Webinars
Best practice for the management of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

Presenter: Kerry Poole Nurse Continence Specialist – Victorian Continence Resource Centre.

About Choosing a disinfectant & auditing 'clean'

Biography: Kate joined GAMA Healthcare in January 2018 and now holds the position of Head Clinical Solutions, Training & Support for Australia and New Zealand. A Conjoint Fellow of the School of Nursing and Midwifery College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing – University of Newcastle, Kate is experienced in a wide range of disciplines gained over 35 years in nursing. Much of her professional life has incorporated staff development and patient education, but first and foremost, she is an advocate for improving patient care. In 2017 Kate joined a team of healthcare professionals to develop and deliver Infection prevention training to remote villages within the far Northern islands of Papua New Guinea. Kate has presented at both the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) and has been instrumental in developing new and innovative learning platforms to enhance infection prevention knowledge for healthcare workers

About Infection Prevention recommendations in plain English

A plain English guide to include:

  • National guidelines pertaining to Infection Prevention in Aged Care
  • Understanding standard and transmission-based precautions
  • Outbreak management

Biography: Kathy is a senior clinician and HAI Manager for NSW Clinical Excellence Commission responsible for the strategic direction and support for Infection Prevention and Control and HAI reduction across NSW Healthcare. She has 30 years’ experience in health, with previous management responsibility and organisational accountability as the senior ICP/Program Manager for WSLHD for 21 years.

About Residential Aged Care Infection Prevention Experience

ACIPC are delighted to make available these three recordings from Ann Whitfield, ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E).
Ann travelled from WA to Victoria to assist with the COVID-19 response in Aged Care settings. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak.

About Personal Protective Equipment

ACIPC are delighted to make available these three recordings from Ann Whitfield, ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E).

Ann travelled from WA to Victoria to assist with the COVID-19 response in Aged Care settings. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak.

“It’s all in the gene” – Whole Genomic Sequencing the potentials for infection prevention and control

“It’s all in the gene” – Whole Genomic Sequencing the potentials for infection prevention and control
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Belinda Henderson, is one of the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s longest serving members of the Infection Control team. She has been recognised as a Fellow of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control for her contribution to the infection prevention and control profession through education, research and her leadership Nationally including her Presidency of the College.

September 2020 | Managing difficult behaviour in a healthcare and office environment

Darren Robertson:  Managing difficult behaviour in a healthcare and office environment|
Bio: Darren Robertson, Conflict Management Specialist, ProActive ReSolutions
Darren has an extensive background in supporting individuals and workgroups to work better together and build better relationships. He has studied and worked in Industrial Relations, Organisational Development, and Work Health and Safety. He has worked with some of the largest multinationals in the world such as BHP/Bluescope and PepsiCo.  Since 2012, Darren has been a consultant with ProActive Resolutions. He has built a strong reputation within the fields of Health, Justice and Education by using Restorative Justice approaches to develop programmatic learnings to prevent conflict, resolving workplace conflict as its occurring, and transforming that conflict into plans for cooperation.
Building a Psychologically Safe Workplace
Aristotle is known for his quote “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. In Health, working as an effective and high performing team is more important than in most other workplaces. To be able to achieve that goal of working as an effective and high performing team, the workplace needs to feel Psychologically Safe. In this webinar we will look at the idea of psychological safety and the role it plays in how we feel about ourselves, our teams, and our workplace.

October 2019 | Surveillance definitions

Presented by: Michael Wishart | Infection Control Coordinator, CICP-E

Michael Wishart is an infection control specialist with over 20 years’ experience of managing infection control programs and consulting on infection control issues. Michael established and maintains an ACIPC endorsed email discussion list, Infexion Connexion for discussion of infection control related matters by Australian infection control professionals and has worked as a consultant for hospitals, day procedure centers, and office practices through HICMR Pty Ltd. Michael is an experienced educator and has provided infection control education sessions for residential aged care establishments through ACHA Health and RCNA as well as yearly two-day infection control seminars for health professionals at Ashford Hospital. Michael also worked as a technical consultant to CDNA national infection control guidelines review steering committee. Michael is registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse and is in the process of applying for Credentialling (CIPC-E level) through ACIPC. He currently coordinates the infection prevention and control program at Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane.

