January 2021
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to 2021! I hope you all enjoyed some down time over the festive season, though I know many of you haven’t wondered too far from work. With some settling of the pandemic in Australia, many of you are now consumed with vaccination implementation and trying to maintain some business as usual activities.
We have just marched past a year since the first case of COVID19 was identified in Australia, and in an astonishing worldwide achievement we are only weeks away from rolling out the vaccine locally. Recently we joined with our colleagues from ASID and PHAA in support of Australia’s COVID19 vaccine strategy
In an equally astonishing achievement, the College has responded to the Commonwealths call for the establishment of Aged Care Leads across Australia. We currently have over 3500 students enrolled in our Foundations course to meet this need. To enable this, sincere gratitude to the 38 facilitators who answered our call to guide these students through this course. Again I acknowledge the extraordinary work of our Education Officer Jackie Miley, and our Executive Manager Ben Thiessen and his team who have worked many long days and weeks to ensure the College can meet the needs of our colleagues in aged care. More information on our Aged Care Members Group is below.
We venture into 2021 cautiously knowing that plans may change at any moment. In the meantime our Conference Community activities continue, and recently Martin Kiernan and Brett Mitchell presented their Top 10 publications for 2020. Thanks to our Platinum Sponsors GAMA Healthcare for sponsoring this event. A recording will be available on the Conference Community website shortly
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

ACIPC Aged Care Members Group

There are currently over 3500 Aged Care Leads from facilities across Australia who have become members of the College as they study ACIPC’s Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control. 
To further support these students ACIPC is putting together resources for the Aged Care Member Group.  

Last week Education Manager Jackie Miley recorded a short video with ACIPC Board Member Anne Whitfield about how the course is progressing and opportunities to connect with and support this new group of members.
ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass

The ACIPC Aged Care Masterclass is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities.
To find out more information and to enrol into the Masterclass, please click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination

This vaccine has now been provisionally approved by the TGA. 
For those interested, there are some technical documents on the TGA website including the AusPAR  and product information. 

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Places are available in the next course commencing 10 March 2021. These spots are filling very quickly!
Click here to BOOK NOW.
Online Short Course in IPC in Aged Care Settings

ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. We have places in 2 upcoming courses in February.
To find out more information and to book a course, please click here.

Recently Credentialled Members
This month 2 members have become credentialled at the Primary level. Congratulations to Emma Jones CIPC-P and Charmaine Dalton CIPC-P.

The ACIPC Credentialling Framework provides a clear career pathway for all professionals seeking a career in our discipline and the Credentialling and Professional Standards Committee are always happy to answer any questions members may have about the credentialing process. Find out more about credentialling here and email the office with any queries
ACIPC Members Discount - Elsevier Titles

Our friends at Elsevier have activated a 20% discount off the RRP for all text at
to claim the code, email

Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2021

Have you initiated a successful infection control strategy or would like to develop or implement one? If so, Cardinal Health want to recognise your excellence! The Cardinal Health 2021 Infection Control Scholarship has been designed to encourage Australian and New Zealand infection control practitioners to share their successes and innovations and to gain support for further work in these areas.
For more information, click here.

39th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Online, Local & Hosted from Geneva, Switzerland
24-29 May 2021

ESPID 2021
ESPID 2021 will bring together the most prominent researchers and clinicians in the field of paediatric infectious diseases and related fields. The Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge, generate new ideas and advance your clinical practice in a relaxed, smart, albeit casual atmosphere. Find out more:
You can also take an active role in this world-class PID programme.
Submit your abstract by February 1, for the opportunity to gain international exposure for your research and start new collaborations.
ACIPC members have been offered FREE access to 4 PID sessions from last year’s meeting –
watch here
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

A reflection of 2020: Reviewers, metrics and Editor's pick
Brett G. Mitchell
Sick leave accessibility in junior doctors at an Australian health service
Lucy Mitchell, Nicholas Coatsworth
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
Exploring rural patients' understanding of the types, risk factors and measures to prevent healthcare-associated infections in Australia
Jannine Bailey, Tegan Dutton, Catherine Hawke, Jessica Illife, Michelle Kirkby, Suzanne Lovell Smart, Peta O'Brien, Karen Paxton, Ramon Z. Shaban, Linda Thomas, Sandra Wharton
Travel health seeking behaviours, masks, vaccines and outbreak awareness of Australian Chinese travellers visiting friends and relatives – Implications for control of COVID-19
Tara Ma, Anita Heywood, C.Raina MacIntyre
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
Nurses' and midwives’ cleaning knowledge, attitudes and practices: An Australian study
Brett G. Mitchell, Philip L. Russo, Martin Kiernan, Cassie Curryer
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
How accurately is hospital acquired pneumonia documented for the correct assignment of a hospital acquired complication (HAC)?
D. Bartley, R. Panchasarp, S. Bowen, J. Deane, J.K. Ferguson
Re-purposing of domestic steam disinfectors within the hospital-at-home setting
Beverley C. Millar, Jonathan Stirling, Mollie Maguire, Rachel E. Moore, Alan Murphy, John E. Moore
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
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