July 2021
Dear ACIPC Members,
Welcome to the July 2021 ACIPC Newsletter.
With many of us still in various stages of lockdown around the country, a lot of members are working from home and many are back on the frontline. We recognise and applaud the high importance of the work everyone is doing to keep the community safe.
As our community continues to grow, membership of the College is more important than ever. The Board of Directors will meet over the next few months plan for more resources to support members working in infection prevention and control across different disciplines.
2021 is an election year for the College and we will soon be seeking nominations for Board Members and President-Elect. Voting will take place in the lead-up to the AGM in November where the new board will be announced. More information will be sent to members' eligible to vote shortly.
Dr Susan Jain has recently credentialled at the Expert level.
Board Member and Chair of the Practice Guidance Committee Dr Sally Havers has just become recredentialled as a CIPC-E.
ACIPC's three-tiered credentialling framework has been designed so anyone working in Infection Prevention and Control can have the opportunity to become credentialled and demonstrate to their colleagues and peers their commitment to best-practice in IPC and ongoing professional development by becoming credentialled.
Our Education Members / Aged Care IPC Leads will soon receive a credentialling information package with details on the application process. The team in the office is always happy to assist with enquiries.
Latest IPC Job Opportunities   
The following positions are paid advertisements with the College
Infection Control Coordinator - Tasmania
Hobart Private Hospital and St Helens Private Hospital have been providing the highest quality of care to the local community for over 20 years. We offer state of the art equipment in a world-class facility and diverse and friendly teams. What’s more, with the highest pay rate in all of Tasmania, flexible working arrangements and support for continued education, you’ll be sure to further your career.  More information about this role can be found on the ACIPC website.

COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria - Job Opportunities

Director, Infection Prevention Control (IPC)

An integral role within the Covid-19 Quarantine Victoria (CQV) Administrative Office, the Director, Infection Prevention Control (IPC) provides executive leadership and management of an operationally critical team tasked with implementing authoritative IPC policy and procedural advice to Victoria’s Mandatory Quarantine Program.
Reporting to the Executive Director, IPC, you will ensure compliance with required standards and the provision of IPC advice to the Commissioner, Executive Director, Deputy Chief Health Officer/Deputy State Controller, Health Management and CQV.
More information can be found on the ACIPC website
General Manager, Compliance and Assurance (IPC)

A newly created role within CQV’s Administrative Office, the General Manager, Compliance and Assurance (Infection Prevention and Control) will provide strategic leadership and guidance to a comprehensive infection prevention and control (IPC) compliance and audit program.
Reporting to the Executive Director, IPC and supporting a team of Regional Managers and specialists, the General Manager, Compliance and Assurance (IPC) will champion a positive risk mitigation and health and safety culture where employees can deliver highest quality services within a safe work environment
More information can be found on the
ACIPC website.

General Manager, Education (Infection Prevention and Control)

A newly created role within CQV’s Administrative Office, the General Manager, Education (Infection Prevention and Control) will provide strategic leadership and guidance leveraging expertise and experience in clinical education to develop, implement and evaluate IPC training programs across the organisation.
Supporting a team of Regional Managers and specialists, the General Manager, Education (IPC) will ensure effective use of staff resources to maintain a culture of financial responsibility whilst demonstrating behaviours reinforcing the highest levels of adherence to IPC policy and procedures, focused on reducing and eliminating infection risk amongst staff and residents within the program.
More information can be found on the ACIPC website
COVID-19 articles in Infection Disease and Health

The past twelve months has posed significant challenges for those working in the area of Infection Prevention and Control. One of the challenges has been keeping on top of the ever-changing literature with regards to COVID-19. In early 2020, a rapid review panel for COVID-19 related articles submitted to the College Journal Infection, Disease and Health was established. The panel ceased towards the end of 2020 as COVID-19 became more ‘normal business’. Like many, they too were busy with everyday business, but found the time to assist in reviewing COVD-D19 articles in a rapid fashion. In turn, this benefited the wider profession by providing timely publications. COVID-19 related articles published by Infection, Disease and Health during 2020 were also made freely available and not behind a subscription barrier. A list of  COVID-19 papers we have published are available for members to access here. Thank you to those involved in the rapid review panel.
2021 ACIPC International Conference update

We invite you to view the conference program for the latest updates for theme day topics and presenters, along with the latest main program sessions. You can also view the excellent list of invited speakers confirmed to present at this conference.

