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ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
February 2021
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
 
As many of you know the College is currently supporting 3669 workers from RACFs who are presently undertaking the ACIPC Foundations course. Many students are approaching the end of their course, and we wish them well with their assessments. It has been very challenging for many, and our appreciation is extended to the course facilitators and our Education Officer Jackie Miley for their ongoing support of our new students.
 
By the time you receive this Newsletter it is likely the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will have been handed down. It is anticipated there will be several infection prevention implications from the findings, and the infection prevention training provided by the College is the first step in the right direction of what may be a long journey ahead.
 
Of course many of you are now entrenched in the COVID-19 vaccine programs. We wish you well in the roll out of the vaccine, and once again acknowledge the hard work of our members in this program.
 
We remain cautiously optimistic of our ability to meet up once again, and planning for the ACIPC Conference in Adelaide is well underway. Of course in the meantime, please keep a keen eye on the activities in our Conference Community


Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
WEBINAR: Health workers in Focus: drawing on social science to enhance the COVID-19 vaccination program

To achieve high and equitable COVID-19 vaccination coverage amongst health workers, it is important that multi‐pronged strategies that combine personal – and organisational – level interventions, are used. At a personal level, there needs to be a focus on how we communicate to health workers. It is critical that we spend time tailoring communication material to capture the spectrum of staff and the factors leading to low vaccine acceptance. Our health systems represent a microcosm of the community, there are staff with medical conditions, there are those that may not be able to get vaccinated, and there will be staff who are hesitant. Reasons for hesitancy around this vaccine may stem from a lack of understanding about the need or rational for vaccination, low perceived disease risks (low levels of worry), concerns around safety and effectiveness, and misunderstandings around development.

Health workers are not just a target group for vaccination; but they are a tremendous resource and a key partner in the vaccination campaign. Enhancing efforts to support uptake amongst health workers will have wider positive impact as it will promote uptake amongst the community. Therefore, we need to ensure that we support health workers to build their skills and confidence to address misinformation and hesitancy.

In this presentation, Associate Professor Holly Seale will explore the key factors associated with hesitancy amongst health workers, examine the latest data on acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine, and to explore the key strategies that can be used to distinguish and communicate with health workers across the acceptance spectrum.

Registration for this webinar and the ACIPC Conference Community is FREE for members and non-members.
 
Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
The College has just opened two new Foundations courses and anyone interested in undertaking this study can enrol in courses starting on April 14 or May 12 2021. There will be more courses available later in the year. More information can be found on this page.
Congratulations Kylie Robb – recipient - Fellowship of ACIPC




Kylie, what can you tell us about yourself? 

I am a current Board Director of ACIPC and Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee. 
In my role at the NSW Branch of the Australian Dental Association – I am responsible for the oversight of all Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) professional guidance activities, education, and resources for the Branch – the peak body for dentistry in Australia. Particularly during COVID, our focus was to find innovative ways for practice teams to be more confident with their infection control programs so they could continue to provide care to their communities – this makes my role dynamic and rewarding. 


I also have my own business where I lead a team of qualified IPC Experts to review the effectiveness of IPC programs within large Quarantine Hotels here in Australia and New Zealand and in other settings like cinemas and ski resorts. I have found the profession of IPC is very diverse and I really do enjoy advocating for the skills and expertise of Infection Control Practitioners (IPCs) and how these skills translate to industry. We have a lot to offer and I do believe all of our work has directly contributed to the overall effectiveness of Australia’s response to an unprecedented public health emergency. 

What does receiving Fellowship of the College mean for you personally and professionally?

It is an honour for me to be recognised as a Fellow of ACIPC. To be recognised by my professional association for my work, commitment and achievement is overwhelming for me. I am not a clinician. I am proud of ACIPC for embracing me and the work I do to support the implementation of IPC programs, particularly for the oral health profession and also industry.  

How does ACIPC support you in a personal / professional context?

I have been involved with the College now for several years. For me, ACIPC support means opportunity. As a new member at the time, I reached out for support with development of IPC educational resources for ADA NSW – it was at this time I was introduced to a number of Expert ICPs. I then got involved with the Education Committee, started presenting at ACIPC International Conferences, completed Foundations and continued to optimise my membership to contribute to Infexion Connexion and last year – became a Board member for ACIPC. It was through Infexion Connexion that I became aware of the SHEA International Ambassador opportunity too. My membership with ACIPC has opened a lot of doors for me and ADA NSW to collaborate with key IPC decision makers at the highest level. The oral health profession has definitely benefitted from the support I receive through my involvement with ACIPC. 

