August 2020
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From the President

From the President
Dear Colleagues,
I continue to be in awe of the ongoing hard work and dedication of our members, and the larger community in responding to COVID-19. In the midst of such exhaustive work, we also need to be cognisant of new data and findings as they come to light, and learn.
Recently we have seen some crucial information published. Since the start of July, over 2200 HCWs in Victoria have acquired COVID-19. Of the 1780 that have been investigated it is estimated at least 69% acquired the infection in the workplace, and it is expected this proportion will increase as more investigations are completed. What we don’t know is how exactly these infections were acquired. Many assume that failure of PPE, or that incorrect type of PPE (read masks) is to blame. But we must also acknowledge likely of heavy environmental contamination, close contact between healthcare workers, and lack of skill and knowledge are also important factors. We simply do not have detailed data to be sure. Basic epidemiological data on those investigations are available here
Victorian HCW COVID-19 infections. Fears of the outcome of COVID-19 outbreaks in certain groups are coming to light, with many deaths linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities. Enormous efforts are underway with many ACIPC members directly involved in responding to this emergency. Also from Victoria, the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry findings to date are also publicly available, and I would recommend members to keep an eye on the progress of the inquiry. Recently, in NSW the Newmarch House COVID-19 Outbreak findings were published with many important findings specific to infection prevention and control in these settings.
Whilst the devastating effect of this pandemic cannot be underestimated or glossed over, it is important to also try and look for some positive outcomes. Clearly, the infection prevention literacy amongst our colleagues, politicians and the community at large has skyrocketed. At times it seems like everybody is an expert, but really, this reflects the genuine concern and interest many folk have in the work we do (not so long ago we were constantly challenged by certain groups of the need to perform hand hygiene so frequently). The incidence of influenza is lower this year, hopefully associated with the increased awareness of infection prevention. And from the viewpoint of the College, enrolments in our Foundations of Infection Prevention Course, and our Aged Care courses have never been higher. Credit to Jackie Miley for the excellent work she is doing in keeping our education up to date and accessible.
On another note, you will have recently received an email regarding the ACIPC Conference Community. This exciting new venture will offer many features for members and stakeholders during these unusual times. Thank you to the team at Conference Design for their work on this.
We are excited to be making registration for the ACIPC Conference Community FREE; it is our hope that a great number of our members and broader profession will embrace the new look concept for this year.

Phil Russo
President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

The ACIPC Conference Community is designed to deliver quality educational and social networking opportunities to members and stakeholders in the absence of the traditional annual conference, which has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Components will include:
  • A series of Live and Pre-Recorded Invited Keynote Presentations
  • Online Poster Presentations
  • Online Free Paper Presentation Sessions
  • Dedicated Educational Sessions delivered by ACIPC Partners
  • Online Exhibition Area
  • Online Discussion Forums
  • Physical Regional Events when appropriate
We are excited to be making registration for the ACIPC Conference Community FREE; it is our hope that a great number of our members and broader profession will embrace the new look concept for this year.

ACIPC Conference Community introductory event
ACIPC COVID-19 Q & A Webinar for Healthcare Workers

Wednesday 2 September 2020
19:00 AEST
This is a forum for participants to ask our panel of experts questions on the current COVID-19 situation.
Participants are invited to submit questions in advance to the webinar. The panel will also take live questions.
More information regarding webinar Q&A including the pre-submission of questions will be made available shortly.
To register for the webinar sign up for the ACIPC Conference Community below. Registration for the Conference Community and webinar is 
FREE for ACIPC members and non members.

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Welcome new members!

Welcome to the 59 new members who have joined the College over the past month. It is great to have you as part of our growing community of infection prevention and control practitioners. If you have any questions about your ACIPC membership, please call 03 6281 9239 or email

Call out for LMI members

Thanks to the generosity of ACIPC members, we have memberships to the College to allocate to IPCs from low or low-middle income (LMI) countries. If you know someone who is actively involved in IPC from the LMI area and would benefit from an ACIPC membership, we would like to hear from you.  
To nominate someone for sponsorship please provide their full name, position and email address and we will contact them.

To find out if someone qualifies for LMI sponsorship, please visit our webpage

We look forward to hearing from you!
ACIPC in the Media

The College is regularly represented in the media. Here is a list of recent interviews and articles.

