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ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
March 2020
 
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From the President

Colleagues, (apologies for the long newsletter)
 
Healthcare workers are the current day heroes. Whilst many of us are doing our best to protect the community, many colleagues are on the front line providing clinical care. Furthermore, healthcare workers also need to tend to their own family and friends, and all the issues that the changes in day to day life throw at us. Work and life plans for 2020 and beyond have all been thrown into the air, and we don’t know when, or if they will back down.
 
The next 12 months and beyond will be challenging for ACIPC as we work towards providing members support and service.
 
I know many of you are working under intense and extreme pressure. Many on consecutive days on end without break. Clearly work demands will only increase in the next few months. I understand that everybody’s priority right now is responding to coronavirus.
 
Not surprisingly, many of our planned education events have been cancelled or postponed. We are very aware that many of you are now time poor. Where possible, we will utilise online and flexible delivery. Please see below for more detail.
 
You would have received an email earlier in the week regarding the indefinite postponement of the mandatory hand hygiene auditing. Whilst the College fully support the importance of routine hand hygiene auditing, we are also cognisant of the IPC resources required to undertake auditing. We would encourage all members to also share this letter with Executive staff at their hospital.
 
We would also like to reach out to any retired members who may have capacity to assist IPC teams during this time. For more details, please see below.
 
Sue Loucks has worked with the College over the past year as Executive Manager and Sue’s contracted time with the College has now come to an end. On behalf of the Presidents, Board of Directors and College staff I sincerely thank Sue for her hard work and diligence during her time with the College and wish her all the very best.
 
Finally, and importantly, please take care of yourselves, colleagues, family and friends during this testing time. If you believe the College can assist you any further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
 
ACIPC FIPC May 2020 accelerated delivery
 
In these exceptional times, ACIPC has taken the decision to make the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course  May 2020 available in its entirety from the first week of the course, in an 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 is normally spread over about 24 weeks, and modules made available about every 2 weeks, however our online learning management system fully supports an accelerated delivery model, with all learning material available on day 1. 
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.
 
ACIPC FIPC course start date is May 6th 2020
 
You can enrol here now and payment plans are available.
Postponement of ACIPC events and member resources

The College is reviewing the evolving COVID-19 situation daily and is looking at the best way to deliver resources to members during this difficult time. We will keep our members informed. A huge thanks to our ACIPC List moderator Michael Wishart and to members engaging with our online community via Infexion Connexion. If you are a member and need to check your subscription details please contact admin@acipc.org.au
ACIPC Members Code of Conduct

The ACIPC Members Code of Conduct has just been published on the ACIPC Policies page. The Code aims to ensure all College interactions are conducted ethically with honesty and integrity and in a professional manner befitting the College’s stature. This Code has been adopted to prescribe a minimum standard of conduct expected of members when dealing with each other, with the ACIPC staff and representatives and when representing ACIPC.
Retired IPCs – can you assist?

ACIPC are compiling a list of retired members who may be able to assist colleagues in IPC over the phone and via email during the COVID-19 pandemic. Commonwealth and jurisdictional guides will be provided by the College. Please contact Sara Kirby officemanager@acipc.org.au with a brief outline of your IPC background.
COVID and Infection Disease and Health
 
Dear Colleagues
 
It is important that we can share and learn from our COVID experience at this time and in the months ahead. A rapid review panel for COVID infection prevention and control articles submitted to Infection, Disease and Health has been established. This would not be possible without the support of those who have committed to being part of this. My thanks to those involved.
 
Any COVID related infection prevention and control articles submitted to IDH will utilise this rapid review panel. Should an article be accepted for publication, a fast track publication service will be facilitated. Further, any COVID articles published in IDH will be freely available for the coming months.
 
I would encourage members who have something novel to contribute to the COVID literature, to consider publishing their work.  Letters to the Editor (Correspondence) are also welcomed and may be the simplest way to communicate your contribution.  For those interested, I have also put some ‘tips’ or considerations below.
 