What motivated you to apply for Fellowship of ACIPC?

Applying for Fellowship takes time and is a commitment to professional development. I try and make a point every couple of years to stop and assess my own skills and experience and re-align my career direction and purpose. I have been involved with ACIPC since 2016, and in my view, working towards Fellowship provided me with an opportunity to reflect on how far I have come and the courage to decide what I want for my future. I feel supported and excited to be a part of the ICP community and thank the ACIPC Board for the honour.  

What would be some advice you would like to share with other members who may wish to apply for Fellowship of ACIPC?

I was very proud to tell my family, friends and colleagues of my successful Fellowship application. Infection Control Professionals play an important role to protect the community. I worked towards my Fellowship to recognise and support ACIPC and the work they have done to empower me to be a leader in Infection Prevention and Control, particularly for the oral health profession.  

 


The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) – information on how to become involved
The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is a technical collaboration of over 250 institutions worldwide that deliver support to countries affected by infectious diseases. Led by the World Health Organization, GOARN continues to support public health emergencies with an impressive 18 year history of over 130 outbreaks controlled worldwide deploying more than 2500 public health professionals including doctors, IPC professionals, nurses, logisticians, epidemiologists, and social mobilisers.
 
If you have seen the GOARN alerts and would like to understand more about working in an outbreak environment, overseas, make sure you watch the short video we recorded recently. Available via the Conference Community, Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman, who is the GOARN Focal Point for ACIPC and Senior Teaching Faculty discusses the Request for Assistance process as well as deployment and training.

Call for Applicants: Orientation to International Outbreak Response with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and World Health Organization (WHO) Virtual Workshop

This two-day virtual workshop will train approximately 30 IPC specialists from this UNSW-GOARN network call out on the processes, realities, and challenges of working as an IPC specialist in the field on an outbreak response mission. This virtual learning opportunity are a collaborative effort between GOARN, UNSW, WPRO and other GOARN institution partners providing workshop faculty.

Workshop Goal:

This workshop introduces participants to the opportunities, processes, challenges and realities of working as part of an international multidisciplinary outbreak response team on a GOARN deployment with the World Health Organization. This workshop will enable participants to self-reflect upon their suitability and interest in volunteering to deploy with GOARN and WHO internationally and will provide participants with the necessary information to apply for deployment as well as further development opportunities available for them to enhance their readiness and pre-deployment skills.

Workshop Dates / Time/ Duration:
The workshop will consist of three (3) hours each day for two (2) consecutive days.
Date: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th March 2021
Start:16:30 Sydney, Australia (AEDT)|13:30 Manila, Philippines (PHST)|06:30 Geneva, Switzerland (CET)   

Who Can Apply?
This workshop targets Infection Prevention and Control specialists who are interested in being deployed internationally with GOARN and WHO. Eligible applicants must possess a minimum of three to ten (3 to 10) years of relevant work experience (see below).

Essential Qualifications:
We are seeking applicants who meet all the following criteria:
1.      Professionals with three to ten (3 to 10) years of IPC experience and technical experience Infection Prevention and Control.
2.      Those who are interested in being deployed internationally with GOARN and WHO, and who are committed, with the support of their institution, to deploying on a GOARN field mission within the next two years.
3.      English proficiency - able to communicate in academic and professional settings

Please  go to  
https://sph.med.unsw.edu.au/form/goarn-workshop to upload a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), no longer than 3 pages in length, and a letter of support from your institution (employer) stating that your institution will support your deployment to a GOARN field mission within the next two years.

Additionally, completion of pre-course work is mandatory for those seeking to participate in this workshop. All participants of this workshop are requested to complete a series of short, self-directed eCourses (https://extranet.who.int/goarn/user ) in advance.

Application deadline is 1 March, 11:55pm
Contact Point:  If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws at
m.mclaws@unsw.edu.au 
Publication of the One Health Master Action Plan to Support the 2020 AMR Strategy

The One Health Master Action Plan to support Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond (Master Action Plan) is now available on the Australian Government One Health antimicrobial resistance (AMR) website, amr.gov.au.
 
While Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond (the 2020 AMR Strategy) presents Australia’s 20-year vision to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Master Action Plan provides the guidance to implement its objectives over the next five years.
 
