December 2020
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From the President

From the President

 Dear Colleagues,

Amongst many things, 2020 feels like the year we never had. All those plans for the year we had agonised over weren’t just pushed to the side, they were completely obliterated, some never to be seen again. 

Extraordinary circumstances require an extraordinary response, and I am very proud that ACIPC members have been front and centre during 2020. I have only seen a fraction of the work our dedicated members have undertaken this year. In all types of settings, in various circumstances, responding, ramping up, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its been relentless, exhausting, traumatic, stressful, and I thank all members for their extraordinary work. 

Consequently, right now Australia is in a good place. Mistakes have been made, they always will, but we must learn from them. And if we have learnt anything this year, we must remain vigilant, responsive and agile. 

To that end, as a result of the Commonwealth’s requirements for infection prevention training in aged care, the College responded rapidly to accommodate a large intake of students to the Foundations course. As I write this, we have had over 3,080 students enrol to date. On behalf of ACIPC, I warmly welcome our new members. Sincere thanks to Jackie Miley, Education Manager and our group of over 30 new facilitators for guiding the students through this important study. We caught up with Perri Waddell and Janine Carrucan below and will aim to feature more of our facilitators in future newsletters.

The College is exploring how we can best support these new members. If you are working in aged care and have any specific resources you’d like to see from the College you are welcome to email

All members have access to Infexion Connexion, and we encourage our new members to post various questions, and I know our more “seasoned” ACIPC membership will support and assist where possible. 

Members may have seen an expression of interest for a voluntary Moderator for Infexion Connexion to assist Michael Wishart. Full details are listed below. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board for their support and guidance, and all members of our committee for their work and input. 

Thank you also to Ben Thiessen, Sara Kirby, Andrew Watts and their teams for their outstanding work during this year. As we head in to 2021, the College is well placed and resourced to continue to grow and support our members.

Please note, the ACIPC Office will close at 5pm Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and re-open 9am Monday 4th January 2021. During this time there will be limited monitoring of emails. 

I wish you all a safe, happy and relaxing break. 

Take care and stay safe, till next year!

Phil Russo
ACIPC President
Seeking Expressions of Interest

Dear ACIPC Members
Access to Infexion Connexion is a key ACIPC member benefit where more than 3000 members can share ideas, seek advice, and gain valuable insights from other members’ knowledge and experience in a fully moderated, collaborative space.  
Michael Wishart, ACIPC Director, established this forum and is currently the sole moderator of all email messages sent through for approval before they are posted - he is now looking for assistance to moderate the forum as College membership grows.
ACIPC are seeking expressions of interest from passionate, credentialed, members to volunteer with Michael to approve forum post emails that align with the Infexion Connexion list
If you would like to assist Michael as a voluntary Moderator of messages to Infexion Connexion, you will need to have the following qualities and attributes:
  • Is a credentialed IPC
  • Financial full member of ACIPC in good standing for at least 5 years
  • History of regularly reviewing messages sent to Infexion Connexion, and contributing to discussion
  • Have a passion for professional development of ICPs
  • Be willing to safeguard the integrity of the College and all members, and seek and follow the direction of the ACIPC Board as required
  • Undertakes to flag any concerns about breaches of the guidelines to the ACIPC Board, via the ACIPC office 
  • Has good access to email, and the potential to respond to email communication in a timely manner
  • Has a reasonable understanding of email etiquette, and a congenial and compassionate writing style
  • Is willing to work with other Moderators in email message management; and 
If you would like to express your interest in becoming a voluntary Moderator, please send an email to the ACIPC Board for consideration via the ACIPC Office Manager by 15th January 2021.
Please include a brief response addressing how you meet each of the criteria, and a 1 page CV.

We have released more courses and online resources!

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Due to the high levels of enrolments into the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course, we have released another course commencing on 10th March 2021. These spots are filling very quickly.
Please note: If you are an IPC Aged Care Lead, you are required to book through our courses dedicated to Aged Care Leads by clicking this link here.

Online Short Course in IPC in Aged Care Settings
ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face to face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years. This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. To find out more information and to book a course, please click here.

ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass

The ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities.To find out more information and to book a course, please click here.

