level. Kate is our first credentialled physiotherapist. 

Make sure you read our interview with Kate below.

Finally, a reminder that the deadline for abstracts for our conference will close at the COB Friday 28th June. Details are below, and may I draw your attention to this helpful webinar from our archives to assist you with your submission.

Until next month, I wish you all the best.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President

Pictured: Professor Marilyn Cruickshank and members of the IFIC Board in Quebec

ACIPC Conference Call for abstracts closes this Friday

Time is running out to submit your abstract for ACIPC 2019!

Submissions are being accepted for the following presentation types:

  • Oral Presentation: 17 minutes, including 2 minutes question time. Presentations should be scientific in nature and may be original research, case presentations, divisional projects or analytical studies.
     
  • ePoster and Lightning Talk: Interactive electronic posters (ePosters) will be displayed for the duration of the conference on flat screen monitors in a dedicated ePoster display area. Presenters will also have the opportunity to give a 5 minute talk about their ePoster during dedicated sessions at the conference. ePosters and Lightning Talks are an opportunity to discuss problem solving, quality improvement initiatives and present case studies.
     
  • Poster Presentation: Poster presentations will be displayed for the duration of the conference in A0 size, portrait orientation. Posters can present research in progress, case presentations, divisional projects, clinical topics, quality improvement initiatives, case studies.

We welcome submissions addressing all areas of Infection Prevention and Control, particularly those addressing the conference themes.

Submissions are encouraged from authors wanting to share practical examples of improvements in the day-to-day management of infection prevention and control particularly in a dental and/or aged care setting.

Accepted scientific papers will be published in a special online edition of Infection, Disease and Health – the official journal of ACIPC

Submissions Close Friday 28 June

ACIPC Member Kate Ryan was recently credentialled at the CIPC-P level.

Kate, what is your current role and what role does infection prevention and control play in your day to day work? 

I am currently a project coordinator at Hand Hygiene Australia and infection prevention and control is what we are all about at HHA – we like to say that hand hygiene is the basic building block for all IPC activities.

What inspired you to apply to become credentialled? And why do you consider being credentialled as important to your work and career? 

I believe that being credentialed provides me with credibility amongst my peers.

Being a physio, I started from a background different to most ICPs. I believe that being credentialed is important to my career to show that I am committed to the field of infection prevention and control, and that I have met the educational requirements to be considered a peer in my chosen field.

Do you have any advice for ACIPC members considering applying for credentialling? 

It can seem daunting at first, but like the advertising slogan says, “just do it!” Once you start it all flows together and doesn’t take that long to complete. It is also valuable to be obligated to update your CPD documents and CV as it is surprising how quickly these can become dated.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your current role? 

Seeing the change in hand hygiene behaviour of not just healthcare workers, but the entire Australian community as a result of the work I have been a part of at HHA for the last 10 years, and knowing that we have made a difference to the lives of many patients by preventing healthcare associated infections.

Would you like to give back by sponsoring an IPC from a Low-Middle Income Country with a Membership Donation?

ACIPC invites members to consider sponsoring a member from an LMI country. As ACIPC is a Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status, these donations are tax deductible. For as little as AU$37 you could help an IPC in a low-middle income Australasian country benefit from ACIPC membership.  We will be sending out an email next week with this offer and encourage those members who can to donate a membership sponsorship – you will receive a separate tax invoice/receipt allowing you to claim your tax deduction.

Sponsorship donation can be made via this link.

Australian IPCs — helping LMI colleagues to help their health community!  

IPC Job Vacancies

Research Fellow –Sydney Nursing School and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity

  • Located at Westmead campus, Westmead Hospital, New South Wales
  • 2 years fixed term full-time opportunity. Remuneration package: $86K – $117K, which includes leave loading and superannuation

We are currently seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to join our Sydney Nursing School.
The Research Fellow will provide support to the Clinical Chair of Infection Prevention and Control to lead, facilitate and evaluate the outcomes of high quality clinical research in infectious diseases and in infection prevention and control between Sydney Nursing School (SNS) at the University of Sydney and the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD ).
Your main focus will be to actively lead and contribute to research activities, study management, designing research protocols, data collection and analysis, records management, and undertaking critical aspects of research work including formation of analysis and key findings for publication.

More information and a link to apply can be found here

For more information about the position contact Professor Ramon Shaban on 0478312668 or ramon.shaban@sydney.edu.au.

Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Nurse Consultant – The Royal Women’s Hospital VIC
Ongoing Position, 38 Hours per week

The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of newborns and women of all ages. To join the Women’s is to be instrumental in forging progress towards health equity for women from ground-breaking research through to the bedside delivery of multi-disciplinary clinical care.

Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of everything we do for our patients, their families, and our people across our specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.

Your contribution  

The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) will function as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to provide the Infection Prevention and Control service within the framework of national guidelines and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections. The CNC plays a key role in identifying risks of hospital acquired infections and initiating interventions, including measurement of outcomes. They also contribute to reducing the risk of hospital acquired infections by undertaking and initiating surveillance and auditing activities.

Your duties will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Participate in and conduct surveillance of healthcare associated infections including those required to meet the hospital’s requirements under the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services surveillance program (currently co-ordinated by VICNISS) and the Statement of Priorities.
  • Participate in the staff immunisation program by maintenance of the staff health database, vaccine delivery and education, including the annual staff influenza vaccination program.
  • Participate in the investigation and management of staff and patient exposures to infectious disease.

More information and a link to apply can be found hereInfection Prevention & Control Manager (IP&C) – Hepburn Health Service – All Campuses

Hepburn Health Service is an innovative and dynamic rural health and wellbeing service working in partnership with communities across the Hepburn Shire. The four campuses encompass Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham.

The Hepburn region is a vibrant community of artists, healers, gardeners, writers and musicians with a unique diversity and inclusion reflected in our Health Services at Hepburn.

The region is renowned for spa and wellbeing centres, its history and heritage, shopping, outdoor activities, parks, gardens, gourmet food and wine.

This role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced Infection Control and Prevention Professional to expand their practice. We are offering 0.8 EFT in the Infection Prevention & Control and if required, to maintain fulltime FTE, a Registered Nurse role at 0.2 EFT in the Acute Ward.   (this is negotiable with the successful applicant)

The Hepburn Health Service Infection Prevention and Control Manager provides services across the four campuses including aged care, acute and community.  This position is based in Daylesford however travel to the other campuses is required on a regular basis.

Consideration will be given to assist the successful applicant with ongoing professional development requirements to enable them to undertake the role.

Position Title: Infection Prevention & Control Manager (IP&C)

Department: Clinical Services

Classification: RN Gr 5 Clinical Consultant C @ $55.26 per hour

Hours:  64 Hours per fortnight (Manager IP & C) or alternatively,

80 per fortnight (including 16 hours per fortnight- RN Daylesford Acute Ward)

More information and a link to apply can be found here

March 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the March College newsletter.

You will have noticed from recent emails and updates to our website that the College is offering a range of educational events from one- or two-day workshops to networking evenings. Keep an eye on our events’ calendar for events that would suit you. To ensure equity of access to these events, ACIPC have introduced a standardized fee structure based on the length of education provided – click here to see the details.

A small number of members has contacted the College raising concerns about a registration fee for what had previously been a no-cost event for participants.  I wish to assure all members that this decision to charge a fee was not taken lightly and had been discussed over a period of time including with Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders at meetings in October 2018 and again in February 2019. The intent of a small cost to participants means that the College can extend these services to members around the country.  This has come about due to requests from members in other states for such networking events and also from our industry partners who have requested a one-stop sponsorship for education events, sponsorship, and the annual conference trade exhibition. Industry partners have also raised concerns with the College about meeting the MTAA Code of Conduct requirements. The new Sponsorship Prospectus process ensures both our delegates and industry partners have arms-length from any perception of giving or receiving ‘gifts’ of anything other than education.

Charging a registration fee is not intended to simply be a revenue raising venture nor to alienate any of our membership, but rather to ensure equity for all College members. These changes are based on a need:

  • to reflect the College’s move to an Australasian College so that all members, regardless of where they reside, should have equity of access to education
  • to begin forward planning to create a Calendar of Educational and Networking events for the following year, each year
  • to ensure the College’s continued financial viability, and
  • for the College to work more closely with our Corporate Partners, acknowledging their national annual budgeting as well as their regional budget processes.

I can understand members’ displeasure in finding that previously “free” events are now to incur a small charge, and I am hopeful that members appreciate and accept the need for such a change.

As some consolation to the inclusion of charges for networking events, the College was able to partner with GAMA to offer members as a one-off, a full day seminar at no cost to the participants while also providing the College with some revenue that we can use to provide other events. Martin Kiernan from the UK along with luminaries from Australia kicked off in Sydney last Tuesday to an audience of more than 60. Delegates were informed of outbreak management in the absence of available research data; finding the source of an outbreak and other topical and practical IPC practices. Further seminars with Martin Kiernan and colleagues are planned in other cities over the next week. Register here.

The Foundations Program is the flagship of ACIPC education and is for anyone with an interest in Infection Prevention and Control or who already has a position with this responsibility or portfolio.  Completion of this course enables graduates to proceed to primary level credentialing. The next course starts in May and enrolments are open now.

With the Royal Commission into Aged Care underway and new standards coming into force in July this year, our IPC in Aged Care series of workshops are very timely. They started in Brisbane this week and will be held in other states soon.

Is there a topic you’d like covered in our education program?  Complete the form found here and let the College know about it – after all, if you want this education it is likely others do too.

I’d like to personally congratulate ACIPC members who have recently become credentialled. Firstly, Shannon Broadrick who was awarded CICP-Primary. Her ACIPC colleague Belinda Boston has earned the postnominal CICP-E and Belinda is joined by Helen Bucknell and Thea van de Motel who have also just become successfully recredentialled. One of the key benefits of becoming credentialled is a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline. I’d like to strongly encourage all of our members to work towards and achieve credentialed status at any of the levels outlined on our website under Credentialling.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President

ACIPC Conference

The call for abstracts is now open and will close on Friday 28th June 2019. If you have never submitted an abstract, this video is an excellent resource to get you started and inspired. This is an opportunity for you to be heard … tell us about some procedure you’ve put in place or improvements that you’ve been responsible for. We welcome abstracts from a wide range of our members and their colleagues – Link Nurses to experienced IPC Professionals; from academics to allied professions such as dentistry.

REGISTRATIONS for delegates will be open early April – look at booking your flights early to take advantage of early bird savings.

Bookings for our corporate partners will also open in April in conjunction with the College’s 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus. Click here to book your sponsorship package.


Become a Fellow of ACIPC

There are 3 criteria for Fellowship of ACIPC: leadership, contribution to infection prevention and control and contribution to the College. These are detailed on our updated Fellowship page. Applications are accessed by our Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee and will be treated confidentially. This is an auspicious membership category in recognition of significant professional achievement. Perhaps you or a colleague would be a suitable candidate?


Accessing IDH Journal

One of our member benefits is a subscription to our quarterly Journal Infection Disease and Health. We’d love to know how you access the Journal. Do you enjoy reading and receiving your hard copy? Perhaps you access content online only or do you enjoy both ways of accessing IDH? Please complete our 5 second poll here.


REACH study results published

The NHMRC-funded study,  “An environmental cleaning bundle and health care-associated infection in hospitals (REACH):  a multi-centre randomised trial”, was led by QUT health economist Professor Nick Graves from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and is published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Professor Graves said the REACH (Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning Hospitals) project introduced a bundle of cleaning initiatives, tailored to each hospital in the study, to improve both routine and discharge hospital room cleaning.

Hospital-wide promotion of the importance of cleaning in reducing infections was undertaken to support a culture shift in the profile of environmental services staff, Professor Graves said.

“Cleaning was audited using fluorescent marker technology. This system used gel dots, invisible to the naked eye, applied to surfaces. The dots resist dry abrasion and are removed only by a thorough cleaning technique,” he said.

“Hospitals in the study improved their cleaning practices from 55 to 76 per cent in bathroom areas and from 64 to 86 per cent in bedroom areas.

“This resulted in a 37 per cent reduction in the major healthcare-associated infection, vancomycin-resistance enterococci (VRE), and a 5.8 per cent decrease overall in three types of infections.

“In contrast to previous research, the cleaning bundle development prioritized evidence-based strategies that were easy to implement and lower cost, over newer expensive technologies. 

“Overall, the cleaning bundle cost approximately $2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement in participating hospitals.”

The REACH cleaning bundle was successful at improving cleaning thoroughness and showed great promise in reducing vancomycin-resistant enterococci infections. It also demonstrated cost-savings and increased health benefits from infections prevented.

The intervention is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital, throughout the continuum of care, as it does not solely focus on discharge cleaning. Future publication of the economic outcomes of the study will provide valuable information for decision makers about the potential for investing in future hospital cleaning initiatives.

Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study results paper has been published online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The article is available here, and a QUT media release is here.


Government response to JETACAR tabled

Members are advised that the Australian Government Response to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee report on Progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the 1999 Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (JETACAR) has been tabled.

The response can be accessed here.


Infection Prevention 2019 | 22 – 24 September | ACC, Liverpool, United Kingdom

This is the premier educational event for all those working and interested in infection prevention and control.
 
The three-day conference will present the latest scientific evidence from around the globe to enable you to recognise, understand and address current and emerging risks. You will learn from experts about practices which are optimising outcomes and increasing the safety of patients.

Visit the website to view the scientific programme, abstract submission information and details of the second Infection Prevention Show.  IP2019 is also hosting two one-day conferences, DIPC Day 2019 and Infection Prevention in Paediatrics, which can be attended on their own or as part of main conference. 

Full details and registration can be found online: www.ips.uk.net/conference


Geneva Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases | 10 – 12 April 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland

The 2nd Symposium Understanding emerging viral diseases and their public health impact, will be hosted by the Geneva Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases.

The symposium is of interest for a broad range of health specialists working in the field of emerging viruses, such as clinicians, researchers from the Life Science field and public health specialists, PhD and medical students, as well as policy makers and organizations.

Click here for more details.


ESPID 2019 | 6 – 11 May | Ljubljana, Slovenia

37​th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases

The ESPID 2019 scientific programme will cover paediatric infectious diseases, immunology and epidemiology in a relaxed, smart albeit casual atmosphere.

Join us in Ljubljana to interact with fellow PID friends and colleagues from around the world and discuss the hot topics in the field.

For more information, visit the Meeting website: https://espidmeeting.org/


Job Opportunities:

Casual nurse immunisers working within the SESLHD school vaccination program.

Click here for more information.

Closing date – 28th of March 2019.

December 2018

From the President 

Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year. I’ll take this opportunity to sincerely thank you all for your hard work in the field, and for staying connected to your peers across the region as members of the College. As we are all aware, our work is challenging but incredibly rewarding and absolutely essential. I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and our staff to bring you more opportunities to develop professionally. In January, we will be welcoming our new executive manager, Sue Loucks, who comes to ACIPC highly recommended and experienced in managing membership, education and conference activities.

Over the past year, the College has continued to grow, both numerically and influence. We have strengthened our profile through representation on a number of national and international committees and activities: these include;

  • Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG).
  • The Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality on Health Care
  • National Hand Hygiene Advisory Committee
  • Confederation of Nursing and Midwives Organsiations CoNMO
  • Global Health Alliance Melbourne
  • AMS Jurisdictional Advisory Committee
  • Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases – Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group HICSIG
  • ACIPC continues to its longstanding active contribution to global efforts to prevent and contain the spread of infectious diseases and infection. ACIPC is a long term and committed partner of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) whose primary aim is to help affected populations contain infectious disease outbreaks and prevent international emergencies. In 2018, ACIPC responded to 11 GOARN requests for outbreak assistance (Cholera, Diphtheria, Ebola Virus Disease, Listeriosis, Lassa Fever, and Poliomyelitis) in various global locations.

Members representing ACIPC contributed to a number of national position statements and guidelines:

  • the updating of the C difficile joint position statement between ASID and ACIPC on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention/control
  • the GESA Consensus Statements
  • the development of a joint position statement between ASID and ACIPC on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention/control of Candida auris

Our international profile has continued to grow. ACIPC is now represented on the Board of International Federation of Infection Control IFIC with a four-year term commencing in January 2019. Representation on IFIC will further consolidate our place on the international stage, and bring benefits to the College and members through increased partnerships and activities. In September this year, ACIPC was represented the College as a key note speaker at the APEC Conference on Strategies Against the Evolving Threats from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): From Awareness to Concrete Action.” held in Taipei, and last week on the Sunshine Coast here in sunny Queensland, as keynote speaker at the inaugural Australian Veterinary conference on antimicrobial stewardship.

The College has also been active in the AMR space, and have convened a group from Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, Australian Society for Antimicrobials, to progress advocacy around national coordination on AMR. We are advocating for effective coordination of current and future AMR efforts in human and animal health and agriculture.

Other External Partnerships include the Australian Dental Association with whom we have worked to develop a training resource (video) for dental assistants on appropriate use of PPE in dental procedures and reprocessing reusable medical devices.

Foundations course

The College has offered the Foundations for Infection Prevention and Control Course since 2016. The Course provides a program of learning for the novice in infection prevention and control and is designed for professionals from a wide variety of settings. The Foundations Course is a required component to become a Primary Credentialed Infection Control Professional. This year 72 students enrolled in the first intake, and a further 52 students enrolled in the latest intake in October.

Journal profile

As mentioned in the November newsletter, after many years of hard work, earlier this year, the College Journal Infection Disease and Health was accepted for MEDLINE indexation. This means that the journal will now reach a much wider audience and appeal to researchers and clinicians. As a result, we would expect continued increase in both the quality and quantity of articles, as well as increased revenue. 

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for the College. In the last newsletter I indicated that I would share details of our strategic planning with you. This work is continuing in conjunction with our Educators and Education Committee with a focus on delivering education opportunities that will benefit both members and our trade partners. I am delighted to announce that we will have a new Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course commencing on May 1st due to high interest from members and non-members. Members will be kept up to date on other exciting planned activities and opportunities.

If you missed out on our colleague Vanessa Sparke’s recent Christmas webinar, I encourage you to view this before you tackle your family festivities. Thank you to Vanessa for presenting such a humorous look at what could go wrong during gatherings over the holiday period and for offering some special tips for infection control professionals. A (not so?) Happy Christmas can be accessed via the Members Area of our website.

 

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank 

ACIPC President

 


Scholarships to the Nineteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control

IFIC invites applications for scholarships to the Nineteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC 2019) to be held in Quebec City, Canada, from 26-29 May 2019.
At least one scholarship will be granted, consisting of:

  • Free registration to the conference
  • Travel expenses (based on cheapest economy itinerary) up to a maximum of EUR €1000
  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis to cover the full duration of the conference

In addition, several smaller bursaries will also be awarded, covering:

  • Free conference registration
  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis to cover the full duration of the conference

Scholarships will be granted against the presentation/submission of an abstract, which will be presented at the Conference as either a poster or an oral presentation.
Following their congress participation, all scholarship recipients will have the possibility of presenting a write-up of their paper/poster (at least 1500 words in English) to the International Journal of Infection Control (www.ijic.info).  If it is deemed to be satisfactory for publication, an additional award of €200 will be made once the paper has been published in the journal.
The abstract must be directly related to infection prevention & control (IPC) rather than infectious diseases/ therapeutics/ diagnostic microbiology and would ideally be equally applicable to both high income countries as well as those with limited resources. Abstracts can either be of the conventional “Research” style or alternatively follow a “How we did it” format, describing how an infection control professional or IC team tackled a specific IPC challenge or brought about improvement in the prevention or control of healthcare associated infections in their institution or country. Successful applications invariably present information that other delegates will find useful to improve their own IPC practice.
Each person submitting an abstract for consideration for a scholarship, is only permitted to submit 1 or 2 abstracts.   If you have additional abstracts to submit for presentation at the conference (poster or oral presentation), we invite you to submit those abstracts through the regular abstract submission process on the IPAC website at this link.
Notification about acceptance or other final status of the application will be sent to authors by 17 January.  If an abstract was not selected for a scholarship, we invite you to submit that abstract at the IPAC site, as stated above. 

Closing date for submission is 4 January 2019.

Download the scholarship application form here.


Sponsoring an LMI Member

CIPC member Franwyn Jacka recently sponsored Kenny Moutoa to become an ACIPC member. Kenny works in Infection Control at the Atoifi Adventist Hospital, East Kwaio, Malaita Province, Soloman Islands. More information about Kenny’s work can be found in the Members Area.

Welcome to ACIPC Kenny!

ACIPC members may provide sponsorship for individuals from low-middle income regions to join the College. Annual membership is $35 AUD. A list of eligible regions can be found here. Please email officemanager@acipc.org.au for more information.

37th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases | Abstracts and Travel Award now open

Provide high level leadership to manage a comprehensive policy, legislative and management framework for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections and communicable diseases | Exciting secondment opportunity, based in Herston.

To be successful for this role you will have:

  • Demonstrated expertise and application of comprehensive knowledge of contemporary infection prevention practices and multidisciplinary team approaches.
  • Proven experience and skills in the provision of leadership and management.
  • Advanced capacity to develop, promote, implement and evaluate new, innovative and creative approaches to address complex pandemic planning and incident management issues.
  • Nursing Qualifications: Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a registered nurse, including any necessary endorsements, to be provided to the employing service prior to commencement of duty.
  • Health Practitioner Qualifications: At least degree level qualification in public health or environmental health
  • Tertiary qualification in infection prevention or a related field or working towards same is highly desirable.

How to register interest:
To apply, please submit your resume and a one-page cover letter online. Click here to view the application kit.

Further information:
For further information, please contact Debra El Saadi via debra.elsaadi@health.qld.gov.au or (07) 3328 9722

Closing date: 7 January 2019

Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation

The Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation series explores the extent to which healthcare use in Australia varies depending on where people live, investigating reasons for variation that may be unwarranted, and providing specific achievable actions to reduce unwarranted variation.
It uses maps of variation in care, derived from information routinely gathered by the health system, to show how healthcare use differs across the country and to raise important questions about why this variation might be occurring.
The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, released 11 December 2018, investigates healthcare use in four clinical areas: paediatric and neonatal health, cardiac tests, thyroid investigations and treatments, and gastrointestinal investigations and treatments.
It also examines national patterns in medicines use over time for four common groups of medicines: antipsychotics, opioids, antimicrobials and medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A more detailed exploration of these data will be published in 2019.

View the Atlas here.

September 2018

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. I have recently returned from Taipei where I was priviledged to represent ACIPC at APEC. The  APEC Conference on Strategies Against the Evolving Threats from Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): From Awareness to Concrete Action brought together representatives from around the Pacific to discuss progress on action to prevent the spread of resistance organisms. It was gratifying to see how much had changed since the initial APEC meeting in 2012. All countries in the region, including Australia, now have national action plans and undertakings from government to address AMR. 

Students from the first 2018 intake of Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control have just submitted their final assignment. Well done and good luck to all and I am looking forward to meeting students at our Conference in November.

I’m pleased to see that places are filling up for the next intake of Foundations which commences on the 29th October. Feedback from students is that this is the course for anyone pursuing a career as an IPC; primarily due to the practical application of relevant knowledge to the workplace. Foundations includes webinars and interactive forums for students to assist with online learning. Limited places are available for the October intake and you can register online now or contact Sara at the College office to discuss payment plan options.

The ACIPC members lunch time seminar program continues with terrific presentations from Peta-Anne Zimmerman and Matt Mason on GOARN and Dr Noleen Bennett and Michael Wishart talking about Surveillance reports and Infexion Connexion respectively. If you missed the talks, you can listen to the recording at your leisure via the members area.  Thank you to our speakers for volunteering their time to share information with our members.

The ACIPC Conference will soon be upon us and the early bird rate will expire on October 5th. Scholarship winners will be announced over the next few days. The Scientific Conference Organising Committee have put together an exciting and varied program and I am very much looking forward to meeting with peers, members and industry partners in Brisbane in November.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank  

ACIPC President


Newly Credentialled Member

Jeanette Garland is the latest ACIPC Member to become credentialled and Jenny is now a fully-fledged CIPC-P. Congratulations!


Claire Boardman Medal and Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship

Applications for the Claire Boardman CICP medal for outstanding leadership closed on Friday 21st September and the result will be announced at the ACIPC Conference at the Poster Reception evening.

22 applications for the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship and these are currently being assessed by the panel. College Members will be notified of the results shortly.

Good luck to all nominees and applicants!


3 Minute Research | Call for Submissions, ACIPC 2018 Conference

We’re pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 3 Minute Research session is now open.
In this session, selected researchers will have 3 minutes to discuss their research project. No PowerPoint presentations are permitted.
The session is designed for people wanting to propose a research project, or those who have a new project underway. Students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to participate.

This Call for Participation will close Friday 12th October.
There will be no extension to this deadline. 

Click here for more information and to submit


VIC SIG Event | 17th October 2018, Hellenic Republic, Kew

Presenter:    Professor Paul Johnson,
Director Research & Deputy Director Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Infectious Diseases, Peter Doherty Institute

Topic: “Increasing tolerance of hospital Enterococcus faecium to handwash alcohols”

Paul will discuss the recently published paper of which he is a co-author and the broader implications for infection control. The paper can be found at: Science Translational Medicine, 01 Aug 2018: Vol. 10, Issue 452, eaar6115

RSVP: Monday 15th October 2018 to donna.cameron@unimelb.edu.au


 SA SIG Event | 18th October 2018, Level 8 Lecture Theatres RAH 

The topic for the next SA SIG event is; Safety and Quality Improvement Projects; exploring methods used by Infection Control Link Nurses and the potential application for your own site

SA SIG members will be sent a link to register via the ACIPC website.


Australian Immunisation Handbook

The digital Australian Immunisation Handbook is now available from https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/

You will find the most up-to-date recommendations for the use of vaccines in Australia, ensuring you can provide your patients with the best possible advice regarding vaccine preventable diseases.

Professor Brendan Murphy is the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and a key advocate for the Handbook.  Professor Murphy is pleased to announce that vaccination providers around the country will now able to more easily access the Australian Technical Advisory Group’s (ATAGI) evidence-based recommendations.

“Providers can access the clinical recommendations in a more streamlined and searchable digital format,” Professor Murphy said.

It’s not just the format that has changed. Co-Chair of ATAGI, Professor Allen Cheng said ‘The Handbook has also been re-written and re-structured to ensure busy health professionals are able to access the information they need, and quickly.’

“Going digital has allowed easier navigation, an effective search function, and the introduction of visual guides for more complex schedules and immunisation practices,” said Professor Cheng.

“For example, providers can now sort recommendations by disease, age and risk factor.”

While the Handbook will be online, those working offline or without internet connection will be able to download relevant sections to their devices or for printing.


APIC Virtual Learning Lab: Evaluating and Conducting Research | October 1 – November 9

Evaluating and conducting scientific research that helps prevent infection is an increasingly critical area of competency for IPs. A clear and concise understanding of the value of implementation science and the ability to conduct quality research are vital to the advancement of an IP’s career – and their industry as a whole. APIC’s Virtual Learning Lab on evaluating and conducting research gives you these skills and knowledge.