August 2019 | Credentialling

The ACIPC Credentialling Framework builds on the College’s longstanding and successful credentialling framework and provides a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline. Our three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training together with peer review.

Importantly, the ACIPC Credentialling Framework is for everyone. A key underpinning philosophy of this change is to provide a career pathway for infection control professionals within a formal credentialling framework that is open to everyone working in infection control. More than three-quarters of College members work part-time in infection control, or have infection control as one element of a broader professional role. Whether you are new to the profession or have been practising for some time, there is now something for everyone in the ACIPC Credentialling Framework. 

Within this webinar you will find a range of resources to guide your application for credentialling with the College.

May 2019 | The REACH Study – Key Findings and lessons learned

The Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Study examined the impact of implementing an environmental cleaning bundle in 11 Australian hospitals.  Lisa will outline the study design, and key findings, with a focus on how the bundle was implemented, and lessons learned from the trial. 

June 2019 | The use of social media and relevance to IPC

Professor Brett Mitchell (Avondale College & University of Newcastle) is 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 and the use of social media. . 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.

About Care of the Wandering Resident in the COVID-19 Outbreak

ACIPC are delighted to make available these three recordings from Ann Whitfield, ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E).

Ann travelled from WA to Victoria to assist with the COVID-19 response in Aged Care settings. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak.

About the COVID-19 Q&A Webinar

Martin Kiernan – Martin has worked in the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for 25 years. He has Masters Degrees in both Public Health and Clinical Research. He is also a visiting Clinical Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London. Martin is involved with many government initiatives, IPC groups and advisory boards including the Department of Health (England) Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare- associated Infection (ARHAI) and is a past president of the UK Infection Prevention Society.

Kathy Dempsey – Kathy is a senior clinician and HAI Manager for NSW Clinical Excellence Commission responsible for the strategic direction and support for Infection Prevention and Control and HAI reduction across NSW Healthcare. She has 30 years’ experience in health, with previous management responsibility and organisational accountability as the senior ICP/Program Manager for WSLHD for 21 years.

Dr Andrew Stewardson – Andrew is an infectious diseases physician and NHMRC Early Career Fellow. He has a PhD, a Master of Science in Epidemiology, and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research. His research has focussed on the health and economic impact of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections, the transmission dynamics of antimicrobial resistance, and the implementation of infection prevention and control interventions.

Belinda Henderson – Clinical Nurse Consultant, Belinda Henderson, is one of the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s longest serving members of the Infection Control team. She has been recognised as a Fellow of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control for her contribution to the infection prevention and control profession through education, research and her leadership Nationally including her Presidency of the College.

About Leadership in a Crisis

In the webinar Leadership in Crisis, Dr Lisa Conlon discusses strategies that are important when leading in a crisis, such as COVID-19. Dr Lisa Conlon has been a registered nurse since 1989. For many years she was a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, working in both Australia and internationally. In 2000, she was a member of the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Timor Leste. On leaving full time military service, she commenced working at universities in both Australia and Sweden. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization, designing and delivering training programs for Emergency and Disaster preparedness.

Her teaching interests include: emergency and disaster preparedness, leadership and management, and nursing education. Her area of research focuses on military trauma team preparation and management, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

About Sleep and Fatigue in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr Moira Junge addresses and discusses the importance of sleep health in the current pandemic. Moira is a Health Psychologist and board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. Moira specialises in treating sleep disorders without medication, and is passionate about promoting sleep health through research, education, podcasting and advocacy.

Moira has a Doctorate in Health Psychology and has over twenty-five years experience in the healthcare sector, she was a nurse for 10 years at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne. She works in private practice and is also currently involved with supervising doctoral research projects at Monash University.

