September 2020
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From the President

From the President
Dear Colleagues,
Although we are not preparing ourselves for a conference in Sydney this year, we can still network and disseminate our work through the new ACIPC Conference Community. The ACIPC Conference Community has been established to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference. Already our first presentation, the COVID-19 Live Q&A webinar has been held (
Register HERE). Thank you to our panellists Belinda Henderson, Professor Brett Mitchell, Kathy Dempsey and Professor Kirsty Buising. This excellent and well attended event was of many on this platform and a call for Presentations is outlined below. I strongly encourage you to make the most of the ACIPC Conference Community.
Another change in the way we do business this year is how we conduct the Annual General Meeting. This year it will be held online on Tuesday 19th November at 1:00 pm AEDST. Members will soon be sent an official notification.
Congratulations to Janine Carrucan has just been recredentialled as a CICP-E. Credentialling is one of the College’s hallmarks of professionalism. We understand that this is an incredibly busy time for all working in IPC and I encourage you to maintain your credentialling status. The College seeks to support our members who are leaders in infection prevention and control through ongoing credentialling, through which your expertise and experience are globally recognised. Our office will notify you once your due date is approaching and you’re welcome to check your credentialing status by emailing
Finally, another show of gratitude to all of you who are working so hard this year. For many the workload has been intense, working well beyond paid hours, open to critique, and often thankless. It is important we continue to support each other and check in on our colleagues
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

Call for Presentations

A vital component of the ACIPC Conference is the contributions made by our peers, as such we are excited to be offering a new look call for presentations for this year's Conference.

We invite submissions for the following:
  • Short Oral Presentations: designed to give novice presenters, early career researchers and consumers the opportunity to develop their presentation skills by pre-recording and perfecting their presentations prior to delivery at the time of the conference.
  • Standard Oral Presentations: designed for the presentation of interesting Case Studies and Quality Improvement Initiatives from Front Line Workers and Carers, Policy Makers, Healthcare Managers and Consumers.
  • Industry Supplier Presentations: presentations from commercial entities who are actively engaged with the supply of products and services to the Infection Control industry.
  • Panels and Webinars: Sessions should include an overall topic of significant interest and relevance to the profession, with 3 – 4 panelists discussing perspectives on the session topic.
  • Experiences and stories from the field: designed to be brief, informal snippets from our colleagues and consumers in the field. Fun and creativity are encouraged!
  • Poster Presentations: poster’s will be available to view on demand throughout the conference in the online poster gallery. Presenters can also include a short 3-minute pre-recorded video about their poster.
To ease pressure on authors and help ensure everyone who wishes to contribute to the conference community will have an opportunity, we are pleased to be offering two call for abstracts.

For those interested in presenting before the end of 2020,

please submit an abstract before 23 October


Registration for the ACIPC Conference Community is FREE for members and non-members and includes access to the following activities as they are confirmed:
  • Live and Pre-Recorded Invited Keynote Presentations
  • Online Panel Sessions
  • Online Poster Presentations
  • Online Free Paper Presentation Sessions
  • Dedicated Educational Sessions delivered by ACIPC Partners
  • Online Exhibition Area
  • Online Discussion Forums
  • Online Meeting Hub to connect with other Community registrants
  • Physical Regional Events when appropriate
Register now to catch up on the ACIPC COVID-19 Q & A Webinar held on Wednesday 2 September
Next webinar:
Healthcare Worker vaccination – time and date TBC and members will be updated shortly!
ACIPC Conference Community is Proudly supported by
Platinum Sponsor 
Gold Sponsor 
Bronze Sponsor 
AS/NZS 4187:2014 Online Symposium

Foundations in Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Short Course 

proudly supported by
Webinar recording - Hong Kong Covid-19 Preparation for aged care
ACIPC Past President Professor Marilyn Cruickshank recently joined Professors Terry Lum, Kathy Eagar and Joe Ibrahim on an expert panel to draw out the lessons from Hong Kong’s exemplary protection of people in residential aged care from the COVId-19 pandemic. A recording of this webinar can be found on the
ACIPC home page.
ACIPC Lunch and Learn Members Webinars

We have had some excellent topics and speakers recently and members can access recordings of our latest webinars via the
Members Area.
  • Kerrie Aitken: Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship – In Practice
  • Darren Robertson - Managing difficult behaviour in a healthcare and office environment
On Thursday 15th October at 12:45 - 1:45 AEST

Belinda Henderson will present: "It's all in the gene" - Whole Genomic Sequencing the potentials for infection prevention and control

Register to attend this webinar on the Lunch and Learn page via the Members Area. Thank you to our excellent speakers and conveners for sharing their knowledge and time with our members.


