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ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
March 2021
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From the President


 Dear Colleagues,
 
Twelve months ago the rollercoaster left the station, and for many members, the ride continues in what must seem like an out of control fashion at times. Members will be heavily involved in the COVID and flu vaccination programs, on top of their BAU (business as usual!). Take care of each other.
 
The COVID pandemic continues to present multiple challenges for infection prevention and control. The demarcation between healthcare associated infection and public health has dissipated, and infection prevention expertise is in demand well beyond the hospital walls.  Recently I was privileged to be part of a small group to tour the quarantine facilities in Howards Springs in the Northern Territory. There were many learnings from observing the environment of Howards Springs and from meeting with their wonderful staff that will help inform how Australia manages quarantine in the future, for this and other pandemics.
 
The next 12 months will be as important and busy as ever, for members and also for the College. The College board will be meeting over two days in mid April for strategic planning. As you would be aware the significant uptake of students into the ACIPC Foundations course over the last 4 months has meant that the College has had to ramp up our education resources. The sudden increase in students, and hence members, has provided the Board an opportunity to review the College’s purpose and strategy, and of course the operational and organisational structures that will be required to achieve our priorities. I look forward to meeting with the Board as we plan for the Colleges future.
 
Finally, I encourage you all to follow the progress of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce which I have spoken about previously. Towards the end of 2020, a specific
Infection Prevention and Control Panel was established to review infection prevention control and evidence. The Panel is currently reviewing evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of respirators and surgical masks, eye protection, levels of ventilation, and portable air cleaning devices. It is expected some recommendations will be published soon. Similar to the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare they are available on the MAGIC app and accompanied by background information on the level and strength of the evidence behind a recommendation. Different to the national guidelines is that they are very much a living document with evidence reviewers constantly scanning the literature for new data. The IPC panel recommendations will be published here when available.


Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
ACIPC Conference Community Vaccination Hesitancy Webinar April 29 2021 7:00 EST



In this webinar, our expert panel will address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and discuss topics such as the speed at which the vaccines were developed, the role of technology in developing and distributing vaccines, vaccine safety and the possible long-term impacts on health that are yet to be identified.

Guest Speakers:
Associate Professor Christopher Blyth
Clinician Scientist, Division of Paediatrics, University of Western Australia Medical School; Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute; Head of Infectious Diseases, Perth Children’s Hospital; Clinical Microbiologist; PathWest Laboratory Medicine

Professor Julie Leask
Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Professor Mieke van Driel
Chair in General Practice, Head, Discipline of Primary Care & General Practice, The University of Queensland

Facilitator:
Associate Professor Phil Russo
President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

To register your attendance for this session, please visit this page. Upon completing your registration you will receive a confirmation email.

Registration for this webinar and the ACIPC Conference Community is FREE for members and non-members.
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
 
We now have Foundations Courses running once a month EVERY month, from April – November

Please note: This is the same course that the Aged Care Leads are completing. 

What is the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course? 
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.

The course has 11 SELF 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. This course reflects recent evidence, guidelines and standards. 

Where does this course take place? 
Online AND it’s self-paced! 

Is this course designed for me and / or my staff? 
This course is designed for professionals working in the areas of health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, office based practice, residential aged care, community health and health policy. 

Will I receive support throughout this course? 
Course facilitators will support students with live webinars (recorded), phone and email support. 

What level is the course set at? 
This course is designed to be at the AQF8 level. This means that the course is set at a similar level of complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate Certificate/Diploma program. Successful completion of this course will award a Certificate of Completion in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) Course. While this is not a University awarded Graduate Certificate/Diploma, the ACIPC FIPC course has been recognised by Griffith University and graduates from the ACIPC Foundations of IPC course may apply for credit against 8847NRS Contemporary Infection Prevention Practices. 

To find out more information and to reserve your spot CLICK HERE.
Dr. Joan Faoagali scholarship - $1000 towards Foundations course fees
 

ACIPC is pleased to announce that the Dr. Joan Faoagali award is now open for 2021.

The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to recognise the significant and valuable contribution our colleague Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of ACIPC and encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
We encourage anyone interested in undertaking this study to apply. The successful applicant will receive $1000 towards their Foundations course fees. 
Selection Criteria: 
•    The applicant must be a current financial member of ACIPC and have enrolled in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. 
•    The applicant must be currently employed in an infection prevention and control position and have been employed in such a position for at least one year prior to applying for the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. 
•    The applicant is NOT a member/office bearer of the ACIPC Board of Directors, Board Committees or Infection, Disease and Health Editorial Board

Applications must include:
A brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing the importance of completing the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course; A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting infection prevention and control involvement; Completed Application form. Terms and Conditions: Individual applications will be judged on the selection criteria. The recipient will receive AUD$1000.00 in the form of sponsorship to undertake the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

To find out more information, please click here. 
Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2021


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.
For more information,
click here.
Congratulations Maxine Anstis CICP-P and Maria Broumos CICP-P
ACIPC members Maxine Anstis and Maria Broumos have recently become credentialled at the Primary level. Maxine and Maria are also recent Foundations graduates.
Did you know that if you are currently studying, or have recently completed Foundations, you are well on your way to becoming credentialled?