About Caring for the Carer Webinar

As health care workers are increasingly called upon to address the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that they practice self-care strategies – after all, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. In this presentation, Associate Professor Darren Morton explores evidence-based strategies from Lifestyle Medicine and Positive Psychology for caring for your wellbeing in the midst of a crisis. Associate Professor Darren Morton is an internationally recognised wellbeing researcher and educator. He is the Director of the Lifestyle Medicine & Health Research Centre at Avondale University College and a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He was also one of four people selected worldwide to write the board certification exam for the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Darren is the author of four books and over 60 publications in scientific and medical journals. He has also made numerous media appearances and has presented to hundreds of corporate, educational, community and academic audiences around the world. Darren is the world-expert on the “runner’s stitch” but his research interest nowadays focuses more on pleasure than pain. Specifically, Darren is passionately interested in evidence-based approaches for optimising human functioning and helping people live their best life. This has led him to develop wellbeing programs—including The Lift Project—that are now used in over 10 countries around the world.

Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship – In Practice

Kerrie Aitken is the Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist for the Townsville Hospital and health Services. Kerrie has worked in both community and hospital settings and has over 10 years of pharmacy experience. Kerrie is passionate about AMS and tropical infectious disease, and is a member of the Queensland Health Statewide Infection Control Network steering committee.

May 2020 | PPE training in Australasian hospitals – a survey

Presented by: Ruth Barratt – RN, BSc, MAdvPrac (Hons), CICP-E
Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Westmead Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney
Ruth Barratt is a registered nurse, quality advisor and researcher. She holds a Masters in Infection Prevention and Control and is credentialed at expert level through the ACIPC. Ruth has over 22 years of experience in this field across the private and public sector. Ruth has authored several IPC journal publications and represented infection prevention and control professionals on a number of Australasian committees and working parties. Ruth is currently studying for her PhD through the University of Sydney, with her research focus on personal protective equipment practice among clinicians.

November 2019 | Live from the 2019 ACIPC Conference

Presented by: International Invited Speaker Professor Jennie Wilson will be speaking with ACIPC Education Officer Jackie Miley live from the ACIPC Conference in Perth

Jennie has worked in the field of infection prevention and control for over 30 years, both as an infection control nurse specialist in London teaching hospitals and as a consultant epidemiologist at the Health Protection Agency. Her first degree was in microbiology, she has both an MSc in Public Health and PhD and is also a registered nurse. She has published extensively on healthcare associated infections and is an author of the Epic National Evidence-based Guidelines for Preventing HCAI in NHS Hospitals in England and Infection Control in Clinical Practice. She is currently Professor of Healthcare Epidemiology at the Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London where her research interests include the use of clinical gloves, surgical site infection and surveillance, urinary catheters and hydration of the frail elderly and she is also Programme Leader of the MSc Infection Prevention & Control. Jennie has been a member of IPS since becoming an infection prevention & control practitioner, and a board member for the last 10 years both as Editor of the Journal of Infection Prevention and currently as Vice-President.

Our future in Australasian IPC

Our Past President is nearing the end of his term and took the time to reflect on his time at the helm of the College. 

 ***Due to a technical issue our recording started later in Professor Shaban’s presentation. SLIDES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE and we apologise to any one who missed this excellent presentation. Fortunately the recording includes a great Q&A session with members. 

July 2019 | Standard 3 Version 2 lessons learned

Kristie Popkiss is motivated, passionate and committed to the field of Infection Prevention and Control because of the significant impact that it has on patients, visitors and staff in our health services across Australasia. She believes that Infection Prevention and Control requires more visibility, transparency and a higher profile, to improve the level of safety in healthcare facilities. Kristie is currently the Manager of Quality and Risk at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and is a Credentialled Infection Control Practitioner – Expert level, with over 10 years’ experience in the field. Kristie’s goal is to further contribute to the greater vision of improving both the culture and best practices of Infection Control for Australasia. Kristie is an ACIPC Board Director and the the Chair of the ACIPC Education and Professional Development Committee. 

April 2019 | Builiding IPC Capacity within a West Timor hospital

In this presentation, Ann will discuss her experience sharing infection prevention and control expertise, using evidence based World Health Organization (WHO) infection prevention tools to build capacity in a West Timor hospital. Tools used were the WHO Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Framework at the facility level 2018, and the WHO Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework 2010. 

Ann is the Coordinator Infection Prevention & Management, South Metropolitan Health Service, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group.