April 2020
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
Much has happened since my last correspondence, so apologies for the longer than normal message! Over the last week we have seen pleasing results from our interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, the challenges continue, and I am aware that many of you continue to work long and exhausting hours under intense conditions.
There continues to be differing opinions and recommendations in how to manage our patients. What has not changed is our knowledge that is spread via droplets, and the most common way it is spread is from close contact with an infectious person, contact with droplets from an infected persons cough or sneeze, or touching objects and surfaces contaminated with droplets and then touching your mouth and face. Most importantly, this is also what the epidemiology of the disease is telling us.
As always, please take care to ensure your sources of information are reliable. ACIPC recommend the Commonwealths website.
The reality is there is so much more to do, and to use a quote, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
1. 2020 Conference 
As you know, the conference planned for 2020 has been postponed. Together with Conference Design, we are working hard on identifying other options for November this year, and we will keep you posted. On behalf of the Board I extend my sincere gratitude to the Scientific Conference Committee for their hard work in compiling what was to be an outstanding program, much of which we hope to take to the 2021 conference in Adelaide.
2. National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce
As some of you may be aware, the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce has been established to undertake continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19.
ACIPC is proud to be a member partner of the Taskforce.  I am on the National Steering Committee, and Professor Brett Mitchell is representing the College on the National Guidelines Leadership Group. The taskforce works closely with the National Infection Control Expert Group (on which ACIPC is also represented), providing advice to AHPPC.
The Guidelines are published on the Magic App (this is the same platform used for the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare) facilitating “Living Guidelines” that will be updated weekly with the latest evidence.
I urge you to familiarise yourself with the Taskforce website which also has links to the updated guidelines on the Magic App.
Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
Cardinal Health – Deadline 30th April 

Cardinal Health Scholarships can assist with funding the important work members do, be it designing and implementing infection control strategies, research, training programs, clinical governance etc. Funding is also available for further education in the IPC field. Everything you need to know including applications forms can be found on the ACIPC Scholarships and Awards page.
ACIPC FIPC May 2020 – limited places still available

There are a handful of places still available in our Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course. For this intake, we are offering accelerated delivery mode. This means that the course could be completed in approximately 80 hours over a few weeks should the student choose, or have the time to work through the course material. The Course Coordinator will support students with live webinars, phone, and email support. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 will be included in the course. The start date is May 6th 2020, you can enrol
here now and payment plans are available.
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Setting online course

The College is currently running a 2-week online course for a client working in the aged care sector. The course aims to prepare residential and community aged care setting staff with the necessary information to design implement and evaluate high quality infection prevention and control practices in an aged care setting. More information will be available on the ACIPC website shortly. Please contact the College for any IPC training enquires.
Video Updates 

Thanks to Board Members Dr Sally Havers and Anne Whitfield who have recently posted brief videos on the ACIPC website. If you would like to share something you are doing at your workplace that you think will interest others, please feel free to pitch your idea to us with a view to making a short video for the website.  Email for more information.
GAMA webinar series
During April, ACIPC partnered with GAMA Healthcare to produce a webinar series aimed at supporting members and healthcare workers right now.
If you missed out, these brief but informative recordings can be accessed here.
           With Dr Moira Junge             With Professor Darren Morton             With Dr Lisa Conlon
Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus

The final webinar in this series will be held on Thursday 14 May 2020

We hope you can join us at what is a very topical event. 
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.

The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:
  1. standard safety precautions;
  2. when to ‘lock down’;
  3. risk and governance;
  4. work, health and safety;
  5. incident management;
  6. open disclosure;
  7. insurance;
  8. dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  9. regulatory and mandatory reporting.
Join the GOARN COVID 19 Knowledge Hub! 

The Global Outbreak and Response Network COVID-19 Knowledge Hub is designed as a central repository of quality public health information, guidance, tools and science for responders, researchers and general public to enable them to access the best COVID-19 resources available at any point in time. 
The COVID-19 Pandemic demonstrates how important it is to come together as a community to share good practice when faced with so many unknowns of an emerging disease. As a partnership of over 250 institutions, GOARN is an important producer and consumer of the many scientific and pragmatic public health solutions that are being forged from the pandemic response experience at the country, regional and global level. We welcome your support and collaboration to grow and develop the GOARN COVID 19 Knowledge Hub together. Most importantly, we invite you to utilize its resources to inform your operational decision and solutions to control the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Tasmanian Infection Prevention and Control (TIPCU) have produced two videos demonstrating Personal Protective Equipment for:
  • Contact and droplet precautions
  • Contact and airborne precautions
 These videos add to the suite of previously produced videos demonstrating PPE for:
  • Standard precautions
  • Contact precautions
  • Droplet precautions
  • Airborne precautions
 All 6 videos are freely available here
Harvard Business Review – Working from home resources

Whilst many members are working on the front line during COVID, a large number of us are juggling multiple responsibilities whilst working from our home. HBR has a number of helpful articles, podcasts and toolkits dealing with working remotely and making sense of leading and working through this difficult time.
There’s a dedicated page
here and standout resources include:
Latest articles from Infection Disease and Health online
Members will receive their hard copy of the Journal shortly. Here are the latest articles.
Contact the College if you need assistance with accessing your subscription online.

Improving sepsis care for hospital inpatients using existing medical emergency response systems
Anna Khanina, Kelly A. Cairns, Steve McGloughlin, Judit Orosz, Gordon Bingham, Michael Dooley, Allen C. Cheng
Clinical impact of rapid diagnostics using Xpert Flu/RSV™ PCR on antimicrobial stewardship initiatives during influenza season
Ruchir Chavada, Liam Clifford, Owen Weisback
Analysis of the integrity of ultrasound probe covers used for transvaginal examinations
Jocelyne M. Basseal, Susan Campbell Westerway, Jon A. Hyett
Estimating the utilisation of unregistered antimicrobials in Australia
Nadine T. Hillock, Jonathan Karnon, John Turnidge, Tracy L. Merlin
Hand hygiene compliance monitoring: Do video-based technologies offer opportunities for the future?
Katherine J. Mckay, Ramon Z. Shaban, Patricia Ferguson
Use of a radiopharmaceutical multidose dispenser for positron emission tomography: Risk assessment and mitigation measures for infection prevention
Daniela Karanfilovska, Ruth Martin, Howard Barton, Kenneth S. Yap, Allen Cheng
Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study
A. Oon, E. Reading, J.K. Ferguson, S.J. Dancer, B.G. Mitchell
Emotional touchpoints; the feelings nurses have about explaining multi-resistant organisms to colonised patients
Joanna Harris, Kenneth Walsh, Hazel Maxwell, Susan Dodds
An audit of nitrofurantoin use in three Australian hospitals
Rixt A. Wijma, Stephanie J. Curtis, Kelly A. Cairns, Anton Y. Peleg, Andrew J. Stewardson
Should we talk more about imported malaria in Bogotá, Colombia?
Kevin Molina-Ortiz, Valentina Puerta-Laverde, Estefanía Gutiérrez-Ocampo, Rhuvi Villamizar-Peña, Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales
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