Topics covered from leaders in the field include the following:
Insights and lessons from the COVID-19 front line
Safety vs welfare in an outbreak
Outbreak management in COVID-19 - Implications for aged care settings
Planning to transfer a resident to hospital
Communicating under pressure
Rural and remote considerations
Cruise ship lessons 2020
Environmental cleaning in aged care facilities
Antimicrobial Stewardship – What does a great program look like?
Waste Management - Getting it right 
Facilitators Interview

Introducing... Perri Waddell

What’s your background in IPC?
My background is largely in quality and clinical governance in the residential aged care space, developing and implementing policy and processes, auditing IPC practices, informing the development of training material for outbreak management, safe PPE use and promoting hand hygiene through environmental audit of accessibility and use of hand hygiene stations.
What interested you about the facilitator role?
I have long been a strong advocate for having IPC Leads in aged care homes as a budgeted portfolio with time and resources to have genuine oversight and ability to promote IPC practices. As such, the opportunity to support aged care nurses, many of whom would have come from 'the frontline' to study this important course, was too good to miss. The short notice and quick turnaround of the program means many students are completing the course without necessarily having planned to commence a new study just before Christmas at the end of an already crazy year- so they need loads of positive support and encouragement. I felt I could offer that support as I have recency of experience of the multitude of competing demands of our nurses. Plus of course I am learning along the way- both the course content and students excellent posts and learning to navigate Moodle.
What has 2020 taught you?
The true value of maintaining one's integrity and sense of justice and purpose. This world is a beautiful place going through a rough patch, we all need to strive to be kinder to others and show gratitude each day. I have never been more proud to be an aged care nurse.
What is something about you that others might find surprising?
I think I'll go with the fact that I love being on the back of our motorbike- as the pillion rider- it's the only time I surrender to not being 'in control' of my situation and its so relaxing, all I have to do is sit back, enjoy the scenery and trust my husband! Before the world closed its doors this year we rode through Patagonia- fabulous!

Introducing... Janine Carrucan

What’s your background in IPC?

Have worked in IPC since 2009 at Townsville University Hospital, currently Nursing Director Infection Prevention and Control. When I started my journey in IPC, I didn’t have any formal IPC qualifications other than a Masters of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, but quickly realised that this was my dream job , so completed Masters IPC at Griffith and have not looked back.  I am an active member of ACIPC and am very passionate about infection prevention.
What interested you about the facilitator role?

I have had various roles delivering education throughout my nursing career and thought the facilitator role would be a great way to continue my interest in education and to also give back to the community by supporting the emergent need to train aged care clinical leads.  I am passionate about IPC and want to influence this group to assist in preventing the dire events in aged care during 2020.
How has this year challenged you?

The biggest challenge for me this year was the pace in which we had to function.  Since February 2020, every day or week has highlighted a different question/challenge for the IPC team and as their lead I needed to navigate bureaucracy and people to get things done.  We have achieved projects, processes, and activities that we never thought we could have or would have been involved in.  Our scope of practice in IPC has increased and we are very much in everyone’s mind now.
If you had to define yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Passionate, patient focused and good sense of humour.
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
ACIPC recommends APIC podcast - 5 second Rule - Something is in the air - Airborne Transmission: The basics and not so basic

Air quality and ventilation are a big deal when trying to stop the spread of viruses like COVID-19 that can travel in the air. It can be daunting and scary but fear not! Dr. Hilary Babcock and infection preventionist Kate Gase break down the science of airborne and droplet disease transmissions. In this episode, Babcock and Gase discuss the various environmental factors that determine how infectious a virus or bacteria may be. They emphasize the importance of adhering to what science tells us about preventing the spread of diseases.

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National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

Back in late March, as many Australians faced life in lockdown and COVID-19 cases began to climb, ACIPC became a founding member of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and partnered with a diverse group of national peak bodies to provide clear and consistent guidance for the clinical care of Australian’s with COVID-19.

A first of its kind, the Taskforce uses a ‘Living Evidence’ model that responds rapidly to emerging research while adhering to trusted standards for evidence synthesis and guideline development. This rigorous evidence process combined with the Taskforce partnership model has allowed for hard conversations together with academic and clinical debate before arriving at 100% consensus recommendations.

