Scholarships & Awards

College members are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and awards in order to advance their careers in infection prevention and control. Members are updated throughout the year on the application dates and we encourage all members to apply.

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. Winners will be announced shortly

Dr Joan Faoagali Award

$1000 towards Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course fees

Dr Joan Faoagali made a significant contribution to the education of members of the College 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.

Joan’s 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.

Joan was well known in the Australian infection prevention and control community. Joan was particularly interested in the education of clinicians, the prudent use of antibiotics, infection control and the intelligent use of pathology services. Joan was a passionate teacher and service development advocate in both high-level referral centres in Australia and New Zealand and in developing countries including our pacific neighbours. After initially qualifying in Microbiology in Dunedin, Joan was Director of Microbiology at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand and then the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals in Queensland. She held multiple adjunct academic appointments, including Griffith University, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. She will be remembered as a warm generous leader and mentor of students and senior colleagues alike.

The Dr Joan Faoagali Award recognises the significant and valuable contribution Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of ACIPC.

The Dr Joan Faoagali Award allows infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through participation in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

Applications for 2021 have now closed. The winner is Mi Gun Jeoung.  Read an interview with her here

Applications Forms

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control

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. The medal is awarded in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman, and her leadership in establishing the College.

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment and leadership to the College and the profession and practice of infection prevention and control. The award is biennial and offered in perpetuity from 2014, and includes; The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control, Entry onto the Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control Memorial Trophy; and $1000 prize money.

About Claire Boardman

Masters of Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2005; Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Monash University, 1991; Graduate Diploma in Infection Control, University of Western Sydney, 1995.

Claire has worked in both public and private health sectors. Claire is currently Deputy Public Health Commander and Executive Director IPCAR at Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria.

In February 2013 Claire was appointed as Deputy Director, RHD Australia based at Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin where she worked with jurisdictions and Indigenous communities to improve healthcare outcomes for those affected by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Prior to this appointment Claire was privileged to be working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in public health and infection prevention and control in the Torres Strait, Far North Queensland.

In her public health capacity Claire has worked in complex disaster and developing nation settings and has a strong ongoing interest in healthcare economics and Indigenous health issues.

Claire has held a number of state and national appointments including President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and member of the Antimicrobial Resistance Standing Committee, a statutory committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPC). Claire has held senior academic appointments at Griffith, James Cook and Melbourne Universities.

In 2013 Claire won one of four prestigious Council of Executive Women Scholarships to attend the Australian Graduate School of Management Women in Leadership course at UNSW that has assisted her in developing her leadership skills and executive presence. In 2014, Claire was a Northern Territory finalist for the Australian of the Year Awards. Claire is committed to addressing social inequities and disadvantage experienced in rural and remote settings and at the 2017 Annual General Meeting of CRANAPlus Claire was elected as a Board Member (Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia), where she also serves on the CRANA Governance Subcommittee. Claire is a member of the ACIPC Governance Finance and Risk Committee.

Applications for 2022

This award is biennial and will be offered in 2022.

Application Forms