June 2020
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
I’m sure you’ve heard many times now the adage that you need to make the most of every crisis. COVID-19 is clearly a modern day crisis, and I’d like to share with you a couple of areas where ACIPC is working hard in the background
Clearly the absence of our conference and the cancellation of face to face educational and networking opportunities means we need to change the way we function, in particular, how we engage with members and industry. To this end, Ben Thiessen, Managing Director of Conference Design, and his team are exploring a range of initiatives to ensure we can continue to support our members and maintain our strong relationships with industry. I look forward to updating you on these exciting initiatives in the future.
Over recent months we have also received many requests from various non health related business parties to provide expert infection prevention advice and education. Whilst this was not a normal part of ACIPC business, we are exploring ways to provide a sustainable model that will allow the College to respond to these requests efficiently and to the benefit of all.
Before I finish, a special mention of Jackie Miley our Educational Officer. Jackie’s agile response to the significant increase in educational demands has resulted in high numbers of enrolments or the Foundation Course, and our new Aged Care online course. With further webinars and a masterclass in the plaining, Jackie continues to work hard to meet your educational needs.
This is not the 2020 we planned. But like everybody, we need to adapt.
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

College Memberships

ACIPC membership renewals have been sent out this week. Thank you to all members for their continued support of the College.

If you are not yet a member of ACIPC and would like to join, simply email your details to and we will send you information about membership benefits and fees along with a link to join our community.

 Newly Credentialled Members
Congratulations to Sue Grieg, Janine Brook and Amelia McGuire who recently became Re-credentialled at Expert level.

The ACIPC Credentialling Framework provides a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline. The three-tiered framework combines the requirements for experience, formal education and training together with peer review.
We strongly encourage all members who are not yet credentialled to consider applying. Here’s a
useful video to get you started. We have a dedicated Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee who are available to provide feedback and guidance.
More information can be found
here. Start your application and the next step in your IPC career today!
ACIPC FIPC August intake

There are currently 205 student studying Foundations which is keeping our Education Officer Jackie Miley very busy.

Due to the popularity of this course, anyone who ins interested in undertaking this study can jump onboard the September 2020 intake.

Jackie will support students with live webinars phone and email. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 are included in the course.

You can enrol
here now and payment plans are available. The non-member rate of $1820 includes membership of ACIPC and the course can be run for a specific work group or facility, by arrangement with the College.
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Setting online course – new intake September 9  

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. It comprises 6 modules, about 18-20 hours learning, which consist of self-directed learning supported by online resources, video, structured reading, webinar content, moderated forum discussion, question and answer forum, and email.

The course can be undertaken over a 6-8 week period and a certificate of completion to students who complete the course. There is no exam.
Cost is $500 per student and more information including a link to register can be found on the
ACIPC website.

Recorded earlier this month, this was an ASID (HICSIG) and ACIPC co-sponsored webinar where panel members provided practical advice about how to prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19 infections in residential aged care facilities. A recording of the webinar can be accessed

To access slides from this presentation, please click on the presenter’s names: 

Kathy Dempsey
Deb Friedman
Noeleen Bennett

Thanks to speakers and conveners for these helpful resources and an excellent presentation.
WHO Western Pacific Region IPC COVID-19 Webinar Series
The focus for the Western Pacific IPC Network Webinar Series for July is the role of Community Engagement in the COVID-19 Response. These webinars will be held every week on Wed, until Sep 30, 2020. And are at 10:00am AEST - 08:00 to 09:00 (Manila time) / 12:00 to 13:00 (Suva time)

July 1st
Community hand hygiene improvements: PNG experience
July 8th
Faith-based leaders and communities in preventing COVID-19
July 15th  
WASH considerations in emergency situations
July 22nd  
Primary health care in preventing COVID-19
Links to previous webinar recordings can be found
IPC Network Registration can be found HERE
WPRO IPC Resources are available HERE
Contact: Dr Jocelyne Basseal for any information on future topics (
RACPWA Webinar: Covid-19: Supporting the State in the Recovery Phase – Coping with Covid-19
RACPWA invites you to the fourth COVID-19 webinar hosted by the WA Regional Committee of the Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Date: Tuesday 30th June 2020
Time: AWST 5pm -7.00pm  / 7pm AEST
Venue: Online meeting via Zoom
Program: Coping with Covid-19
1) Managing Covid-19 across international borders: Dr Nell Gillett, Occ Physician & Group Manager H&S, S32
2) A Qantas Experience: Dr Ian Hopegood, Director Medical Services, Qantas
3) "A new Ventilator 'LycoVent'": Mr Mick Caratti, Engineer Dr Anna Negus, Anaesthetist Dr Paul Sadlier, Anaesthetist

Please register via this link
Please submit any questions you would like to have answered by the presenters to .
Hall& Wilcox Seminar: COVID-19 and expedited approval of therapeutic goods – a global perspective
COVID-19 has significantly impacted the healthcare sector across the globe. There has been such an increased demand for medicines and medical devices (including COVID-19 test kits, face masks, ventilators, vaccines and digital thermometers) to move through clinical trials and to market.

Never before has there been such a need for urgent and practical therapeutic goods regulatory advice. This 60 minute webinar, held in conjunction with AusBiotech, with speakers from across the globe, will delve into what the regulators (TGA, FDA and European Medicines Agency) are doing to facilitate the supply of therapeutic goods to market quickly due to COVID-19, including:
  • what are the legal, regulatory and ethical issues of rushing medicines and medical devices to market, including safety, human rights and equity of access?
  • what is involved with off-label use?
  • what are governments in Australia, the USA, the European Union and South America doing to fast track approval therapeutic goods?
This seminar will be held twice:
Tuesday 14 July 2020, 11.00pm AEST
Thursday 16 July 2020, 8.00am AEST
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles
Readability of online dengue materials: The need for accessible information as part of infectious disease prevention and control efforts
Zoe Meleo-Erwin, Corey H. Basch, Joseph Fera, Philip Garcia

Concerns for low-resource countries, with under-prepared intensive care units, facing the COVID-19 pandemic
Muhammed Elhadi, Ahmed Msherghi, Mohammed Alkeelani, Ali Alsuyihili, Ala Khaled, Anis Buzreg, Tariq Boughididah, Mohamed Abukhashem, Ayiman Alhashimi, Samer Khel, Rawanda Gaffaz, Najah Ben Saleim, Sumayyah Bahroun, Abdelmunam Elharb, Mohamed Eisay, Nafati Alnafati, Bushray Almiqlash, Marwa Biala, Esra Alghanai

IPC Job Opportunity: Clinical Nurse Consultant - Infection Prevention & Control

Permanent Full Time
Grade 2 - $117,318 - $119, 650 per annum plus superannuation and other benefits
Regional NSW (Broken Hill) 
Relocation assistance and accommodation provided

Randstad Healthcare has partnered with a public sector organisation to source a Clinical Nurse Consultant who specialises in Infection Prevention and Control. Our client provides primary care to approximately 30,000 residents in rural NSW (Broken Hill) employing 800 staff across 10 facilities in the region, including the base hospital.
Full Position description here

If this opportunity interests you please send your resume to or contact Indiana Evans on (07) 3337 5222 or a confidential discussion.
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