We encourage members to consider developing action plans within their own organisations, following the guidance of the 2020 AMR Strategy and Master Action Plan, to outline their commitment to combatting AMR.
 
To monitor our progress against the objectives of the 2020 AMR Strategy and Master Action Plan, work will commence later this year on the development of a national monitoring and evaluation framework.
 
The Department of Health and Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment would like to thank ASTAG members for their contribution to the development of the Master Action Plan.
 
ASTAG Secretariat
Antimicrobial Resistance Section
Health Protection Policy Branch | Office of Health Protection
Australian Government Department of Health

E: ASTAG.AMR@health.gov.au
Vaccine Preparedness Survey for Victorian members
What do you and your patients need to know about COVID-19 vaccines? Tell us now by completing the COVID Vaccine Preparedness survey:
 

https://redcap.link/COVIDVax
 
We want to hear from healthcare providers in Victoria about your questions, concerns, motivating factors and communication needs related to COVID-19 vaccination. Never before have we undertaken a vaccine program on this scale. We know healthcare staff will be included in the first phase of vaccine rollout. We want to understand what is needed to help you and your patients make decisions about getting vaccinated. 
 
The survey takes 10 minutes and can be completed anonymously. Participants can enter to win one of eight gift vouchers.
 
This is your chance to shape the communication messages and resources developed to support the COVID-19 vaccination program in Victoria.
 
This study is led by researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute with partners from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. It is funded by the Victorian Department of Health.
 
To learn more about the study and complete the survey, click
HERE
 
Please share this survey with your networks and colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Jessica Kaufman on 03 9345 4890 or
COVIDVaccine@mcri.edu.au

 
ACIPC Members Discount - Elsevier Titles

This is a reminder that ACIPC members can claim a 20% discount off the RRP for all text at  https://www.elsevierhealth.com.au/
 
to claim the code, email
office@acipc.org.au

 
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.
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IPC Job Opportunity - Infection Control Nurse (Inspector)
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An exciting opportunity to work in NSW health regulation!!
 
If you are a registered nurse with knowledge and experience in infection prevention and control, then this is the opportunity for you.
 
The organisation:
The Podiatry Council of NSW is the regulatory body that manages complaints about the conduct, performance and health of registered podiatrists, podiatric surgeons and students in NSW. The Council’s focus is on safe practice, maintaining public safety and minimising risk. The Council acts to prevent unsafe practice and has legal powers that enable them to do so.
 
The Position:
The Council is seeking experienced infection control nurses to undertake routine inspections of podiatry practices as part of its
infection control program. The successful candidates will be appointed as an inspector (authorised persons under Part 8, Division 9 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW)).
 
About you:
  • Have current registration with Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse (Division 1).
  • Possess a high-level understanding of current infection, prevention and control standards.
  • Display strong interpersonal communication skills, particularly relating to face-to-face interaction.
  • Have demonstrated effective communication using information technology, written and verbal skills with the ability to identify key messages, issues and concerns when communicating with others.
  • Possess a demonstrated understanding of and the ability to practice in accordance with legislation, policies and within the scope of practice of a registered health practitioner.
  • Exhibit problem solving skills and utilise a multidisciplinary team approach in the planning, delivery and coordination of an infection, prevention and control service.
  • Possess knowledge and understanding of appropriate systems of care, evidence-based practice, quality assurance and improvement.
  • Have a current driver license and access to a motor vehicle (for autonomous travel in NSW).
  • Able to travel throughout NSW to undertake routine inspections.
 
NB: Routine inspections are convened when required, and inspectors will be called upon on an ad-hoc basis.
 
How to apply:
If this sounds like you,
click here to apply or for any further queries contact the Council at HPCA-PodiatryCouncil@health.nsw.gov.au
 
 
IPC Jobs are advertised on the
ACIPC Job Board. Members can advertise for free, just email admin@acipc.org.au
 
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Sponsored Content

Healthcare Worker Education Session: Skincare and Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Marks, Sanitisers and Rashes
 
Saturday 27 February 2021
9:00am – 12:30pm
Online – via Zoom
Cost: $130
 
The team at the Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre have put together a comprehensive program for nurses and healthcare workers to address skin care concerns that may have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The topics will focus on rashes related to masks and hand dermatitis. This event will run via Zoom and is suitable for all nurses, infection control and hand hygiene personnel.
 
The following topics will be covered:
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  • Overview of the hand hygiene module
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