Credentialling is available to members of the College and provides a career pathway for infection control professionals within a recognised framework. If you would like to know more, visit the
credentialling section of the ACIPC website.
Epidemiology of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Australia


Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) are a major threat to patient safety and the quality of healthcare globally. Despite this, Australia does not have a nationally coordinated program for the surveillance and reporting of HAIs. 
 
Epidemiology of Healthcare-associated Infections in Australia is Australia’s first peer-reviewed, evidence-based assessment of the epidemiology of HAIs using publicly available data from hospital-acquired complications (HACs), state-based surveillance systems and peer-reviewed and grey literature sources.
 
This important work has been compiled by some of Australia’s leading infection control professionals and researchers. It will build national consensus on definitions, surveillance methodology and reporting of the incidence of HAIs. In doing so, it provides hospitals and those working in infection prevention and control an opportunity to benchmark and evaluate interventions to reduce infections and ensure transparency on reporting methods that will strengthen Australia’s efforts to prevent and control HAIs.
  • Collated publicly available HAI surveillance definitions from jurisdictions across Australia
  • Collated publicly available national HACs HAI data derived from the associated surveillance programs
  • Identification of the gaps in both publicly available HAI data from different sources and the lack of publicly available HAI surveillance data in one serialised title
  • Supporting video summarising key content
  • Available in eBook format with print-on-demand option
To read more, click here.
ACIPC Members Discount - Elsevier Titles

This is a reminder that ACIPC members can claim a 20% discount off the RRP for all text at  https://www.elsevierhealth.com.au/
 
to claim the code, email
office@acipc.org.au

 
Update from Clinical Care Standards - AMS Indicators and CCS printed stock available

We can now advise that the indicators have been developed to support monitoring of the care recommended in the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health service organisations can use the indicators to support local quality improvement activities. 

Detailed specifications for the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard are available on the Metadata Online Registry (METeOR) at https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/736878. METeOR is an Australian web-based repository of nationally endorsed data and indicator definitions, hosted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Each indicator is described on our website and links to individual specifications are provided.

View the indicators here - 
https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/clinical-care-standards/antimicrobial-stewardship-clinical-care-standard/indicators-antimicrobial-stewardship-clinical-care-standard 

ACSQHC Clinical Care Standards has a limited number of free printed resources available to order. Order your Osteoarthritis of the Knee, Hip Fracture and Heavy Menstrual Bleeding resources here.

 
IPC Job opportunities:

Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant – GV Health, Shepparton. 
  • Permanent full-time position with fortnight with ADO
  • Relocation support may be available for the suitable candidate
About GV Health
At GV Health we are so much more than a regional health service. As the largest employer in the region, we work with purpose and pride and are committed to respecting and embracing diversity, inclusion and accessibility for our people and community.
It is an exciting time to join our GV Health team! We are currently in the midst of an exciting $229 million transformation of our Graham Street site, which comprises of a five-storey Inpatient Unit building, expansion of our current theatre capacity, new Critical Care Unit, a state of-the-art Dialysis Unit and an extension of the current Emergency Department.

To find our more information about GV Health please visit http://www.gvhealth.org.au/


About the role
In this role, you will have the opportunity to lead a team of Infection Control Coordinators and be responsible for developing and coordinating multi-disciplinary activities related to infection control. You will be responsible for providing expert and timely advice on issues related to infection control for patients, staff and care givers. You will also be able to participate in hospital wide preparation and achievement of accreditation standards.
We are looking for applicants who have infection control experience and who can demonstrate excellent communication and presentation skills. AHPRA registration is essential and as is an ability to work within a regional team environment.

Our offer to you:
•    Generous salary packaging, subsidised staff parking and discounted leisure memberships
•    Chance to be part of a great multidisciplinary team
•    Flexible work practices and options to purchase additional leave to help create some important work/life balance
•    Professional development and study leave to help reach your learning & career goals


Great things happen here in Shepparton. If you would like to learn more about what it is like to work, live and play in the Shepparton region please click here
A relocation coordinator is available to support you if relocating to the region.
To apply please visit: https://gvhealth.mercury.com.au/Default.aspx and enter 10589
Applications close: 7 April 2021


IPC Jobs are advertised on the ACIPC Job Board. Members can advertise for free, just email admin@acipc.org.au.
NZ Sepsis Conference 2021: Challenges for New Zealand


NZ Sepsis Conference 2021: Challenges for New Zealand, Lakeside Novotel Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, November 18-20 2021. 
 
The conference is a combined meeting between Sepsis Trust New Zealand and the NZ Conference for the Australasian Society for Infectious Disease (ASID).  We invite and encourage attendance from all healthcare professionals with an interest in the management of sepsis and infectious diseases from across the Australasian region. This will be a forum to review, discuss and even shape the optimal approach to the prevention, diagnosis and management of sepsis in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The conference will include plenary sessions, with local and international keynote speakers, and parallel sessions which will include ASID-specific topics.
 
We will have international speakers present virtually and then join us for real-time live Q & A, and virtual and onsite registrations available for our delegates and exhibitors.
 

www.sepsis.org.nz/conference/
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