This 6-week online course will help you develop your own research questions and learn what makes for impactful research. Learn key strategies and effective practices for how to:

  • Formulate research questions and design a study
  • Compile and analyze data
  • Identify and integrate effective implementation science practices
  • Communicate effectively about implementation science with researchers and other key stakeholders
  • Disseminate and present research findings

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experienced researchers and your peers, build your professional community and network, and advance your career and effectiveness on the job.

More details can be found here.


7th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2019) | 13-15 September 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar.

ASVAC 2019 is one of the region’s most prominent platform for immunization advocates, academics, vaccine manufacturers and practitioners. The event aims to address sustainability in health security in Asia by bringing together key stakeholders to discuss and present clinical perspectives and immunization programs in the region and beyond. More info here – http://asvac2019.com.


Upcoming ASID events

ASID New Zealand Annual Meeting

29 November – 1 December 2018, Dunedin, NZ

Early-bird registration deadline: 30 September 

More Info 

Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting

16-18 May 2019, Darwin Convention Centre

Call for Abstracts Opens – Early October 2018

More Info


Pall Water Special Interest Group Forum | 8th October 2018, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Within Hospital buildings, water can stagnate and its temperature increase. It passes through complex internal distribution systems consisting of narrow pipes, valves, tanks, TMV’s, all with possible corroded   inner surfaces and dead ends. This environment can provide optimal conditions for the formation of biofilm from which bacteria and other microorganisms may continuously be released into the water and compromise the safety of vulnerable patients.

Pall Corporation is a global leader in high-tech filtration, separation, and purification, offering products and services to Life Sciences and Industrial markets worldwide. Pall Medical Point-of-Use Water Filters are well established and documented as efficient barriers against water   pathogens   such as Legionella spp.   and   Pseudomonas aeruginosa deriving from water systems within healthcare facilities.  Pall Medical organises and supports educational events relevant to in-premise water hygiene, enabling the audience to access information on current scientific findings, and raising their overall awareness of in-premise water hygiene.

Please see flyer attached for more details.

Another forum is planned for 13 NOV 2018 – Perth – details TBC – please send EOI to medical_anz@pall.com


IPC Job Opportunities

Visit the new section in the Members Areas to view details of the following positions:

External Expression of Interest – EL1 Senior Project Officer, HAI

Expression of Interest – 2 x Clinical Nurse Consultant (NG7) | Until 30 June 2019 | Communicable Disease and Infection Management | Prevention Division | Department of Health

Infection Control and Compliance Coordinator (Registered Nurse) | Lions Eye Institute 

Do you have a job to post? Email officemanager@acipc.org.au and we will post your job here. 
IPC jobs can also be included in the monthly ACIPC e-Newsletter. 

June 2018

From the Acting President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. You’re hearing from me this month as Professor Marilyn Cruickshank is currently on leave.

We are almost at the end of the financial year and Sara will soon be sending you a notice to renew your membership of the College. ACIPC membership allows you to stay up to date with the latest news, opinion and evidence-based practice in infection prevention and control.

ACIPC Membership delivers unparalleled access to your professional community, opportunities for professional development, access to member-only resources and educational opportunities. All ACIPC members also receive a full subscription to the highly regarded quarterly college journal Infection, Disease and Health.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you sincerely for your participation over the past 12 months. I strongly encourage you to renew your membership, so we can all continue to nurture and grow our dynamic professional community. Please look out for an email regarding membership arriving in your inbox soon.

In other ACIPC news, abstracts, early bird registrations and sponsor and exhibitor packages are now open for the 7th Annual ACIPC Conference. If you are considering submitting an abstract and need some guidance, the ACIPC Members Area has a terrific webinar by Dr Jon Otter on How to Write an Abstract which is well worth a look for guidance and inspiration.

All the best and regards,

Dr Philip Russo – ACIPC Acting President / President-Elect


Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network Update

by Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) is a partner institution of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) of the World Health Organization (WHO). In this capacity we provide outbreak expertise primarily from an infection prevention and control perspective, but also clinical management, laboratory capacity, epidemiology and public health. Currently ACIPC has 15 members who have either been GOARN trained and/or deployed who are approached to volunteer throughout the year to provide assistance as it is requested from the GOARN Operational Support Team (OST). Over the last 12 months we have received requests to assist for cholera, diphtheria, ebola, acute watery diarrhoea, and multi-resistant Acinetobacter baumanii (MRAB), with volunteers put forward for each. Not all volunteers are deployed as selection is based on the skill vs needs assessments undertaken by the GOARN OST. Having said that ACIPC members have deployed for diphtheria, MRAB and cholera most recently. If you are interested in potentially volunteering for deployment, GOARN does provide training intermittently, which is advertised via ACIPC. In the past 18 months four ACIPC members have been successfully selected by GOARN to engage in the training. For more information on GOARN activities and missions, go to: https://extranet.who.int/goarn/


Tasmanian Special Interest Group Infection Control Study Day

ACIPC in partnership with Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control invite Tasmanian members to attend the ACIPC / TIPCU Infection Control Study Day on 3rd August 2018.  With a focus on the latest research and best practice guidelines on urinary tract infections and antimicrobial stewardship, this full day education event is an excellent opportunity to learn about locally relevant issues and to network with your peers.

ACIPC Members – $20 / Non-ACIPC Members – $40

Register here now and feel free to share this information with your network.


Research Interests and Methods Survey: School of Nursing and Midwifery Griffith University 

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University are conducting an observational study to identify paediatric nursing researchers within Australia and describe their current research programs.
As members of ACIPC we respect that you are dedicated to improving health services for the people relying on our care.

We are getting in touch via this newsletter to invite members to take about 10 minutes to complete a short survey to describe your research interests and methods in paediatric nursing. Participation is completely voluntary; your answers will be anonymous and will in no way impact your relationship with ACIPC. This project has been granted ethics approval by Griffith University, Human Research Ethics Committee (2018/369).

If you would like to participate, please click on the link for the survey and additional information: https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/PNRA.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Amanda Ullman (Principal Investigator) via a.ullman@griffith.edu.au.


Participate in the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS)

acNAPS is a voluntary annual survey that can be undertaken on any single day between
1 June 2018 and 31 August 2018. All Australian aged care homes and multi-purpose services are eligible to participate. Participation in the survey assists aged care homes to identify improvements for residents through promoting appropriate antimicrobial use, preventing infections and helping reduce antimicrobial resistance, thereby also reducing harm. The acNAPS data can also assist aged care homes in regard to the Australian Aged Care Quality Standards.

Previous acNAPS surveys have identified the following areas for improvement:

  • High rates of prescribing of antimicrobials for unconfirmed infections
  • Gaps in documentation of the indication for antimicrobials and a review and/or stop date
  • Prolonged duration of antimicrobial prescriptions
  • Very high rates of use of topical antimicrobials.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) provides funding for acNAPS as part of the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System. acNAPS is a collaborative project between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), the Guidance Group and Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Co-ordinating Centre. More information on acNAPS and the AURA Surveillance System is available on the Commission’s AURA website.

 You can email support@naps.org.au or telephone (03) 9342 9415 or visit the NAPS website www.naps.org.au to register for the 2018 acNAPS. The website also has online acNAPS training materials.


Liverpool Hospital, NSW Infection Prevention and Control Master Class 9th October 2018 Liverpool Hospital Thomas & Rachel Moore Education Centre – Auditorium

As part of Infection Prevention week, the Infection Prevention Unit at Liverpool Hospital presents our annual Infection Prevention and Control Master Class. The Master Class is open to all Healthcare workers with an interest in Infection Prevention and Control. The Master Class aims to provide information and education about topics of interest. With overwhelming success from previous years, the 2018 Infection Prevention & Control Master Class will provide topics from speakers both locally and externally to Liverpool Hospital.

Registration Fee: Free for Liverpool Hospital & SWSLHD staff and $70.00 (Incl GST) for external applicants.

Register at:  https://www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/events/ipcmc/default.html

If you have any enquiries about the Master Class please contact Lynda Ong on 87388943.


HICSIG Healthcare Infection Control Education Day

ASID’s Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group (HICSIG) is holding an education day aimed at Infectious Diseases Physicians and Infection Control Practitioners in Melbourne on 27 July 2018.

This largely interactive meeting will focus on new evidence and hot topics relevant to individuals working in infection control and hospital epidemiology. The program includes short lectures delivered by leading international and local experts, with time set aside for panel sessions and case discussions. The day will conclude with a networking function.

International keynote speakers

  • Professor David Weber, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health.
  • Professor Yehuda Carmeli, Head of the Israeli National Institute for Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control at the Tel Aviv Medical Center.

Local invited speakers

  • Professor Scott Bell
  • Professor Allen Cheng
  • Professor Lyn Gilbert
  • Professor Paul Johnson
  • Dr Philip Russo
  • Dr Norelle Sherry
  • Professor Monica Slavin

The event is endorsed by ACIPC and ASID, and discounted registration is available for ASID Members and ACIPC Members Further information can be found HERE.


National Antimicrobial   Resistance and Stewardship   Forum,  University  of Melbourne 1   – 2 November,   2018

The National Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Forum will be held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, on Thursday, 1 November, and Friday, 2 November 2018. This forum, organised jointly by a number of Australian clinical and research groups working on AMR and AMS, will offer a dynamic program covering all facets of the response to antimicrobial resistance, including clinical infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, translational science, new drug development, veterinary and agricultural medicine, and government, media and policy responses. As part of the forum, a series of CPD-accredited workshops focusing on different professional groups will be offered on Thursday, 1 November. The 2018 forum is being hosted by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Safer Care Victoria. Registrations will be open soon here.


11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference, Adelaide Convention Centre, 13 – 15 August 2018

The conference will be an excellent platform to hear presentations on the latest research in Viral Hepatitis and a great opportunity to network with your peers.

The congress theme: No one left behind. We are in an exciting time. We have the opportunity to impact viral hepatitis in a way never before possible. However, as with every great endeavour, there is the risk that some people will miss the opportunities afforded by recent advances in therapeutics, implementation and policy. Worse, those who miss out may be the people who could benefit most. Our conference is inspired by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its focus on inclusion and health for all. The program will showcase and critically examine ways to effectively reach everyone living with viral hepatitis, while being inclusive of their experiences and concerns.

The 2018 program will include key presentations and sessions on the following topics: Inequality, Community Engagement, Viral Hepatitis in Correctional settings, Modelling, Measuring progress towards viral hepatitis elimination, Cascade of care, New diagnostics and treatments, Models of care, plus many more. The program overview and keynote speakers are available to view on the conference website.


2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference Sydney Masonic Centre, 24 – 26 September 2018

The conference will be an excellent platform to hear presentations on the latest research in HIV&AIDS and a great opportunity to network with your peers.

The 2018 program will include key presentations and sessions on the following topics: Overview of the changing HIV epidemiology, Community engagement including CALD and Indigenous populations, Future of ART and new drugs, Cure, HIV Regulation, the Law and rights, Transmission, Co-morbidities, ARV Guidelines, Changing face of STIs, Screening, PrEP, Engaging Primary Care, Vaccines and Immunopathogenesis, plus many more. The program overview and keynote speakers are available to view on the conference website.


ACIPC Member News
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March 2018

From the President

 

Colleagues,

I am very pleased to share with you that planning for the 2018 ACIPC Annual Conference is well underway. It seems not that long ago at all we were at the 2017 ACIPC conference in Canberra listening to Mathew Ames share his remarkable and courageous personal journey with us on the closing day. What a way to end such a successful conference. 

The call for abstracts for the conference this year will go out very soon so please watch out for it and seriously consider sharing your research and experiences with your infection prevention and control colleagues. We are working towards an even more successful conference in Brisbane.

The ACIPC Board of Directors met today, this is the third meeting for 2018. The Board accepted the resignation of Dr Sharon Salmon who has been unable to continue as a Board Director due to personal and professional commitments. On behalf of all the Board of Directors, I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Sharon for her contribution to the ACIPC Board over the past 3 years. As per the nomination and voting process the Board of Directors welcomes Dr Thea van de Mortel to the Board – we look forward to working with you once more. Thea will take on the newly created International Engagement portfolio which is a significant enterprise for the College. Thea will work closely with the Membership Committee

In our previous meeting, the Board welcomed Dr Stephane Bouchoucha. Stephane will be leading work in the area of Practice Guidelines and I look forward to sharing more information with you regarding this work in the next newsletter.

The Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course commencement date is 4 April 2018. If you have a colleague that would benefit from the course, please encourage them to contact Sara in our National Office.

Until next month, take care,

Marilyn

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President

Vale Scientia Professor David Cooper, AO 

Professor David Cooper, one of UNSW Sydney’s and Australia’s most distinguished academic leaders passed away on Sunday 18 March after a short illness. Professor Cooper who diagnosed Australia’s first AIDS case was the inaugural director of the research centre, founded in 1986, that grew to become the Kirby Institute and established Australia’s ongoing global leadership in the fight against the global HIV epidemic. Professor Cooper received many accolades and was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003.

Professor Cooper’s full biography can be viewed here and a full obituary viewed here.

2018 Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Enrolments for Foundations 2018 are almost at capacity but don’t worry – it’s not too late to join the class of 2018!  Our online course has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules with a series of self-directed learning units carefully paced over 21 weeks. Students will gain practical and relevant expertise in topics including environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. There are no textbooks and all the materials are found online. Assessments are a mix of quizzes, forums and written assignments. Visit the ACIPC website for more info including FAQs, a Student Guide and pricing. Please call or email Sara if you would like to know more – 03 6281 9239 admin@acipc.org.au.

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2018 

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health 2018 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and has awarded over $480,000 to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Funding will be awarded across three categories:

Major Research Project: Two grants for research project requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).

Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).

Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences.

More information and an application form can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.

Applications close 31 March 2018.

If you have questions, please contact: aust.infection.control@cardinalhealth.com

Changes in knowledge and attitudes of hospital environmental services staff: The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study

The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) study is a stepped wedge randomised control study that is exploring the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a cleaning bundle in reducing the incidence of healthcare associated infections. The study has involved 11 Australian hospitals. Data collection was completed in 2017 and the research team are currently analyzing data and preparing publications. The second paper describing findings from the study was just published in AJIC. To our knowledge, this is the first study to report changes in knowledge, attitudes, and perceived organizational support in environmental services staff members, in the context of a large multicenter clinical trial. Increases in knowledge and practice were seen after the introduction of the cleaning bundle. The article can be freely accessed here: http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(18)30076-2/pdf. A paper describing the main results for the REACH study is currently being prepared.

WHO 5 May 2018 global hand hygiene campaign

A reminder that the WHO Save Lives: Clean your Hands Campaign is coming up on the 5th May, 2018….

Every year on the 5 May, the WHO calls on health facilities to participate in a global hand hygiene campaign. This year’s hand hygiene campaign slogan is “it’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care” and is focused on the prevention of health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017, Member States adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

The global SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands 5 May 2018 campaign represents a joined-up approach to action by targeting a range of professionals, as well as patient advocacy groups, who can all play their part. At every level of the health system, infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, including hand hygiene action, should be a marker of quality care – with individuals, both front-line and leaders, each deciding to take individual responsibility to ensure improvements in patient safety. WHO asks IPC leaders to take part and champion the dissemination of campaign messages and resources, with the aim of engaging all target audiences to ensure their commitment by taking part and aiming to continue to improve hand hygiene, you will help prevent sepsis.” 

Hand Hygiene Australia will be providing links to all of the WHO 5 May resources at their homepage www.hha.org.au and also invite all facilities participating in the campaign to share their photos and activities on the HHA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HandHygieneAus) or send them to HHA on twitter @HandHygieneAus.

You can also access the WHO resources directly at http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/5may2018/en/  including 2018 campaign posters (one for a general advocacy and the other 5 for different target groups, highlighting the call to action to them which you can be placed around health facilities).

You can find the campaign message in languages other than English through the links on this page http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/en/

ACIPC will be taking part in the campaign and you can too!

Healthcare Infection Control Education Day

The Healthcare Infection Control Education Day is hosted by ASID’s Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group. It is primarily aimed at ID physicians and infection control practitioners with experience in healthcare infection control and will be held Friday July 27 2018 at The Alfred in Melbourne.

Professor David Weber from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health will be the keynote speaker. Other confirmed speakers include:

– Professor Paul Johnson, Deputy Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, who will present on Why can’t we control VRE? 

– Dr Philip Russo, Research Fellow Faculty of Health at Deakin University, who will present on Automated and semi-automated HAI surveillance.

Details of the Education Day can be found HERE, Registrations will open in the coming weeks, with discounts available to ACIPC and ASID members. 

Nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

The Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash has opened nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and announced some exciting changes.

Each year the Australian Government honours Australia’s best scientists, innovators and science teachers through the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, and we need your help to find potential winners.

We are looking for:

Leading Australian scientists who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge through science—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Exceptional innovators from both industry and research who have translated scientific knowledge into substantial commercial impact—for the $250,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation.

Early to mid-career scientists whose research is already making, and will continue to have, an impact on our lives—for the $50,000 Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year and $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Promising early to mid-career innovators from industry and research whose work has the potential to enhance our economy through the translation of scientific knowledge into a substantial commercial impact—for the $50,000 Prize for New Innovators.

Inspiring science, mathematics and technology teachers who are dedicated to innovative teaching and inspiring the next generation—for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

Prize winners are positive role models to all Australians. I ask that you please encourage nominations of leading women and men across all categories.

Note that the guidelines for the prizes have been updated for 2018 so make sure you review the latest information, including nomination forms, at: business.gov.au/scienceprizes or contact 13 28 46.

Read about past winners at science.gov.au/pmscienceprizes.

 

Nominations are open until 5.00pm (AEDT) 26 March 2018.

Infection Prevention 2018

Sunday 30th September – Tuesday 2nd October

Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, Scotland

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) is pleased to announce that registration for its annual conference, Infection Prevention 2018, is now open! The conference will begin on the changed date of Sunday 30th September and close on Tuesday 2nd October in the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow.

The IPS conference, now in its 11th year, promises to offer delegates the latest in infection prevention and control research, education and expertise, with inspiring speakers and informative sessions.

The three-day conference will welcome many world leading experts to impart their knowledge and share what they’re doing to tackle current issues relating to infection prevention and control. If you are a healthcare professional with an interest in any aspect of infection control then you will benefit from attending this conference.

To view the program, submit an abstract and to register, visit: www.ips.uk.net/conference

National Medicinewise Awards: Call for Entries  

Entries and nominations are now open for the 2018 National Medicinewise Awards, recognising Australia’s innovative contributions to quality use of medicines, medical tests and other health technologies.  The biennial National Medicinewise Awards will be presented by NPS MedicineWise as part of the gala dinner at the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) being held in Canberra from 30 May – 1 June 2018.

This year sees the inclusion of a new category for programs and initiatives to support Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. The 2018 National Medicinewise Award categories are: 

Consumer initiatives: community or population level

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiatives [new category]

Health professional programs: <$100,000 budget

Health professional programs: >$100,000 budget

Excellence in consumer information

Excellence in e-health resources

Excellence in media reporting

Winners will receive widespread recognition, promotion and acknowledgment of their efforts in improving quality use of medicines, medical tests and other health technologies as well as a complimentary registration to NMS 2020.

The 10th biennial National Medicines Symposium (NMS) will take place in Canberra from 30 May – 1 June 2018. The gala dinner and National Medicinewise Awards will be held Thursday 31 May 2018.

The theme is ‘Population to personal health care: the future is now’. To find out more visit www.nps.org.au/nms2018.

Entries and nominations for the National Medicinewise Awards will close 23 March 2018.

South Australia Special Interest Group (SA SIG)

The next SA SIG educational evening is being presented by Christine Claighen BSc  (Biotech), Dip Of Science (BCT).

Thank you to GOJO Australia for sponsoring this speaker.

Christine will be talking about an interesting topic where there has been some research and currently this research is also being undertaken at the RAH – the Microbiome. How do genetic material from humans, and animals and the environment change or alter where we live, or care for our patients/consumers/residents.

ACIPC members can attend the event for free and non-members can attend for $10. All are welcome and a link to register will soon be sent to SA SIG members and featured on the ACIPC website.

ACIPC Member News

Each month we invite our members to send an update about their life as an IPC Professional. Updates and can of a professional or personal nature and we love photos! Visit the ACIPC Members Area to see updates and send your member updates to Sara at admin@acipc.org.au

 
December 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

It is my privilege to write this newsletter to you as President of our College. The Annual General Meeting held on 21 November 2017 saw the change-over of President from Professor Ramon Shaban to me, I am very excited about the opportunities we have to grow our profile and membership base over the coming years.

The Annual Conference held in Canberra from 20 – 22 November 2017 was a great event. The Scientific Committee chaired by Dr Lisa Hall and the Conference Organising Committee co-chaired by Fiona Wilson and Marija Juraja are to be congratulated on their work in preparing the agenda, venue and associated events. 

The Annual General Meeting also farewelled and welcomed Board Directors. I thank the outgoing Board Directors  – Ms Belinda Henderson, Ms Wendy Beckingham, Ms Fiona Wilson, Dr Thea van de Mortel and Ms Donna Cameron for the contribution and commitment they have made to our College. 

I welcome the new and ongoing Board Directors, Ms Kristie Popkiss; Ms Sally Havers; Dr Cathryn Murphy; Ms Sandra Roodt and Mr Michael Wishart – all new to the role of Director. Dr Philip Russo was elected as President Elect and I am very pleased that the following Board Directors are continuing – Dr Deborough Macbeth, Dr Sharon Salmon and Mr Peter Martin.

I extend my thanks to the immediate Past President, Professor Ramon Shaban. Thank you for your commitment and passion for the College, we have all benefited greatly from your leadership as President.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to acknowledge the importance of each of you as members of our College. I thank you for your commitment to infection prevention and control and I wish you the very best for Christmas and New Year.  I am very much looking forward to supporting you in achieving our interest in growing the profile of the College and our membership base over the coming years.

With my best wishes,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank 

 


2017 Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Hearty congratulations to the following students who have successfully completed ACIPC 2017 Foundations of Infection prevention and Control Course.

Kodie Alderton, Stuart Barnard, Amanda Blyton-Patterson, Sarah Bulzomi, Susan Campfield, Clair Cullen, Gabriela Defries, Bernadette Eaton, Janine Egart, Kristy Ekers, Rosemary Evans, Charlene Fiore, Michelle Forbes, Raelene Green, Matt Hacket, Karen Hough, Gillian Hunt, Leanne Kelly, Jie Li, Margaret Leong, Maria Lessels, Elizabeth Marland, Robyn Murray, Sharon Otterspoor, Ayushi Patel, Ann Reddy, Kylie Robb, Natasha Ryan, June Scott, Jincy Shibu, Belinda Singleton, Gemma Smith, Helen Tiffin, Fiona Tobias, Bronwyn Vandergulik, Veronica Walker, Janet Wilks, Helen Wylie.

 “Over 11 organised and considered modules, this course covered all of the key IPC areas that our industry is based on. I am very grateful for ACIPC developing and delivering such a professional course and would recommend anyone wishing to further their IPC career to consider this educational program.”

Kylie Robb, Practice Services Manager, Australian Dental Association NSW Branch

If you are thinking about taking part in this course, please contact the Operations Team. We will advise you as soon as enrolments open in early 2018.

The ACIPC Board of Directors and Education Committee would like to thank Education Officer Allison Roderick for her hard work and dedication in the delivery of this course.


 

Medtronic Infection Control Scholarship 2017 – Successful Projects

A total of seventeen projects were submitted for review for the 2017 Medtronic Infection Control Scholarship Program. The projects covered a wide range of infection control management, research and education topics across Australia and New Zealand. Eight projects have been selected for funding and full details of all the successful projects can be accessed here. ACIPC thanks Medtronic for their work with the College and continued support of our members work.

Details on the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2018 can be found here and more information will be distributed to members shortly.


ACIPC in the news

ACIPC Patron Professor Peter Collignon was recently interviewed by Fairfax journalist Paula Goodyear for an article on antibacterial products. You can view the article here.


New HIV guideline outlines cost-effective prevention strategies for high-risk people

A new Canadian guideline outlines how new biomedical strategies to prevent HIV infection can best be used in high-risk populations both before and after exposure to the virus. The guideline applies to adults at risk of HIV infection through sexual activity or injection drug use. More information via Science News / Canadian Medical Association Journal


And the winner is…

At the recent ACIPC Conference Kostas Tsattalios was awarded the annual Elaine Graham Robertson Award for his presentation:

Visualisation-centred interventions in the healthcare-associated infections field: An integrative review

Kostas is a 2nd year PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, at Robert Gordon University, UK.


MMM2018

Molecular Microbiology Meeting 11-12 April, Waterview in Bicentennial Park, NSW, Australia

MMM provides a forum for research scientists, laboratory staff and clinicians to share the latest issues and developments in the field of molecular microbiology. It has become the principal forum for sharing new molecular diagnostics concepts in Australia. This two-day meeting uses an informal workshop style

International Guest

Associate Professor Amy Mathers, University of Virginia School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases & Int’l Health Medical Director Antimicrobial Stewardship Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology

Keynote speakers

Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen, ARC Laureate Fellow, Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University Associate Professor Torsten Seemann, Lead bioinformatician at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative and the Microbiological Diagnostics Unit Public Health Laboratory, both at the University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Cynthia Whitchurch, ³Bacterial Lifestyles²

Research Group Leader Director Microbial Imaging Facility, The ithree institute, UTS

To find out more, visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/ criticalinfection/mmm or google MMM2018


12th Asia Pacific Travel Health Conference (APTHC 2018) Bangkok, Thailand from 21 – 24 March 2018

The 12th Asia Pacific Travel Health Conference (APTHC 2018) themed “Where Travel and Tropical Medicine Converge”, APTHC 2018 will feature stimulating and enriching plenary sessions, free paper sessions and symposia covering such areas as emerging infectious diseases, preventive medicine, primary health care and vaccinology. In addition to the extensive continuing education opportunities, APTHC 2018 will present unlimited possibilities for networking and career advancement.
Mark your calendar and join us in Bangkok! Visit http://www.apthc2018.org for more information.


ACIPC Member News

Members were recently contacted and invited to share news and updates. There were great responses we know you’ll be keen to read. View the latest member updates in a brand new section we have created under the ACIPC Members area.

Do you have a personal or professional update to share? Email our Office Manager Sara admin@acipc.org.au to discuss sharing your news with our community.

September 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

The 2017 ACIPC International Conference is only weeks away. This year’s program features presentations from over 40 invited speakers from Australia and abroad. There are two significant announcements in relation to the 2017 ACIPC International Conference.