Is my work likely to be of interest?
  • Does my work add to knowledge or contribute something new?
  • Does my work relate to the prevention and or control of COVID?
  • Is my publication likely to help others in some way and or influence practice or policy?
 Tips for preparing your COVID submission
  • In your introduction, avoid providing too much data on cases – numbers and figures are changing rapidly and journals are not the most reliable source for such data.
  • Remember to include statements around funding, conflicts of interest and ethics (if applicable) at the end of work
  • Remember to reference statements appropriately. To make this easier, you can use any referencing style when you submit, so long as it is consistent
  • Have you and someone else proof read your work before submitting?
  • The author guidelines on the IDH website have detailed information www.idhjournal.com.au
Kind regards
Professor Brett Mitchell (FACICP, FACN, CIPC-E)
Editor-in-Chief
Infection, Disease and Health
The official publication of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
www.idhjournal.com.au
Publication of the 2020 AMR Strategy 
 
The Council of Australian Governments have endorsed Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and beyond (2020 AMR Strategy) on 13 March 2020. It is now available on the amr.gov.au website. The direct link to the document is: amr.gov.au/resources/australias-national-antimicrobial-resistance-strategy-2020-and-beyond.
 
Endorsement of the 2020 AMR Strategy by COAG is a significant achievement. It reflects that we are taking a truly national approach to addressing the challenges of antimicrobial resistance in Australia. Our 20-year vision of a society in which effective antimicrobials are recognised and managed as a valuable shared resource to protect human, animal and environmental health will help us to collaboratively and collectively work to address antimicrobial resistance in Australia.
 
The 2020 AMR Strategy represents the expert views of stakeholders—from across governments and the animal and human health, environment, agricultural and food sectors—on how best to combat antimicrobial resistance. It is pleasing that we have been able to build on our efforts under Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 and can now broaden our One Health scope to include the environment sector as we start to position ourselves to consider other antimicrobial agents beyond antibacterials.
 
Implementation will be guided by a high-level One Health action plan, development of which has commenced, and more detailed sector-specific action plans.
 
Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus
Due to COVID-19, these events will now be held as webinars over two months. 
 
Webinar 1
Thursday 16 April 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here

Webinar 2
Thursday 14 May 2020
5-7pm
RSVP Here

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.
Hall & Wilcox – COVID Hub
 
Hall & Wilcox are regularly posting useful articles an health, law and workplace matters here. The page will include recordings of recent webinars.
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IPC Job Opportunity: Expert in IPC and public health

We are looking for an expert in infection prevention/ public health to assist with putting together effective policies and procedures to deal with the current pandemic in establishing a safe island community for vulnerable people with disabilities on South Stradbroke Island. We are in the process of setting up an inclusive community for people with disabilities, carers and families along with selected health professionals on the island.
 
We require expertise in establishing protocols for quarantine, testing, and management of food and supply chain management for people and supplies coming from the mainland. We are focusing on vulnerable people with disabilities and homeless people who will otherwise be particularly susceptible to COVID19 and./or have difficulty following guidelines for social distancing and self-isolation on the mainland. We seek assistance with development of these protocols and are looking to establish this community in the next couple weeks. There is room currently for approximately 500 people on the island and this can be scaled up in due course to 1000-1500 people over months to come. Contact: Professor Harry McConnell - 0438 731 634 - h.mcconnell@griffith.edu.au
UV-C disinfection systems – available for Australian hospitals
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Many ACIPC members would be familiar with UV-C disinfection systems or potentially recall the UVD Robot at the November 2019 ACIPC conference. IC Disinfection is an Australian SME that has secured distribution for the UVD Robot within Australia and New Zealand.
 
As a small Australian business, it has been out of our immediate capability to reach the appropriate specialists in this area in a reasonable timeframe, given the current situation with COVID19. We would really like to support our ANZ hospitals and healthcare facilities and are reaching out to ACIPC members who may like to receive information about the UVDR system.
 
The robot was the result of a Danish Ministry of Health project to reduce healthcare-associated infections after an MRSA outbreak in hospitals and is currently in use in globally in hundreds of healthcare sites, with hundreds deployed to Wuhan and Northern Italy to combat the spread of COVID19. The UVD Robot is recommended as an adjunct to current environmental and terminal cleaning standards.
 
In addition, the following video clarifies its practical use:
 
https://vimeo.com/393950242
 
https://vimeo.com/324792373 (Medical expert review)
 
Recent media articles: A clinical report outlining evidence-based applications of the robot is available.
 
Please contact:
 
Lyne Moncada MBA
Business Development Manager ANZ
m: +61 (0)447 675 915
o:  +61 (0)8 6499 2677
e:   sales@icdisinfection.com.au
w:  www.icdisinfection.com.au
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