From the President


So far 2020 is throwing us plenty of challenges, none less so than the emergence of the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This rapidly evolving situation will be impacting many members working to minimise its impact in Australasia. Together with Board Director Kathy Dempsey and previous ACIPC President Belinda Henderson, I am a member of an IPC Expert Advisory Group chaired by Professor Lyn Gilbert to provide IPC advice to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
As you will have noted, infection prevention advice is revised almost daily as new evidence comes to light. Given the rapidly changing situation, I direct you to information prepared by the Australian Government Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health which you can see here.
One can’t help but wonder if efficiencies in a national response could be gained if Australia had a national centre for disease control.
Also, our thoughts go out to all affected by the bush fires.  Sincere gratitude is extended to the extraordinary efforts by firefighters, volunteers on all levels and our colleagues working in these areas.

In February the ACIPC Board will have a two-day meeting, setting strategies and priorities for the coming two years. This is one of two face to face meetings the board has on an annual basis. Click here to see who your Board Members are.
Finally, I invite all our industry colleagues to register for the ACIPC IPC Industry Masterclass and networking event which is being held on Thursday 20th February in Melbourne. This is an opportunity for our trade partners to learn more about what their client’s face on a daily basis; from basic infection prevention and control principles to the drivers that impact upon governance, accreditation and safety and quality in healthcare. If you would just still like to attend our industry networking evening, please RSVP here.

Until next month,

Associate Professor Phil Russo
ACIPC President

Upcoming ACIPC events around the country
Several events are planned over the next few months across the country where members can catch up over a drink and some nibbles and hear from a local expert. These events rely on the invaluable assistance of members on the ground who work with the College to produce these evenings. Special thanks to Marija Juraja, Ruth Barratt, Wendy Beckingham and Darren Martin for helping out.

Adelaide 25th February Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)
Presented by Diana Lagana, Sharon Stendt, Irene Barron, Lisa Upton

Sydney 25th February Training in the use of personal protective equipment – one size does not fit all! 
Presented by Ruth Barratt

Bendigo 3rd March C.diff – are we doing it right in 2020?
Presented by Dr Andrew Mahony 

Canberra 17th March  Dr Nicholas Coatsworth will present on the topic of Sepsis 

Members – become involved!
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Recently Recredentialled Members:
Congratulations to the following diligent members who recently successfully updated their credentialling status:
  • Peta-Anne Zimmerman
  • Sue Atkins
  • Lisa Upton
  • Ramon Shaban
  • Belinda Henderson
  • Sue Borrell
  • Wendy Peecock
Congratulations as well to our colleague Katherine McKay who has earned the post nominal CICP-A.

Please visit the
credentialling webpage for information on how you can take the next step to enhance your professional standing in the field. If you were previously credentialled and are not sure when you are due for recredentialling, please contact
New Fellows of ACIPC
Fellowship of ACIPC recognises the experience, contribution and standing of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals to ACIPC and the profession. Congratulations to our most recent Fellows Sandra Roodt and Professor Ramon Shaban.
Join the Low-Middle-income Special Interest Group
This is a call out for members interested in sharing resources and working to support our colleagues in IPC working in LMI countries. The LMI SIG meets throughout the year via teleconference and also face to face at the ACIPC Conference. Members can request and share information via the LMI SIG email forum and membership is open to any ACIPC member working in IPC in an LMI area, or with an interest in supporting IPC colleagues in this sector. Interested? Email Sara at to find out more.
Latest from Infection Disease & Health
Here are the latest articles available online:
A reflection of 2019: Reviewers, metrics and Editor's pick
Brett Mitchell
Spatial clusters of Clostridium difficile infection and an association with neighbourhood socio-economic disadvantage in the Australian Capital Territory, 2004–2014
Aparna Lal, Ashwin Swaminathan, Teisa Holani
Evaluating the implementability of Antibiotic Surgical Prophylaxis guidelines
Courtney Ierano, Darshini Ayton, Trisha Peel, Caroline Marshall, Karin Thursky
Bloodstream infections in neutropenic patients with haematological malignancies
Ana Sofia Carvalho, Diana Lagana, Jennifer Catford, David Shaw, Narin Bak
Two carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks detected retrospectively by whole-genome sequencing at an Australian tertiary hospital
Alexandra Marmor, Kathryn Daveson, David Harley, Nicholas Coatsworth, Karina Kennedy
CRyptOcoccosis in Newcastle and the hUnTer (CRONUT) – An epidemiological study
Carly M. Hughes, Daniel Lennon, Joshua S. Davis
Hand hygiene beliefs and behaviours about alcohol-based hand rub use: Questionnaire development, piloting and validation
Wai Khuan Ng, Ramon Z. Shaban, Thea van de Mortel
Evaluation of a hepatitis B virus protection intervention among interns at Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt
Rehab H. El-Sokkary, Rehab M. ElSaid Tash, Eman M. Mortada, Omnia S. El Seifi
Plasmodium vivax infection due to percutaneous exposure in non-endemic area
Yesid Fabián Mantilla-Flórez, Bibiana Patricia Barragán, Eduardo Adrés Tuta-Quintero, Carlos Eduardo Pérez-Díaz
Review of published and grey literature on the presence of Antimicrobial resistance in food in Australia and New Zealand report
The review of published and grey literature on the presence of Antimicrobial resistance in food in Australia and New Zealand report (the report) has now been published and is available on the Australian Government's AMR website,
In 2018, the Department of Health commissioned a consortium of researchers in Australia and New Zealand, led by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Adelaide and the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre to conduct a literature review of published and grey literature concerning antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food in Australia and New Zealand.
The report provides an overview of available evidence on AMR presence in the food production, processing and retail sectors for red meat, pork, poultry meat, dairy, egg, seafood and horticultural products in Australia and New Zealand.
The report makes recommendations for future action on AMR in food systems in order of priority to deliver the most substantial impact. These recommendations are being considered as part of the development of the One Health Master Action Plan that will support Australia's next National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy - 2020 and beyond (the 2020 AMR Strategy).
The report is available via this
MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 March 7-8 2020, Taiwan
MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 is the very first themed masterclass that will be held on March 7-8 2020 by the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of Taiwan.
MasterClass in Vaccinology 2020 will cover basic knowledge, the advance and the development in vaccinology, reviewing real-world data of the vaccine impact, effectiveness & safety, as well as vaccination policies. The organizing committee expectedly will invite 30-40 experts giving lectures and exchanging opinions featuring from rotavirus vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, human papillomavirus vaccine, influenza vaccine, and other available vaccines.
More details
IPC Jobs
Peninsula Village – Umina Beach, NSW, seeking IPC auditor

We are seeking an infection control representative to complete an audit of our 300- bed aged care facility located at Umina Beach on the NSW Central Coast. We would like the audit to occur in April/May 2020 with a full report and action plan to follow.  If you are interested please contact Alana Hardman at with your details and availability.
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