The ACIPC Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 November 2017 at the conference venue. The ACIPC Constitution requires an Annual General Meeting to be held at least once every calendar year and within the period of 5 months following the end of the financial year.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will include the election of ordinary members and office bearers of the Board of Directors. The office bearers of the ACIPC are the President, the Immediate Past President and the President Elect. To be eligible to be an office bearer or an ordinary member of the Board of Directors a person must be a member of the ACIPC and have suitable qualifications, skills and experience to discharge the functions of a Director as determined by the ACIPC Board from time to time.

Information on the Annual General Meeting and the election of office bearers and ordinary members will be available on the ACIPC website from early October 2017. The ACIPC Constitution is available here

The 2017 ACIPC International Conference will occasion the announcement of the Inaugural Fellows of the College. The ACIPC Board of Directors has approved the introduction of the membership category of Fellow and the application process will be launched on 1 October 2017.

ACIPC belongs to you, our members, and the success of our College is determined by the dedication and commitment of all members. I encourage members to consider the opportunity presented in the election of ordinary members and office bearers as well as the opportunity to apply for the prestigious membership standing of Fellow.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E


In Memory of Elizabeth Agnew

Elizabeth was a Life Member of ACIPC (formally AICA) and the College would like to acknowledge her life and contribution as we near the first anniversary of her death in October 2016. Elizabeth started her career as a RN in the UK and went on to work as a RN and RM in the UK, South Yemen and Australia. Elizabeth held a number of roles at St Francis Xavier Cabrini Hospital Melbourne including Nurse Educator and Infection Control Officer. This was followed by a lengthy period as Infection Control Co-ordinator at Queen Vic and the W.C.H where her many achievements included quality assurance of the management of infectious diseases, identification of problem infections; surveillance of antibiotic usage and review of protocols.


New position statement Credentialling for IPC Professionals

We are pleased to announce that we have a new position statement; Credentialling for IPC Professionals. This replaces the former PS Specialist Recognition and the Nursing Profession and can be accessed here.


ACIPC International Conference –  International Scholarship Applications Deadline extended to 22 September 2017

 We are pleased to announce an extension to the deadline for those interested in applying for the 2017 ACIPC Conference International Scholarship.

The value of the scholarship is AUD$3000.00 and offers the following support to the successful applicant:

  • Complimentary conference early bird registration to the ACIPC 2017 Conference inclusive of social functions and the Hand Hygiene Australia pre-conference workshop
  • Return economy airfare from country of destination to Canberra, ACT Australia
  • 3 nights’ accommodation

Submissions close Friday 22 September 2017.
There will be no further extension to this deadline.

International Scholarship applications are open to residents of one of the following countries or territories:

  • Cocos-Keeling Islands
  • French Polynesia
  • New Caledonia
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Tonga
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Cook Islands
  • Kiribati
  • Niue
  • Soloman Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Western Samoa
  • Fiji
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Tokelau

Click here for more information and to apply for the scholarship

Conference Program and Registration

An up to date conference program is now available online. Early bird registrations will close on 6th October 2017. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the team at Conference Design. mail@conferencedesign.com.au, 03 6231 2999, or visit the conference website www.acipcconference.com.au


ACIPC Consumer Information Page

The ACIPC Consumer Information Page is full of handy resources for including tips on preventing infection at home and in healthcare facilities. Visit the page here.


Nursing Workshop Antimicrobial Stewardship – Thursday 2nd November 2017 WOOLLOONGABBA 

Inviting nurses from healthcare facilities with an interest in Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) 

The key focus of the workshop is:

  • To gain an understanding of AMS strategies
  • Explore nursing practice activities that contribute to AMS
  • How to use data to inform the development of local AMS strategies

Topics

Antimicrobial Stewardship intervention strategies: from theory to bedside

How to successfully implement AMS strategies

National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey

Workshop PDF and EOI form can be downloaded here


Save the Date: International Infection Prevention Week

Join your friends, family members, and healthcare professionals in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 15-21, 2017. IIPW, which takes place the third week of October each year, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. This year’s theme is “Antibiotic Resistance.” Details here.

Do you have any IPC news or events to share? Contact admin@acipc.org.au to contribute to the next ACIPC E-Newsletter!

June 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

As I write this message to you the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course is well underway for the second year. This is a very exciting achievement for the College and over 10% of the College membership will have completed the course. As the course is a component of successful application for credentialing as a CICP – Primary we are looking forward to welcoming more credentialed practitioners.

You will soon receive a renewal notice for membership of the College. ACIPC membership provides a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in infection prevention and control. It allows you to stay up to date with the latest news, opinion and evidence-based practice. Membership delivers unparalleled access to your professional community, opportunities for research and professional development, discounted rates on selected ACIPC products and services, access to member-only resources and extensive educational opportunities. It also includes subscription to the highly regarded college journal Infection, Disease and Health. We encourage you to renew your membership and to share information on the value of membership with infection prevention and control colleagues.

Best wishes,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President


VALE PROFESSOR GRAHAM AYLIFFE, A FOUNDING FATHER OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF INFECTION CONTROL

http://theific.org/prof-graham-ayliffe


CALLING FOR ACIPC RESEARCH GRANT 2017 PROPOSALS

A key strategic focus of the College is to enable members to conduct areas for research that will lead to improved knowledge and practice, and ultimately outcomes. In alignment with this key strategy, the College is proud to continue to provide the opportunity for its members to undertake research through its annual ACIPC Research Grants.

The 2017 ACIPC Research Grants submission process is now open and closes at 1700 (AEST) on Friday 7th July.

Further information and application forms are available on the ACIPC website.


CONSULTATION FOR THE NSQHS STANDARDS USER GUIDE FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER HEALTH

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback on the draft resources to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition). The resources aim to assist health service organisations to implement and prepare for assessment to the NSQHS Standards (second edition).

Consultation has commenced for the NSQHS Standards user guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and closes on 31 July 2017.

Click here to view or download the guide, consultation questions and instructions for submitting a response online or by email, mail or fax.

Your feedback will help ensure that this resource is useful, easy to understand, and applicable to you and your organisation.

You are invited to circulate this information to your contacts who may be interested in reviewing this resource and providing feedback.

The launch of the NSQHS Standards (second edition) and the finalised supporting resources is planned for November 2017, with assessment to the NSQHS Standards (second edition) to commence from 1 January 2019.

Questions regarding the public consultation on these resources can be addressed to the Commission on 1800 304 056 or at NSQHSstandards@safetyandquality.gov.au.


RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF CARBAPENEMASE PRODUCING ENTEROBACTERIACEAE: A GUIDE FOR ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is pleased to release Recommendations for the control of carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae: a guide for acute care hospitals (2017). This guide replaces the previous Recommendations for the control of multi-drug resistant Gram-negatives: carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (2013).

A PDF copy of the document may be downloaded from the Commission’s website.


ULTRASOUND PROBE INFECTION RISK – A CALL TO ACTION – LIVE WEBINAR 29TH JUNE 2017

Infection Control Today have released a Call to Action about ultrasound probe infection risk. It highlights that immediate action is needed to bridge gaps in awareness about ultrasound probe reprocessing requirements and to enhance education.

With all of these factors in mind, two representatives from the Call To Action group will present their insights in a live webinar.

Nanosonics has reached out to the group that recently published this Call to Action on ultrasound probe infection risk and two of these experts will now present their conclusions in a live webinar.

Details:

Date: 29th June 2017
Time: 9AM AEST (AUST)
Cost: Complimentary

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand current ultrasound probe reprocessing guidelines and their clinical application
  • Gain awareness of new research, global trends and new technology in ultrasound probe reprocessing
  • Gain awareness of the expansion of ultrasound procedures to a wider range of departments and procedures
  • Understand probe reprocessing challenges and strategies that could improve patient safety

Speakers:

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC Infection Prevention Consultant, Board member California APIC Council, SF APIC Chapter, Facilitator National Corporate IP Director Network

Ruth Carrico, PhD FNP-C, FSHEA CIC Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Registration Link:

https://citrix.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1146751


INVITATION TO ATTEND ANTIMICROBACTERIAL RESISTANCE SUMMIT – MELBOURNE, 29TH JUNE 2017

Find out what is happening and contribute to the debate.

Second ASID /ASA AMR Summit: Roadmap to Effective Action
Date: June 29, 8am-5pm
Venue: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne
Registration: Free
Register Now! Click Here

More information is available on the Summit’s webpage here.


ACIPC MEMBER DISCOUNT ON ELSEVIER PRODUCTS

ACIPC members are reminded that a 15% discount on Elsevier products is available.

To redeem the discount, members can order online at elsevierhealth.com.au using promo code ACIPC in the ‘Discount Codes’ field at checkout.

December 2019

December 2019

From the President

Colleagues,

As another year closes I have great pleasure on briefly reflecting on ACIPC’s achievements and growth over the past 12 months.

For the first time since inception in 2012, ACIPC managed to bring in a positive budget in 2019 and all of our financials are moving in the right direction. Our membership has grown by 22% and our educational offerings have significantly increased.

There are so many who have contributed to the ongoing success of the College, most who volunteer their time. On behalf of the Directors I extend my sincere gratitude for your hard work.

Moving forward, the College is delivering a range of educational events around Australia for all members and their colleagues. We will continue to build our membership, promote member credentialing, strengthen the journal and provide another outstanding conference.

I look forward to being in contact with you in the new year as President of ACIPC.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Until next month,

Associate Professor Phil Russo
ACIPC President


ACIPC IPC Industry Masterclass

This is a half day workshop on infection prevention and control that has been specially designed for our corporate partners. This is an opportunity to learn more about basic infection prevention and control principles, and the drivers that impact upon governance, accreditation and safety and quality in healthcare. Take this opportunity to become more familiar with what your client’s deal with on a daily basis.

Where: Park Royal Hotel, Melbourne Airport 
When: Thursday 20th February 2020
Time: 
2pm – 5:45pm
Cost: 
$545 pp and includes all catering & a certificate signed by the ACIPC President.

Click here to register


Networking Evening – learn about our plans over drinks and canapes

The Masterclass will be followed by our annual  ACIPC Industry Networking Event, where industry will have the chance to meet with the new Board of Directors, Conference organisers and College staff who will provide an update on ACIPC activities for 2020 and beyond A link to RSVP for this event will be included in all Masterclass registrations.

Alternatively – you can register here to attend the networking drinks – it’s free and all current and potential corporate stakeholders are welcome!


ACIPC Meet the Expert | Sydney 25th February

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

Join us at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research to hear from our learned colleague Ruth Barratt who is the next presenter in our Meet the Expert series.
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important infection prevention and control (IPC) measure. Various items of PPE are used for both standard and transmission-based precautions to assist in preventing the transmission of infectious organisms. The use of PPE by healthcare workers has been shown to be sub-optimal, whether this is over-use of gloves or the under-use of protective masks. Training and education of healthcare workers in the use of PPE is an essential part of an IPC programme, yet may present challenges for the IPC professional.

Tuesday 25th February, 6pm to 8.30pm
The Westmead Institute for Medical Research
Seminar Room C2.20
Hawkesbury Road, Westmead
Drinks and nibbles provided
$38 for members / $80 non-members  

Click here to register

This event is proudly sponsored by Gentec


2020 Calendar of Educational Events

Planning your 2020 Diary – marking out your roster and Continuing Professional Development – ACIPC have scheduled over 60 educational offerings over 2020 with dates and locations on our Save the Date 2020 Calendar. Look for ones near you and put them in your diary now!

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


ACIPC Conference Presentations available

The published presentations for the conference in Perth are now available to view. Select the link below to be redirected to the program page where these are located.
www.acipcconference.com.au/2019-acipc-program
Where permission has been given for presentations to be publicised, a green PDF button will appear which has been linked with the presentation in PDF format. This will appear beneath the presenter’s name on the program.

We have included the PDF’S for all presenters who have given us permission so far. If you are a presenter and do not see your slides included this means we have not heard back from you or you have declined this process. If you wish to provide your slides, or other resources, to add to the Proceedings, please contact us.  


ACIPC Conference Photos

The 2019 Conference Photos can now be viewed and downloaded.
Access the gallery here: 2019 ACIPC Photo Gallery


ACIPC recommends: 5 Second Rule Podcast – latest episode

A Mother’s Story: Why HAIs are Everyone’s Business

This is episode 3 of the US Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) great podcast series with a focus on consumer health. It features discussions with infection preventionists on the facts about infection prevention and explores the truth about some common myths. Listen here or subscribe via your favourite platform.


Latest from Infection Disease & Health

Members will have received Volume 24, Issue 4 in the post – these are the latest articles available online.


Webber Teleclasses

The 2020 teleclass schedule (or most of it at least) is now on the Webber Teleclasses website here, underneath the 2019 topics. There are about a dozen topics yet to add as they are confirmed, but most are now available to you. To finish off the 2019 Teleclass Education year we have two highly anticipated lectures by two world-class experts. Thanks for supporting Teleclass Education this year.

Remember, if you can’t join a live teleclass broadcast, your ACIPC members registration with Webber gets you unlimited access to the on-line recordings.

Recent teleclasses include:

  • How to communicate about healthcare-associated infection with x, y and z generations
    With Dr Anne-Gaëlle Venier, Hôpital Pellegrin – CHU de Bordeaux, France
  • Cleaning in healthcare
    With Prof. Andreas Voss, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Minimum Requirements for Starting the Implementation of the WHO Core Components of Infection Prevention and Control Programs
  • The Role of Cleaners in Infection Prevention – Neglected Front Line Workers in Healthcare Facilities
  • Control of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriacea in an Endemic Setting

Unlimited access to the Webber Teleclass Library is an ACIPC Member benefit and can be claimed via the ACIPC Members Area.


Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 20th Edition

Each year The Australasian Council on Healthcare Standards releases the Australasian Clinical Indicator Report (ACIR), examining data sourced from a broad range of clinical specialty areas in healthcare. The ACIR summarises the clinical indicator data submitted to the Clinical Indicator Program for the past eight years, highlighting significant trend and variation in the data over time. The commentary from the collaborating specialist colleges, associations, societies and other clinical organisations provides context for the trends or variations observed in the data. The report can be accessed here.


The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 2020 International Ambassadors Program Application Now Open

The IAP seeks candidates from outside the U.S. with 5 – 20 years of experience in the field. All ambassadors selected from a competitive pool of candidates will attend the 6th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections (Decennial 2020) from March 26-30 in Atlanta, GA for training. A total of 18 Ambassadors will be selected and will receive a travel award to help cover the cost of attending the Decennial 2020. Winners will also be introduced to new opportunities for networking, receive a one-year complimentary SHEA membership with access to SHEA’s journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, and other educational opportunities. Applicants from emerging economies will be given higher priority over developed international communities during the selection process.

To date, over 600 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed 150 ambassadors representing fifty-three countries. We look forward to new applicants in 2020!

SHEA will accept applications for the 2020 IAP until January 6, 2020.
Please email ambassadors@shea-online.org with any questions. Or apply here.


ESPID 2020: Abstract Submission and Travel Award

Abstract submission and Annual Meeting Travel Award applications are open for the 38th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (Rotterdam, May 25-30, 2020)

The Abstract Submission Deadline is January 27, 2020.

You can choose among 5 different types of abstract forms for your submissions:

  1. Clinical audit, prospective survey or retrospective study​
  2. Literature review or guideline review
  3. Clinical trial/study or basic science study
  4. Formal systematic review or meta-analysis
  5. Case Report or Case Series

The Annual Meeting Travel Award is also available to provide support for those attending ESPID 2020.


IPC Jobs

South West Sydney: Infection Control Consultant

A consultant is required to assist with approval in principle for endoscopy unit. The work will involve floor plan assessment and setting out specifications e.g. HEPA filters for theatres/sterile stock room. The endoscopy reprocessing room has a designated clean and dirty area and minimal risk of cross contamination, wash basins at least 200 mm in depth and variable height etc. Paid contract with future work in credentialling a possibility. Please contact reception@gastrocentre.com.au with a CV outlining your qualifications and expertise that would deem you suitable for this contract.

November 2019

November 2019

From the President

Colleagues,

I’d like to start my first letter to College members by congratulating all those involved in the conference held last week. The conference is the most significant event on the College’s calendar, and it was great to see so many people there. Sincere thanks to all the folk who put in so much hard work to make the conference such a success, and also to our industry sponsors for their strong support. To those who attended, please make sure you complete your evaluation survey.

If you haven’t already, note the 2020 Conference dates in your diary, 15-18 November 2020, Sydney. We are pleased to announce two of the keynotes will be Professor Eli Perencevich and Professor Jacqui Reilly.

Further congratulations our colleague and past College president Belinda Henderson who was recently awarded Fellowship of ACIPC. Belinda’s contribution to both the College and the nursing profession has been exemplary.

Welcome to the new Board of Directors. The Board will convene in early 2020 to discuss strategic priorities for the College and I look forward to sharing these with you.

In other news, the new Credentialling Framework has been launched allowing members to re-credential at the Primary, Advanced and Expert levels. More information and brand new brochures and guidelines can be found here.

The ACIPC IPC Industry Masterclass is a half day workshop on infection prevention and control for industry partners. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together like-minded participants working in industry who are new to or have limited experience in infection prevention or control practices. This is an opportunity to learn more about basic infection prevention and control principles. The Masterclass will be held at the Park Royal Hotel, Melbourne Airport on Thursday 20th February 2020. Link to register.

Until next month,

Associate Professor Phil Russo
ACIPC President

ACIPC 2020 Education and Events Calendar

The College has put together an exciting calendar of events for your diary with activities planned all around Australia including some regional areas. Check out the events in your area or ones you plan to travel to – the range of events include:

  • Meet the Expert (networking evenings with an hour educational),
  • Member Only Lunch & Learn webinars,
  • AS/NZS 4187:2014 whole day workshops
  • Co-badged events
  • Special ACIPC One Day Conference 2020 – Future Visions for IPC – where we bring the conference day to the delegates
  • Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control online course
  • 2020 Conference

The full calendar can be viewed on our Education and Events Page.  Please note that while every effort will be made to adhere to the calendar, event locations and dates are subject to change.

We’ll let you know as new events are on offer, such as our recent co-badged webinar with MediSound on 27th November.

ACIPC Conference Winners!

The Best Large stand was awarded to GAMA Heathcare with the Best Small Stand going to B. Braun Australia.

Best Poster, delegate’s choice was awarded to Kareena Johnson for A Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) or two, a retrospective review. Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Best poster Judged by a panel was awarded to Dr Mary Wyer for Evaluating video-reflexive methods to improve infection prevention and use of personal protective equipment in Australian hospitals.

Dr Wyer also won the informal award for Best Shimmy Across the Stage.

A Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Dr Maya Pillai for Quality Initiative Program to Reduce Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection In A Quaternary Care Hospital in India. The award was given due to the posters impressive impact on patient safety.

Posters will be featured on the ACIPC website.

A/Prof Jennifer Broom was awarded the Elaine Graham Robertson Award for Best Oral Presentation (Free Papers) for The drivers of antimicrobial use across institutions, stakeholders and economic settings: A paradigm shift is required for effective optimisation.

The winner of the App Game was Helen Willing who won a complimentary registration to the 2020 Conference in Sydney!

Interview with Betty Munda – Winner of Conference Scholarship

Congratulations on being awarded the ACIPC International Scholarship to attend the Conference in Perth! Can you let us know where you work and how long you have been working in Infection Prevention and Control?

I have been working as a clinical nurse for 16 years and, as an Infection Prevention and Control Co-Ordinator for 3 years, a total of 19 years in the healthcare system.  I’m co-ordinating IPC at Angau Memorial General Hospital, Lae Morobe Province Papua New Guinea.

What are some of the main challenges you face in infection prevention at work?

Training of IPC officers in all hospitals has been missing or was not seen as priority for years. This has lead to working in an environment in which IPC is not fully understood and this is a barrier to best practice. I have been struggling to source information to understand what IPC means and to implement IPC measures. Further, it isn’t easy to effectively roll out IPC when a IPC communications are not understood and the support is not there.

The National Infection Prevention and Control Policy which we have was endorsed and accepted to be implemented at all healthcare facilities basically has minimal to no understanding and support on the implementation part. This limits the capacity to effectively implement the policy to impact patient care. The bigger challenge for IPC officers is knowledge to refine the policy statement into practice/ manual guidelines for implementation at the facility level.  Lastly, we lack the best practice knowledge in the areas of IPC resources and standardising IPC measures such as face masks, antiseptic for wound dressing, post operation dressing, SSI bundles, preoperative skin care, hand hygiene, HAI surveillance with case definition etc.

What were some of the highlights for you from the ACIPC Conference?

Some of the highlights during the conference was learning that we all face the same challenges, but it’s awesome because you see it as urgent and an issue that needs to be dealt with immediately. And the stakeholders’ support into improving patient care minimizing HAI was unimaginable. I really love the continuous support stakeholders contribute to improve the practice of IPC in Australia.

Finally, what do you most enjoy about living and working in PNG?

PNG is my country, I love my people and I love my country. I enjoy living here because I have all that I need in terms of family, friends, and a lot of fresh organic vegetables.  Working as an IPC officer, it is critical we improve IPC measures and standardise IPC practices. It’s important we have well maintained best practice to prevent HAI and community acquired infections.   

Newly Credentialled ACIPC Members:

Congratulations to the following ACIPC members who have recently become credentialled and re-credentialled.

Recredentialed – Expert:

Ruth Barratt, Sarah Thomas, Kellie Kenway, Marija Juraja, Phil Russo, Helen Newman, Kristie Popkiss, Jenny Bourne,

Credentialled – Advanced:

Helen Truscott, Alissia Reid,

Credentialled – Primary:

Helen Scott, Chris Russell, Amy Ludeke, Casey Traynor, Belinda Fry

LMI SIG Update

The Low and Middle-Income countries Special Interest Group (LMI SIG) has been established to network with members and colleagues who practice or consult in economies classified as Low and Middle Income Countries.  The group currently has 28 members from across the Australasian region and reports via the Member Engagement Committee.  An EOI for new members of the group along with this SIGS Terms of Reference and meeting schedule will be sent to members shortly.

Requirements for the formation and maintenance of Special Interest Groups can now be found on the ACIPC website.

Gatsby Gallery

Thanks to GAMA Healthcare for sponsoring the Gatsby themed Gala Dinner at the Conference. A fabulous time was had by all! Pictures from the photobooth can be viewed here (password ACIPC19). Official photos from the Conference will be available in the coming weeks and members will be notified.

Handle Antibiotics with Care

Handle antibiotics with care was the key message for Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW), held 18-22 November 2019. Antibiotic resistance is a growing worldwide public health issue, and misuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance.

Infection Preventionists (IPs) play a critical part in minimising the need for antibiotics, and ACIPC participated by sharing AAW messages on social media and at our annual conference in Perth, ACIPC 2019.

Although AAW 2019 is behind us, it’s important to keep antibiotic resistance top of mind every day, all year round. The Australian Commission for Safety & Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) has excellent, easily digestible resources that you can share at your facility, including posters, presentations and helpful links.

ACSQHC resources for VRE

The Commission has a new webpage on the prevention and control of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). The information on the webpage is based on the content of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (AICGs) and includes information on the core strategies for prevention and control of VRE and an infographic.

The link to the webpage is: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/vre

The Commission invite all ACIPC members to use these resources, and to contact HAI@safetyandquality.gov.au if you have any enquires in relation to them.

Specification for a Hospital Cumulative Antibiogram

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (The Commission) has recently revised the Specification for a Hospital Cumulative Antibiogram, The Specification for a Hospital Cumulative Antibiogram supports health service organisations in meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard requiring surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This specification provides a guide for health service organisations to develop local cumulative antibiograms, to aid antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs in the development of local antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and formulary management.

The Commission continues to work with the states and territories, the private sector and AURA program partners to enhance the comprehensiveness and coordination of surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use across Australia, and to support development, implementation and evaluation of local antimicrobial resistance prevention and containment strategies. If you have any queries, please contact kathy.meleady@safetyandquality.gov.au

Latest from Infection Disease & Health

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

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

Save the Date 15th – 18th November 2020 Conference Sydney

 IPC Jobs

The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service currently has a position advertised for: Infection Management Service Clinical Nurse NG6. Temporary part time to full time for up to 12 months. For further details or to apply please visit smart jobs.

Closing date: 29/11/19

August 2019

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ACIPC e-Newsletter

August 2019

From the President

Colleagues,

Welcome to the August College newsletter.

ACIPC Members – it’s time to put your hand up!  Nominations for Board Director and President-Elect are now open, and members are invited to consider taking a leadership role in how the College is managed and developed. This is your opportunity to direct the future of ACIPC and ensure the Board of Directors best represents you and all ACIPC members. Information and forms have been sent so please check your email. Nomination forms and criteria can also be found on our Members Only page.

Credentialling is a standard that is recognized by IPC professionals and employers alike, identifying the knowledge, skills and attributes each credentialled professional has attained. Recredentialling clearly demonstrates ongoing education and growth as a practicing IPC professional. Congratulations to recently recredentialled member Wendy Beckingham.

I would also like to extend hearty and heartfelt congratulations to ACIPC Board Director Thea van de Mortel who was awarded Fellowship of ACIPC earlier this month. If you are considering applying for Fellowship you can garner inspiration from our interview with Thea below and also read what advice our inaugural Fellows have for applicants here.

The ACIPC Conference is fast approaching and the Preliminary Program is now online. There is a wonderful array of speakers presenting over the four days. International Invited Speakers Professor Jennie Wilson of University of West London, Dr Ling Moi Lin of Singapore General Hospital and Marin Schweizer of University of Iowa are joined by Evonne Curran of School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University and Martin Kiernan of University of West London and supported by outstanding speakers from around Australia. 

For the first time this year there will be a Dental Day on Monday with presenters Dr Brendan White of the Australian Dental Association, Infection Control Committee and Dr Roslyn Franklin from Amalgamate supported Megan Riley, Kylie Robb, Donna Cameron and Abby Foster.

Tuesday sees a focus on Aged Care with a workshop in the morning and an afternoon with Jennie Wilson and Evonne Curran.  If you are in Aged Care, now is the time to ensure you are up to date with infection prevention and control. Special Day Registration is available so please let your colleagues know.

On Sunday 17th November there will be an afternoon workshop on AS4187, so if you are after some practical tips and know-how, don’t forget to register for this workshop.

Did you know that ACIPC has brought back the Gala Dinner? This exciting event will be held on Tuesday evening, after the AGM where the new Board of Directors will be announced. Don’t forget to book your ticket when you register for the conference.

ACIPC has worked with the Tasmanian Infection Prevention Unit (TIPCU) to present an Infection Prevention Study Day in Launceston, 5th September. I am pleased to see this event has been fully booked as this is an excellent opportunity to learn about locally relevant issues and to network with peers.

ACIPC’s Aged Care two-day workshops are still running with registrations open for our workshop in Dubbo next week. The workshop then moves to Sydney on the 10th & 11th October and registrations are due to open shortly.

Until next month, I wish you all the best.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President

Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel Fellow of ACIPC

What does ACIPC Fellowship mean for you personally and professionally?