ACIPC President, Associate Professor Phil Russo

14/04/2020 Sydney Morning Herald 'Hard to keep across': front-line workers need transparency over PPE supplies, experts say
15/04/2020 Coronavirus Australia: Risk you’re taking with takeaway coffee
21/04/2020 Daily Mail Pubs, clubs and bars won't open until at least July - but owners are warning you shouldn't expect a night out to be anything like it was before they closed down
22/04/2020 Daily Mail Why you won't be going back to the gym until SEPTEMBER - and they'll be nothing like what you remember them
28/04/2020 Coronavirus social distancing: Why distance differs around the world
20/05/2020 What can the rest of Australia learn from Burnie and other local outbreaks
25/05/2020 Public urinals could be phased out in wake of coronavirus pandemic
26/05/2020 "I can't see the logic": The reopening process isn't making sense to the fitness industry.
4/06/2020 The Conversation Heading back to the gym? Here’s how you can protect yourself and others from coronavirus infection
4/06/2020 Il Globo Sport e allenamenti: guai ad abbassare la guardia
7/06/2020 The Conversation Can you socially distance at a Black Lives Matter rally in Australia and New Zealand? How to protest in a corona virus pandemic
7/06/2020 Herald Sun/Daily telegraph Ask the expert – Coronavirus Q & A
7/06/2020 The Conversation From spit to scrums. How can sports players minimise their coronavirus risk?
7/06/2020 Gym owners optimistic coronavirus restrictions will end soon
23/06/2020 The New Daily Victoria’s coronavirus spike could happen anywhere, experts warn
30/06/2020 The Conversation These 10 postcodes are back in Stage 3 coronavirus lockdown. Here’s what that means
5/07/2020 The Conversation Nine Melbourne tower blocks put into ‘hard lockdown’ – what does it mean, and will it work?
6/07/2020 ABC 7.30 Report Melbourne tower lockdown
7/07/2020 The Conversation Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire return to lockdown: this is just how vigilant we have to be until a COVID-19 vaccine is found
10/07/2020 BBC radio BBC Naked Scientist – COVID Science
11/07/2020 The Age How a Chinese restaurant explains Australia's mask riddle
20/07/2020 The Guardian Australia’s about face on masks and Covid 19: why our health advice was late to the party
22/07/2020 Newscorp Face masks: Everything you need to know
28/07/2020 ABC online Coronavirus cases aren't coming down despite Victoria's lockdowns. Experts seek to explain why
28/7/202 ABC Radio The World Today Are lockdowns working?
30/07/2020 The Conversation 723 new COVID-19 cases in Victoria could reflect more testing – but behaviour probably has something to do with it too
4/8/20 SBS News online Stubbornly high levels of community transmission eventually forced the Victorian government's hand on Stage 4 restrictions.
4/8/20 The Conversation Takeaway coffee allowed, but no wandering through Bunnings: here’s why Melbourne’s new business restrictions will reduce cases
11/8/20 ABC radio The World Today Rhani Sadler - Masks
18/8/20 The Age COVID-19 danger may rise in dry weather, 'provocative' study shows
18/8/20 The Herald Sun Why staying at home, socially distancing and wearing a mask is driving down Victoria’s coronavirus cases
21/8/20 ABC radio AM
25/8/20 ABC Radio AM
ACIPC Immediate Past President Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

8/07/2020 Liam Mannix -science reporter for Herald/Age
29/07/2020 Sonya Feldhoff ABC radio SA
16/08/2020 Annie Guest ABC AM
 ACIPC President Elect Kristie Popkiss
26/2/2020 – ABC Radio Interview – Covid-19 Pandemic
New Environmental Cleaning Resources
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has recently produced two new environmental cleaning factsheets to support the implementation of the Infection Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard and the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.
The first factsheet outlines the key principles of environmental cleaning product selection to support jurisdictions and health service organisations in their decisions on procurement of environmental cleaning products.
The second factsheet outlines the key principles of environmental cleaning auditing in acute care settings to support jurisdictions and health service organisations to update and optimise existing auditing programs.
These two factsheets together with an infographic poster on the benefits of environmental cleaning and flow chart detailing the process and product selection for routine environmental cleaning are available from the Commission's website at 
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

Covid-19 exposes the gaps in infection prevention and control
Stephanie J. Dancer 

Assessing patient understanding of their antimicrobial treatment: How are we doing and how might we improve?
Kim Yeoh, Catherine George, Arjun Rajkhowa, Kirsty Buising
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