Research

The College’s Research, Grants and Scholarships Committee facilitates and promotes IPC research and opportunities for members. The Chair is Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman and Committee Members are Nicola Isles, Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel, Matt Mason, Susan Jain, Professor Brett Mitchell, Ivy Gabatan and Associate Professor Phil Russo. Please email office@acipc.org.au with any questions for the committee. If you wish to provide a research proposal, please provide the information detailed in the Research Access Scheme Proposal requirements.

Research Access Scheme

The College encourages and welcomes original and innovative research in infection prevention and control. The Research Access Scheme has been developed to assist researchers who wish to contact the College’s members to recruit participants for research purposes. The Executive Management Team, or relevant committee will review the research proposal and accompanying ethics applications. Research proposals should be aligned with the College’s purpose and aims.

Disclaimer

Approval to use this scheme does not mean the College endorses or is a formal partner in your research.

Recruiting Participants

The College will notify members of approved research proposals via:

  • Posting as a Research Proposal message on the College’s discussion forum, “Infexion Connexion” (no material regarding research activities is approved by the moderator without the College approval)
  • As a  ‘New Research Proposal’ news item on the College’s website. This will appear on the front page of the website for a minimum of two weeks.

Other options may be proposed by the researchers for consideration.

Submitting a Proposal

All Research Access Scheme proposals need to be emailed to office@acipc.org.au. Please submit proposals as a single PDF.

Research Access Scheme Proposals

To access the Research Access Scheme, the following information must be included in a proposal for review and approval.

  • An Introductory letter including the title of the study and the investigators names, affiliations and qualifications
  • Evidence that the research has received HREC approval. This is a requirement before any access to ACIPC members will be facilitated
  • An outline of the study (no more than 1000 words) including:
    • Research aim and objectives
    • How the research will benefit infection prevention and control
    • How the research will benefit ACIPC members
    • Funding source(s), if any
    • Expected completion date
  • A description of the commitment, including time, expected from the participants
  • Any other supporting the researchers believe will benefit the review process
  • The content you wish to distribute to members (no more than 500 words) that includes information on the research, chief investigators name, contact details, information on how to participate (e.g. web links and email addresses) and other relevant information for potential participants
Acknowledgement

The researchers agree to include appropriate acknowledgement of the College in any publications or presentations generated from the research.

Cardinal Health 2021 Infection Control Scholarship

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2021 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas. The scholarship is to support critical infection control projects to enhance patient safety and assist best practice procedures and work place outcomes.
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 322 applications have been received and 91 projects funded. A total of A$530,000 has been awarded to date (between A$550-A$15,000 per project) 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.

Applications for 2021 have now closed. The 2022 applications will be open shortly. 

Cardinal Scholarship 

Category One – Educational Grants

Title Full Name Institution
Contributions of the laboratory in preventing the spread of infection  Cecilia Li  Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity and Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery 
Becoming the first infection prevention and control credentialled veterinarian in Australia: A One Health trans disciplinary approach to tackle the rise of epidemics within the animal-human interphase  Cristina F Sotomayor-Castillo  Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery & Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity 
Staying sane during a pandemic Kaye Bellis  Alfred Health 
Using education, training and competency-based simulation skills assessments to improve aseptic technique and infection control practices to reduce the rate of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs’) in resident/clients with and without indwelling devices. Wendy Palm Resthaven Incorporated 

Category Two – Major Research Project

Title  Full Name Institution
Does Length of peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) optimise Antibiotic Delivery: a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) to reduce interruptions to intravenous (IV) antibiotic delivery (The LEADER Study) Amanda Corley  Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital 
Research and Practice Priorities for Infection Prevention and Control in Australia Professor Ramon Z. Shaban Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity
Minimum Practice Standards for Infection Control Professionals in Australia Professor Ramon Z. Shaban Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery 

Category Three – Minor Research Project

Title Full Name Institution
Risk of organism acquisition from prior room occupants: A systematic review and meta-analysis Sindi Ford   University of Newcastle