Personally I was thrilled to be awarded Fellowship of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control as it is a measure of recognition of the work that I have done to support the College and the discipline through my research and teaching in infection prevention and control as an Associate Professor at Griffith University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. I also saw it as a way in a sense to further support the College as a Board member as it changed its structure to create a Fellowship category.

For those who are considering applying, completing the application allows you to reflect in depth on what you have done and achieved, and allows you in the end to see through others eyes what contribution you have made. My workplace regards the award of Fellowship highly as a measure of esteem.

ACIPC Fellowship – how to apply

Applications for Fellowship are open to ACIPC members who are credentialled by ACIPC at any of the three tiers.

Each applicant must provide a written response, up to 2000 words in total, addressing the criteria of Leadership, Contribution to infection prevention and control and Contribution to ACIPC.

Detailed criteria and forms can be found here.

Candidates inducted to ACIPC as Fellows are entitled to:

  • Be known as a Fellow of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Use the post-nominal FACIPC
  • Receive and display the certificate of Fellowship

ACIPC Meet the Expert Events – Call out for speakers and topics

Are you an expert in an IPC area with a yearning to share your experience and knowledge with our IPC community?

ACIPC Meet the Expert is a series of informal seminars featuring local and international speakers and we are keen to hear from you!

Please contact our Education Officer Jackie Miley on education@acipc.org.au if you would like to speak on your area of expertise.

We are also seeking topics so if you have an area of interest you would like us to source an expert for, please get in touch.

Webber teleclass reminder

Webber teleclasses are available to ACIPC members for free and links are available via the Members Area.  Members will need to register as Webber Training members to register for teleclasses. Topics for September are:

  • MEASURES TO PREVENT AND CONTROL VRE: DO THEY REALLY MATTER?
    Speaker: Dr. Hilary Humphreys, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • MEAT, MONKEYS, AND MOSQUITOES: A ONE HEALTH PERSPECTIVE ON EMERGING DISEASES 
    Speaker: Prof. Laura Kahn, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
    Speaker: Prof. Brett Mitchell, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • PNEUMOCYSTIS – AN IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTION?
    Speaker: Prof. Tim Boswell, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
  • IPC EDUCATION: DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMMES
    Speaker: Prof. Shaheen Mehtar, Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
  • POSITIVE DEVIANCE AND HAND HYGIENE: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE BEST? 
    Speaker: Josiane Létourneau, University of Montreal

If you can’t make the scheduled teleclass, recordings can be accessed for you to listen at your convenience.

Global Health Alliance Australia Newsletter

ACIPC Members are encouraged to view and subscribe to the Global Health Alliance Newsletter. The latest issue features:

The First Australian National Microbial Genomics Framework 2019-2022

Please find attached the first Australian National Microbial Genomics Framework 2019-2022. 

The Framework 2019-2022 has been developed by the Office of Health Protection in the Department of Health, in close consultation with states and territories. It provides a nationally consistent and strategic view for integrating microbial genomics in the Australian public health system, and for identifying microbial genomics policy issues and challenges. The development of its associated Implementation Plan is currently underway.  

Please contact the PHLN Secretariat at PHLN.Secretariat@health.gov.au if you would like a hard copy. You can also access the Framework on the Health website.

Microbial & Infection Control Genomics Workshop, Thursday 7th November 2019

Queensland Genomics is pleased to provide the Microbial Genomics Workshop free-of-charge to all participants. Numbers are limited and preference will be given to Queensland Health employees, including Hospital and Health staff within the categories listed above. Come along to this Microbial and Infection Control Genomics Workshop to discover the potential of microbial genomics and how to apply it to hospital outbreaks and infection control management – from bench to bedside and beyond.

EVENT CONTACT: For more information please contact communications@qgha.org or 07 3365 5103

Travel Scholarships
Queensland Genomics is offering up to 10 (up to $1000 each) Queensland based travel scholarships to regional, rural and remote Queensland Health clinicians and scientists (from sites requiring flights to Brisbane) and 5 interstate attendees (up to $500 each) to contribute to flights and accommodation expenses. Travel Scholarship applicants must:

Provide a brief outline of their current role and how this workshop will support their current duties (max 100 words) to projects@qgha.org.au 

Obtain approval for attendance from their Departmental Director/Hospital Executive Director

More information and a link to register can be found here.

World Sepsis Day 13th – September 2019

ACIPC Members are invited to join the Australian Sepsis Network’s national sepsis webinar being held at 1400hrs (AEST) on 13 September 2019. The webinar will feature information on the epidemiological status of sepsis, innovations, research and implementation of the Stopping Sepsis National Action Plan.

Connection details will be made available through the Australian Sepsis Network website  https://www.australiansepsisnetwork.net.au where you can also find additional resources and meet many of the ‘Faces of Sepsis’.

International Infection Prevention Week – October 13-19, 2019

IIPW is a time for infection preventionists (IPs) to raise awareness of the role vaccination plays in preventing infections. The 2019 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Vaccines are Everybody’s Business.

ACIPC will be helping to spread the word leading up to and throughout the week. You can play your part by accessing and sharing the excellent resources on APIC’s website here.

May 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the May College newsletter which comes to you this month from Quebec City where I am attending the IFIC/IPAC Conference in my capacity as a IFIC Board Member representing the College.
Before I get into College business, I’d like to congratulate our latest newly credentialled members Thea van de Mortel, Nicole Vause and Katherine Taylor who have become recredentialled at the Expert level and Aby Foster who has earned the post nominal CICP-A as an Advanced IPC. A special thanks to our hard working Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee for assessing all applications. Please contact the committee via officemanager@acipc.org.au or visit our webpage for more info on how you can further your IPC career by becoming credentialled.

We have several Education events coming up:
25th June Meet the Expert Canberra, Dr Marlena Kaczmarek who will speak on the topic of Measles Epidemiology, vaccination and contact management. I encourage members in the area to take this opportunity to come and learn from our expert and then mingle with your colleagues over a glass of wine and some cheese. Register to attend on this page

There are two aged care events coming up:
26th & 27th June – IPC in Aged Care Home Settings | Perth, WA
25th & 26th July – IPC in Aged Care Home Settings | Melbourne, VIC

You can register for these events here and a big thank you to SC Johnson for sponsoring a trade table on Day Two for both events.

Our next Members Only Webinar scheduled for Wednesday 12th June is not to be missed as Professor Brett Mitchell will be talking about the use of social media and relevance to Infection Prevention and Control. Members can register to watch the webinar live via the Members Area. If you miss Brett’s webinar, or want to view previous webinars, recordings are available on the Monthly Webinars page.

Our latest Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control program started two weeks ago with 68 students and enrolments are now closed. Fiona Gotterson, our Education and PD Coordinator, will be leaving us at the end of this week and has been handing over the education portfolio to our new Education Officer Jackie Miley – keep your eye out for a future newsletter to find out more about Jackie.

8th International ACIPC Conference – 17-20 November 2019, Perth:
ACIPC are excited to announce our three international Keynote Speakers Prof Jennie Wilson (UK), Dr Ling Moi Lin (Singapore) and Marin Schweizer (USA). Click here to read their biographies. They will be supported by a wonderful array of local presenters delivering an excellent program that our Conference Scientific Organising Committee (CSOC) is putting the final touches on right now. If you haven’t registered or booked your flights for this conference as yet do so now here. If you want to submit an abstract – they are only open for another four weeks so act now. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our Corporate Members and thank those sponsoring ACIPC at the conference or educational events.

Benefits of Corporate Membership include:
Brand Exposure: your logo on our website linked back to your website
Industry News: receive our members-only Newsletter
Exhibit: Eligibility to sponsor or exhibit at the ACIPC Annual Conference or Professional Development events
Network: Meet our members at education events
Education: Attend our Trade Masterclass and gain insight into our member’s role in the workplace – Certificate of Attendance signed by ACIPC President
Advertising: Ability to advertise on our website or in our eNewsletter to our members
Employment Connections: Free employment advertising opportunities on the ACIPC website

You can become a Corporate Member or Sponsor here.

Until next month, I wish you all the best.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President


Revised guidelines released by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today

Today the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released the revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). These Guidelines provide a nationally accepted approach to infection prevention and control, focusing on core principles and priority areas for action. The guidelines are underpinned by a risk-management framework, ensuring they can be applied to a wide range of healthcare settings including hospitals, day procedure units, office‑based practice, long-term care facilities, remote area health services, home and community nursing and emergency services.

The guidelines are accessible online via MAGICapp. Information on how to use the MAGICapp, additional supporting resources including the reviews, PDF of the guidelines, summary and FAQs are also available on NHMRC’s Preventing Infection webpage. 

NHMRC has used a rigorous and comprehensive approach to updating the guidelines to ensure that they reflect the best available evidence and expert opinion on infection prevention and control. Key elements addressed in the 2019 guidelines include: the importance of a patient-centred approach, disinfection methods, antimicrobial resistance and replacement of peripheral intravenous catheters. 

The update of the guidelines were overseen by the Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee, of which several members are also ACIPC members.

ACIPC commend NHMRC on the release of the updated guidelines which will serve as a resource for all working in infection prevention and control.


Membership Survey – it’s your College so have your say

The ACIPC Member Engagement Committee (MEC) requests your assistance to review the current ACIPC membership benefits and to identify opportunities to increase the value of membership to you.

The survey only takes a few minutes and members have already been sent a link. If you have not received the survey, please contact Sara via admin@acipc.org.au for a resend. The survey itself is anonymous once you complete you can go to a separate page to enter the draw for a chance to win FREE ACIPC MEMBERSHIP for the 2019/2020 period.


EOI: Participate in research project to develop framework promoting asepsis in paramedic practice

From Dr Nigel Barr:

ACIPC Members: I am writing to invite expressions of interest to participate in a research project to develop a framework promoting asepsis in paramedic practice which is applicable to Australian paramedicine. The research is being conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. You are eligible to participate if you are professionally employed within healthcare and have extensive experience in paramedicine (operational or management), infection prevention and control, or evidence-based policy development.

If you agree to participate in this research project, you will be asked to join an online discussion forum and complete a survey once a month for 3 months. Participation will take approximately 90 minutes per month for 3 months.

If you wish to submit an EOI, please email the research team at nbarr@usc.edu.au and briefly outline your professional experience. A panel of participants will be selected from those volunteering. If the number of expressions of interest exceeds what is required, secondary selection criteria will be used to choose participants.  The secondary selection will be based on ranking applicants from different areas of expertise (paramedicine, infection prevention and control, and evidence-based policy development) and choosing a purposive sample to have representation of broad range of skills and professions on the Delphi panel.

Thank you for considering this request. For further information please see the research project information sheet attached or contact Dr Nigel Barr, Senior Lecturer – Paramedic Science, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering.


National guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses

National guidelines for the management of healthcare workers living with blood borne viruses and healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses (the Guidelines) were released by the on the Department of Health towards the end of last year.

The Guidelines contain the current expert consensus on the evidence in relation to healthcare workers and their blood borne virus status. The recommendations in these Guidelines include measures related to the prevention of transmission from, and the management and treatment of healthcare workers with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and/or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

A National Expert Reference Panel (the Panel) has been established and will be meeting in the coming weeks to review the implementation of the Guidelines and to provide advice on issues related to the Guidelines.  If you have any queries, concerns  or comments that you would like the Panel to consider in relation to the Guidelines, could you please provide details to Guidelines.HCWBBV@health.gov.au  


Infection Clinical Network Forum: June 14 – Preliminary program, Arts Centre Melbourne – live streaming available

The ICN Forum 2019 is only 2 weeks away! Please find attached a preliminary program, which will be finalised closer to the date. Use the link below to register your attendance, and/or bring along members of your multi-disciplinary team who are involved in the daily functions of your infection prevention program, within your health service.

Register your attendance here: Live-streaming will also be available, for those unable to travel to Melbourne. Simply select this option when registering.


QLD Members: Draft Queensland’s Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2019-2024 for consultation

The Department of Health QLD who have asked the College to invite members to provide feedback on the draft of Queensland’s Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy (attached).  Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a pressing public health threat. To ensure that effective antimicrobials remain available to treat and prevent infections, a coordinated response is required. There has been much consultation leading to the formulation of this draft strategy. Focused and broad consultation has been undertaken, including key stakeholder interviews, feedback on the Discussion Paper: The current response to antimicrobial resistance in Queensland, and a Roundtable meeting held on 1 March 2019 attended by 103 participants from around the state. The draft strategy is a culmination of all the consultation undertaken to date. ACIPC have been part of this consultation process, representing our members.

Individuals and organisations may provide feedback to InfoMSQ@health.qld.gov.au by 28 May 2019 using the feedback template attached. Thank you for your assistance in developing this important strategy for Queensland.

If you require any further information in relation to this matter, please contact Ms Rebecca Adams, Project Manager – Antimicrobial Resistance, Medication Services Queensland, Department of Health, on telephone (07) 3708 5287 or via email at Rebecca.Adams2@health.qld.gov.au by 3rd June.


Release of the new Infection Prevention and Control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) has published the new Infection prevention and control guidelines for hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries. This guideline replaces the Health guidelines for personal care and body art industries which were released in 2004.

The guidelines help people in the hair, beauty, tattooing and skin penetration industries to comply with the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (the Act) and the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. Although some industry practices are not specifically covered by these guidelines and new treatments and practices continue to be developed, you should still be able to apply the general principles of infection control described in these guidelines for these practices.

The guidelines are a guide to best practice and a reference tool for people associated with the industry, including environmental health officers. Changes to the new version of the guidelines are outlined in the summary of key changes document attached with this letter.  The Department would like to acknowledge the feedback and valuable input that has been provided by the many industry professionals throughout the revision process.

The guidelines will no longer be made available as a hardcopy but can be downloaded from the department’s website here. This will enable the guidelines to be updated more easily in the future, particularly as newer technologies or practices arise that may require more specific guidance.

The website will be updated over time to include updated versions of client information sheets and further information sheets for environmental health officers.


WHO: Implementation manual to prevent and control the spread of carbapenem-resistant organisms at the national and health care facility level

The World Health Organization have issued the new Implementation manual to prevent and control the spread of carbapenem-resistant organisms at the national and health care facility level, available to view here.

The manual presents a compelling case for action on carbapenem-resistant organisms (CROs) and describes the linkages between the prevention and control of CROs and the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). It describes how the eight recommendations contained within the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilities relate to general measures (that is, the core components of infection prevention and control [IPC] programmes) that need to be in place in all countries and health care facilities to prevent and control health care-associated infections (HAIs). The use of a stepwise approach is proposed to support implementation and improvement, based on the evidence and experience of what has worked in several health care settings worldwide. The focus is on adoptable and adaptable information.

This practical manual is designed to support national IPC programmes and health care facilities to achieve effective implementation of the WHO guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, A. baumannii and P. aeruginosa in health care facilities in the context of their efforts to improve the quality and safety of health service delivery and the health outcomes of the people who access these services. The principles and guidance provided in this manual are valid for any country and include a special focus on settings with limited resources. 

ACIPC Member Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman was a contributor to this project.


Member News

ACIPC and Education Committee member Kylie Robb traveled to Boston in Massachusetts in April for a week-long program which proved to be an invaluable experience in her professional career.

Kylie is the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) Practice Services Manager and was selected as a 2019 International Ambassador for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The prestigious SHEA International Ambassadors Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States. They come from the fields of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention for training, exposure to current science, and connections to the leaders in the field at the SHEA Spring Conference in Boston.

Whilst at the Conference, Kylie obtained a Healthcare Epidemiology Training Certificate through the Centre for Disease Control and SHEA. Key themes included human factor engineering, latest science and emerging issues facing infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship and quality improvement implementation. Kylie has already used the knowledge she gained for her popular Infection Control and Accreditation courses.

Kylie is pictured with Dr Hilary Babcock (left)- President of SHEA / photo credit – SHEA

Do you have some professional or personal news to share? Send your update to Sara via admin@acipc.org.au and she will share your update with our community via the Members Area.

February 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the February College newsletter. By now the activities of our 6 committees are well underway. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Education Committee who have been working tirelessly with our Education and Professional Development Co-ordinators to organise activities. Please visit our Upcoming Education and Events page to see what’s planned for your region.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hearing has begun in Adelaide. It is devastating to hear some of the reports from family members and staff about the poor treatment of some of our older community members who are so vulnerable. The Board of Directors will be submitting a response and requesting that the College be called for a presentation on the importance of infection control in residential care facilities.  I urge all members with an interest in this area to consider submitting to bring to the attention of the public and policy makers the importance of high standards of infection control.  If you have not already done so, the submission by the Australian College of Nursing outlines a number of recommendations which are pertinent to the importance of adequate staffing and education.

If you work in an aged care facility, now is the time to ensure your facility has a workforce trained in infection prevention and control and has programs in place. College will be running a series of Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Home Settings workshops in 2019. The first will be in Brisbane next month.
Dates: March 28 and March 29
Venue: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
The informative and interactive program will be delivered by skilled, experienced presenters and offers one or two-day workshop options suitable for anyone providing care to people living in aged care home environments or facilities. This may include allied and support staff, cleaning staff, nursing assistants, and enrolled and registered nurses. Visit the College website for more information and a link to register. Our Upcoming Education and Events has a detailed program of activities planned for the first half of 2019. Members will be updated of venues and dates as this workshop makes its way around Australia.

The College Board will have its first meeting of 2019 next week and will focus on ACIPC’s Strategic Plans (see the website) and member education and engagement. The Board is informed by reports from the Executive Manager and the Chairs of each of our 6 Committees, who represent ACIPC members.  This is your College leaders in service to you, ACIPC members.

Members were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Beth Bint. Beth will be long remembered for always putting patients’ needs first and for the positive impact she made on her colleagues and the world of infection prevention and control.

I can echo the words of ACIPC Member Lindy Ryan who posted in Infexion Connexion recently:

Beth was truly committed passionate and tiresome in her role as an advocate for all things around pt. safety. I really enjoyed her dry wit her fearlessness & curiosity …but mostly I enjoyed her kind heartedness, generosity  and warmth …I always looked forward to an opportunity to catch up with her for her latest adventures and updates as I knew it would be filled with lots of banter &  always  laughter for both of us…Vale Beth –  you did touch so many lives both professional &  personal –  our  loss is heavens gain.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank 

ACIPC President


ACIPC 2020 Conference Sydney | Seeking expressions of Interest

ACIPC is looking for interested persons to be part of a small planning group for the 2020 ACIPC conference in Sydney. Specifically, we are seeking interest from people local to Sydney or surrounding areas. The planning group will work with the Scientific Chair of the 2020 conference (Prof. Brett Mitchell) in preliminary planning. Meetings will be conducted via teleconference, with a commitment of approximately 6 teleconference meetings during 2019 and email correspondence in between, and then continuing monthly during 2020. This is your chance to shape the 2020 conference, so we encourage you to consider this opportunity. To register your interest, please email ACIPC (admin@acipc.org.au) with your name, current position and a couple of sentences explaining why you would like to be part of this group.


Dr Joan Faoagali Award | Applications closing soon

One of the benefits of ACIPC membership is the opportunity to apply for scholarships and awards. The successful recipient of the award will receive $1000 towards tuition fees for ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. Students who have already enrolled in Foundations are welcome to apply.   
Applications close COB Thursday 28th February 2019.
Selection criteria and forms can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.


Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship | Applications close March 31, 2019

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to ultimately enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.

The annual scholarship was established in 2006 and has awarded over $480,000 to projects in healthcare associated infection surveillance and management along with support areas including clinical governance, research, training, poster/paper presentations at conferences and post graduate education in the infection control space.

Funding will be awarded across three categories:

  • Major Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000).
  • Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000).
  • Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences.

To apply, email Aust.infection.comtrol@cardinalhealth.com & CardinalhealthANZ@cardinalhealth.com

More information can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.


ACIPC Member Kylie Robb appointed 2019 SHEA International Ambassador

On behalf of ACIPC, we would like to congratulate Kylie Robb on her selection as a 2019 International Ambassador for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

The SHEA International Ambassadors Program brings emerging leaders from around the world in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention to the United States for training, exposure to current science, and connections to the leaders in the field.

Kylie is one of only 18 people selected as an International Ambassador for 2019 and only the sixth person from Australia since the program begin in 2009.

In a letter congratulating Kylie on her selection, the President of SHEA, Hilary Babcock wrote, “we commend you for your commitment to advancing healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and the goals of SHEA in your country and region. SHEA received several excellent applications and we were impressed by the calibre of your application.”

“This program and exposure to world leading experts in infection control is an opportunity to gain further knowledge of the latest scientific content, research and expertise related to infection prevention – and pass that knowledge onto members,” Kylie said.

Kylie will travel to America in April for a week-long program. We look forward to hearing about her experiences at the conference and as an International Ambassador.


$100 Membership rate for new members joining January-April 2019

Do you have a colleague who would benefit from becoming a member of the College? From January we are offering a discounted membership rate of $100. This is a pro rata rate for membership that will expire at the end of the financial year. New members will be invited to renew at the full rate. As well as a subscription to our quarterly journal Infection, Disease and Health, member-only education resources and IPC discussion forum, opportunities for research, scholarships, awards are all great incentives for becoming a member is the discounted rate for Foundations – members pay $1420 for the course and non-members $1700. More details here or contact officemanager@acipc.org.au


2019 WHO Global Survey on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene

WHO has launched the 2019 WHO Global Survey on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Hand Hygiene.

It will be open for four months from 16 January to 16 May 2019.

The survey has two levels, involving the completion of two tools at the health care facility:

  • the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework (IPCAF), and
  • the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework (HHSAF).

Any acute health care facility around the world can participate. WHO also encourages Ministries of Health (ideally through their national IPC focal point/team) and stakeholders to take the lead in promoting and coordinating the survey process and data collection among health facilities in their country.

Please find more information and a link to the survey can be found here.


IPCNC 2019 Conference | 23-25 September Christchurch, New Zealand

The Infection Prevention and Control Nurses College, NZNO conference to take place in Otautahi, Christchurch, New Zealand Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25thSeptember 2019.

More information can be found here.


ACNP Nurse Careers website

The website ‘Nurse Careers’ is an initiative of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), the national peak body for nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses in Australia. Solely dedicated to the career development of Australian nurses, Nurse Careers is an important initiative to support all nurses. The site allows job seekers to sign up for daily alerts when new jobs are posted, and employers can sign up to post their jobs from just $275 for 30 days.

November 2018

From the President 

Colleagues,

I write this reflecting on a stimulating and enjoyable conference in Brisbane last week. Feedback about the event was overwhelmingly positive and it was fantastic to speak with international and local IPC colleagues, College members and industry partners.

A highlight was the Poster and Awards Presentation Night last Tuesday, in particular the announcement of Annie Wells as the recipient of the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control. Annie has been a long standing and proud member of AICA/ACIPC and held various executive positions of the former state infection control association and now ACIPC, as well as sitting on a number of ACSQHC Committees including the Technical Working Group and the HAI Advisory Committee.  I can personally attest to Annie being a fair and calm leader and a talented infection control professional who sets a high standard and leads by example through her personal and professional integrity. Brett Mitchell was awarded The Elaine Graham Robertson Award for his excellent paper titled The role of chlorhexidine in reducing catheter associated urinary tract infection: a randomised controlled study. It was incredibly heartwarming to have members of Joan Faoagali’s family attend the evening to present scholarship winner Leah Stott with her certificate in honor of our late colleague. Other winners announced were GAMA Healthcare (best large exhibition stand) and GOJO Australasia (best small exhibition stand). Foundations graduates and recipients of the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship are listed below. Congratulations to all!

I was extremely proud to share with colleagues that the College Journal Infection Disease and Health has been accepted for indexation in MEDLINE. This means that the journal will now reach a much wider audience and appeal to researchers and clinicians. As a result, we expect continued increase in both the quality and quantity of articles, as well as increased revenue.  Achieving this milestone has been a lot of work, over a number of years, with detailed plans put in place and actioned. The College as a whole and ACIPC members will benefit from MEDLINE indexation and the journal’s trajection through further increases in the quality of publications as well as increased exposure and standing of the College within Australian and internationally. 

For those of you who were not able to make it to Brisbane, our Educators recorded a webinar from Brisbane which will be made available via the members area shortly.

Prior to the conference the Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors met to discuss plans for next year and specifically where we would like to see the College by 2023. I will be sharing details of these plans in the next e-Newsletter as we close off a big year.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank  
ACIPC President


Speaker Recommendations: 8th International ACIPC Conference, Perth 2019

The Conference Scientific Organising Committee are seeking speaker recommendations and EOIs for the 2019 program. Please email officemanger@acipc.org.au


ACIPC, ASID and ASA call for a National Coordinating Centre on Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem globally and untreatable infections due to resistant organisms are becoming increasingly common. The problem is driven by several factors, including antibiotic overuse in both human and animal health and in food production, deficiencies in infection control in hospitals, and importation of pathogens by travelers and in food imports. Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy was introduced in 2015, with a second strategy under development.

In June 2017, the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA) and the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID), in partnership with Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), hosted the second National Antimicrobial Resistance Summit. Key representatives and stakeholders from state and federal government, research, human healthcare, veterinary and agricultural sectors discussed the way forward to improve the response to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia. The key recommendation arising from this was that Australia should, as a priority, develop a central cross-jurisdictional mechanism to coordinate and manage national AMR control activities. We recommend the establishment of a new Australian National Coordinating Centre on Antimicrobial Resistance which is responsible for effective coordination of current and future AMR efforts in human and animal health and agriculture.

Please see attached for the full letter signed by ASID President A/Professor Joshua Davis, ASA President Ben Howden and ACIPC President Marilyn Cruickshank.


2018 Conference | International Scholarship Winner, Yvette Samisoni

Yvette Samisoni was the recipient of the International Scholarship to attend the ACIPC 2018 Conference. Yvette is pictured here (right), last week with new friends from the Conference. We spoke with Yvette following the conference.

How long have you been working in IPC?

I’ve been working for 7 years in IPC.

What is your role and place of work?

I work at the Lautoka Hospital in Fiji as a Full time IPC Nurse.

My role includes auditing, surveillance, Staff Health, Occupational exposure management and training & Education

What are some of the key challenges you face professionally?

  • Lack of resources
  • Executive support
  • Education
  • Human Resource

How did you hear about the Scholarship?

I heard about it from Dr. Peta Anne Zimmerman

Did you have a favorite session / talk at the Conference?

I enjoyed all the sessions but my two favourites would be:

  • Lessons in Implementation from the NHHI presented by Sally Havers.
  • Role of the environment, especially surfaces, in the source of HCAI presented by Professor Hillary Humphreys

Is there something you learned at the conference that you will be talking back to your workplace?

We are already talking about our Hand Hygiene Program, relooking at the National benchmark and developing a National Hand Hygiene plan for improved compliance. Our team are also having discussions regarding our cleaning program and how best we can improve in that area.


Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship winners

A total of twenty-two projects were submitted for review for the 2018 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.

