July 2020
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,

 There will be no return to the old normal in the foreseeable future. But there is a roadmap where we can get control.” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director WHO.
Carefully chosen words preparing us for the future. The pandemic won’t be over in a month, or by the end of the year. Whilst the situation is not hopeless, there is a long road ahead. Sadly, we are seeing the number of deaths in Australia increase, particularly amongst those from our aged care sector. The spread in Victoria has demonstrated how quickly numbers can escalate, and the extraordinary effort required to respond. We need to remain alert and vigilant, as similar outbreaks could spring up anywhere in Australia. I am proud of the dedication, commitment and extraordinary work undertaken by our members.
As we move into a new financial year, and a new chapter for the College, I would like to thank our industry partners businesses who have sponsored and engaged with the College to date. In the absence of our conference, we have developed a new initiative called the 
ACIPC Conference Community. Hosted under the AICPC Conference website, this is an opportunity for industry to engage with like-minded professionals in the spirit of collaboration and community.
In tandem with the Conference Community, we have also released a new suite of 
sponsorship opportunities which have been specifically tailored to benefit corporate partners in light of the conditions imposed by COVID-19. The College has seen a huge increase in the need for ICP’s at all levels of our profession to improve their knowledge and understanding of ICP practices which has resulted in enrolments for our Foundations in Infection Prevention and Control course, and other formal academic online award courses sky rocket. Within our prospectus you will find several opportunities to directly sponsor these courses and engage with the attendees throughout the year.  We hope we can enjoy your ongoing support throughout 2020/21 and helping us pursue our vision to empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.

A rapid review panel for COVID-19 infection prevention and control articles submitted to Infection, Disease and Health was established a few months ago. This has been very successful in providing quick and timely feedback to papers that may be of time critical importance to the infection control community.  
The journal has seen a massive increase in submissions this year. Reviewers on the COVID-19 rapid review panel typically review articles within 7 days of request and on average have completed one review a month. On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to personally thank those involved in the rapid review panel for their invaluable input during an incredibly busy time. If members are interested in assisting in the IDH COVID-19 rapid review panel, please email the Editor in Chief Brett Mitchell
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President

College Memberships

The supportive and collaborative environment ACIPC provides for its members is now more important than ever. Thank you to all of our members who have renewed their membership for the financial year and welcome to all new members!
If you have not yet renewed your membership for this year, you can do so by calling the office on 03 6281 9239, or simply email to have your invoice and link to renew resent to you.

ACIPC Education Officer Jackie Miley 

ACIPC education is enjoying unprecedented activity on our online courses. We have 249 students in total studying with us on 6 courses at the moment. 
Some students are taking an accelerated approach and completing their studies well within the usual six months. 
Our courses have, amongst other learning activities - a discussion forum for each topic, and students are active in demonstrating their knowledge, sharing experiences, perspectives, insights, and the odd frustration too!  I so enjoy reading these knowledgeable, well supported, informative, heartening posts from students in all areas of healthcare.  There is such a lot of good work going on out there.  It amazes me how much ‘learning’ occurs from sharing problems, issues, perspectives and solutions based on the best available scientific evidence and supported by guidelines, in a safe and confidential learning environment.  Students report how much they like these discussion forums and miss them when the course is finished!  They form a support network for ACIPC students, who often remain in contact long after the course is finished.

I am currently busy assisting students with academic writing, giving feedback on draft final essays, and generally being ‘present’ in each course.
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Course (80 hours) has several ‘runs’ of the course active at the moment and the next course commences on September 9th, with places filling fast.

Our shorter
IPC in Aged Care Settings Course (20 hours) continues to be popular with each course filling to capacity.  The next course commences August 26th and again book your place soon to avoid disappointment.
I am busy assisting students with academic writing, giving feedback on draft final essays, and generally being ‘present’ in each course.
Members of ACIPC are invited to participate in the study:

Exploring the experience and perspectives of infection prevention in managing COVID-19 to inform future pandemic planning.