Now, in December, we can thankfully breathe a little easier, with low COVID-19 cases numbers across Australia and low hospital admissions.  We can also reflect on the extraordinary collaborative effort, not just from the 32 member organisations, but the more than 250 clinical and evidence experts from around the country who have volunteered their time each week to review the evidence and develop or update recommendations.

This commitment to ensuring best-practice treatment guidelines has provided their clinical colleagues throughout Australia with confidence that they are armed with the latest research and trustworthy advice.

ACIPC members have been significant contributors to the Taskforce effort, including President Phil Russo, President-Elect Kristie Popkiss and Brett Mitchell. 
To date, the Taskforce has made 118 living guideline recommendations and published 10 living clinical flowcharts, covering over 100 clinical questions. This guidance includes strong evidence-based recommendations for the use of corticosteroids, including dexamethasone, a conditional recommendation for the use of remdesivir, and recommendations against the use of hydroxychloroquine. Summaries of the evidence currently available for another 32 therapeutic agents is presented, together with recommendations these agents only be used in the context of randomised trials. Several recommendations are being maintained for special populations including Pregnancy and Perinatal Care, Paediatric and Adolescent Care and Palliative and Aged Care.
The Taskforce website has been viewed more than 270,000 times, with 170,000 individual users from 180 countries around the world. With a 70% Australian, 30% international audience Australia is leading the way in living guideline development with countries such as Germany and Canada looking to adopt the model.
In 2021 the Taskforce’s expert panels will continue to meet regularly and convene as required when relevant new research is published.  Key focus areas for the new year include:
•    Disease-modifying treatments
•    Post-acute COVID-19
•    Infection prevention and control.
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Germitec’s Hypernova Chronos Wins Prestigious Prix Galien Award for First-of-its-Kind UV-C Ultrasound Probe High Level Disinfection System 

The Prix Galien Award, considered an equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical research and medical technology research, has honoured Germitec’s Hypernova Chronos as the Best Medical Device for 2020.

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Hypernova Chronos breakthrough technology has positively changed clinical workflow practices in decontamination of ultrasound probes between patients in Womens Health (IVF), Radiology and Imaging, Urology, Outpatient/Day Surgery, Intensive Care, and Accident and Emergency. The technology is reducing the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), which are estimated at 5-10% of hospitalised patients every year, resulting in substantial morbidity and mortality. It has been rigorously tested to kill high-risk cancer strains 16 and 18 of Human Papillomavirus that causes 70% of cervical cancer and other anogenital cancers, providing extra safety to patients. Several studies have scientifically shown in pelvic ultrasound examinations, emphasising the potential cross-infection risk when HLD is not the standard of practice.

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About Hypernova Chronos

Backed by more than 15 years of designing and developing hospital hygiene systems that have radically simplified the lives of healthcare professionals in terms of safety, time, and responsibility, the Hypernova Chronos is replacing impregnated chemical wipes, soak stations, and hydrogen-peroxide mist with a faster, simpler, and cleaner workflow for seamless high level disinfection processes (HLD). Hypernova Chronos’s ultrafast 90-second HLD cycle time, digital traceability, and chemical-free system is changing clinical practice, enabling UV-C HLD to become the standard of care in all hospital departments and clinics. 

Hypernova Chronos is approved in more than 35 countries worldwide, and now further, spanning into regions in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

About Germitec

Germitec® is committed to DESIGN the BEST innovations for Hospital Hygiene. Who are well known for inventing Ultraviolet Light High Level Disinfection (UV-C HLD) for reprocessing non-lumen medical devices: Hypernova Chronos and Antigermix E1. The UV-C products are designed for SPEED. SIMPLICITY. EFFICIENCY. ECO RESPONSIBILITY. PEACE OF MIND. And YOU.
They are enabling medical staff to change clinical practice to be the BEST in reducing cross-infection risk, thus improving the quality of patient care.

Further Information:
Infection Disease & Health – latest online article

Evaluation of infection prevention and control preparedness in acute care nurses: Factors influencing adherence to standard precautions

Siew Hoon Lim, Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Fazila Aloweni and Nur 'Azzah Bte Suhari 
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