Seven projects have been selected for funding:

Major Research Project Category:

“Investigation of the selection and use of “other” personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of Standard Precautions in clinical practice.” – Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman, Dr Deborough Macbeth, Professor Brigid Gillespie, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service

“Optimal dressing and securement of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) to prevent infection and failure” – Amanda Corley, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, QLD

Minor Research Project Category:

“A systematic review of the effect of increased fluid intake in the prevention of urinary traction infection” – Oyebola Fasugba, Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, NSW

“A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Cancer: A Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Experience, 2007-2017” – Jake Christopher Valentine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC

Educational Grant Category:

“Attendance ACIPC Conference 2018” Denise Del Rosario-Kelly, The Alfred Hospital, VIC

“Analysis of integrity of covers used in transvaginal ultrasound examinations – present findings at 9th International Congress of Asia PacificSociety of Infection Control” – Jocelyne Basseal, Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine, NSW

“Post Graduate Training – Masters in Nursing Studies” – Nahid Choudhury, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, QLD

Thank you to Hilary Walsh and the team from Cardinal Health. Details about the 2019 awards will be circulated to members shortly.


Graduation Foundations Students

Congratulations to the following students for successfully completing ACIPC’s Foundation of Infection Prevention and Control Course.

·         Ajsa Draganovic

·         Amee Macalpine

·         Amy Elliot

·         Amy Ludeke

·         Andrew Gray

·         Angharad Klaer

·         Anita Ballard

·         Anne-Maree Thomson

·         Catherine Smith

·         Cecilia Novakovic

·         Chloe Rumsby

·         Deborah Clarke

·         Elizabeth Perks

·         Erin Ebert

·         Geraldine Freriks

·         Greta Van Kerkwijk

·         Helen Daly-Thomson

·         Ivan Obreza

·         Jacquelyn Petty

·         Jan O’Donnell

·         Joanne Lovejoy

·         Jodie Reese

·         Julie Furlan

·         Julie Mitchell

·         Kane Rhodes

·         Karen Panzich

·         Kathleen O’Callaghan

·         Katrina Smith

·         Ken Chapman

·         Kirstie Hastie

·         Kylie Linton

·         Kymberley Bidgood

·         Lauren McKenzie

·         Leah Stott

·         Leanne Frazer

·         Marl Scanlan

·         Michelle Gordon

·         Natasha Collins

·         Nicky Ridden

·         Patrick Young

·         Roslyn Carmichael

·         Susan Ridderhof

·         Suzanne Sims

·         Tenneale Florence

·         Tracey Wood

·         Tran Dung

·         Vijay Errappa


Members Only Monthly Webinar | Thursday 13 December, 12 midday AEDT

The annual Christmas and holiday period over December and January is often a time when families and friends gather to share a meal, and enjoy the opportunity to relax together. But did you know there are some potential risks associated with these annual get-togethers, not always front of mind in the planning and preparation? 

Join us for the final webinar of 2018: 

“A (not so?) Happy Christmas”

Presented by Vanessa Sparke

Vanessa will take a humorous look at what could go wrong during gatherings over the Christmas and holiday period, and offer some special tips for infection control professionals, and indeed anyone hosting a celebratory meal at this time. 


Sponsoring an LMI Member

A huge thank you to ACIPC member Matt Mason who has sponsored Rojee Gurung, a senior dialysis nurse at the National Kidney Center (Dialysis Center) in Nepal. Rojee works as an Infection Control Nurse, Health Care Waste Management Hospital Co-Ordinator, GGHH Hospital Co-Ordinator and a Training Co-Ordinator for dialysis. We are super excited to be able to provide this opportunity.

Welcome to ACIPC Rojee!

ACIPC members may provide sponsorship for individuals from low-middle income regions to join the College. Annual membership is $35 AUD. A list of eligible regions can be found here. Please email officemanager@acipc.org.au for more information.


Nineteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control Scholarships

IFIC are inviting applications for scholarships to the Nineteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC 2019) to be held in Quebec City, Canada, from 26-29 May 2019.

Scholarships will be granted against the presentation/submission of an abstract, which will be presented at the Conference as either a poster or oral presentation.

At least one scholarship will be granted, consisting of:

  • Free registration to the conference
  • Travel expenses (based on cheapest economy itinerary) up to a maximum of EUR €1000
  • Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis to cover the full duration of the conference

For more information and application form, click here.


 

August 2018

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. There are a number of important items to share with you this month including a further Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course to commence in late October 2018; commencement of a monthly lunchtime webinar series commencing 31 August 2018.

Changes to Infexion Connexion.

In recent times, there have been a range of formal complaints and expressions of concern to the College Office and individual Board Directors from members, non-member peers within other societies, and others within the wider community about recent commentary within Infexion Connexion. Infexion Connexion is owned, paid for, and operated by ACIPC.

Additionally, members have expressed concern that information posted is not always accurate and can be confusing to novice practitioners where advice is conflicting or lacking in evidence. Also of concern to the ACIPC Board has been reports that members have used language that could be perceived as intimidating to the Moderator about postings on Infexion Connexion.

Each year, the ACIPC Board of Directors undertakes a review of the College functions and resources and in 2018 the Board transitioned the Policy Committee into the Practice Guidance Committee. It is expected in due course that the Practice Guidance Committee will better provide members with up to date relevant information and resources.

Currently, the Infexion Connexion is open to all who express an interest in infection prevention and control at no cost to the individual. However, given the above, the ACIPC Board has determined that membership of Infexion Connexion be unique to ACIPC members as a members-only community.

To ensure the best possible experience for all members, the College has established some basic guidelines for participation.  By joining and using this community, members agree to follow these guidelines and to reserve discussions and shared files and content to those that are best suited to the medium of a list serve.

All subscribers to Infexion Connexion will very soon receive an email outlining the changes and associated timeline. There will also be information about how to access the list for members. For current members it is important to note that access to the list will be via the email address you use for College Communication.

Finally a reminder that the early bird registration for the ACIPC Conference will expire on October 5th. A provisional program is now online and it’s going to be another stimulating and successful conference.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President


Monthly Webinar Series

On the 31st August, we will be commencing a series of monthly lunchtime webinars for members. The first webinar will be presented by Peta Anne Zimmermann and Matt Mason, who will be speaking about the work of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), at the World Health Organization. Date: Friday 31st AUGUST, 2018 in August 17, 2018 Time: 12:pm (midday) – 12:45pm AEST

Register by signing in to the Members Only Area, Click on ‘Register for Monthly Webinars!’ and simply follow the prompts.


Newly Credentialled Members

Last month 2 new members become credentialled at the Primary level. Congratulations to Kylie Robb and Dr Roslyn Franklin who have earnt the post nominal CIPC-P. A reminder that Gradulates of ACIPCs Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control have the academic qualifications required for credentialing at primary level. If you would like to know more, have a look at the credentialling resources on our website.


Opportunity to Sponsor an LMI Member

Did you know that ACIPC members can sponsor ICPs from Low-Middle income countries to be come a member of the College? Low or low-middle income country membership is granted to any person from a country as defined by the World Bank as a low or low-middle income economy who has an interest in infection prevention and control. Existing ACIPC members may provide sponsorship for these members, delivering a broad range of resources to help to improve infection prevention and control standards where it is needed most. A list of eligible regions can be found on the ACIPC Membership Categories and Fees page and membership for this category is $35 AUD. If you could like to know more, please contact officemanager@acipc.org.au


Claire Boardman Medal

Do you know someone in our field who possesses incredible enthusiasm, provides inspiration to others even in the most difficult of circumstances; and who is a visionary leader that collaborates with others to achieve the best for their team, for the College and for better healthcare outcomes?

Perhaps you know someone that has an unfailing commitment to Infection Prevention and a compelling vision that encourages and motivates others to take purposeful action?

In busy workplaces and with competing demands it can be difficult to pause and reflect on your own leadership capability and those of others.  Often, we work alongside worthy individuals without affording them suitable recognition and acknowledgement of the work they do. The ACIPC nomination process provides an opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who have exhibited exemplary leadership in complex healthcare environments.

Why not take the time to reflect on those you have worked with and to nominate a peer whose attributes you admire or aspire to and submit a nomination which highlights to the broader infection prevention and control community how worthy the nominee is in receiving an award recognising outstanding skill, significant achievement and, visionary leadership in Infection Prevention and Control.

Applications for the Claire Boardman CICP medal for outstanding leadership are now open until Friday 21 September for more information visit the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page


Infection Disease and Health – back issues available for members

Members will soon receive the latest issue of the College Journal in the mail.

A limited number of back issues from July 2016 and May 2016 (cover images attached) are available for interested members. Please email the ACIPC Office if you are interested in receiving a back issue gratis.


Survey Request for ACIPC Members – School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University 

We are conducting an observational study to identify tools currently used for paediatric peripheral vein assessment or to identify children with difficult intravenous access.  If you currently insert peripheral intravenous cannulas (PIVCs) in children we are asking if you would be willing to complete a short survey (around 10 minutes) to describe your experience with PIVC insertions or vein assessment tools in paediatrics.

Participation is completely voluntary and your answers are anonymous. This project has been granted ethics approval by Griffith University, Human Research Ethics Committee (2018/420). If you would like to participate, please click on the link for the survey and additional information:

https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls200/index.php/871923?lang=en

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Jessica Schults (Principal Investigator) via j.schults@griffith.edu.au. We appreciate your time and support for our project.


AS/NZS 4187 Essentials of Sterilising Workshop

This face-to-face workshop provides:

  • a perfect introduction to the Central Sterilising Services Department (CSSD) for new staff
  • a valuable update for staff who have completed the full sterilisation qualification and are required to ensure currency with the latest guidelines/standards
  • an excellent resource for staff with a vested interest in compliance within the CSSD (e.g. team leaders, nurse unit managers, clinical nurse  consultants, practice managers).

Scheduled workshops

Wed 17 Oct 2018 Brisbane, QLD

Wed 14 Nov 2018 Perth, WA

Fri 15 Feb 2019 Cairns, QLD

Tue 2 Apr 2019 Brisbane, QLD


7th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2019) 13-15 September 2019 in Yangon, Myanmar.

ASVAC 2019 is one of the region’s most prominent platform for immunization advocates, academics, vaccine manufacturers and practitioners. The event aims to address sustainability in health security in Asia by bringing together key stakeholders to discuss and present clinical perspectives and immunization programs in the region and beyond. More info here – http://asvac2019.com.


Liverpool Hospital, NSW Infection Prevention and Control Master Class 9th October 2018 Liverpool Hospital Thomas & Rachel Moore Education Centre – Auditorium

As part of Infection Prevention week, the Infection Prevention Unit at Liverpool Hospital presents our annual Infection Prevention and Control Master Class. The Master Class is open to all Healthcare workers with an interest in Infection Prevention and Control.

The Master Class aims to provide information and education about topics of interest. With overwhelming success from previous years, the 2018 Infection Prevention & Control Master Class will provide topics from speakers both locally and externally to Liverpool Hospital.

Registration Fee: Free for Liverpool Hospital & SWSLHD staff and $70.00 (Incl GST) for external applicants.

Register at:  https://www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/events/ipcmc/default.html


IPC Job Opportunities

Visit the new section in the Members Areas to view details of the following positions:

Expression of Interest – 2 x Clinical Nurse Consultant (NG7) | Until 30 June 2019 | Communicable Disease and Infection Management | Prevention Division | Department of Health Brisbane

Position (temporary) available NSW Clinical Excellence Commission

May 2018

From the President

Colleagues

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection prevention and Control. I had the honour of representing the membership of the College at 2 significant events in the last couple of weeks. The first was at the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO). CoNNMO is made up of more than 55 national nursing and midwifery organisations in an alliance to work collectively to advance the nursing and midwifery professions to improve health care. The coalition represents the national interests of nurses and midwives n all sectors of the health professions and comprise specialist national nursing and midwifery organisations from many different areas of practice. With primary finding support from the Australian Government Department of Health, the Coalition meets face to face twice a year.

The second event was the Budget Lock Up prior to the presentation of the 2018-19 budget by the Hon Scott Morrison MP Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia. I was pleased to have the opportunity to represent the College and to view the 94 Fact Sheets that were provided, I was however disappointed that the important issue of anti-microbial stewardship was not flagged as a national priority for funding.

A big thank you to all who took part in the WHO global SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands 5 May 2018 campaign. The excellent resources can be used all year and can be accessed here.

Membership renewal time is almost here. All members will be contacted by Sara from the National Office and invited to renew. In preparation please log on to the members only area to make certain your details are up to date.

I am very pleased to advise you of an upcoming workshop Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Aged Care. The workshop will be conducted by the College educators and will be held in Parramatta on June 21. The workshop provides participants with a body of knowledge and essential information specific for infection prevention and control in the residential care setting. Details are on the College website, please share the information with colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Finally, a reminder that abstracts are now open for the 2018 ACIPC Conference as are early bird registrations and sponsor and exhibitor packages.

Marilyn

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President


Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Aged Care

Health and allied health care professionals and support staff from Residential Care settings are invited to attend a full day Infection Prevention and Control in Residential Aged Care workshop in Parramatta NSW on June 21 2018. Registration is open to members and non-members on a first-come-first-served basis.

ACIPC Members: $150

Non-members: $225

Register here now to secure your place.

Who should attend?  

Participants may work in aged care settings or provide home care, or work with disabled clients in group  care settings, or the home environment.

Program Learning Outcomes: On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the principles of infection prevention and control as they apply to aged care home settings
  • Discuss practical application of these principles to aged care practice
  • Outline the rationale for and elements of safe staff health processes
  • Discuss the main considerations associated with providing care to residents with specific conditions in relation to infection and prevention and control

More information about this workshop including full course outline, venue details and facilitator bios can be found HERE.Any enquiries, please email officemanager@acipc.org.au


HICSIG Healthcare Infection Control Education Day

ASID’s Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group (HICSIG) is holding an education day aimed at Infectious Diseases Physicians and Infection Control Practitioners in Melbourne on 27 July 2018.

This largely interactive meeting will focus on new evidence and hot topics relevant to individuals working in infection control and hospital epidemiology. The program includes short lectures delivered by leading international and local experts, with time set aside for panel sessions and case discussions. The day will conclude with a networking function.

International keynote speakers

  • Professor David Weber, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health.
  • Professor Yehuda Carmeli, Head of the Israeli National Institute for Antibiotic Resistance and Infection Control at the Tel Aviv Medical Center.

Local invited speakers

  • Professor Scott Bell
  • Professor Allen Cheng
  • Professor Lyn Gilbert
  • Professor Paul Johnson
  • Dr Philip Russo
  • Dr Norelle Sherry
  • Professor Monica Slavin

The event is endorsed by ACIPC and ASID, and discounted registration is available for ASID Members and ACIPC Members Further information can be found HERE.


World Health Organization AMR (STAG-AMR) Meeting

The Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR (STAG-AMR) held its 9th meeting in February. A full report together with the list of recommendations is now available on the WHO web site.


IUSTI Asia Pacific Sexual Health Congress Auckland, New Zealand Thursday 1 November to Saturday 3 November 2018.

A joint meeting between the International Union for Sexually Transmitted Infections –Asia Pacific, the NZ Sexual Health Society and the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance. This is an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary networking event at a time when countries are finding it challenging to maintain sustainable sexual health service delivery.

The congress theme is ‘He muka nō te taura whiri’, ‘Many Strands Make up one Rope’. The proverb refers to the many strands that make up one rope. When the rope is tightly bound, it symbolises unity and strength. When the rope starts to unravel however, it threatens stability and weakens the effectiveness of the rope to the function as it was intended. The Congress is focusing on bringing together the many strands of sexual health in order to provide stability and strength to the sexual health workforce and strengthening bonds between specialists, GPs, nurses, researchers, health promoters, educators and others in Public Health working in the field of sexually transmissible infections including HIV & AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.

This year’s program will include Basic Science, Clinical and Laboratory, Epidemiology, Public Health and Programme Science and Behavioural Research and Advocacy. Our national and international speakers will provide both a global perspective and a national perspective throughout the sessions, with several state-of-the-art lectures in their areas of expertise. The congress will include proffered papers, keynote speaker presentations and symposia speaker presentations. Visit the congress website to view more details.


Report from ACIPC representative for Australian Standards Committee HE-023 on AS/NZS 4187 & AS/NZS 4815

On the 6th of March a Scoping Workshop was held in Sydney. ACIPC Representative Terry McAculey provided feedback to Standards Australia on ACIPC’s behalf. Feedback was provided by members, in response to a request in a previous ACIPC Newsletter.

The Scoping Workshop was organised in response to the large volume of enquiries on AS/NZS 4187 & AS/NZS 4815and was an opportunity for HE-023 Committee members and industry to clarify the relationship of the two documents, and to identify steps to resolve the current confusion.

The objectives of the Workshop were to:

  • Identify and discuss key issues involving the use of these Standards
  • Discuss, and if possible agree, a direction for AS/NZS 4815 & AS/NZS 4187:
  • One Standard vs. two Standards?
  • What the Standard is trying to achieve
  • What needs to be changed to address the issues
  • Agree on next steps and time-frames.

The outcome of the Workshop was a resolution for the development of one Standard (new designation) applicable across all sectors in health, with provision of supporting guidance documents written in plain English.

A project proposal will be drafted by the Australian Dental Association in collaboration with the stakeholders represented at the Workshop. It is intended for this proposal to be submitted for review in the August 2018 Standards Australia Prioritization Round.

It was reinforced by Standards Australia that until a Standard has been published to supersede the current documents, the status quo remains.


Clostridium difficile infection in Australia – reports available

Two technical reports developed by the Commission, with the advice and support of the CDI Community of Practice, have now been published on the Commission’s web site. These reports can be found at: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/healthcare-associated-infection/consultation-on-clostridium-difficile/The recommendations detailed in these reports have been supported by the Inter Jurisdictional Committee and the Commission has already commenced work on addressing some of these recommendations. Please distribute these reports to your networks to assist in the better understanding of CDI in Australia and response strategies.


Review of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is undertaking a Review of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. A survey has been developed for the purpose of open public consultation to gather as much feedback as possible from the Australian community. The results of this survey will be used to develop the next version of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. The public consultation period begins on 15th May 2018 and closes on the 12th June 2018.
To participate in the Commission’s public consultation, follow this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JYLML9N

If you have any questions about the Commission’s Review of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights, please send an email to: partneringwithconsumers@safetyandquality.gov.au


Job Opportunity: Clinical Nurse, NG6, Infection Prevention and Control – Townsville

Please see position details, selection criteria and details on how to apply via Smart Jobs and Careers.

Reference: TV275661 – Clinical Nurse, NG6, Infection Prevention and Control (Pos ID 30463584)


ACIPC Member News
Each month we invite our members to send an update about their life as an IPC Professional. Updates and can of a professional or personal nature and we love photos! Visit the ACIPC Members Area for the latest from our members and send your news to Sara at admin@acipc.org.au


Sponsored Content 

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February 2018

From the President

Colleagues,

The first meeting of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (the College) Board of Directors was held on 22 and 23 January 2018. The focus of the meeting was twofold: orientation of new Board Directors to the business of the College including the determination of Chair of each of the Board Committees; and formulation of the strategic direction of the College for the next 2 years.

Following wide-ranging discussion, the Board of Directors decided to build on the strategic focus of the past 2 years with some minor amendments to the Strategic Priorities. The 8 Strategic Priorities are:

  • Strengthen our profile, communication and relationships with members, industry and partners;
  • Grow the business and invest in our financial sustainability;
  • Strengthen the reputation and profile of our flagship journal;
  • Strengthen the profile of the ACIPC Credentialing Framework together with the ACIPC Professional Standards;
  • Strengthen the profile of ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course;
  • Expand ACIPC education initiatives, including short courses and accreditation of external courses;
  • Support the growth and profile of the annual ACIPC International Conference; and
  • Maintain best practice governance and business processes.

Regular updates will be provided to you via this newsletter on activities related to the 8 Strategic Priorities. In relation to the strengthening of our profile, communication and relationships with members, industry and partners I am pleased to let you know of our first stakeholder engagement event for 2018. Sponsors of the ACIPC Annual Conference and other key stakeholders will be invited to an evening meeting in late March to meet with some Board Directors and Operations and Marketing Team. This is a great opportunity to build the profile of the College and strengthen our relationship with stakeholders.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President


2018 Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Enrolments for Foundations 2018 are now open, and enrolments are filling up fast! Foundations has been designed for professionals who work in environments that require infection prevention and control strategies to be implemented such as veterinary practice, tattooing and beauty therapy as well as staff working in health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, office-based practice, residential aged care, community health and dental practices. The course has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules with a series of self-directed learning units carefully paced over 21 weeks. You will gain practical and relevant expertise in topics including environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. There are no textbooks and all the materials you need are found online. Assessments are a mix of quizzes, forums and written assignments – all completed online. Visit the ACIPC website for more info including FAQs, a Student Guide and pricing. Please call or email Sara if you would like to know more – 03 6281 9239 admin@acipc.org.au.


Newly Credentialled ACIPC Members

Congratulations to Sandra Roodt and Michael Wishart who were both recently credentialled at the CIPC-E level and to Mandy Davidson who earned the post nominal CIPC – A. Please see our website if you’re interested in joining the hallowed ranks of credentialled IPCs. A full list of credentialled members can be found HERE.


Order of Australia – Healthcare Leaders Recognised

Sandra (Sandy) Berenger was recently names a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of her long and accomplished career in healthcare and pioneering work in infectious disease control. Professor John Turnidge was made an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for the advancement of health policy in the area of anti-microbial resistance, and to professional medical organisations.


Free online course: Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Are you Ready?

Learn how to contain disease and fight future pandemics with a free 2-week course. Full details HERE.


First Malaria World Congress 1 – 5 July 2018 Melbourne

Registrations and submissions are now open. Details HERE.


Call for Contributions – ANMJ April 2018 – Sexual Health

The APRIL 2018 edition of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal (ANMJ) will be featuring the topic SEXUAL HEALTH in its focus section.  We invite you to contribute short articles (approximately 200-500 words including references) and have attached our writer’s guidelines for your information, so please refer to the nursing and midwifery focus guidelines. The deadline for articles is FRIDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2018. The ANMJ, also available FREE online (http://anmf.org.au/anmj-landing) has an audited readership of 131,889 and circulation of 90,174 (BCA verified audit March 2017), so this is a great opportunity for you to highlight your work, and some of the practical programs/research of nurses and midwives working in these areas, or issues confronting this area of nursing and midwifery that would be of interest to your nursing and midwifery colleagues. Photo stories are also welcome (specifications and instructions regarding permission to use photos are included in the writer’s guidelines). We look forward to hearing from you.

Kathryn Anderson | Editor | Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal 
Level 1, 365 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (03) 9602 8500 | F: (03) 9602 8567 | M: 0413 553 288
E: cathy@anmf.org.au | W: www.anmf.org.au


ENVIRO18 Convention – Call for Abstracts

The Waste Management Association of Australia will be hosting ENVIRO’18, Australia’s leading Waste and Resource Recovery Convention which is being held from 13 – 14 June 2018 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Abstracts will be presented in a holistic way and will also examine how society needs to operate in the future to successfully address the challenges of population and urban growth including the future built environment, demand on natural resources, disruptive technology, rising costs, competition and consumer expectations.

All submissions will need to provide supporting documentation/data to quantify their projects. For further information, please contact WMAA Events on: T: 02 8746 5055 or E: jan@wmaa.asn.au

Deadline – 23rd February 2018  Link to submit abstract https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZGV3P8B

 

7th International ACIPC Conference – Brisbane 19 – 21 November 2018 – Save the Date Postcards available for members

ACIPC Members, we have a number of postcards to promote our upcoming conference. If you are able to distribute these in your work place to potential conference attendees, please email admin@acipc.org.au

The 2018 Conference website is now live so remember to check the site for updates. We look forward to seeing you all in Brisbane this year.


ACIPC Member News

Visit the ACIPC Members Area to find out which creative member made an educational wreath featuring Staphylococcus aureusClostridium Perfringens and Serratia marcescens motifs! We also share some exciting news from a member who has just welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. Send your member updates to Sara at admin@acipc.org.au

November 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

The ACIPC 2017 Conference is only days away and I am looking forward to meeting and catching up with as many of you as possible. ACIPC will have a booth at the venue and I encourage you to call in and say hello to the team and Board Directors. As well as being a great educational event the Conference also provides a fantastic opportunity to meet members, Directors and presenters.

The Conference will celebrate the successful completion of the second Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. Over 40 participants enrolled in the course and some of the graduates will be attending the conference. As well as welcoming the graduates of the course, it will be my privilege to preside over the investiture of the first Fellows of the College. The graduates of the course and the Fellows recognise the breadth of the College, from introducing novices into the profession of Infection Prevention and Control, to recognising the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to the College and the profession.

I look forward to welcoming you to the ACIPC 2017 Conference on Monday 20 November in our Nation’s Capital.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E


 ACIPC Members Area

Members can now update their details and access member-only content by logging in to the ACIPC Members Area. Sign in to view profiles of our President-Elect and Board Member nominees – and don’t forget to submit your vote by 14th November.


Amendments to ACHS Clinical Indicators in Infection Control

P Russo, B Collopy, H Zheng

Recently ACIPC representatives have been working with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) in a review of their Infection Control Clinical Indicators (CIs).

The first set of ACHS Infection Control CIs was introduced in 2002, with 21 outcome indicators in areas of surgical site infection (SSI) and central line associated blood stream infection (CLABSI). The current version 4 was expanded into six areas comprising the largest number of CIs of all sets.

The 2017 multi-disciplinary ACHS Infection Control working party was chaired by Dr Philip Russo, who was nominated by ACIPC together with Ms Kristie Popkiss. The working party consisted of representatives from ACIPC, the Australian College of Nursing, the Australian Private Hospitals Association, and clinical data experts. Extensive consultation and revision of the existing User Manual was conducted, resulting in the creation of the Infection Control User Manual version 5.

The 2017 multidisciplinary Working Party maintained the current six areas of the CIs and recommended several amendments including:

  • Cessation of superficial surgical site infection CIs
  • Inclusion of (contaminated) colorectal surgery
  • A reduction in the number of haemodialysis access-associated blood stream infection CIs
  • Inclusion of more CIs in the staff immunization area

Indicators for sepsis management and multi-resistant organisms infections were considered for future inclusion. Following approval by the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and the ACHS, the revised version 5 of Infection Control CI set will be introduced for data collection from January 2018.

The User Manual and relevant materials are available at ACHS website at https://www.achs.org.au/programs-services/clinical-indicator-program/


Job Opportunity for Members – Seeking EOI for ACIPC Education Officer

ACIPC is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced members to facilitate the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course in 2018. You can download details here.


Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017

Antibiotic Awareness Week takes place each November and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue. All health services and hospitals are encouraged to take part in Antibiotic Awareness Week, to help raise awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance and ways to address this issue. Antibiotic Awareness Week provides an opportunity to highlight the problem of antimicrobial resistance and to promote the safe and judicious use of antimicrobials in your health service or hospital.