We aim to inform future pandemic planning by documenting the experiences of infection prevention and control teams dealing with COVID-19 in an Australian hospital setting.
This survey will be anonymous and take approximately 10 minutes of your time.
If you wish to participate please click on the link:
This work is being completed as part of Alisha Baswa’s enrolment in a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree at Monash University, under the supervision of Andrew Stewardson, Darshini Ayton, Joe Doyle and Phil Russo. This project has been approved by the Alfred Ethics Committee


Clinical Care Standards Survey - Have Your Say

Have your say on clinical care standards for delirium, hip fracture and antimicrobial stewardship

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) develops clinical care standards to support the delivery of appropriate care. The Delirium, Hip Fracture Care and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standards (CCS) are currently being reviewed, following their publication more than three years ago. The Commission is keen to hear about your experience in using and implementing these clinical care standards and their indicators. Your feedback will inform the review and help improve these clinical care standards.

Provide feedback
If you or your health service organisation provide care to people with delirium or hip fracture, or care that involves antimicrobial treatment, you are invited to participate in this national survey:

Click here to complete the survey

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Global Health Alliance Australia update (picture in folder)

ACIPC is a proud member of Global Health Alliance Australia. Check out the latest updates here. 

Provide feedback

If you or your health service organisation provide care to people with delirium or hip fracture, or care that involves antimicrobial treatment, you are invited to participate in this national survey:

Click here to complete the survey

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.

Global Health Alliance Australia update

ACIPC is a proud member of Global Health Alliance Australia. Check out the latest updates here. 

Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

Depression and anxiety in hospitalized patients on contact precautions for multidrug-resistant microorganisms
Eline Maria Granzotto, Aline Maciel Gouveia, Juliano Gasparetto, Letícia Ramos Dantas, Felipe Francisco Tuon
Sustained fall in inpatient MRSA prevalence after a video-reflexive ethnography project; an observational study
Gwendolyn L. Gilbert, Suyin Hor, Mary Wyer, Rosemarie Sadsad, Caro-Anne Badcock, Rick Iedema
Evaluation of quick sequential organ failure assessment and systemic inflammatory response syndrome in patients with gram negative bloodstream infection
John F. McNamara, Minyon Avent, Adam Stewart, Christopher Kwan, David L. Paterson
Reducing surgical site infections post-caesarean section in an Australian hospital, using a bundled care approach
Michelle Bolte, Blake Knapman, Lilach Leibenson, Jean Ball, Michelle Giles
Evaluating bio-burden of frequently touched surfaces using Adenosine Triphosphate bioluminescence (ATP): Results from the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) trial
Brett G. Mitchell, Alexandra McGhie, Greg Whiteley, Alison Farrington, Lisa Hall, Kate Halton, Nicole M. White

Open Access
Hospital acquired viral respiratory tract infections: An underrecognized nosocomial infection
Naveen Manchal, Mohamed Reffai Syed Mohamed, Michael Ting, Hugh Luetchford, Fleur Francis, Janine Carrucan, Robert Norton
Efficacy of pulsed xenon ultraviolet disinfection of multidrug-resistant bacteria and Clostridioides difficile spores
Hiroki Kitagawa, Kayoko Tadera, Toshinori Hara, Seiya Kashiyama, Minako Mori, Hiroki Ohge
Preventing nosocomial infections in resource-limited settings: An interventional approach in healthcare facilities in Burkina Faso
Pierre-Gilles Duvernay, Elisabeth de Laguiche, Renata Campos Nogueira, Bertrand Graz, Louis Nana, Wilfrid Ouédraogo, Yannick Sauter, Eric Sauvageat
Strategies for CAUTI prevention: Are we on the same page?
Gillian Ray-Barruel, Min-Lin Wu, Nicole Marsh, Brett Mitchell
Scope of practice and educational needs of infection prevention and control professionals in Australian residential aged care facilities
Ramon Z. Shaban, Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Deborough Macbeth, Philip L. Russo, Brett G. Mitchell
COVID-19 papers
Travel health risk perceptions of Chinese international students in Australia – Implications for COVID-19
Tara Ma, Anita Heywood, C. Raina MacIntyre
News coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic: Missed opportunities to promote health sustaining behaviors
Corey H. Basch, Grace Clarke Hillyer, Zoe Meleo- Erwin, Jan Mohlman, Alison Cosgrove, Nasia Quinones
SARS-CoV-2: The viral shedding vs infectivity dilemma
Arabella Widders, Alex Broom, Jennifer Broom
Preparation and response to COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore: A case report
Fan Peijin Esther Monica, Fazila Aloweni, Ang Shin Yuh, Elena Binte Mohamed Ayob, Norhayati Binte Ahmad, Chiang Juat Lan, Ho Ai Lian, Lee Lai Chee, Tracy Carol Ayre
Hajj in the Time of COVID-19
Suleman Atique, Ramaiah Itumalla
IPC Job Opportunities

