May 2021
From the President

Dear Colleagues,

The fourth hard lockdown in Victoria serves as reminder to all Australians we are still deep in a marathon with the finish line nowhere in sight. Despite a lengthy period of no community transmission, in a very brief time frame a lockdown is required to slow down spread. 

A major difference between this outbreak and previous outbreaks is that now we would expect most healthcare workers in hospitals to have been vaccinated. This should offer some protection to hospital healthcare workers from becoming sick. Efforts need to be directed towards vaccinating staff and residents in residential and aged care facilities.

I’m sure all ACIPC members will join me in vigorously encouraging all members of our community who are eligible for vaccination do so immediately.

Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control – The Aged Care Leads course

Due to demand, ACIPC has released more Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control courses.
The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (Foundations of IPC) 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.
With 11 self-paced modules, Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice.  Foundations 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.
Course Assessment
The assessments includes a series of online Key Questions (100-200-word discussion points), 11 Quizzes and a 3,000-word written assignment.
Course Level – AQF8
The Foundations of IPC course is designed at the AQF8 level, which means the course meets the complexity and expertise expected within a postgraduate Graduate Certificate or Diploma.

$1520 for ACIPC Members
$1820 for Non-Members
Aged Care Leads – Become a Credentialled IPC Professional


Did you know if you have recently completed the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course, you are eligible to become credentialled?

The College can assist you in taking the next step in your Infection Prevention and Control journey and becoming a Credentialled IPC Professional.

What is credentialling and why should I become credentialled?

For infection control professionals, credentialling provides a clear industry-recognised pathway whereby you can demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and attributes to be recognised by your peers as an Infection Control Professional. All applications are reviewed by the Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in a range of practice contexts.

As a credentialled ICP, you are professionally committed to excellence in practice as evidenced by your willingness to undergo peer review. When awarded, the credential carries the imprimatur of the College as the peak professional body for infection prevention and control in Australasia.

Completing the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course is the core education component for becoming a Primary Credentialled Infection Control Practitioner (CICP-P).

Everything you need to know to take this next step in your career can be found on the ACIPC website. The College Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee and Office staff can assist with any questions you may have. Please contact

We highly recommend credentialing to all recently graduated Aged Care Leads!

ACIPC Conference Community upcoming events:
Department of Health COVID-19 Resources for Aged Care Leads

ACIPC is sharing with members a COVID-19 Information and Promotion pack produced by the Department of Health for all residential aged care facility Infection Prevention and Control leads and managers to assist their engagement with their workforce on COVID-19 vaccination. 

Click here to view the resources.
Talking to patients about AstraZeneca vaccine

Earlier this week,  Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, sent a letter on the COVID-19 vaccination program and related ATAGI-THANZ statement.

View statement here
View letter here

For healthcare workers, please see below some helpful talking points for discussing the vaccine with patients. 

Talking to patients about AstraZeneca vaccine

Job Opportunity
Executive Level 1 - Project Officer - Managed Quarantine
  • Provide quality advice on complex clinical and infection prevention and control matters in health and aged care and particularly relating to quarantine and quarantine facilities.
  • Undertake assessment and/or audit on health, wellbeing and safety standards in accordance with Commonwealth Government led contracts and arrangements.
  • Use strong written and verbal communication skills to provide evidence based advice, manage the timely provision of high quality reports and input into complex information requests.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders on complex and/or sensitive issues, including gathering and analysing information in relation to health, aged care and quarantine.
  • Working with a small, high profile team, identify priorities related to the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.
Applicant kit
Preview Application Form 

Any questions about the job can be emailed to
Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard.

The first national clinical care standard for cannulas was released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on 26 May 2021. The introduction of the Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard has been embraced by consumers and healthcare professionals working with patients in the hospital setting.

While a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) insertion is one of the most common procedures performed in hospital, there are often problems.

Almost 70% of PIVCs need to be removed due to complications, including blockages, infections and other problems such as leakage into the tissue or inflammation. There is also a high failure rate of 40% for first-time insertions.

To read more, click here. 
National COVID-19 Taskforce


The Consumer Panel recently reviewed the 
Care of people who experience symptoms post acute COVID-19 flowchart. With several panel members with lived experience, it was an extremely rich and useful discussion and their feedback will be presented to the Primary and Chronic Care Panel this week.

The Panel also reviewed the preferences and values for the 42 'only in clinical trials' disease-modifying treatment recommendations and made no changes to the 2020 Consumer Panel statement.

The Consumer Panel is co-convened with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF). 

To view the flowchart,
click here.
Upcoming webinars and events via the Global Health Alliance

ACIPC is a member of the Global Health Alliance. The following webinars may be of interest to ACIPC members.

Peter Doherty Institute and Melbourne Children’s Global Health June Forum
7 June 2021
12.30-1.30pm AEST

Pneumonia is the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide, accounting for 15% of all deaths of children under five years old. Its effects are widespread but is most prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Children can be protected from pneumonia, it can be prevented with simple interventions, and treated with low-cost, low-tech medication and care. In this forum, researchers will discuss the latest in best practices in pneumonia research, including the findings from a recent MCRI-led review of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) and pneumonia in children for the WHO, efforts to improve the chest x-ray diagnosis of pneumonia, and the interplay between malnutrition and pneumonia.

Sunday 30 May: Sofitel Central, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 31 May and Tuesday 1 June: Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference is run by ASHM in collaboration with key sector partners as a platform for the dissemination and presentation of new and innovative research findings and better management across the Australasian viral hepatitis sector. Through this forum we aim to support the health workforce, government and community to work towards the elimination of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and supporting the communities living with these conditions in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia and Pacific regions.
Conference Theme: Progress towards hepatitis elimination targets: Taking stock and innovating for the future.
The Challenge of Practical Infection Prevention in Aged Care - Webinar presented by Whiteley 9th June 2021
Sponsored content
In June 2021 Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman and Dr Greg Whiteley, both experts in their field will share insights into sustained infection prevention in aged care including strategies for improvement and maintaining high standards and processes.

DATE: Wednesday 9th June 2021

TIME: 7pm (AEST) to 8.30pm (90 minute Webinar)
~ Earn 2 hours CPD at this FREE event

Presenter Information:
Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman
Beyond Infection Prevention Education in Aged Care -
How do we sustain it?
Key topics in this presentation:
• What happens after we have infection control leads?
• How do we implement and sustain improvement in infection
prevention and control?
• The importance of multi-modal strategies for improvement.
Dr Greg Whiteley
Practical Measurements for Aged Care with Hand Hygiene
and Surface Hygiene
Key topics in this presentation:
• Decoding Transmission issues
• If you don’t measure it… you don’t know
• Maintaining high standards and processes
• What can we measure?
- ATP Testing Algorithm
- Hand Hygiene Compliance

Registrations close Friday 4
th June 2021
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