There are some helpful resources you can access here including the terrific AAW poster. ACIPC will be sharing resources with members during the week.


12th Biennial Conference and Meetings of the Global Network of World Health Organization (WHO) Nurses and Midwives 17-20 July 2018, Cairns

ACIPC Members are invited to attend the 2th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery to be held in Cairns,Queensland, Australia between 17th and 19th July 2018. The theme of the conference will be Sustainable Development Goals are Everyone’s Business. More information can be found here.


 Victorian Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum – Wednesday 15th November 2017

Safer Care Victoria will be hosting the Victorian Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum in November this year. This One Health themed event is intended to raise awareness of the issues and work being done around antimicrobial resistance and stewardship, and is timed to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week. All human and animal health clinicians, scientists and others with an interest in antimicrobial resistance and stewardship are invited to attend.

Date/time: 
  Wednesday 15th November, 2017, from 10am to 3.30pm 
Venue:
         Department of Health & Human Services, Meeting room 1.10, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 
Cost:
            Free of charge

The program will feature speakers including:

Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Communicable Diseases, Dr Brett Sutton, Commonwealth Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Mark Schipp & Victorian Chief Veterinary Officer, Prof Charles Milne, Dr Jonathan Dartnell, NPS MedicineWise, Prof Karin Thursky, Director National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Dr Jason Trubiano, Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Antibiotic Allergy Services, Austin Health, and more.

The program will also include a panel discussion on what/who influences antimicrobial prescribing decisions.

Please register your attendance via the eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/victorian-antimicrobial-stewardship-forum-tickets-39026415058

Please feel free to circulate this invitation amongst your networks.

For further information contact Dr Kylie McIntosh, Principal Policy Officer (Medicines), Safer Care Victoria, at kylie.mcintosh@dhhs.vic.gov.au.


APNA – Australian Primary Health Care Nurses AssociationMyNursingFuture.com.au

My Nursing Future is a new website containing resources, information, contacts and visual career pathways, for nurses to explore and navigate the potential of working in primary health care. Visit www.mynursingfuture.com.au for tips, career advice, self-assessment tools and career quizzes.


Hand Dermatitis Online Learning Module

Healthcare workers are at risk of developing occupational contact dermatitis (OCD) involving the hands. It’s estimated that between 30-50% of all HCWs have OCD, of varying severity.  Skin barrier damage caused by OCD is associated with bacterial colonisation, potentially contributing to hospital acquired infections and impacting on patient health.  There is also risk to the health and quality of life of the healthcare worker.  With early identification of OCD, education about use of alcohol based hand rub and appropriate skincare, OCD is largely preventable.

This module was developed by the Occupational Dermatology Research & Education Centre, Skin &   Cancer Foundation Inc. Melbourne.  This module was funded by Safe Work Australia and developed with support from Hand Hygiene Australia.  To access this online module visit the Hand Hygiene Australia website: www.hha.org.au then select “Online Learning Module” and then select “Other modules” from the catalogue.  A certificate of achievement is available once module has been completed.  Information about contact dermatitis has also been added to the existing Hand Hygiene Nursing/ Midwifery Online Learning Module.

For further information please email Amanda Palmer, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Skin & Cancer

Foundation Inc. apalmer@occderm.asn.au or ph. 03 9623 9402,  www.occderm.asn.au or

www.skincancer.asn.au


Federation of Infection Control 25-27 April 2018, Krakow, Poland

The upcoming congress of the International Federation of Infection Control will be held in Krakow, Poland on 25-27 April 2018. More information can be found here.


 

 

August 2017
From the President

Colleagues,

There are many signs that spring is not too far away. A time of renewal, growth and with it a sense of optimism. My message to you is of optimism and encouragement. The knowledge, expertise and evidence that Infection Control Professionals hold is immense. There is an obligation on all of us as Infection Control Professionals to share our knowledge, expertise and evidence, as importantly in the written word as in practice. I encourage every one of you to seek and seize opportunities to share your knowledge, experience and evidence whether this is in professional development and review of guidelines, protocols, position statements or standards. Our practice, and thereby our community will benefit from the sharing and contributing of our knowledge.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you sincerely for your participation over the last 12 months and invite those of you who haven’t yet renewed your membershipto do so. The stronger our membership is the more we can continue to nurture and grow our dynamic professional community. ACIPC membership provides a valuable resource for anyone who has an interest in infection prevention and control. It provides up to date news, opinions and evidence-based practice. Membership delivers unparalleled access to your professional community, opportunities for research and professional development and extensive educational opportunities. It also includes subscription to the highly regarded Infection, Disease and Health journal.

The annual ACIPC Conference will be held in Canberra, ACT 20 – 22 November 2017. This is a great opportunity to engage with the national and international community of Infection Prevention and Control professionals. The ACIPC 2017 Conference website has details of registration and key note speakers – more information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E

President


New position statements available 

Members are advised that the following ACIPC Position Statements have been updated in 2017:

  • The role of the ICP in antimicrobial stewardship
  • Mandatory hand hygiene training
  • Single use items
  • Animal visits in healthcare
  • Preoperative skin antisepsis

You can access these on the ACIPC website here. 

We will keep members updated with any new position statements as they are published. 


Update on Committee HE-023 and opportunity to comment

Here’s an update from ACIPC representative Terry McAuley on what is happening with Committee HE-023, responsible for AS/NZS4187:2014 and AS/NZS4815:2006.

  1. Text Amendment to AS/NZS4187:2014

The proposal for a text amendment to AS/NZS4187:2014 Table 7.2 and associated Clauses has been accepted by Standards Australia. 

The Committee met in Sydney on July 3rd to discuss the changes proposed by the specially convened working party that included water quality / water treatment experts – of which I had been an active participant and contributor.

The Committee agreed that most of the changes proposed will be accepted and work commenced on the amendment at the Meeting. Changes have been made in Section 7, 8 and 10.

The next step is to prepare the draft amended document, have it reviewed by the committee and then this will be sent for public review where stakeholders can provide feedback / comment for consideration by the Committee prior to final publication. 

It is envisaged that the publication of the amendment will occur early in 2018.  

  1. Proposal for the Revision of AS/NZS4187:2014

The Australian Dental Association had prepared a proposal for revision of AS/NZS4185 that had been accepted by Standards Australia, however this did not receive the full support of Committee HE-023. This proposal has now been withdrawn. The Committee agreed that AS/NZS4187 need to be reviewed in its entirety and as such this revision process can accommodate the requirements of the users of AS/NZS4815 with respect to providing comprehensive guidance on the application of AS/NZS4187 in office based practice contexts.

Standards Australia is encouraging nominating organisations to communicate to their members that a proposal is being developed for a revision of AS/NZS 4187, bearing in mind that any final proposal to revise the document will only be approved subject to a clearly defined scope, that is supported by a broad range of stakeholder from both office based and larger HSO’s. 

A scoping workshop is being planned for late October / early November to be held in Sydney. The objective of the scoping workshop is to:

  • Identify issues and changes required to AS/NZS4187
  • Identify the work need to incorporate guidance from AS/NZS4815 into AS/NZS4187
  • Commence preparation of a proposal for the revision for submission to Standards Australia

Standards Australia scoping workshops also can include input from stakeholder groups who are not currently represented on HE-023. Please pass on the details of any organisation that you believe may be impacted by this revision, and we can invite them to join the discussion.  

HE-023 Committee members have been requested to submit their suggested changes to AS/NZS4187 by completing comments on the attached spreadsheet and sending this to Standards Australia Project Manager Clare Hobern no later than September 15th.

As the ACIPC Representative, I will be preparing a submission for changes that I believe are necessary to improve the Standard.

Further Action Required:

ACIPC members are requested to submit the changes they believe are necessary to improve the Standard, using this spreadsheet no later than September 15th 2017. 

Members can submit these directly to  Clare Hobern Clare.Hobern@standards.org.au  or to myself terry@steamconsulting.com.au and I will compile them to be included with the submission I am preparing on ACIPC’s behalf as their representative on Committee HE-023.


 

Standards Australia Publication of Digital Hospitals Handbook

Standards Australia recently completed SA HB 163:2017, Digital Hospitals Handbook. The handbook focuses on delivering more efficient hospital services through the use of technology. It is a people and outcomes focused document intended for use across a broad audience.

Learn more in the media release


Alfred Health Infection Prevention Study Day – Melbourne

The Alfred Health Infection Prevention Study Day will be held on Thursday the 12th of October from 8.30am – 4.15pm at The Alfred (Melbourne).

There will be a range of presentations on infection prevention issues from experts in the field, including:

  • Microbiology and specimen collection
  • Infections in burns, paediatric and pregnant patients
  • Legal aspects of infection prevention
  • Food safety and outbreak management
  • Scabies
  • Surgical site and urinary tract infections
  • CPE

The full program and flyer can be found here.

Registration and further details via Eventbrite

Call 03 9076 3139 with any enquiries or email Daniela Karanfilovska –  D.Karanfilovska@alfred.org.au


EU Guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health

The European Commission has issued new Guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health, based on a proposals prepared by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) with input from EU Member States’ experts and stakeholders.  Download the Action Plan here. 

 


Call for ACIPC Members to assist with PPE Survey

ACIPC members are warmly invited to participate in a 15-minute online survey, to describe what PPE they think is appropriate (i.e. safe and practicable) for routine use by Emergency Department (ED) staff caring for patients with unknown infectious risks. The survey questions are structured around short video clips in which clinicians demonstrate donning/doffing procedures for two clinical scenarios according to NHMRC guidelines, which not everyone finds practicable or necessary. With your help, we hope to develop consensus recommendations for baseline appropriate PPE adherence for ED staff. This study is led by Prof Lyn Gilbert from The University of Sydney, and has been approved by the Western Sydney Local Health District human research ethics committee, and the ACIPC research committee.

Reintroducing Practical Logic to the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): A Video Survey can be found here: https://goo.gl/EGF7py (Closing date: 31 August 2017).

May 2017

From the President

Colleagues,  

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL HAND HYGIENE DAY

Friday 5 May 2017 is International Hand Hygiene Day. Hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) are powerful weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign for Hand Hygiene Day urges those working in the healthcare industry to take a stand, “Fight antibiotic resistance – it’s in your hands”.

Everyone plays a part, and here’s how:

  • Health workers need to thoroughly wash their hands at the right times.
  • Chief executive officers and managers of healthcare facilities need to support hand hygiene campaigns and IPC programs to protect patients from antibiotic resistant infections.
  • Policy makers need to stop antibiotic resistance spread by demonstrating national support for, and commitment to infection prevention.

On the 5th of May, this hand hygiene day, we want to make sure individuals understand their own important role in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

To learn more about antibiotic resistance, reputed specialists Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi will be giving a free hour long teleclass on May 5, 2017 at 1:30pm GMT.

Click here to find out more and register.


UPDATE ON COLLEGE STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

I am pleased to advise you that the College is continuing to make good progress against the 8 Strategic Priorities identified by the Board of Directors. The priorities are:

  1. Build our profile and strengthen our relationships with members, industry and partners.
  2. Grow the business and invest in our financial sustainability.
  3. Launch our flagship journal, Infection Disease & Health.
  4. Launch our new ACIPC Credentialling Framework together with the ACIPC Practice Standards.
  5. Launch our flagship ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
  6. Expand ACIPC education initiatives, including short courses and accreditation of external courses.
  7. Enhance our highly successful annual ACIPC International Conference.
  8. Maintain best practice governance and business processes.

This bulletin gives me an opportunity to update you on progress in relation to Strategic Priorities 1, 5, 7 and 8. The College Board of Directors recently hosted an evening with our industry partners ahead of the Board of Directors meeting. The event was well attended and a great opportunity for us to highlight the value the College places in the partnerships we have with industry. The event enabled us to hear from our partners about the work the College does and the feedback was very positive. We are also reviewing membership categories and will be facilitating Fellowships of the College.


FOUNDATIONS OF INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL COURSE

The second ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course will commence on May 22, 2017. This is great news for those beginning a career in Infection Prevention and Control and for those who are looking for a strong base on which to build their infection prevention and control knowledge. Registration is now open and places are filling up fast! For more information go to www.acipc.org.au


ACIPC ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The College’s Conference Organisers, Conference Design, continue with us this year to grow and expand our ACIPC Annual Conference. For those who were present last year for the conference in Melbourne you will know what a well organised conference it was. This year we plan to improve on the conference by including a range of education-based sessions during the conference to cater for the needs of the delegates as identified in some of the delegate feedback from last year. We are looking forward to seeing you in Canberra from 20 – 22 November 2017. Details are available on the ACIPC website.


BUSINESS DIRECTORATE

Progress continues against Strategic Priority 8 with the appointment of Sara Grealy to the role of Office Manager, ACIPC. Sara commenced with the College in early April and is based in Hobart. Find out more about Sara here.


NEW INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES GUIDELINE

The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has published The Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infections, 2017 online and can be found here: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamasurgery/fullarticle/2623725

Kind regards,
Ramon.

Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President

September 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the September College newsletter.

Nominations for Board Director and President-Elect close September 30th – don’t miss this opportunity for personal development and to help steer the College over the coming two years.

The strategic priorities of ACIPC includes strengthening our profile and one way in which we’ve achieved this is ACIPC representation on the Board of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). IFIC’s vision and mission are similar to our own on an international scale and representation at this level promotes the work we do here in Australasia. Other affiliations we have developed include with Global Health Alliance – click here to read their latest newsletter.

The 8th ACIPC Conference is less than two months away, so if you haven’t registered yet now is the time – early bird registration closes on 4th October.  With international presenters Marin Schweizer (USA), Ling Moi Lin (Singapore), and Jennie Wilson, Martin Kiernan and Evonne Curran (all UK) and a wide range of Australasia speakers, it is a conference not to be missed.

I am pleased to announce the ACIPC Pre-Conference Workshop AS/NZ 4187:2014 – a half day workshop looking at patient-focused best practice. Presenters include Margaret Banks from ACSQHC; Joe-Anne Bendall, Helen Bucknell, Sylvia Gandossi, Dr Meredith Hodge and Terry McAuley. Registration for the workshop is free for conference delegates with a small fee for those not attending the conference. Register here. If you’ve already registered for the conference but not this Pre-Conference Workshop and would like to attend, please amend your registration to allow us to cater for you.

Congratulations to our conference scholarship winners! The International Scholarship to attend the conference was awarded to Betty Mundua from Papua New Guinea. The general Scholarship Winners are; Belinda Fry, Chris Russell, Jacky Meyer, Jennifer Breen, Kareena Johnson, Lee Matthews, Amanda Pirrottina, Maria Gorton, Mahid Choudhury and Susan Da Silva. I am looking forward to seeing you all in Perth in November.

Our member numbers continue to grow, and the Board recently endorsed 38 new members into the College. I am very much looking forward to meeting many new members at the annual conference in November and you can meet 4 new members of the ACIPC community right now, below.

Speaking of meet and greets, Kristie Popkiss, Chair of the ACIPC Education and Professional Development Committee recently met up with our Education Officer. It’s a fantastic and entertaining interview that you can view on our Education Page.

Until next month.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President


ACIPC Membership

We recently asked some of our newest members. What is your current role in infection prevention and control and what prompted you to join the College as a member?

Fritz Garrity-Komp | NSW

I work with Infection Control Consultants and nurses to find solutions for their challenges for example brackets for their hand hygiene on trolleys etc. I can also provide site audits to raise compliance with regards to hand hygiene product placement (ABHR). I do education with staff / patients / visitors in hospitals that use our Skincare Range to make sure we all know the 5 moments, how to wash our hands with the correct technique and at the right time. The other part of my role is to co-ordinate installations in healthcare facilities which in some hospitals is a mini project on its own. Doing site surveys with the hospitals / aged care facilities and working and aligning the installation with the national standards can be challenging.

Some of my existing clients (ICP Managers , ICC Consultants, ICP nurses) told me about ACIPC and thought that it would be a great channel to see and learn about infection control, but also how I, as a supplier, can help to solve challenges where applicable to products / trolleys / new solutions for hospitals, and other ideas how to make the world a better and easier place.

Maddie Higgins | QLD

I am currently a PhD Candidate at CQUniversity. My background is in molecular microbiology, specifically using molecular diagnostic techniques to accurately and rapidly diagnose healthcare associated infections to guide appropriate and timely patient management. I recently developed a paper on the development of a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction method for the detection of Staphylococcus aureus peripherally inserted central catheter colonisation which will be published in the October 2019 edition of Vascular Access.

I was introduced to the ACIPC within my previous role as Infection Control Coordinator. I am incredibly passionate about my role in infection prevention and control and therefore joined the college as a means of networking with industry professionals and staying up-to-date with current healthcare practices.

Dada Makwe | TAS

I am an ANTT assessor and standard 3 portfolio holder at Inpatient Older Person Mental Health Southern Tasmania/ Hobart. I have heard about ACIPC through the infection control education session recently advertised. I am new this area, I thought to join to develop my knowledge.

 
 

Graeme Roberts | TAS

My current role is a grade 4 registered nurse at the Mersey Community Hospital. As a grade four I have a portfolio of infection control. I work closely with my NUM and the CNC.

I was alerted to the ACIPIC at a training day by the CNC for IPC at the Mersey.

 
 

 
IPC in Aged Care Sydney October 10th & 11th – don’t miss out

Our popular Aged Care course is running in Sydney and registrations are now open.  The program is suitable for anyone providing care to people living in aged care home environments or facilities. This may include allied and support staff, cleaning staff, nursing assistants, and enrolled and registered nurses. More information and a link to register can be found here.


 
Pandemics and their Control in the Modern World: Public Lecture, Burnet Institute Melbourne

The Global Health Alliance Australia and the Burnet Institute warmly invites you to a public lecture, Q&A and networking event with Sir Roy Anderson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Director, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research.
Monday 7 October 2019 at 4:00pm
Q&A Panel
A/Prof Deborah Friedman, Deakin University
Prof Ian Barr, The Peter Doherty Institute
Prof George Milne, University of Western Australia
Location
Alfred Research Alliance (A+) Seminar Room
Alfred Education Centre (Enter between Burnet Institute and Baker Institute), 75-85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004

More details and a link to book for this free event can be found here.


 
Infection Management Service Professional Development Day, Wednesday the 16th October 2019

The Sunshine Coast Heath Institute will be holding a Professional Development Day featuring guest speakers Sally Havers (ACIPC Board Member and Chair of Scientific Conference Organising Committee), Dr David Issacs and Professor Lyn Gilbert. Video Conferencing facilities for QLD health sites and external sites is available on request. If participants wish to utilise this facility contact Infection Management Service via email sc-ims@health.qld.gov.au by the 14th October 2019

Date: Wednesday the 16th October 2019
Time: 0800-1600hrs
Place: Sunshine Coast University Hospital
6 Doherty St Birtinya QLD 4575
SCHI Auditorium
Cost: Free
Morning tea will be provided. BYO lunch. Download a program and agenda.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – enrolments are now open

Our popular online course is now open for enrolment. FIPC is a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for anyone wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional. Assessments include written assignments, discussion forums and a series of online questionnaires. Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) Course and be eligible for articulation into Griffith University. More information can be found on our website or by contacting admin@acipc.org.au


World Sepsis Day webinar recording available

The Australian Sepsis Network has made a recording of the webinar conducted for World Sepsis Day (September 13th) available here

  • If you registered previously please just enter the registered email address in the field indicated
  • If you did not register previously you can register your name and email address, then use that email address to access the webinar.

International Infection Prevention Week – October 13-19, 2019

IIPW is a time for infection preventionists (IPs) to raise awareness of the role vaccination plays in preventing infections. The 2019 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Vaccines are Everybody’s Business.

ACIPC will be helping to spread the word leading up to and throughout the week. You can play your part by accessing and sharing the excellent resources on APIC’s website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PPE Survey Request

Members are invited to participate in a research study titled, ‘Healthcare worker training programmes for personal protective equipment (PPE) in Australian and New Zealand hospitals’.
This study is being done by Ruth Barratt, Professor Lyn Gilbert and Professor Ramon Shaban from the University of Sydney (Ethics 2019/614) and has been approved by the ACIPC Executive Management Team.
The purpose of this research study is to assess and document the nature of PPE training within in Australian and New Zealand hospitals. This survey seeks information on what personal protective equipment (PPE) training is undertaken at your facility. Your participation in this survey will help us understand how PPE training is delivered and will assist in future national stakeholder consultations related to any proposed national standards for training and auditing of PPE use within healthcare facilities in Australia and New Zealand, as is the case currently in England, which may lead to recommendations that would enhance all infection prevention and control programmes. The survey will take you approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Where possible, our preference is that only one survey is completed per facility where PPE training occurs.

To complete the survey, please click on this link.   
If you have any questions at this stage please contact: Ruth Barratt, email: ruth.barratt@sydney.edu.au or mobile: +61 468 352 335


Release of the new Victorian guideline on Candida auris for health services

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the Victorian guideline on Candida auris for health services (2019). This emerging fungus is considered a global health threat and is a high priority for a public health response. This document and other supporting documentation, such as the surveillance reporting forms and patient fact sheets, can be found here. A letter from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the AMR Secretariat is attached and queries can be directed to AMR.Secretariat@dhhs.vic.gov.au

July 2019

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July 2019

From the President

 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the July College newsletter.

One of the many benefits of being a member of our IPC community is access to our popular monthly Lunch and Learn series. A number of you have been in touch with me this month thanking the College for the helpful information on Standard 3 Version 3 presented by Kristie Popkiss, Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. If you missed it, you can still view this via the Members Area.

Next Thursday 8th August, Dr Deborough Macbeth, Chair of the Credentailling and Professional Standards Committee will take members through the process for becoming credentialled. You can register to view this webinar live via the members area and if you miss it, a recording will be made available shortly afterwards.

Credentialling is an important career pathway for all professionals in our discipline. In addition to this, if you are considering nomination to become an ACIPC Board Member, being credentiallied is one of the criteria for selection. We will be sending members a notice of the AGM via in the next newsletter and this will include more information on Board nomination.

You may have seen a campaign run in tandem with renewals allowing financial members of the College to donate membership for Low Middle Income members of ACIPC. Details and a link to sponsor a member can be found below alongside our interview with Sheilla Mercado who is a Nurse manager working in IPC in Vietnam.

We have almost reached the end of the membership renewal period and those with outstanding memberships have been gently reminded to renew their membership for the 2019/2020 period.

If you have not received a renewal OR if you are considering joining our community, please contact our Office Manager, Sara who will be happy to assist officemanager@acipc.org.au.

Until next month, I wish you all the best.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President

ACIPC Conference Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation Night

The Gala dinner is back and will be held on the 19th November. ACIPC listened to our members and our corporate members and have brought back the Gala Dinner – an opportunity to dress up and have a fun night with colleagues new and old, to network, to recognize our Awards Winners, Foundations Graduates and all of our wonderful volunteers. Register for the Gala Dinner when you register for the conference – it’s in the same venue with spectacular views over the river.

Applications for 2019 ACIPC Conference Scholarships are Now Open

These scholarships are awarded each year to assist in reducing some of the out-of-pocket expenses associated with attending the International Conference.

ACIPC will be awarding 15 General Scholarships to Australia or New Zealand residents who are current ACIPC members and have been for at least 12 months. The scholarships provide free Registration to the conference.

The College will also award one AU$4,000.00 International Scholarship for the Australasian Region

Applications will close on Friday 9 August.

Details on International and General Scholarships can be found here.

Meet ACIPC LMI Member Sheilla Mercado, Nurse Manager Vietnam

How long have you worked in the area of infection prevention and control?

I am a Registered Nurse from The Philippines and have been working here in Vietnam for almost 7 years.

I’m not directly working in Infection Control but my work in Quality Management dictates I need to know about Infection Control to also guide staff and some local leaders.

What are some of the challenges of working in your area?

The first challenge I have is the language barrier. The culture is also challenging as people don’t change overnight or even years. It is quite a challenge to motivate people to change what they have been used to doing. It takes time and a lot of training and evidenced based data for people to adopt new practices.

What do you like about being an ACIPC member?

I get news and updates related to Quality and Infection Control Prevention which are really important for the work I do. It’s also great to be connected to others working in IPC across the region. I’d like to thank ACIPC member Matthew Mason for sponsoring my membership!

Sheilla is pictured here at her weekly JCI Aloha Meeting.

Would you like to give back by sponsoring an IPC from a Low-Middle Income Country with a Membership Donation?

ACIPC invites members to consider sponsoring a member from an LMI country. As ACIPC is a Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status, these donations are tax deductible. For as little as AU$37 you could help an IPC in a low-middle income Australasian country benefit from ACIPC membership.  We will be sending out an email next week with this offer and encourage those members who can to donate a membership sponsorship – you will receive a separate tax invoice/receipt allowing you to claim your tax deduction.

Sponsorship donation can be made via this link. If you would like to sponsor more than one LMI member, please contact Sara at ACIPC HQ – admin@acipc.org.au

ACIPC thanks the following members who have recently made donations: Matt Mason, Lynn Gilbert, Franwyn Jacka, Suzanne Nelson, Susan Simmonds, Margie Evans, Meridith Southon, Marija Juraja, Pauline May, Phil Russo, Marilyn Cruickshank.

ACIPC Members – representing the College

Another benefit of ACIPC membership is having the opportunity to represent the College. Here’s where some of our members have represented ACIPC recently. Dr Stephane Bouchoucha attended Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard – Roundtable meeting and Wounds Australia meeting. Dr Philip Russo, attended Australian Society for Infectious Diseases Annual Scientific Meeting, Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia launch. Dr Peta Ann Zimmerman, expert commentary on the Australasian Clinical Indicator Report, World Health Organization: Implementation manual to prevent and control the spread of carbapenem-resistant organisms at the national and health care facility level. Rita Roy and Terry McAuley provided consultation for Standard Australia – HE-023 AS NZS 4187 – AS/NZS 4187 Sterile reprocessing of reusable medical devices and surgical instruments. Wendy Beckingham acted as the College representative on Hand Hygiene Australia. Professor Marilyn Cruickshank, represented as College President at Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group  and Global Health Alliance Australia (formally Global Health Alliance Melbourne). Jackie Miley, ACIPC Education Officer presented on Antimicrobial Resistance links with Aged Care at the  Aged Care Design and Build Conference in Adelaide on 26/7/19. 

If you have a particular area of expertise and would like to be considered to represent the College, please contact officemanager@acipc.org.au with a brief outline of your credentials and area of interest. Members are allocated on an as requested and as needed basis. It is a requirement of members of the Executive to be representatives of the College for afflicted organisations.  

Removing Barriers: Providing Care for People with BBVs’ Online Learning Module

The ASHM ‘Removing Barriers: Providing Care for People with BBVs’ Online Learning Module (OLM) is live.  Members can register to complete the OLM as a free CPD activity.  Participants will receive a certificate on completion and an application for endorsement of 1.5 CPD hours from the Australian College of Nursing is currently pending.