The conference will be a hybrid event with options to register as either an online or in-person attendee. Registrations are flexible, should your circumstances change at the time of the conference.
All online registrations include:
  • Access to live streaming of all conference presentations (delivered at the Adelaide Convention Centre and virtually, excluding Pop Up Stage presentations)
  • Access to online networking sessions
  • Access to the online meeting hub to send messages and take video calls with other attendees
  • Access to an online exhibition hall
  • Access to an online poster gallery
  • Access to recorded sessions post event for 3 months
ACIPC Member Online Registration
Early: $500
Standard: $600
Late: $700

Non-Member Online Registration

Early: $700
Standard: $800
Late: $900

All full in-person registrations include: 
  • All conference sessions (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Daily Catering (Arrival Tea and Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea)
  • Pre-Conference Drinks, hosted by the ACIPC President - 7 November
  • Welcome Reception – 8 November
  • Access to educational breakfast sessions, hosted by conference sponsors
  • Name badge, pocket program, conference tote bag & access to delegate app
  •  Access to the exhibition hall to meet with industry supporters and learn about the latest in technology, product and service developments
  • Access to Poster Displays in the exhibition hall
  • Access to Pop Up Stage presentations held in the exhibition hall
  • Access to the ACIPC Online Conference Portal throughout the conference
  • Access to recorded sessions post event for 3 months via the online conference portal
Full ACIPC Member In-person Registration
Early: $800
Standard: $900
Late: $1,000

Full Non-Member In-person Registration
Early: $980
Standard: $1,080
Late: $1,1800 

3M Webinar: Reducing CABSI Risk: People, Standards and Technology

Webinar on 4 August 2021 @ 3pm-430pm EAST
Recognised as the premier organisation for the specialty practice of infusion nursing, the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) released the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice in January 2021. Join us for the third webinar in our five-part series aimed at translating these standards into practice. In this webinar, Dr Britt Meyer will update on the key standards to reduce CABSI risk.  The webinar will be moderated by Tricia Kleidon, a Nurse Practitioner in the Vascular Assessment and Management Service at Queensland Children’s Hospital, Research Fellow at Griffith University and an active member of the AVATAR group.

  • Identify sources of contamination that can lead to catheter associated bloodstream infection (CABSI)
  • Discuss clinical challenges associated with catheter maintenance that can impact outcomes
  • Describe recommended standards of practice, guidelines, and evidence-based interventions for catheter maintenance to reduce CABSI risk
  • Identify solutions to address these challenges and clinical studies that support these solutions
Speaker Bio: Dr Britt Meyer is a Duke University School of Nursing Quality Implementation Scholar who provides leadership for vascular access and infusion practices at Duke University Health System. She leads the 55-member vascular access team at Duke University Hospital and is widely published on vascular access and infusion topics. She is currently involved in a variety of research projects aimed at improving patient outcomes related to vascular access and infusion therapy.

3M are hosting this webinar and have sponsored this content
Calling all early career researchers.
Got results, a discovery or invention that has not received any publicity?

Nominate for Fresh Science 2021. Find your story, get media trained and promote your science.
Fresh Science is looking for:
  • early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD).
  • a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage; and
  • some ability to present ideas in everyday English.
Participants receive a day of media training followed by the chance to share their work with peers at the pub. Their work will be profiled online, promoted by social media and, for some, the mainstream media.
In some states, they will also get an introduction to talking to business and government and learn how to pitch.
Now in its 23rd year, Fresh Science has trained over 550 scientists to share their science, and generated hundreds of news stories via TV, print, radio and online. You can read past Fresh Scientists’ stories online at
In 2021 Fresh Science will run in QLD, VIC, and NSW.
We are working on the final sponsorships to lock in events for SA and WA. We will also run it in other states and territories where we can secure local support.
In each state where we run an event, we will select the top ten applicants (Vic, Qld, NSW). For successful applicants from other states, you will be invited to participate in a nearby state event if you can cover your travel costs. Events are in October and November­– dates are online.
Nominations close 5pm AEST Thursday 29 July.
New environmental cleaning resources for cleaners and small health organisations 

