Infection, Disease & Health Journal

Infection, Disease & Health (IDH) is the official journal of the College. Infection, Disease & Health is published by Elsevier on behalf of the College and is MEDLINE indexed.

Infection control faces radical challenges at the beginning of the third millennium. Infection remains the second most common cause of death worldwide, with healthcare-associated infection (HAI) affecting at least 1 in 10 hospital patients. Novel invasive technologies and immunosuppression increase the risk of infection and escalating antimicrobial resistance makes it more difficult to manage. People are living longer; and expect modern medicine, which has to be balanced against continued restrictions on healthcare resources. Healthcare tourism, along with migrants, refugees, business and holiday travellers allow pathogens to spread throughout the ‘global village’.

More than ever before, the prevention and control of infection and infectious disease require careful consideration of the interconnections between environment and human and animal health. Such an approach, commonly referred to as ‘One Health’, has implications for policy makers, researchers, public health practitioners, economists and clinicians, all of whom are critical managing all aspects of infection. The ‘One Health’ approach underpins the College’s new journal Infection, Disease & Health.

Infection, Disease & Health publishes original research into infectious diseases old and new, emerging and endemic, with a focus on the interface between human, animal and environmental factors. However, the journal will also continue to emphasise the unique role of healthcare settings and personnel in the potential spread of opportunistic pathogens and antimicrobial resistance among vulnerable patients and amplification and spread of emerging and community-acquired infections between hospital and community.

We hope that Infection, Disease & Health will inform and entertain readers with comprehensive content on a broad range of areas affecting all aspects of infection. Letters, commentaries and opinions that debate and discuss contemporary issues presented in, and outside, the Journal, are welcome. Our publisher, Elsevier, brings an impressive global publishing platform and exciting initiatives to support the Journal. These include the use of social media to disseminate information and invite comment, audio slides – short, webcast-style presentations shown next to online articles and a virtual microscope – an integrated browser-based slide viewer that provides access to high resolution whole slide images.

The support and assistance of peer-reviewers remains key to the whole process and the editorial team are extremely grateful to expert reviewers across the world. Without your valuable input, we would not be able to produce the Journal. We will continue to publish the names of those involved in peer review annually, to recognise and acknowledge individuals involved in establishing this Journal.

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Professor Brett Mitchell, The University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia

Professor Brett Mitchell is a professor of nursing at the University of Newcastle and has over 150 peer reviewed publications and conference presentations. Brett is a Fellow of ACIPC and the Australian College of Nursing. Brett has worked in the area of infection control for many years, including leading infection control programs in hospitals and at a state level. His research interests in the area of infection control include environmental cleaning, pneumonia, surveillance, and urinary tract infections.

Associate Editors

  • Dr Oyebola Fasugba
    Research Officer, ‎Australian Catholic University & St Vincent’s Health, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Jason Kwong
    Infectious Diseases Physician; Early Career Researcher, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
  • Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel, RN, PhD
    Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery and QEII Jubilee Hospital, Brisbane, Australi

Senior Editors

  • Professor Stephanie Dancer
    Edinburgh Napier University, Consultant Microbiologist and Professor of Microbiology, School of Nursing, United Kingdom
  • Professor Ramon Z. Shaban
    The University of Sydney, Australia

Section Editors

  • Professor Allen Cheng
    Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Gwendolyn Gilbert
    The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Editorial Board
  • Dr. Noleen Bennett
    The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia
  • Professor Michael Borg
    Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
  • Dr. Ann Bull
    The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Australia
  • Dr. Emma Burnett
    University of Dundee School of Nursing and Midwifery, United Kingdom
  • Professor Peter Collignon
    Canberra Hospital, Australia
  • Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
    University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Evonne Curran
    Glasgow Caledonian University, Infection Control Consultant, School of Nursing, United Kingdom
  • Dr. John Ferguson
    John Hunter Hospital, Australia
  • Dr. Jenny Firman
    Commonwealth Treasury, Australia
  • Professor Dale Fisher
    National University Hospital, Singapore
  • Dr. Joshua Freeman
    Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
  • Professor Anne Gardner
    Australian Catholic University, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australia
  • Professor Nicholas Graves
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Dr. Bill Jarvis
    Jason and Jarvis Associates, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physician, Investigation and Prevention Branch, United States
  • Dr. Moi Lin Ling
    Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  • Dr. Deborough MacBeth
    Queensland Health, Australia
  • Professor David Paterson
    Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Australia
  • Professor Thomas Riley
    University of Western Australia, Professor of Microbiobology, Australian Centre for Pathology & Medical Research, Australia
  • Dr. Philip Russo
    Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia
  • Professor Patricia W. Stone
    Columbia University Center for Health Policy, United States
  • Professor Rhonda Stuart
    Monash Health, Australia
  • Professor Paul Turner
    University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Professor David Weber
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States