The module can be accessed here

Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention and Control, Monash Health

Job summary

The role is responsible for the leadership, management, direction and implementation of the Infection Control and Prevention program across Monash Health under the leadership of the Director Infection Prevention and Control.

The Nurse Manager, Infection Prevention and Control, will provide support and assistance to the Director of the Infection Prevention and Control by undertaking short and long-term planning, management of resources and the day-to-day co-ordination of activities in the Infection Prevention and Control Department including the management of staffing and budget matters. The Nurse Manager will be responsible for the administrative establishment of funded projects and development of processes to ensure compliance with agreed deliverables and reporting requirements.

To view the full position description and to APPLY NOW, click here

Closing dates for applications is August 12th

Enquiries to:

Associate Professor Rhonda Stuart

03 9594 2623

Rhonda.stuart@monashhealth.org

19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID)

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is collaborating with the Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC) for the 19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) taking place in Kuala Lumpur on February 20-23, 2020. The 19th ICID features an expanded range of sessions by bringing the One Health aspect to the world of clinical infectious diseases and microbiology. From antimicrobial resistance, Nipah virus and rabies to the effects of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and political instability on infectious diseases, looking through the One Health lens will provide valuable insights across species and specialties.

Abstracts are now being accepting and the deadline for submission is October 25, 2019. Learn more about abstract submission here.

ISID and MSIDC look forward to welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur to connect with more than 2,500 colleagues from a wide range of countries and specialties to exchange knowledge, create new ideas and start collaborations.

https://www.medisound.com.au/frequently-asked-questions

April 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the April College newsletter.

I hope you all managed to have a happy and healthy Easter. It’s been a busy month for the College and we have managed to host a number of education and networking activities.

  • Our co-badged workshops with GAMA (AKA ‘the road show’) wrapped up in Brisbane at the start of the month. These events were well attended and from all reports generated a lot of excellent questions and comments from participants.
  • The College hosted two Meet the Expert networking evenings – one in Melbourne where Dr Louise Hobbs spoke to attendees about The Infection Clinical Network; and a second in Brisbane by A/Professor Benedict Devereaux, gastroenterologist, who spoke on the 2017 Infection Control in Endoscopy Consensus Statements A third Meet the Expert evening will b held in Canberra on May 8th with Dr Marlena Kaczmarek who will speak on Measles Epidemiology, Vaccination and Contact Management Details are here.
  • We appreciate the partnership with GAMA (the Road Show) and Cardinal (Melbourne) for working with us on these events.
  • Two-day workshops for IPC in Aged Care Home Setting were presented in Brisbane and Queanbeyan, both of which received great feedback. Thank you to our presenters Belinda Henderson, Michael Wishart, Matt Mason (Brisbane) and Farida Kavata, Michelle Gordon, Andra Menzies and ACIPC’s Sue Greig and Fiona Gotterson (Queanbeyan). A third IPC in Aged Care Home Setting is scheduled for Adelaide in May. Details are here

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to our College Educators Sue Greig and Fiona Gotterson who have worked tirelessly to produce these education events, the wonderful monthly webinars our members have been enjoying so much as well as running three Foundations programs over the past 12 months. Sue has now wrapped up her formal role overseeing the education portfolio with Fiona but will present the Aged Care training scheduled for May in South Australia. Fiona will continue to work with the College in the handover to our incoming Education Officer before she turns her attention to completing her PhD. Thanks again to Sue and Fiona for your hard work and expertise and contribution to a growing portfolio. Members will be introduced to the new Education Officer via a separate communique shortly.

Recently we announced that ACIPC member Trish Maldigri was the successful recipient of the 2019 Dr. Joan Faoagali Award. Trish will receive $1000 towards Foundations tuition fees. If you have not already, you can read our interview with Trish here. Thank you to all members who applied, as the standard was very high this year. Good luck to all commencing their studies in May.

Stephane Bouchoucha, Chair of the ACIPC Practice Guidance Committee represents ACIPC on the ACSQHC Roundtable for the development of the Peripheral Venous Access Clinical Care Standard. The key purpose of the Roundtable was to consider the evidence and seek advice from experts and consumers on the development of a clinical care standard on peripheral venous access. Details of the Roundtable attendees will soon be available on the Commission’s website. More details of the meeting can be accessed here.

Finally, the flu season is nigh and I commend all of you who are busy with vaccination clinics in our workplaces across the region. Thank you for helping to keep us all healthy!

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President


ACIPC Conference

A reminder that the call for abstracts for the 8th International ACIPC Conference are currently open and will close on Friday 28th June 2019. If you have never submitted an abstract, this video is an excellent resource to get you started and inspired. This is an opportunity for you to be heard … tell us about some procedure you’ve put in place or improvements that you’ve been responsible for. We welcome abstracts from a wide range of our members and their colleagues – Link Nurses to experienced IPC Professionals; from academics to allied professions such as dentistry.

REGISTRATIONS for are now open. Look at booking your flights early to take advantage of early bird savings.

Bookings for our corporate partners are also open  in conjunction with the College’s 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus. Click here to book your sponsorship package. Booths are booking fast so don’t delay.


Accessing IDH Journal

There’s still time to let us know how you access your quarterly Journal Infection Disease and Health. Do you enjoy reading and receiving your hard copy? Perhaps you access content online only or do you enjoy both ways of accessing IDH? Please complete our 5 second poll here.


2019 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (AC NAPS)

All Australian aged care homes and multi-purpose services are encouraged to take part in the 2019 AC NAPS, on any single day between 1 June 2019 and 31 August 2019.

Participation in the survey assists aged care homes and multi-purpose services to identify areas where the use of antimicrobials for their residents could be improved. The new Aged Care Quality Standards require aged care services to demonstrate practices that promote appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use to support optimal care and reduce the risk of increasing resistance to antibiotics.

For further information or to register for the 2019 AC NAPS:


Infection Prevention 2019 | 22 – 24 September | ACC, Liverpool, United Kingdom

This is the premier educational event for all those working and interested in infection prevention and control.
 
The three-day conference will present the latest scientific evidence from around the globe to enable you to recognise, understand and address current and emerging risks. You will learn from experts about practices which are optimising outcomes and increasing the safety of patients.

Visit the website to view the scientific programme, abstract submission information and details of the second Infection Prevention Show.  IP2019 is also hosting two one-day conferences, DIPC Day 2019 and Infection Prevention in Paediatrics, which can be attended on their own or as part of main conference. 

Full details and registration can be found online: www.ips.uk.net/conference

January 2019

From the President 

Colleagues,

I hope that each of you had an enjoyable, relaxing festive season and Happy New Year and that you’re refreshed and ready for the opportunities and growth of 2019.

Education

The College is continuing our work to promote infection prevention and control through education at all levels and providing our members with a variety of educational opportunities.

Our Education Team, Sue & Fiona have opened registrations for the next Foundations in Infection Prevention and Control program to commence in May 2019, allowing you time to plan your calendar to fit in this important course. You can register here now and please note, we have payment plans available.

We are starting the year off with both a Industry Masterclass and an Industry Networking event in Sydney on Thursday 28 February and I hope to see many of our industry partners there. The College have always welcomed the collaboration with our industry partners as we all work together to continually improve infection prevention and control.

The workshop will cover the key principles and foundations of infection prevention and control, governance arrangements for infection prevention and control and antimicrobial resistance in Australia and update on the NSQHS Standard: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-associated Infection and information about significant resources available to support infection prevention and control

The College’s premier educational event every year is our conference, with our Conference and Scientific Organising Committee already well underway with planning the 2019 offering in Perth, 18-20 November. Sally Havers, the Chair of the Committee, brought us a wonderful 2018 Conference and I know she’ll do so again this year.

Book flights early to save:  The website will be open and taking registrations very soon – but flights from the east coast are good value at the moment, so think about booking them now to enjoy the savings – we have.

Vale Reg Whiteley – a pioneer in infection prevention

It is with a sad heart that I advise Reg Whiteley passed away on 21 December 2018. Reg was a strong supporter of infection prevention and improving cleaning in the healthcare settings for more than 40 years and I know many of you would have known, or known of, Reg. You can hear more about Reg’s story in the article below.

The College sent condolences to Reg’s family on behalf of all of our members.

Journal

Did you enjoy reading your journal over the summer?  If you didn’t receive your copy check your address on our dataset is up-to-date and if you’ve lost your copy, login and read it online.

Happy reading.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank 

ACIPC President


$100 Membership rate for new members joining January-April 2019

Do you have a colleague who would benefit from becoming a member of the College? From January we are offering a discounted membership rate of $100. This is a pro rata rate that will expire at the end of the financial year. New members will be invited to renew at the full rate. As well as a subscription to our quarterly journal Infection, Disease and Health, member-only education resources and IPC discussion forum, opportunities for research, scholarships, awards a great incentive for becoming a member is the discounted rate for Foundations – members pay $1420 for the course and non-members $1700. More details here or contact officemanager@acipc.org.au


GAMA Healthcare Scholarship

In collaboration with Griffith University, GAMA are pleased to announce the 2019 GAMA Educational Scholarship for candidates to study a Masters of Infection Prevention and Control.This is valued at $12k and is a great opportunity for an IPC professional.

The course is open to those currently working in the field and is an excellent stepping stone for IPC professionals looking to further their career. Commencing February 2019, the scholarship will be awarded to one applicant and will cover the cost of 80 of the 120 credits (either through a standard or dissertation pathway) required to complete the Master of Infection Prevention and Control 

Griffith University have the longest running and most successful tertiary infection prevention and control program across Australasia. You will learn from international experts using evidence-based knowledge. Online study options are also available.

More information can be found here http://gamahealthcare.com.au/scholarship/


National Guidelines for the Management of Healthcare workers living with a BBV

There has been an update to the Guidelines for healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures and healthcare workers living with a blood borne virus (BBV). The new Guidelines, exposure prone procedure guidance and information sheets can be found here.

Exposure prone procedures (EPPs) are procedures where there is a risk of injury to the healthcare worker resulting in exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the health care worker.

The Guidelines have been updated to reflect new evidence and are consistent with changes made by other countries. They provide information and recommendations for:

  • all healthcare workers who perform EPPs;
  • healthcare workers who live with a BBV and perform EPPs;
  • treating doctors of healthcare workers with a BBV who perform EPPs; and
  • public health authorities.

The new Guidelines allow healthcare workers living with a BBV, to perform EPPs, provided they abide by these Guidelines.


APNA 2019 National Conference

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association warmly invite you to join them from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 April 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, for APNA’s 11th National Conference.  

APNA has developed and hand-picked a practical and thought-provoking conference program featuring workshops, keynotes, panels, posters and abstracts delivered by engaging speakers on pertinent topics beneficial to the daily practice of primary health care nurses.  Check out a preview of the evolving program, with updates being made daily. 

Register now to take advantage of early bird rate ending Monday 18 February, and to ensure you do not miss out on sessions with limited spots.

Register online now!

Visit the website for more information, and do not hesitate to contact the national conference coordinator, Rosie Oldham, at conference@apna.asn.au with any queries.


IPC Job Opportunity: Manager of Infection Prevention for Northern Health

Northern Health is rapidly expanding with a new Intensive Care Unit to be opened in March, and further works to expand CSSD and inpatient units to be completed by 2021. More information on the position can be found on the IPC Jobs section in the Members Area.


ACIPC Member News

Meet Kenny Moutoa from the Solomon Islands who has recently joined ACIPC. Kenny’s story can be read in the News from Members section of the Members Area.

If you have a story or update to share with our community, we’d love to hear from you. Please email officemanager@acipc.org.au

 

October 2018

From the President

Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. This month I was proud to represent ACIPC at the Infection Prevention Society Conference in Glasgow. It was particularly good to see and hear Australian ACIPC members present their research findings and to see the high regard in which their work is held. Professor Brett Mitchell, Professor Nick Graves and Dr Phil Russo were invited speakers and undertook presenting research papers as well chairing duties. Professor Mitchell and his colleague, Alison Farrington took out the award for the best poster for their REACH research on cleaning methods – congratulations to them both.

Our own ACIPC conference is now only weeks away and I am very much looking forward to seeing you in Brisbane. The Conference Scientific Organising Committee has put together a dynamic program of local and international speakers who will present on a wider range of IPC topics.

Our AGM will be held on the evening of Tuesday 20th November 2018 at the conference venue. The 2018 annual report will be available shortly via the members area of the website. Following our AGM will be the Poster Reception and Awards Presentation Night. This promises to be a great social event as well as a celebration of our Foundations graduates and we will also be announcing the winner of the Claire Boardman Medal and winners of the Cardinal Research scholarships. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate our colleague’s achievements and catch up over champagne and canapes.

Finally, I encourage members to view the updated ACIPC Social Media Policy which can be viewed along with all College policies here. 

See you in Brisbane.

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President


International Infection Prevention Week | October 14-20

The Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control have partnered with The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to celebrate International Infection Prevention Week. To celebrate IIPW and this year’s theme of Protecting Patients Everywhere, APIC has expanded the resources for both patients and healthcare professionals found on the Infection Prevention and You website. ACIPC’s members are encouraged to visit the website and download and share the free infographics.

On Tuesday, October 16 at 12 PM ET (October 17, 3 AM AEST), APIC will host a Twitter chat, which will discuss protecting patients everywhere, and how everyone can work together to defend our patients, friends, and family from infection. To participate, follow the hashtag #IIPWChat.


Members Only Monthly Webinar | October 25, 12:15 – 1pm

This month’s webinar is being presented by Belinda Henderson on the topic of The Story of Asplenia and the Infection Prevention Implications.

How much do you know about asplenia, and what are the implications for practice, if you are leading or managing an infection prevention and control portfolio? People who have no spleen are at a higher risk than others of serious infection, so a number of preventive strategies need to be considered not only in providing patient care, but also as part of staff health programs. In this session, Belinda will discuss risks of bacterial infections, vaccination requirements, and the role of infection control professionals in coordinating effective infection prevention for people who are asplenic. 


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) course is currently open for enrolment and the course will commence on October 29, 2018 with a break scheduled over the Christmas / New Year period. ACIPC Members are eligible for the discounted rate of $1420 ($1700 for non-members). Payment plans are available please contact the ACIPC Office to discuss a plan to suit your budget.

This is one course that I can say with hand on heart that I am proud to have done. It was challenging but fair and not impossible for my colleagues as well, who are not Nurses or clinically trained in any sense. Foundations has something for all-comers and I have already recommended it to a customer of ours.
Ivan Obreza BNurs BHlthSc MCom
Healthcare Sector Manager, Diversey Australia


Continuing Professional Development Member Only Resources

New for ACIPC members who want additional information about reflection or may not have been completing a reflection on CPD* activities they are undertaking. As registered health professionals, we are required to maintain CPD records that include reflection on each activity.

You can download and use the template to record any CPD activity, your reflection on this activity and retain it as a permanent record of your professional development. Downloads are available through the members only area.

*CPD activities include, but are not limited to, in-services, webinar participation, workshops, reading of journal articles or conference presentations.


ACIPC National Conference | November 19-21 |Brisbane, QLD

Next month we have the Annual Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control Conference in Brisbane on November 19-21. The ACIPC Conference promises to share with you a wealth of education, research and practice in infection prevention and control.
Registrations are still open and access to a provisional program for the conference can be accessed at http://www.acipcconference.com.au/

We look forward to seeing all our ACIPC members there!


National Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Forum | November 1-2 | Melbourne, VIC

The National Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Forum will be held at the University of

Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, on Thursday November 1, and Friday November 2, 2018. You can find the programs for the forum on NCAS’s webpage. This is being hosted by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital) and Safer Care Victoria.

This forum, organised jointly by a number of Australian clinical and research groups working on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship, will offer a dynamic program covering all facets of the response to antimicrobial resistance, including clinical infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, translational science, new drug development, veterinary and agricultural medicine, and government and policy responses.

As part of the forum, a number of workshops focusing on different professional groups will be offered on Thursday November 1 (and a general practice workshop on November 17). The workshops on November 1 include: a nursing and AMS workshop, a veterinary AMS workshop, a genomics workshop, a drug-discovery workshop and a sepsis workshop. The sepsis workshop is by invitation only (for participants of a current state-wide collaborative project in Victoria).


Short course in Critical Infection | November 8-9 |Sydney, NSW

The Sydney short course in critical infection will be held in November this year at Westmead Hospital. We’ll be welcoming critical care and infection specialists in medicine, nursing and pharmacy to be part of case discussions and updates of all things relevant to severe and life-threatening infection.

For more information and course updates, click here.


Antibiotic Awareness Week | November 12-18

World Antibiotic Awareness Week occurs annually in November. It aims to draw attention to the role of effective use of antibiotics in preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial. Antibiotic Awareness Week is a key initiative to promote the correct use of antibiotics to contribute to the avoidance of further emergence and spread of AMR. AMR is already affecting the care of patients now and current trends indicate this will have an increasing impact over time. For more information and 2018 resources click here.


IPC Jobs

Visit the job board in the Members Area to view details of the following positions:

  • Nurse Educator | The Albion Centre | NSW – Applications close October 21, 2018
  • Clinical Nurse, Infection Prevention and Control | The Townsville Hospital | QLD – Applications close October 31, 2018
  • Expressions of Interest – 2x Clinical Nurse Consultant | Communicable Disease and Infection Management | Prevention Division | Department of Health – Closes June 30, 2019
July 2018

From the President 

Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest e-Newsletter of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control.

Firstly, congratulations to all members who have been successful in their application for credentialling with the College. The number of credentialed members continues to grow, testament to the value and credibility of the process. The ACIPC Board of Directors met on 18 July 2018 and approved recommendations from the Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee for the following members. Nicole Tolhurst is the latest member to become credentialled. Nicole has earned the post nominal CIPC A. Ann Whitfield and Mary Willimann were successful in their applications for credentialling, both at the Expert level, congratulations Anne and Mary.

The membership renewal continues – thank you to all who have joined or renewed and a gentle reminder to those who haven’t done so, no time like the present! The membership category of Fellow was introduced at the Annual Conference in 2017. Fellowship of the College is a prestigious member status awarded to Infection Prevention and Control professionals in recognition of significant professional achievement. Fellowship recognizes the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control professionals to the College and to the profession. More information on becoming a Fellow of the College can be found on the website.

Abstracts for the 2018 Annual Conference have closed – the standard of abstracts has been reported as very high, makes for a very exciting line up at the Conference. Hope to see you there.

I am happy to report that our course Foundations for Infection Prevention and Control is progressing well, and students are working through the modules. We have a list of interested students for the next round of the course and we will be in touch with prospective students regarding the next round of enrollments soon. If you or one of your colleagues would like to be notified of the next intake for Foundations, please contact Sara in our National Office – officemanager@acipc.org.au

Yours in Infection Prevention and Control

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank ACIPC President


Flinders University Infection control and missed nursing care research survey

We are undertaking research on what aspects of infection control are missed and the reasons for it. As part of the study we are trialling a survey asking participants to identify which infection control activities they believe are missed in their workplace, how frequently they are missed and why?   The survey will take no more than15 minutes and is available online at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QYFVNH

For further information about the study or to receive a hard copy of the survey contact Julie Henderson at Julie.henderson@flinders.edu.au.


National Antimicrobial   Resistance and Stewardship   Forum,  University  of Melbourne 1   – 2 November,   2018

The National Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Forum will be held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Victoria, on Thursday, 1 November, and Friday, 2 November, 2018. This forum, organised jointly by a number of Australian clinical and research groups working on AMR and AMS, will offer a dynamic program covering all facets of the response to antimicrobial resistance, including clinical infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, translational science, new drug development, veterinary and agricultural medicine, and government and policy responses.

As part of the forum, a number of workshops focusing on different professional groups will be offered on Thursday, 1 November (and a general practice workshop on 17 November). The workshops on 1 November include: a nursing and AMS workshop, a veterinary AMS workshop, a genomics workshop, a drug-discovery workshop and a sepsis workshop. The sepsis workshop is by invitation only (for participants of a current state-wide collaborative project in Victoria).

An AMS for general practice workshop will be delivered on Saturday, 17 November, during Antibiotic Awareness Week.

The costs of registration are as follows: workshops on 1 & 17 November (free); symposium on 2 November ($50); and students (free).

If you are a student and would like to attend the symposium on 2 November, please contact us directly using your student e-mail account and the contact form on the forum webpage.


Call out for Speakers: 2018 Australian Association for Adolescent Health Youth Health Conference

Share your research, case studies and innovative projects at the 2018 Australian Association for Adolescent Health Youth Health Conference. Abstract submissions close Friday 20 July 2018. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse range of issues related to the Conference theme of ‘Owning Future Change’.

The program will explore:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s health
  • Sexuality education and sexual health
  • Diversity and health
  • Technology
  • Mental health
  • Chronic illness
  • Disability

Stand alongside industry experts such as:

  • Peter Azzopardi, Co-Head of Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute. Research Fellow, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit, SAHMRI
  • Benjamin Law, Journalist, Columnist, TV Screenwriter, ABC Radio Presenter and Author of The Family Law (2010)
  • Preston Campbell, Ambassador of the Preston Campbell Foundation
  • Prof Ngiare Brown, Founding Director, NGAOARA
  • Joanna Williams, Strategy Director, Bits and Bods
  • Prof Susan Sawyer, President, International Association for Adolescent Health
  • Associate Professor James Ward, Head, Aboriginal Infectious Diseases at SAHMRI

Interested? You only have until this Friday 20 July to submit your abstract at https://www.youthhealth.com.au/abstract-submission/

Alternatively, register for the conference at https://www.youthhealth.com.au/registration/.


Liverpool Hospital, NSW Infection Prevention and Control Master Class 9th October 2018 Liverpool Hospital Thomas & Rachel Moore Education Centre – Auditorium

As part of Infection Prevention week, the Infection Prevention Unit at Liverpool Hospital presents our annual Infection Prevention and Control Master Class. The Master Class is open to all Healthcare workers with an interest in Infection Prevention and Control. The Master Class aims to provide information and education about topics of interest. With overwhelming success from previous years, the 2018 Infection Prevention & Control Master Class will provide topics from speakers both locally and externally to Liverpool Hospital.

Registration Fee: Free for Liverpool Hospital & SWSLHD staff and

$70.00 (Incl GST) for external applicants

Register at:  https://www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/events/ipcmc/default.html

If you have any enquiries about the Master Class please contact Lynda Ong on 87388943.


New Approach to Treating Infectious Diseases as an Alternative to Antibiotics

Osaka University-led researchers have been studying alternative treatments for Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), Read more here.

https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/bacterial/new-approach-treating-infectious-diseases-alternative-antibiotics


ACIPC Member News

Recently we heard from Dr Roslyn Franklin:

I have been a member of ACIPC for about 1 1/2 years and I wanted to share the news that I have just completed my Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control at Griffith University.  I had vowed I would never go back to study at University, but my change in career from practicing dentist to teaching and consulting in dentistry warranted the challenge. 

The benefits both personally and professional have been amazing. My next goal is to apply for credentialling. Thanks to Professor Ramon Shaban for his encouragement and support!

See more member updates in the members area here.

View information on applying for credentialling here.

Send us your news by emailing officemanager@acipc.org.au – we love photos!

April 2018

From the President

Colleagues,

I am very proud to announce the membership of the College has reached just over 1000, 1006 to be exact. This is a fantastic achievement for the College both professionally and financially. I welcome all new members, particularly the 100 who have joined during the latest membership drive, we look forward to a long and productive association and encourage you to renew your membership at the end of this financial year.

On 27 March 2018 the College signed contracts with Education Consultants, Ms Fiona Gotterson and Ms Sue Greig. The College is very much looking forward to developing the educational platform and engagement with members to add further value and support to all members. The appointment of the education consultants is a slight change from the past and is in line with the strategic goals of the College. This is a very exciting time.

The College held an industry engagement event in late March for those partners who sponsor ACIPC activities. It was a very successful evening with over 40 stakeholders attending. I was very pleased to announce at the event that GAMA Healthcare is now a Gold sponsorship partner, we are looking forward to working with GAMA and all partners.

On Monday 23 April 2018 the Executive Management Team and Education Consultants will meet to discuss, develop and refine the strategic direction and plans for education activities for the remainder of this financial year and for the next year.

The Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course commenced on 4 April and enrolments close tomorrow – we have over 60 students commencing, and we wish them all the very best in their studies.

The National Health and Medical Research Council have invited consultation for the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (the draft Guidelines). There are many ways to become engaged including committee membership and I strongly encourage you to check out the links below.

Marilyn

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

ACIPC President


ACIPC Fellowship

Fellowship of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control is a prestigious member status awarded to Infection Prevention and Control Professionals in recognition of significant professional achievement. Fellowship recognises the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to ACIPC and the profession. Last year 3 Fellowships were awarded. We have profiled the inaugural recipients below and asked them to provide advice for ACIPC members considering applying for Fellowship.

Dr Philip Russo

Can you outline why you think members should consider applying for Fellowship of ACIPC?

The ACIPC Fellowship was established to recognise members with significant professional achievement, and applications review three criteria, leadership, contribution to IP&C, and contribution to ACIPC. Having been awarded Fellowship in 2017, I strongly encourage others to reflect on their work and consider applying. Not only is it a recognition of significant achievement, it also demonstrates your support for the College, and importantly flags you as a mentor and role model for others (members and non members) who work in infection prevention. Historically, and generally, infection prevention staff are often reluctant to promote themselves and their work. Fellowship status promotes the achievements of not only the individual, but also that of our College.

Phil has worked in infection prevention and control for over 25 years in a number of different positions including: several roles in infection prevention in major Victorian hospitals, inaugural Operational Director of the VICNISS Coordinating Centre and National Manager of Hand Hygiene Australia. Phil has a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and completed his PhD on HAI Surveillance in 2016. Phil was the Chair of the National Consultative Steering Committee, which outlined the road-map for the establishment of ACIPC, and has been a Board Member of the College since 2014, previously Chairing the Research Committee. He is also a member of the HAI Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission, and the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee. He currently works as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research – Alfred Health Partnership, Deakin University.

Sally Havers

What motivated you to apply for Fellowship of ACIPC?

I applied for an ACIPC Fellowship for two reasons.

The first reason was that of professional development. Writing the application and undergoing the review process is valuable in its own right and forces you as a clinician and ICP to really reflect on the work you have done in your career and what you have achieved. I work every day with very esteemed and knowledgeable ICPs, so it was an important step for me to have acknowledgement from my peers that I make a difference in the field of IC and that the work I do impacts on the safety of patients. I didn’t really expect to be successful in my application so being awarded a Fellowship has given me confidence in my own ability, knowledge and experience.

The second reason I applied was to support the College in its introduction of the Fellowships. So much work has been done in raising the profile of ICPs in Australia through ACIPC and the credentialing process. When I first started working in Infection Control credentialing did not exist and I remember feeling quite lost and unsure of how to progress my career. The process of credentialing is so valuable to ICPs and I saw the introduction of Fellowships as a great opportunity to further grow this profile and really wanted to support that.