Environmental cleaning is a critical element of standard precautions and should be a feature of every health service organisation’s infection prevention and control program. Over the past year, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has produced a suite of environmental cleaning resources to support health service organisations in this important infection prevention and control activity. Two new resources have recently been added to the existing suite of environmental cleaning resources.
  • Environmental cleaning principles for small health organisations
    has been developed to support the unique needs of small health service organisations to develop environmental cleaning programs. The target audience for this resource includes small health service organisation, such as, but not limited to rural and remote settings, aged care facilities, general medical and dental practices, outpatient or day only procedural services and rehabilitation services.
  • Environmental cleaning: Information for cleaners
    was developed to highlight the importance of cleaners in health service organisations and provide cleaning staff with basic information on the principles of environmental cleaning in health service facilities. The target audience is cleaning staff in all health service organisations, aged care and disability services, clinics, and general medical and dental practices.
These resources are available from the Commission’s website at
All resources in the environmental cleaning suite support the recommendations for environmental cleaning from the National Safety and Quality Health Services standards and the implementation of the environmental cleaning requirements of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare.
Please feel free to contact if you have any enquires in relation to these resources.
Recent Articles from Infection Disease and Health

Impacts on staff after implementation of a respiratory protection program in a Victorian public hospital
D. Williams, B. Kave, F. Begg, C. Marshall, R. Segal, I. Ng

Staff to staff transmission as a driver of healthcare worker infections with COVID-19
Claire L. Gordon, Jason A. Trubiano, Natasha E. Holmes, Kyra YL. Chua, Jeff Feldman, Greg Young, Norelle L. Sherry, M Lindsay Grayson, Jason C. Kwong

Efficacy of aerosolized hydrogen peroxide (Deprox) cleaning compared to physical cleaning in a Burns Unit
Genevieve McKew, Thuy Phan, Tina Cai, Susan Taggart, Elaine Cheong, Thomas Gottlieb

General practitioners’ knowledge, preparedness, and experiences of managing COVID-19 in Australia
Cristina Sotomayor-Castillo, Shizar Nahidi, Cecilia Li, Charlotte Hespe, Penelope L. Burns, Ramon Z. Shaban

Evaluating antimicrobial prescribing practice in Australian remote primary healthcare clinics
Jarrod de Jong, Tobias Speare, Fabian Chiong, Lloyd Einsiedel, Bronwyn Silver, Debra Gent, Steven Tong, Danny Tsai

‘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

Determinants of intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19 among healthcare personnel in hospitals in Greece
Helena C. Maltezou, Androula Pavli, Xanthi Dedoukou, Theano Georgakopoulou, Vasilios Raftopoulos, Ioannis Drositis, Emmanouil Bolikas, Caterina Ledda, Georgios Adamis, Andronikos Spyrou, Eleni Karantoni, Maria N. Gamaletsou, Dimitra Maria Koukou, Athanasia Lourida, Nikolaos Moussas, Vasilios Petrakis, Periklis Panagopoulos, Dimitrios Hatzigeorgiou, Maria Theodoridou, Marios Lazanas, Panagiotis Gargalianos, Nikolaos V. Sipsas

Improving surgical site infection prevention in Asia-Pacific through appropriate surveillance programs: Challenges and recommendation
P.L. Russo, E. Saguil, M. Chakravarthy, K.Y. Lee, M.L. Ling, K. Morikane, M. Spencer, W. Danker, N.Y.C. Yu, C.E. Edmiston Jr.

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

Short research paper: Personal protective equipment for the care of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients – Modelling requirements and burn rate
Andrew W. Kam, Nicole King, Ashima Sharma, Nicole Phillips, Vineet Nayyar, Ramon Z. Shaban

Perceived roles and barriers to nurses’ engagement in antimicrobial stewardship: A Thai qualitative case study
Nantanit van Gulik, Ana Hutchinson, Julie Considine, Andrea Driscoll, Kumthorn Malathum, Mari Botti

Evaluating knowledge and perception of antimicrobial stewardship among nurses in an acute care hospital
Siew Hoon Lim, Stéphane L. Bouchoucha, Fazila Aloweni, Nur'Azzah Bte Suhari

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