May 2020
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From the President

Dear Colleagues,
Where are we in this COVID-19 marathon? Its hard to know for sure, perhaps halfway, maybe not even that far. Nevertheless, as restrictions are slowly being eased, it is interesting to note the reinforcement of practical hygiene and infection prevention measures. Some of our infection preventing mantras are becoming embedded into daily community life, not the least, messages on the importance of good hand hygiene and the role of alcohol based hand rubs. Future generations of healthcare workers are now performing hand hygiene as they enter their primary school classrooms. A habit they will hopefully continue in their future professional lives!
The Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) continues to provide infection control support to AHPPC. Information about ICEG, membership and all publications are now posted on the ICEG website.
The  National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce continues its prolific weekly output, and posts all updates on its website as well as updating the living guidelines in the MagicApp.
There has been a recent update to the guidelines COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities and this and other resources can be found on the ACIPC COVID 19 resources page.

The College continues its advocacy work during this time and earlier this month ACIPC joined with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) for a Position Statement endorsing practices aimed at facilitating next-of-kin presence for patients dying from COVID-19 in the ICU. The statement can be accessed on the ACIPC home page.
With the absence of the traditional conference this year, we have looked to broaden the scope of exposure and engagement for sponsors with opportunities that demonstrate value for both the sponsors and ACIPC members. Next month the College will launch a number of new initiatives and this will include tiered sponsor categories, opportunities to work with the College directly by sponsoring education events, as well as a number of online event opportunities. As a sponsor of ACIPC, your organisation will be associated with leadership and excellence in the field of Infection Prevention and Control and I look forward to sharing our 2020/2021 prospectus with members and stakeholders over the next few weeks.
Phil Russo
ACIPC President 

College Memberships

Members will shortly be contacted with a link to renew membership for the next financial year.

If you are not yet a member of ACIPC and would like to join, simply email your details to and we will send you information about membership benefits and fees along with a link to join our community.

ACIPC FIPC June 2020

We were overwhelmed with interest in our FIPC which commenced in May and have now opened a second intake of the course scheduled to start on the 17th June 2020. As with the May course, we are offering accelerated delivery mode which means that the course could be completed in approximately 80 hours over a few weeks should the student choose or have the time to work through the course material. The Course Coordinator will support students with live webinars phone and email support. New materials relating to the SARS Cov 2, and COVID_19 are included in the course. You can enrol
here now and payment plans are available.
ACIPC IPC in Aged Care Settings online course 

ACIPC’s Short Course in Infection Prevention and Control in Aged Care Settings is an online version of our popular face-to-face Aged Care workshops which has been delivered all over Australia in the last couple of years.

Aged care settings are an essential part of healthcare, and residents are at significant risk, highlighting the importance of this unique educational offering.
This course is designed for individuals from a variety of roles/professions working in an Aged Care Setting. It comprises 6 modules, about 12-14 hours learning, which consist of self-directed learning supported by online resources, video, structured reading, webinar content, moderated forum discussion, question and answer forum, and email.
The course can be undertaken over a 6-8 week period and a certificate of completion is issued to students who complete the course. There is no exam.
This course will commence on Wednesday 1st July, places are limited. Cost is $500 per student.
More information including a link to register can be found on the
ACIPC website.
The Claire Boardman CICP Medal

The Claire Boardman CICP Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control is the highest honour of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control in recognition of the College’s Inaugural President, Ms Claire Boardman, and her leadership in establishing the College. It is bestowed upon a member of the College who demonstrates outstanding commitment to, the leadership of, the profession and practice of infection prevention and control, and to the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control.
Even though we are not having a traditional conference this year, we will be opening nominations soon and the medal will be awarded via an online event. Watch this space!
GAMA Healthcare and ACIPC webinar series – COVID Q&A recording available
A panel discussion was held on the 20th May featuring a terrific line up of experts, Andrew Stewardson, Martin Kiernan, Kathy Dempsey and Belinda Henderson, chaired by Brett Mitchell. If you were unable to attend, a recording of the session can be accessed
2020 Joan Faoagali Award winner announcement

Congratulations to ACIPC member Maria Broumos who is the 2020 recipient of the Joan Faoagali Award! Maria is a Team Leader Dental Operations at Merri Community Health Services in Victoria and will receive $1000 towards her tuition fees for Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control

Maria,  What is your current IPC role?
My current role is to lead a team of Dental Assistants at Merri Community Health Services. My title is Team Leader, Dental Operations.

How did you hear about the FIPC course?
I had been a member for two years and it was always a goal to one day complete the course. FIPC appealed to me because it aims to provide participants with the knowledge to develop a series of skill that could then be used to impart to other staff and team members to improve the provision of patient care through efficient and strategic infection control practices. 

What module are you most interested in learning more about in FIPC and why? 
This was the most difficult question to answer as the course in its entirety is an excellent array of modules. The ones of most interest are: Outbreak Management: Communicable Disease Notifications. This is of interest especially considering the COVID19 pandemic and observing how the outbreak is being managed. I am also looking forward to Theories of Leadership and Motivation as I am in a leadership role and am interested in the related theories.

Do you have an IPC (or professional) hero or mentor? How have they helped you?
My hero and mentor is a highly credible professional who has been a pillar of support and a mentor throughout my evolving career. Mr. Craig McCracken implemented a highly regarded Dental Prosthetist Program at RMIT University in early 2004. Mr McCracken had a vision of what the program would look like - an integral component being a focus of infection control practices and prevention relating specifically to the course and scope of practice of aspiring registered dental prosthetists. Mr McCracken qualified as a prosthetist in Tasmania in 1977 before taking up a teaching position at RMIT University in 1981. Mr McCracken identified a skill and the passion that I had for infection control and invited me to educate alongside him. Mr McCracken has always encouraged me to continue to educate myself and leave a footprint for upcoming aspiring clinicians. I worked alongside Mr McCracken for over a decade where I witnessed firsthand a man who had a goal that was driven by passion. I owe where I am today and the knowledge that I have to Mr McCracken and I will be forever grateful as are past and present students who have had the honour of witnessing such a legend.
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