Sally is a committed Infection Control Professional of ten years, with a passion for improving and ensuring safe patient care. Sally’s current experience includes management and completion of large scale, multi-centre research projects (including ethical clearance and protocol development) as well as extensive project management experience in the development and roll out of a large national infection prevention program. Sally has experience managing multidisciplinary research and project teams, with an active commitment to Infection Control and Infectious Diseases research, both nationally and internationally. Sally has received Certification at the level “Expert” with the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (re-credentialed 2017).

 

Brett Mitchell

Brett is pictured here at the ACIPC Conference 2017 sporting a moustache in support of Movember

What is your advice to ACIPC Members considering applying for Fellowship?

The ACIPC Fellowship program is a great demonstration of ACIPC’s continuing maturity. Fellowships are an integral part of a professional association. The fellowship process is rigorous but comes with it great reward with respect to personal recognition by peers and the association.

Professor Brett Mitchell is a Professor of Nursing and Director of the Lifestyle Research Centre at Avondale College in New South Wales. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease and Health. Brett has over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference presentations. He is the Chair of an NHMRC committee revising the national infection control guidelines in Australia. He has many interests in infection control, including environmental cleaning, surveillance and urinary tract infections. At present, Brett is involved in numerous research projects and several clinical trials. Brett has worked in a diverse range of areas including leading infection control programs in hospitals; establishment of a state-wide infection control unit; senior nursing positions in public health and within hospitals; consultancy work for the government and private sector and work in developing countries. He has a range of post graduate qualifications.


ACIPC Members invited to review Draft Guidelines

You are invited to review the draft revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (the draft Guidelines) as part of a public consultation. Update of the Guidelines: The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare are produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. The draft Guidelines have been updated to reflect the latest national and international evidence on infection prevention and control. This update has been led by the Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose membership details can be found in Appendix 3 of the draft Guidelines. The evidence reviews commissioned by NHMRC for the update are publicly available for background information. These reports are not subject to consultation. A summary of the process and overarching changes is provided on the consultation page.

Accessing the Guidelines

For this update, NHMRC is piloting an interactive ‘living guidelines’ model. Two IT platforms are available for accessing the draft Guidelines:

  1. MAGICapp – an online interactive platform for developing and publishing guidelines (third party website) or
  2. NHMRC’s Interactive Guideline Platform (Australian Government website)

A ‘how-to’ video to guide users through MAGICapp, alongside an explainer video on the GRADE method for developing health advice, are available on the consultation page.

For both platforms, please allow some loading time in the first instance as the data is linked to a third party server. Once the final updated Guideline is released, users will have the choice of accessing the contents interactively through NHMRC’s website, MAGICapp’s website or as a mobile application with online/offline capability.

For more information and to provide feedback, please visit the consultation page and make a submission by 5pm (AEST) Tuesday 15 May 2018.


12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery – Cairns 18 – 19 July 2018

Congratulations to Matt Mason, Sue Grieg and Peta-Anne ZImmerman whose abstract  A model of how an innovative practice can influence infection prevention and control programmes (IPCP) in LMI countries was accepted for a 7 minute RAPID FIRE Oral Presentation during this event. More details about the conference can be found here – https://www.jcu.edu.au/whocc2018


Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2018 – Deadline Extended until 30th April

With support from ACIPC, the Cardinal Health 2018 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand healthcare professionals with an interest in infection control, to share their successes and innovations in infection control and receive support for further work in this area. The deadline has been extended until 30th April 2018 and funding will be awarded across three categories: Major Research Project: Two grants for research project requiring funding up to $15,000 (Total Award = $30,000). Minor Research Projects: Two grants for research projects requiring funding up to $5,000 will be awarded (Total Award = $10,000). Educational Grant: $10,000 in grants to further educational requests related to Infection Control such as conference/oral presentations at either national or international conferences.

More information and an application form can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.If you have questions, please contact: aust.infection.control@cardinalhealth.com


AMR Website

The Department of Health launched a dedicated antimicrobial resistance (AMR) website in November 2017 www.amr.gov.au. The Activity and research directory (the Directory) section of the AMR website provides the opportunity for anyone who is undertaking research and/or an activity that supports Australia’s response to AMR to submit a summary to be listed in the Directory.  Activities included in the Directory can be led by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, non-government organisations, professional bodies and research organisations. The Directory will be a really useful tool to assist in building our information on AMR, and will help to further strengthen Australia’s response to the threat of AMR by identifying potential cross-linkages across existing research and activities, and targeting our efforts to the areas identified as most in need. The Directory can be accessed via: https://www.amr.gov.au/activity-and-research-directory


APNA’s 10th annual conference Nurseforce for the Future Brisbane 10 – 12 May 2018

APNA’s 10th annual conference Nurseforce for the Future offers over 20 hours of continuing professional development. Here is a chance to set yourself up for the year by giving your annual requirement for nurse registration a massive boost in one hit! There will be sessions on setting up nurse clinics, respiratory health, wound care, immunisation, scope of practice, Health Care Homes, professional development at all career stages and so much more. Make sure to register for #Nurseforce today to secure early bird discounts. https://www.apna.asn.au/conference-2018/program


Consultation on the draft amendments to the Victoria Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) would like to notify you of upcoming changes to the Health Services (Private Hospitals and Day Procedure Centres) Regulations 2013 (the Regulations). These Regulations support the Health Services Act 1988, and the changes, scheduled to come in to effect on 1 July 2018, may affect the operation of your service.

The changes are the result of public consultation undertaken by the department in late 2017, and broader deliberation with the private health sector, medical colleges, peak bodies, Safer Care Victoria and the Health Complaints Commission. The department appreciates your feedback received in response to this consultation, as this has significantly helped us to prepare the draft amendments to the Regulations. Our formal responses to those who submitted feedback to the 2017 discussion paper are being sent in the post.

The department would now like to consult with you on the updates. Please find enclosed the draft amendments to the Regulations, together with an explanatory document. You are invited to provide comment on the draft amendments to the Regulations. Responses are invited by email to: privatehospitals@dhhs.vic.gov.au by COB on Friday, 27th April 2018.

Consultation – draft amendment to Regulations    Explanatory Document


WHO 5 May 2018 global hand hygiene campaign 5th May 2018

A reminder that the WHO Save Lives: Clean your Hands Campaign is coming up on the 5th May, 2018….Every year on the 5 May, the WHO calls on health facilities to participate in a global hand hygiene campaign. This year’s hand hygiene campaign slogan is “it’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in health care” and is focused on the prevention of health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. At the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017, Member States adopted a resolution on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.

Hand Hygiene Australia has links to all of the WHO 5 May resources at their homepage www.hha.org.au and also invite all facilities participating in the campaign to share their photos and activities on the HHA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HandHygieneAus) or send them to HHA on twitter @HandHygieneAus.


IPC Employment Opportunity – RL Solutions

RL Solutions are currently looking for a Technical Integration Analyst with HL7 expertise. This candidate may be someone you know through your current or previous clinical relationships. Please consider the job advertisement and feel free to apply or forward it to a prospective candidate. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dean Delpeache at ddelpeache@rlsolutions.com


 

SA SIG EVENT March 2018

Thank you to BD (Alex Shanahan) for providing  an interesting speaker, Nadine Nakazawa who spoke on the innovation and history of needless devices. Feedback from the people attending was positive with attendees saying they enjoyed seeing new and familiar faces, networking and having a refresher education session. Marija Juraja and Lisa Ryan would like to thank the SA SIG sponsors for their continued support of ACIPC, the College members and their education.


Reminder: Healthcare Infection Control Education Day – Friday July 27, 2018 at The Alfred in Melbourne.

The Healthcare Infection Control Education Day is hosted by ASID’s Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group. It is primarily aimed at ID physicians and infection control practitioners with experience in healthcare infection control and will be held Friday July 27 2018 at The Alfred in Melbourne.

Speakers include Professor David Weber, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, Professor Paul Johnson, Deputy Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Dr Philip Russo, Research Fellow Faculty of Health at Deakin University

Discounts are available to ACIPC members. Details here. https://www.asid.net.au/events/event/healthcare-infection-control-education-day


ACIPC Member News
Each month we invite our members to send an update about their life as an IPC Professional. Updates and can of a professional or personal nature and we love photos! Visit the ACIPC Members Area for the latest from our members and send your news to Sara at admin@acipc.org.au

January 2018

From the President

Colleagues,

Welcome to the first newsletter for 2018. On behalf of the Board Directors I wish you a very successful year ahead. The first meeting of the Board Directors is scheduled for 22 and 23 January where we will welcome Ms Sally Havers, Dr Cathryn Murphy, Ms Kristie Popkiss, Ms Sandra Roodt and Mr Michael Wishart to the meeting as Board Directors. The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and develop a strategic plan for the next 2 years particularly focusing on education activities for members and other Infection Prevention and Control Professionals. Planning is well underway for the first Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course for 2018. Feedback and evaluations from graduates of the course has been extremely encouraging.  If you work with an infection prevention and control specialist who would benefit from undertaking the course please share the information about the course with them. This is a very exciting time for the College as we strengthen our engagement with you, our members.

Yours in infection, prevention and control,

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank


2018 Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Enrolments for Foundations 2018 will be open soon. With 11 carefully paced modules, Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice and is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P). 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. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email admin@acipc.org.au.

Download 2018 Brochure 


Dr Joan Faoagali Award

ACIPC is proud to announce a new award for students wishing to undertake our Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Dr. Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) over many years with her involvement in both State and National Infection Prevention and Control activities.  Joan showed great resilience, tremendous vision, and was a true leader inspiring all those whose lives she touched – working towards achieving something greater than themselves. Her passion and influence was key to the development of the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. Joan, whilst battling her cancer made time to write and develop modules for the initial ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.

The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to:

  1. Recognise the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of the ACIPC.
  2. Encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course.

More information can be found here.


Job Opportunity at South West Hospital and Health Service Charleville

Clinical nurse Infection Control position currently available in Charleville QLD. This is a unique opportunity to practice in the bush. For more details please follow the link to the QLD health SmartJobs website. https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au Applications close 29/1/2018


Newly Credentialled Members

ACIPC’s Credentialling and Professional Standards (CAPS) Committee have been working hard in the lead up to and during Christmas break. Congratulations to Jennifer Lukeis who was recently credentialled at the CIPC-A level and Dr Cathryn Murphy who earned the post nominal CIPC – E. Please see our website if you’re interested in joining the hallowed ranks of credentialled IPCs. A full list of credentialled members can be found here.


ACIPC Member News

Please visit the ACIPC Members Area and click on News from Members to share recent updates from ACIPC Members Susan Jain, Elizabeth Smith and Maree Carroll. Do you have a personal or professional update to share? Email our Office Manager Sara admin@acipc.org.au to discuss sharing your news with our community.

October 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

On 27 June 2017, all current Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) Board Directors were advised that as per the ACIPC Constitution the term as a Board Director will conclude at the ACIPC Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 21 November 2017 commencing at 5pm, during the Annual Conference.

Current Board Directors were requested to indicate intention to seek re-election for a further term as an ACIPC Board Director by 7 July 2017.  The email response indicating the Board Director’s intention to seek re-election is deemed equivalent to a nomination from the Director.

All members of the ACIPC were given notice of the date of the AGM in the September 2017 e-Newsletter. The e-Newsletter included a link to the ACIPC Constitution and the upcoming nomination and election process for Board Directors.

The purpose of this email is to remind members of the AGM and call for nominations for Board Director. An electronic nomination form can be downloaded here. Nominations will close on 30 October 2017.

An electronic ballot form will be sent to members on 1 November 2017 that will include the nominees name and instructions for voting.

Voting will close on 14 November 2017. The Executive Management Team will review the nominations and prepare the next steps dependent on the number of nominations received. If the number of nominations including nominations from current Board Directors matches the available Board Director positions a resolution will be presented at the AGM.

Should the number of nominations exceed the available Board Director positions a process for voting will be determined and enacted at the AGM.

As I wrote last month and it is worthwhile reinforcing, ACIPC belongs to you, our members, and the success of our College is determined by the dedication and commitment of all members. I encourage all members to consider the opportunity presented in the election of ordinary members and office bearers.

Yours in infection prevention and control,

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E


 ACIPC 2017 Early Research Grant Winner

ACIPC is pleased to announce Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel has been awarded the ACICP 2017 Early Research Grant. Dr Ray-Burruel has created the tool “I-DECIDED: a clinical decision making tool for improving peripheral intravenous catheter assessment and safe removal in hospitals.” A link to the project can be found here.


Invitation to participate in Flinders University research project

ACIPC Members are invited to participate in a research project on ‘Infection control, risk and missed care’ being conducted by Flinders University. The research team is seeking to interview expert nurses on the topic to inform the development of a survey. As an expert in this field the research team would appreciate your participation in an initial phone interview on the topic, and a second interview to gain your views on the survey design. The initial interview will take between 30 to 45 minutes and the second one 20 minutes. Agreement to both interviews or just the one would be welcome. The consent form and information letter can be accessed here.

This request has been reviewed and approved by the ACIPC Research Committee. If you are able to assist, please correspond with Eileen Willis directly – eileen.willis@flinders.edu.au


International Infection Prevention Week October 15 – 21

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) have some great resources and tools to help spread the word about infection prevention during IIPW. Visit the website to access infographics, quizzes and polls and infection prevention videos  ACIPC will be featuring some of these resources on our webpage and social media platforms next week and we encourage you to do the same.


Get involved with your College journal Infection Disease and Health

Submissions for the College journal are welcomed at any time. Here are 5 ways members can get involved:

Peer Review – You should be a content expert in specific field and / or have been published yourself. Contact the Journal editor via admin@acipc.org.au if you are interested or have any questions.

Look at IDH articles If you haven’t already, members can create an account to search, save and download IDH articles. Instructions to claim your online subscription are here

Cite and use IDH articles Remember to consider using and citing IDH articles when publishing yourself, or when developing policies or training material.

Submit and article Author guidelines can be found here. Contact the editorial team if you have any questions.

Follow @IDHjournal on Twitter By following the journal you’ll be notified when new papers aree published online, ahead of press. Retweeting tweets from @IDHjournal greatly assists the journal and the College so while you’re at it, follow @ACIPC as well!


National Legionella Conference, Gold Coast QLD 13 – 14 November

The National Legionella Conference aims to share emerging research, best practice, innovative products, workplace tools, models and ideas.   The conference is the year’s best opportunity for hospital administrators, health industry workers, hydraulic designers, engineers and plumbing industry professionals to gain knowledge in contemporary Legionella risk management practices. More information here.


2017 Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference Joint with 2017 Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Canberra 6-9 November 2017

All details and full program here.


ACIPC Conference Canberra November 20 – 22 2017

The countdown is on and we are looking forward to meeting members, colleagues and industry partners at our upcoming conference in November. Our program of speakers and events can be found here


Do you have any IPC news or events to share? Contact admin@acipc.org.au to contribute to the next ACIPC E-Newsletter!


 

July 2017

From the President

Colleagues,

As I write this bulletin we are now in the midst of winter, a challenging time for many of those we are privileged to work with and care for. Infection prevention and control professionals play an integral and vital role in the health of the community in which we work and live. On behalf of the ACIPC Board of Directors I pay tribute to your commitment and expertise to our discipline.

It is with great excitement I invite you to visit the new ACIPC website. It is a vibrant platform to showcase the work of the ACIPC. I hope you will find the site easy to navigate and the information you require is available to you. We look forward to your feedback and acknowledge the fantastic work Sara and the team in the ACIPC Office have done in launching the revitalized site.

One year ago we launched the ACIPC Credentialling Framework. The framework builds on our longstanding and successful credentialing framework and provides a clear pathway for all professionals in our discipline. The three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training and peer review. Importantly, the ACIPC Credentialling Framework is for everyone.

As President of your College, I am delighted to share great news with you in relation to membership categories. The College will soon be launching a new membership category of Fellow. Fellowship of the College is a prestigious member status awarded to infection prevention and control professionals in recognition of significant professional achievement. Fellowship recognises the experience, contribution and standing of infection prevention and control professionals to ACIPC and the professions.

Applications for Fellowship will be open to members who are Infection, Prevention and Control professionals who are credentialled by the ACIPC at any of the 3 tiers. The application will be assessed against published criteria and on the basis of the professional leadership, commitment and achievements of the applicant. Candidates inducted to the ACIPC as Fellows are entitled to:

  • Be known as a Fellow of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
  • Use the post-nominal FACIPC
  • Receive and display the certificate of Fellowship

I look forward to sharing more information about this important initiative in the near future.

Yours in infection prevention and control

Ramon

President Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E

President


ACIPC’s Infection Prevention and Control Residential Care Workshops 2017

ACIPC is offering IP&C Residential Care Workshops. The program provides participants with essential IP&C information designed for the Residential Care setting. Workshops will be hosted in metropolitan, rural and remote areas. Dates for workshops in Northern NSW, Sydney and Launceston are progressing. Workshops are also proposed in WA, Victoria and SA and we will be updating the new website with dates and venues. For more information, please email educationofficer@acipc.org.au


Expressions of Interest – Working Party to update publication on Clostridium difficile

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare in conjunction with HIGSIG and ACIPC are convening a working party to review and update the ASID/AICA position statement published March 2011 in Healthcare Infection (Infection control guidelines for patients with Clostridium difficile infection in health care settings; Rhonda l Stuart, Caroline Marshall, Mary-Louise Mclaws, Claire Boardman, Philip L. Russo, Glenys Harrington, John K. Ferguson) Healthcare infection, 2011, 16, 33-39.

ACIPC is seeking 2-3 members who have an interest in policy development and literature review to join this working party. Experience in managing patients with CDI would be beneficial.  It is proposed that this working party would be of a short duration of approximately 2 -3 months with the view to publishing the final review. At this time meetings have been proposed to be held by teleconference only.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter outlining your experience and brief CV (no more than 2 pages) to the ACIPC Office admin@acipc.org.au  by no later than Tuesday 18 July 2017. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Thea van de Mortel –Chair ACIPC Policy Committee by email – t.vandemortel@acipc.org.au


CDNA discussion paper “Towards a nationally consistent Public health response to multi-drug resistant organisms”

Link to paper.

Background

Following a significant outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase-producing bacteria in Victorian health facilities, the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) identified the need for clarity around the contribution of public health, both at a jurisdiction and national level, in the surveillance and response to multi-drug resistant organisms (MROs). While MROs have not been a traditional area of public health unit responsibility, the outbreak in Victoria revealed the expectations of involvement and the valuable assistance that could be offered by people with public health expertise.

A working group of CDNA was established in 2016 to consider this issue and develop a discussion paper for the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). The overarching aim of the paper is to consider the issue of MROs through a ‘public health lens’; in the context of MROs, this refers to public health expertise in the protection and improvement of the health of communities through organised and collaborative efforts to detect and control communicable diseases.

It was noted that overseas and in Australian jurisdictions, improvements in surveillance and governance around the detection and response to MRO outbreaks have been triggered by an outbreak occurring. With leadership and motivation at both national and jurisdictional levels, there is the current opportunity to improve systems prior to an outbreak occurring. A nationally consistent public health response to MROs would provide reassurance that outbreaks would be detected and responded to in the early stages of an incident, no matter the jurisdiction or setting in which it occurred.

The discussion paper describes the current situation in Australia, highlights limitations of the current situation and provides recommendations for a way forward.

CDNA is now seeking input from a wider group of stakeholders.

Your comments would be appreciated regarding:

  1. a)      The accuracy of the description of the current situation, from a public health perspective
  2. b)      Any additional recommendations that you see as critical to a way forward
  3. c)      The feasibility of implementation of the recommendations and any barriers to doing so.

It would be appreciated if all comments could be returned to Anna.Colwell@health.gov.au by the 28th July 2017.


The 10th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Shenzhen, China, December 2-5, 2017

WSPID was founded with the purpose of bringing together members of national and regional organizations in this specialty for an international congress. The congress is unique in attracting leading experts in the field who address us on the diversity of infectious disease topics relevant to both participants coming from developing and developed countries.

As in previous years, the meeting will cover aspects of infectious diseases in regions around the world. Abstracts are still a key component of the congress and the program has been planned to allow ample time for oral and poster presentations.

More information can be found here:

http://www2.wspid2017.kenes.com/


WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Summary update on WHO hand hygiene day and WHO IPC update

Dear Colleagues

Here I provide a last update for you on the available WHO resources and activities, as well as what is coming next, and ask for your continued support and action!

Join a free teleclass from Professor Didier Pittet and Dr Benedetta Allegranzi on 5 May, people can register here, the recording will also be available and I believe it will also be in French and Spanish https://www.webbertraining.com/schedulep1.php?command=viewClass&ID=1351

WHO social media plans

On and around 5 May 2017, @WHO will issue social media messages to ensure reach of the campaign using #handhygiene #antibioticresistance – we know that many of you too have plans and ask that you use the #s so that we can gather analytics.
Please also post as many photos as you can using the WHO campaign board, this demonstrates leadership and is a big part of showing solidarity for the campaign and enhancing the global profile! http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/selfieboard2017.pdf?ua=1

A dedicated WHO acknowledgements web page
This page features web links of those who have promoted the campaign has now been launched. Please continue to post a link to the campaign web pages to show your organisation’s support and let me know if we have not featured yours! http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/SLCYH_support/en/

A final summary of all the other campaign resources available now for you to use, to be found here http://www.who.int/infection-prevention/campaigns/clean-hands/2017/en/

–       Five advocacy posters in low and high resolution

–       Campaign banners

–       A promotional photograph board

–       A short PowerPoint advocacy slide set

–       A number of advocacy videos including from the WHO Collaborating Centre Geneva (patient safety and infection control) and from Dr Marc Sprenger, WHO Director, Antimicrobial Resistance

–       An activity list for infection prevention and control leaders at the facility level

–       A national policy maker engagement brief

–       A document of the evidence of hand hygiene as the building block for infection prevention and control.

Coming this week!

–       An interim version of the new national practical manual for the implementation of the WHO Core Components in low-resource settings

–       A new WHO instructional video on aspects of the core components, brought to life by interviews from people in the field. This will be a great addition to training sessions and will be a key part of the core components implementation progress.

– An announcement on a new assessment tool in support of core components implementation

– The next campaign newsletter to all stakeholders including an update on the numbers of registered health care facilities – we already know that the numbers have jumped right up, the last count told us the most had been in the African region.

Thank you very much, we know for sure the campaign is only a success because of your reach, energy and support!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Best wishes,

Claire Kilpatrick

clairekilpatrick.ck@googlemail.com

RN, PGDipICN, MSc, MFTM RCPS (Glas)

Consultant to WHO Service Delivery and Safety – Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit


You may be interested to read the latest WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands newsletter which gives a 5 May summary as well as an overall WHO IPC update. Link here.


ACIPC Conference –  22-22nd November Canberra

A reminder to join us for the ACIPC Conference! Early bird registrations are now open. Visit the website for registration and scholarship opportunities.

March 2017

From the President

Welcome to the autumn edition of the ACIPC news bulletin. The year has commenced very well with much happening in the infection prevention and control environment. It gives me great pleasure to share some exiting news with you.

Our first Primary Credentialled Infection Control Professional, Ms Erica Short One of the key priority areas for the College has been the introduction of the new ACIPC Credentialling Framework, which we have now realised. Congratulations to Ms Erica Short on becoming the ACIPC’s first Primary Credentialling Infection Control Professional (CICP-P). Erica’s application was approved by the ACIPC Board of Directors at the meeting held on 3 March 2017. Congratulations Erica! To learn more, please visit this link: CICP-P

Best wishes for a great 2017,
Ramon.
Professor Ramon Z. Shaban CICP-E
President


International recognition of the College’s new Credentialling Framework

As I have reported previously, our peers in the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) UK are highly impressed with our new 3-tiered framework. The Journal of Infection Prevention has recently published an editorial by President Professor Heather Loveday in which she advises that the Society will be using our model as a template in establishing their new, revised credentialling framework. This is terrific news and it is another indicator of the global standing of our College among our peers; a salient hallmark of professionalism. I pay tribute to the ACIPC Board and to the former and current members of the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee for their leadership of this work and initiative. I especially acknowledge the work of the Chair of CAPS, Dr Deborough Macbeth, who is arguably the College’s strongest proponent of credentialling having been instrumental in its genesis. Well done to you all.


College collaborates with Australasian Society for Ultrasound Medicine with guideline development

ACIPC in collaboration with the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) has released Guidelines for Ultrasound Transducer Reprocessing. Within 24 hours of dissemination of the Guidelines there were numerous emails from national and international members congratulating the joint group on releasing excellent, clear and concise Guidelines. Many national emergency specialists have welcomed the new Guidelines and German ultrasound specialists will be adopting the Guidelines internationally. A very successful collaboration, and well done to all of our colleagues and peers involved.


International collaboration with the Infection Control Academy of India

I recently attended the BioAsia 2017 Health and Access Conference at the invitation of the President of the Infection Control Academy of India (IFCAI). I had the opportunity to present to the Conference and participate in panel discussions where I was able to offer insights into HAI, AMR and other healthcare outcomes. The President of IFCAI expressed great interest in developing a closer relationship with the ACIPC, which the College will explore into the future.


Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control 2017

Plans are close to final for the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course, we are very excited about the level of interest already expressed for the course. For more information, please check the College website.


Medtronic 2017 Infection Control Scholarship

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one?
If so, Medtronic wants to recognise your excellence! To find out more visit this link.


Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS)

In 2017, all Australian aged care homes (ACH) are strongly encouraged to participate in acNAPS. The acNAPS is a collaborative project between the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, The Guidance Group and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance Coordinating Centre. It is supported by funding from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care under the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) project.

The primary aim of acNAPS is to reduce harm to ACH residents by preventing infections and promoting appropriate antimicrobial use. It enables ACHs to undertake standardised data collection and to benchmark their infections and antimicrobial use against de-identified national aggregate data. Additionally, it supports accreditation requirements.

This year the point prevalence survey can be undertaken on a single day between Monday June 19th and Friday September 1st.If your ACH is interested in participating in the 2017 acNAPS, please contact the acNAPS team via phone (03) 9342 9415 or email support@naps.org.au Online training sessions will be scheduled for June.


Seeking your views – new quality standards and streamlined assessment

You are invited to share your views on two components of the single aged care quality framework:

  • The draft single set of standards and
  • Options for a streamlined approach for assessing provider performance against these standards.
  • The call for submissions will close on Friday 21 April 2017.

The Department of Health wants to hear from consumers, their families and carers, aged care organisations, staff of organisations, and other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.

A webinar will be held on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 2.00pm AEDT to outline the draft standards and options for the streamlined assessment process. You will be able to ask questions to help you prepare your online submission.

For information and to complete a submission, visit the department’s Consultation Hub.


Have you lost a laptop?

The College has been contacted by a member of the public with the following message: ‘I was out walking in Melbourne today when I found a dropped bag. No ID in the bag but it had a laptop in a canvas bag from the ACIPC 2016 conference.’ If you have lost a laptop and think this may be yours please contact the ACIPC Secretariat admin@acipc.org.au or 07 3211 4695.