New antimicrobials report provides five years of local data 

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has released a new report on antimicrobial medicines use in Australia that has revealed a sustained pattern of high use in some of the most disadvantaged areas of major cities.

The Antimicrobial Medicines Dispensing from 2013–14 to 2017–18 report out today also has some encouraging findings, with a downward trend in national antimicrobial dispensing rates, which fell 13.3% over five years. 
For the first time, the new-format interactive report analyses antimicrobial dispensing over five years at a range of levels – national, state and territory, Primary Health Network (PHN) and local area.
The report builds on the findings of the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, which examined antimicrobial medicines dispensing from 2013–14 to 2016–17. 

Access the full report:
Data from the interactive report can be used by health service organisations, PHNs, general practitioners and other clinicians to review rates of antimicrobial dispensing in their local area and compare them with the rates for similar areas.
The report helps identify areas that may benefit from further investigation and targeted strategies to improve appropriate prescribing of antimicrobial medicines. 
Australia’s antimicrobial prescription rate remains high by international standards, and is double that of comparable OECD countries such as The Netherlands and Sweden.
While there has been a modest decline in antimicrobial use over the past five years, the report indicates potential overuse in some geographical areas. Outer areas of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne were found to have the highest rates of antimicrobial dispensing year after year.  

Media Release:
Antimicrobials report reveals consistently high use areas in major cities 
Infographic: Key report findings and list of 22 consistently high rate local areas
For more information, visit the Healthcare Variation page on the Commission's website or email

FIS/HIS International 2020 online will take place from Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 November 2020.

FIS is a unique conference which includes the collaboration of societies with interests in different aspects of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, biomedical science and infection control; the conference will be an invaluable source of education and if you are a healthcare professional with an interest in healthcare infection diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control, you will benefit from attending.

Although there will be no face-to-face element of FIS this year, the Scientific Programme Committee are already working to plan an engaging and interactive programme.

 WHO Western Pacific Regional  Infection Prevention & Control And Clinical Management COVID-19 Webinar Series 

7 October Adults (home and community care considerations)
21 October Older persons and long-term care facilities
4 November Care of the deceased (healthcare facility and community)
Time: 08:00 to 09:00 (Manila time) / 12:00 to 13:00 (Suva time) (3pm Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Zoom link for all presentations: Password: .QQ.FD@2
Additional resources: Click here to access WPRO IPC resources
Contact: Dr Jocelyne Basseal for any information on future topics
Link to

Global AMR Research and Development Hub - launch of Dynamic Dashboard
The Dynamic Dashboard is an overview of the clinical pipeline of products in clinical development.
You can find the pipeline presentation at our Dynamic Dashboard:
On the Homepage the information about the pipeline presentation is at:
Both on the Dynamic Dashboard and on the Homepage we provide direct links to the underlying data at WHO and Pew.


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Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

Assessment of the Clinical Pulmonary Infection Scores for prediction of ventilator associated pneumonia in patients with out of hospital cardiac arrest
Naveen Manchal, Maithri Siriwardena, Karen Hay, Kiran Shekar, John F. McNamara
Back to the basics: Hand washing is public health 101 and it works to slow down the spread of viruses
Hilary B. Tabish, Corey H. Basch
Antiviral efficacy of personal care formulations against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2
Sayandip Mukherjee, Carol K. Vincent, Harshinie W. Jayasekera, Ashish Shrikant Yekhe
Open Access
Improper handling of reusable medical devices post-use in inpatient units: Implications for reprocessing
Anaclara Ferreira Veiga Tipple, Lucimara Rodrigues de Freitas, Jeenna Louhanna Umbelina Spagnoli, Heliny Carneiro Cunha Neves, Dulcelene de Sousa Melo, Dayane de Melo Costa
Exploring barriers to and enablers of antimicrobial stewardship in rural health services
Kaye E. Ervin, Ka Chun Tse, Carol Reid, Elizabeth Smith
Registered nurses’ perspectives on how patients with multi-drug resistant organisms experience isolation
Gift A. Mutsonziwa, Jennifer Green, Jennifer Blundell

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