October 2020
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From the President

From the President

Dear Colleagues,

 Next month marks 12 months since I took on the Presidency role. I will leave reflections of 2020 for another time, but if nothing else, for us all, it has presented many unforeseen challenges which I am sure will continue in 2021.
Many of our initiatives this years have been related to our educational offerings, and I am proud to announce the launch of our free Aged Care Masterclass. This is a series of recorded presentations addressing high-level issues in Aged Care Infection Prevention and Control Management, including but not restricted to COVID-19 management in aged care facilities. The Masterclass has presentations IPC experts from across Australia who are active in the field such as  Kathy Dempsey, Ann Whitfield, Carrie Spinks, Luci Rodda, Tara Dobbs, Belinda Henderson, Norman Davies, Dr Jonathon Chambers, Associate Professor Noleen Bennett, Fiona Gotterson. The Masterclass is particularly suitable for previous students of the
Short Online Course Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings and the Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control and is open to anyone interested in IPC in aged care settings.

Another major initiative we are about to undertake is the establishment of a new ACIPC Aged Care Committee. The Committee, to be chaired by Ann Whitfield, will ensure the College is well placed to meet the infection prevention challenges in residential and aged care facilities, and to establish a strong supportive network for those working in the sector. Terms of Reference are being finalised, and an expression of interest to participate on the committee will follow shortly.
Members have been advised that ACIPC’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th November at 1:00 pm AEDST. This will of course be an online meeting which will be hosted on the ACIPC Conference Community Platform and login details will be circulated shortly. An agenda will be circulated shortly and the Annual Report and minutes from the previous meeting will be available via the members area.
Amongst many of the social events we have been denied this year is the annual presenting of awards to members. However, this year we need to present the Claire Boardman Award for Leadership, together with the winners of the Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship and Joan Faoagali Award, and a celebration of our Foundations Graduates. Presentation of the awards will be a special online event via the Conference Community Thursday 19th November from 7pm. I hope you can join me in celebrating all awards and scholarship winners and graduates
Finally, congratulations to Simon Meyer-Henry on his come recredentialling as a CIPC-E. Our Credentialing and Professional Standards Committee have recently increased their member to enable the committee to look at a number of assessments recently received.
Take care and stay safe, till next time.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
The National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce new IPC Panel

The National Covid-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce is undertaking continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19.
They are now calling for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified individuals to join the new Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Panel.
The Panel is a collaboration between the Taskforce and Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), and will be jointly Co-Chaired by one representative nominated by ICEG and one representative nominated by the Taskforce. Full details located in the document attached. 
Insights from the COVID-19 frontline video series

The College has recorded a series of three presentations by ACIPC Board Director and Infection Prevention and Control Expert (CIPC-E) Ann Whitfield. The recordings address general insights and experiences, establishing and embedding effective PPE practices, and some advice on care of the wandering resident during an outbreak. The videos include Q&A with our Education Officer Jackie Miley and are highly recommended viewing for anyone working in a healthcare setting. 

These videos can be found on the ACIPC website under the education tab.

COVID-19 frontline video series

Residential Aged Care Infection Prevention Experience
Personal Protective Equipment
Care of the Wandering Resident in COVID-19 Outbreak
Guidance on CPR during the pandemic

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, in partnership with the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG), have published new clinical flowcharts to guide clinicians and trained first aid responders in delivering potentially lifesaving CPR as safely as possible.  The Taskforce established a Cardiac Arrest Working Group as a result of feedback from hospital and community representatives citing a hesitation to commence resuscitation of people in cardiac arrest during the pandemic, stemming from concerns about infection risk. Drawing on expertise in infection prevention and control, infectious diseases, emergency care, intensive care, anaesthetics, retrieval, primary care and public health, the working group considered the best national and international advice on CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance was developed with broad consultation, incorporating input from government, consumers and healthcare workers in hospitals, primary care and aged care facilities. 
The working group worked closely with the 
Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and the 32 peak clinical bodies who are members of the Taskforce to ensure that the CPR flowcharts would be consistent with national guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and importantly, supported broadly by healthcare professionals. 
For further information and to view the latest guidelines:
Australian Sepsis Network (ASN) - Stopping Sepsis National Action Plan - Report Card 
As we come to the end of World Sepsis Awareness month and following World Sepsis Day 2020 the ASN have provided an update on how they are tracking on the Stopping Sepsis National Action Plan (SSNAP) 2017. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic ASN were unable to hold the annual ASN national meeting this year to review the progress on implementation of the SSNAP recommendations. Attached for your information is a ‘report card’ on the progress made to date, ongoing activities and planned activities.

Sponsored content

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)
Date: Tuesday, 10th November 2020
Time: 6pm - Sydney Australia time
Moderator: Kath Schubach, ANZUNS President

BD in partnership with ANZUNS would like to invite you to a webinar to discuss CAUTI prevention and management in Australia.

Speakers and Topics 
Professor Brett Mitchell - The burden of CAUTI 
Professor Brett Mitchell is an internationally renowned expert and researcher in the field of infection prevention and control. He is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle, Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease in Health, and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Professor Mitchell is a member of the National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce Leadership Group and was the Chair of the recent NHMRC committee responsible for the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. He has over 150 peer reviewed publications and conference presentations and has worked in a variety of nursing positions in Australia and abroad. His research interests in the area of infection control include environmental cleaning, pneumonia, surveillance and urinary tract infections.

Dr Ashani Couchman - Clinical management of complicated CAUTI's 
Dr Ashani Couchman is a Urological Surgeon who sub-specialises in transitional (adolescent) urology, and neuro-urology. Consulting in both public and private, The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Continence Matters, The International Spine Center and is a visiting specialist at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital. As the elected chair of the Children’s and Young Persons committee of the International Continence Society, the President Of the Continence Foundation of Australia SA branch and the chair of the Younger Fellows Committee in South Australia for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr Couchman advocates for patients and colleagues both in Australia and internationally.

Alyson Sweeney - CAUTI and long-term catheter use in the home setting 
Alyson Sweeney is a Continence Nurse Specialist in community care and is a clinical team leader with the Tasmanian Health Service in Southern Tasmania. Alyson has an enduring interest in understanding and improving the care and well-being of people who live with a long-term suprapubic catheter (SPC) at home. Alyson has worked with and conducted research on this population over many years. This work includes a master’s degree that explored what it is like to live with a SPC. Other works include SPC change methods; a crossover comparison cohort trial. Presently Alyson has completed a doctoral thesis that has led to the development of a best practice guide for the care of people who live at home with a long-term SPC.

Karina So - Managing the complex patient with a long-term urinary catheter, a case study 
Karina So is a Urology Nurse Practitioner in private practice and a Clinical Lecturer of Concord Medical School, University of Sydney NSW. She has extensive clinical experience in management of adults with acute, chronic and complex urological cancer and non-cancer related problems. Over the last 31 years, Karina has held multiple leadership positions in professional groups and government-sponsored expert panels. She developed local and district clinical practice guidelines and on-line point-of-care resources. Recently she contributed to the Health Pathway project by Sydney Local Health District on urinary catheterisation.
To register to attend this webinar or watch on demand please click the registration link below. 
Infection Disease & Health – latest online articles

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