Clinical Nurse Consultant - Group Manager – Infection Prevention Control – Epworth Healthcare 

One of Melbourne’s leading private hospital providers, Epworth HealthCare are looking to make a new appointment to their nursing leadership team. As the Group Manager – Infection Prevention Control, especially in light of Covid 19, this is a fantastic opportunity to enter the organisation and create a standout clinical service across all locations. Using your strategic thinking and strong coaching-based leadership capability, you will be critical to the development and growth of the infection control team. 

Flexible working hours, salary packaging, discounted private health insurance and reduced or zero health service costs make up part of the remuneration package. Full details here. If this opportunity is of interest please contact Andrew Gemmell via email, with a cover letter and CV to or call on 0452 116 599.

Employment Opportunity: Independent Infection Prevention Specialist – sought for advice & guidance – Residential Aged Care

OneCare Ltd is a not for profit residential aged care provider with five facilities across Tasmania and we are seeking to link and engage with an infection control practitioner for guidance in the determination of strategies and interventions in regards to OneCare Outbreak Management. We are concerned particularly regarding staffing, the use and availability of PPE, should a worst-case scenario develop whereby OneCare has Covid-19 or other virulent strain of Influenza like Illness present in one or more of our facilities.  OneCare facilities include:  Launceston – The Manor Complex, Burnie – Umina Park, Port Sorell – Rubicon Grove, Glenorchy – Barossa Park Lodge, Kingston – Bishop Davies Court. 

We are seeking an independent infection control practitioner who could act in the role of contact person to guide and assist us with determining sufficient and reasonable detail to manage such a scenario, particularly across staffing, PPE supply, and business continuity during an outbreak situation.  Please send your credentials to assist in this role by COB Friday 31 July 2020 to enable further conversation specific to addressing mutually agreeable terms.

Lynnmaree Padman  Manager Quality & Care Systems

Email:  Phone: 0439 199 338

Infection Prevention and Control Advisor

You will be a member of the Healthcare Management Team, which is led by a Healthcare management coordinator. You provide direct technical support to the field colleagues who are assigned to address IPC matters and you collaborate with the other specialists and generalist health advisors in providing support to the field project teams. The colleagues are typically spread around the MSF offices in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
 Main Objective
To provide leadership in improving healthcare quality and patient safety through assuring the availability of standards, strategies, technical support, collaboration, capacity building, and workforce competency in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) within MSF-OCA portfolio, both at HQ and at a field level.
Deadline for application is  16 August 2020. The assessment will be done by means of an interview in the week of 24 or 31 August.
More information can be found

National Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant - Opal Aged Care Sydney

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services and based at our Sydney CBD Office, we are seeking an experienced Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant to join our Clinical Team. The key purpose of the position is to provide clinical expertise and consultancy through advanced clinical leadership relevant to the specialty of Infection Prevention and Control.
The position is responsible for planning and delivering an effective infection prevention and control service through the implementation of a system-wide approach within a culture of improving performance, consistent with the Opal’s values and goals. The Infection Prevention & Control Clinical Nurse Consultant will provide leadership and be responsible for the management of infection prevention and management services across Opal’s Homes.
To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Tertiary qualification in nursing with current registration with AHPRA.
  • Post graduate qualifications in Infection Prevention and Management, or gerontology, clinical management, or relevant clinical areas.
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse in similar senior clinical nurse leadership role in Health or Aged Care
  • Extensive experience in infection prevention & control in acute, sub-acute and/aged care sector
  • Experience in evaluating workplace practices against accreditation standards, quality systems, and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to maximise productive working relationships and effective change.
  • A true passion for care, continuous quality improvement and the aged care industry. 

More information here.

This position is being offered on a permanent part time basis, 38 hours a fortnight based on a rotating cycle (Week 1: Three days, Week 2: Two days). There is some flexibility on the preferred work days. Applications close: 31 Aug 2020

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