April 2021
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
As we know, infection prevention is everybody’s business, we all own it.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of working in infection prevention is that every day presents a new challenge, and with that comes the opportunity to work with different colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, with a wide range of skills, expertise and experiences.
If I have learnt one thing in the last year, it is that there is lots I don’t know. COVID-19 has brought together teams with the likes of engineers, hotel managers, logistics operators, security managers, hygienists and many more. They come from diverse backgrounds such as industry, allied health, primary health and community settings to name a few.  We welcome their specific expert knowledge to ensure that the application of infection prevention is maximised.
The College is proud to have members with diverse backgrounds and work environments, and we look forward to continuing to grow and support all members.
Recently the Board held an all-day meeting (via Zoom) to commence strategic planning for the future of the College. The next step is to identify the operational resources required, and the Board will be meeting again mid-year to review the operations and strategic plans. Sincere thanks to all Board members and Executive staff for their work on this.
Having successfully completed the Foundations course, 1668  Aged Care Lead students have now received their Certificates. Congratulations to our first cohort of successful Aged Care Lead graduates! The Education Team are in the process of marking further assignments as they are submitted and are working with students as they continue to progress through the course.
Planning for the ACIPC Conference 2021 in Adelaide, 7 – 10 November is well underway.  Registration and the call for abstracts are now open.                                                                                                                     

Visit the conference website for more information
The program will be published shortly and I look forward to sharing this information with members. As previously mentioned, we hope to be able to meet in person but there is of course a contingency plan for an online event where we can still share information and ideas and network with eachother if we are unable to meet face-to-face.

Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
ACIPC has a new website!

Members may have noticed the College has a new-look website. We are always looking to improve and update how the College is represented to members and the general public, so please let us know if you have any suggestions!
CLICK HERE to visit our new website
ACIPC Conference Community upcoming events:

Sponsor Webinar – The 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice: Vascular Access Device Care and Management
May 4, 2021
5:00 pm

May Free Paper Session
May 6, 2021
3:00 pm

Championing IPC – Navigating the challenges and obstacles to raise the profile of IPC out of the hospital setting
May 25, 2021
12:30 pm

Webinar – Infection Prevention Ensures Quality Health Outcomes When Using Ultrasound at Point of Care
June 10, 2021
12:30 pm
Past Events are also available to view

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Webinar
Sponsor Webinar – The 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice: An Introduction

Sponsor Webinar – Introduction to the new 3M™ Attest™ Tri-Metric CI for monitoring VH2O2 sterilisation processes. Results from a clinical study
The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN)
Sponsor Webinar – GAMA Healthcare Australia – Top Papers of 2020
More events are available via the Conference Community page!
Dr. Joan Faoagali scholarship - $1000 towards Foundations course fees

ACIPC is pleased to announce that the Dr. Joan Faoagali award is now open for 2021.

The Dr Joan Faoagali award aims to recognise the significant and valuable contribution our colleague Joan made to infection prevention and control professionals and especially members of ACIPC and encourage infection prevention and control practitioners to engage in ongoing learning through the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.
We encourage anyone interested in undertaking this study to apply. The successful applicant will receive $1000 towards their Foundations course fees. 
Selection Criteria: 
•    The applicant must be a current financial member of ACIPC and have enrolled in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. 
•    The applicant must be currently employed in an infection prevention and control position and have been employed in such a position for at least one year prior to applying for the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course. 
•    The applicant is NOT a member/office bearer of the ACIPC Board of Directors, Board Committees or Infection, Disease and Health Editorial Board

Applications must include:
A brief statement (no more than 500 words) describing the importance of completing the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course; A current brief curriculum vitae highlighting infection prevention and control involvement; Completed Application form. Terms and Conditions: Individual applications will be judged on the selection criteria. The recipient will receive AUD$1000.00 in the form of sponsorship to undertake the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course.

To find out more information, please click here. 
Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship 2021

Deadline extended until Monday 17th May 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.
New Infection Control Podcast

Brett Mitchell and Martin Kiernan have launched a new podcast series call “Infection Control Matters”. Phil Russo and Deb Friedman are also supporting this podcast. In this free podcast series, they discuss new research and issues on the topic of infection prevention and control. They will also pick new papers of interest and will discuss them, potentially with an author of the paper. The first podcast was titled “COVID “Myths” and featured Dr Stephanie Dancer. Podcasts will be released about every two weeks. They are available on Apple podcasts, Google podcast and Spotify.  You can subscribe via one of these so you don’t miss an episode.

The link to the podcast is  They are free to access.
World Hand Hygiene Day 2021

Hand Hygiene Day is observed annually on May 5 to raise awareness of the importance of adequate handwashing in health care settings.

For World Hand Hygiene Day 2021, WHO calls on health care workers and facilities to achieve effective hand hygiene action at the point of care. The point of care refers to the place where three elements come together: the patient, the health care worker, and care or treatment involving contact with the patient or their surroundings. To be effective and prevent transmission of infectious microorganisms during health care delivery, hand hygiene should be performed when it is needed (at 5 specific moments) and in the most effective way (by using the right technique with readily available products) at the point of care. This can be achieved by using the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy

ACIPC will be promoting the campaign and strategy from next week. You can too by using the excellent resources on this page.

Epidemiology of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Australia

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) are a major threat to patient safety and the quality of healthcare globally. Despite this, Australia does not have a nationally coordinated program for the surveillance and reporting of HAIs. 
Epidemiology of Healthcare-associated Infections in Australia is Australia’s first peer-reviewed, evidence-based assessment of the epidemiology of HAIs using publicly available data from hospital-acquired complications (HACs), state-based surveillance systems and peer-reviewed and grey literature sources.
This important work has been compiled by some of Australia’s leading infection control professionals and researchers. It will build national consensus on definitions, surveillance methodology and reporting of the incidence of HAIs. In doing so, it provides hospitals and those working in infection prevention and control an opportunity to benchmark and evaluate interventions to reduce infections and ensure transparency on reporting methods that will strengthen Australia’s efforts to prevent and control HAIs.
  • Collated publicly available HAI surveillance definitions from jurisdictions across Australia
  • Collated publicly available national HACs HAI data derived from the associated surveillance programs
  • Identification of the gaps in both publicly available HAI data from different sources and the lack of publicly available HAI surveillance data in one serialised title
  • Supporting video summarising key content
  • Available in eBook format with print-on-demand option
To read more, click here.
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This is a reminder that ACIPC members can claim a 20% discount off the RRP for all text at
to claim the code, email

Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control
We now have Foundations Courses running once a month EVERY month, from April – November

Please note: This is the same course that the Aged Care Leads are completing. 

What is the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course? 
The ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course provides a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as an Infection Control Professional.

The course has 11 SELF PACED modules. Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice and is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P). The program has been designed to accommodate busy work schedules, with a series of self-directed learning units supported by a structured online curriculum. Topics include environmental hygiene, outbreak management, employee health, surveillance, epidemiology and microbiology. This course reflects recent evidence, guidelines and standards. 

Where does this course take place? 
Online AND it’s self-paced! 

Is this course designed for me and / or my staff? 
This course is designed for professionals working in the areas of health and allied health care, acute care, rural and remote health, office based practice, residential aged care, community health and health policy. 

Will I receive support throughout this course? 
Course facilitators will support students with live webinars (recorded), phone and email support. 

What level is the course set at? 
This course is designed to be at the AQF8 level. This means that the course is set at a similar level of complexity and expertise expected within a Graduate Certificate/Diploma program. Successful completion of this course will award a Certificate of Completion in the ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (FIPC) Course. While this is not a University awarded Graduate Certificate/Diploma, the ACIPC FIPC course has been recognised by Griffith University and graduates from the ACIPC Foundations of IPC course may apply for credit against 8847NRS Contemporary Infection Prevention Practices. 

To find out more information and to reserve your spot CLICK HERE.
Recent Articles from Infection Disease and Health

SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in healthcare workers in a tertiary healthcare network in Victoria, Australia
Jillian SY. Lau, Paul Buntine, Melanie Price, Peteris Darzins, Evan Newnham, Ailie Connell, Roy Chean, Glenn Edwards, Stephen Guy

The Factors Influencing Adherence to Standard Precautions Scale – Student version (FIASP- SV): A psychometric validation
Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Mataya Kilpatrick, James J. Lucas, Nicole M. Phillips, Ana Hutchinson

Knowledge, attitudes and practices of healthcare workers within an Australian tertiary hospital to managing high-consequence infectious diseases
Jesse J. Fryk, Steven Tong, Caroline Marshall, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising, Christopher MacIsaac, Nicola Walsham, Irani Thevarajan

Are surgical masks manufactured from sterilisation wrap safe?
Sam E. Grigg, Andrea Zampiron, Farzan Akbaridoust, Dileep Chandran, Natasha E. Holmes, Paul D.R. Johnson, Ivan Marusic, Daryl Jones

Air travel in a COVID-19 world: Commercial airline passengers’ health concerns and attitudes towards infection prevention and disease control measures
Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Kaitlyn Radford, Cecilia Li, Shizar Nahidi, Ramon Z. Shaban

Breaking the chain of transmission within a tertiary health service: An approach to contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic
Rhonda L. Stuart, Wendy Zhu, Eric F. Morand, Andrew Stripp

Containment of COVID-19 and reduction in healthcare-associated respiratory viral infections through a multi-tiered infection control strategy
Liang En Wee, Indumathi Venkatachalam, Xiang Ying Jean Sim, Kenneth Boon-Kiat Tan, Ruan Wen, Chee Kian Tham, Wee Hoe Gan, Kwan Ki Karrie Ko, Wan Qi Ho, Grace Teck Cheng Kwek, Edwin Philip Conceicao, Chong Yu Edwin Sng, Xin Hui Jorin Ng, Jie Yi Ong, Juat Lan Chiang, Ying Ying Chua, Moi Lin Ling, Thuan Tong Tan, Limin Wijaya

Evaluation of infection prevention and control preparedness in acute care nurses: Factors influencing adherence to standard precautions
Siew Hoon Lim, Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Fazila Aloweni, Nur 'Azzah Bte Suhari

Education and training in infection prevention and control: Exploring support for national standards
Ruth Barratt, Gwendolyn L. Gilbert

Appropriate attitude promotes mask wearing in spite of a significant experience of varying discomfort
Gideon J.W. Cheok, Cheryl Gatot, Craigven H.S. Sim, Y.H. Ng, Kenny X.K. Tay, T.S. Howe, Joyce S.B. Koh

The rise and rise of hand sanitisers
Greg S. Whiteley, Trevor O. Glasbey, Frederik H. Kriel

Re-purposing of domestic steam disinfectors within the Hospital-at-Home setting: Reconciliation of steam disinfector thermal performance against SARS- CoV-2 (COVID-19), norovirus and other viruses’ thermal susceptibilities
Beverley C. Millar, John E. Moore

‘How many audits do you really need?’: Learnings from 5-years of peripheral intravenous catheter audits
Nicole Marsh, Emily Larsen, Barbara Hewer, Emily Monteagle, Robert S. Ware, Jessica Schults, Claire M. Rickard

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