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ACIPC E-NEWSLETTER
February 2020
From the President

Colleagues,
Recently the Board of Directors met over two days to identify priorities and set the Colleges direction for the next two years. I am pleased to share with you a refreshed College Vision; Empower our members to be leaders in infection prevention and control.
 
I believe this simple but meaningful statement will guide us in achieving our revised Strategic Priorities for 2020-21 which are;
 
Strengthen our profile as the peak body for IPC through effective communication and relationships with members, industry and partners.
 
Establish an agile and sustainable structure that will optimise College resources to meet member and stakeholder needs. 
 
Strengthen the profile of infection prevention and control as a profession.
 
Over the next few weeks, the new Chairs of our Committees will also be reviewing the terms of references and updating where required to ensure we continue to grow strong as a College.
 
At the meeting we also farewelled Peter Martin as our Consumer Representative over the past four years. It was great pleasure to award Peter with an Honorary Membership of ACIPC in recognition of his valuable contribution. You can read Peter’s article reflecting on his time as a Director below. Dianne Smith has stepped into the role of Consumer Representative and we look forward to working with Dianne along with Mark Metherell who will assist the Board as a Special Advisor.
 
Finally, as you would all be aware, the situation on COVID-19 continues to evolve on a daily basis. The College continues be well represented at a Government level on the Infection Control Expert Advisory Group. This group has met numerous times over the past weeks and continues to do so. I strongly encourage all members to regularly visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. All updates and advice are posted here.https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
 
The College Statement, released earlier this month can be accessed on the home page.
 
Until next month,
Phil Russo
ACIPC President
 ACIPC events in February
 
Recently the College held a Masterclass for Industry  followed by an informal networking event with the Board. This has become an annual occurrence for the College and provides an opportunity for the Board and industry colleagues to get to know each other. Our Conference Manager Andrew Watts will also be coordinating the exhibitor and sponsorship packages for the Sydney Conference. Make sure you’re on the Conference mailing list to stay up to date. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Sydney in November.

This month, Meet the Expert networking events were held in both Sydney and Adelaide. Thank you to Ruth Barratt for presenting and organising the Sydney event and to Marija Juraja for making the Adelaide event happen!
ACIPC events in March
Meet the Expert Networking evening - Bendigo 3rd March C.diff – are we doing it right in 2020? Presented by Dr Andrew Mahony 
Meet the Expert Networking evening - Canberra 17th March  Dr Nicholas Coatsworth will present on the topic of Sepsis
GAMA Healthcare and ACIPC IPC Seminar Series
The College have once again partnered with GAMA Healthcare to run a series of one day IPC workshops around the country and for the4 first time in NZ. Tickets are just $30. Martin Kiernan will be presenting at each event along with Dr Jocelyne Basseal. Professor Brett Mitchell will be speaking at the Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney event.
Auckland 28th of April at the Sudima Hotel
Melbourne 29th of April at Crown Melbourne
Brisbane 1st of May at Victoria Park Golf Course
Sydney 4th of May location TBC
Adelaide 6th of May location TBC
Perth 8th of May at the Technology Park
 
Visit our Education and Events page for more information.
Latest Fellowship recipient – Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
Professor Marilyn Cruickshank was recently awarded Fellowship of ACIPC. As Past President of ACIPC, Marilyn’s contribution to the profession and to the College has been significant. Congratulations Marilyn!
FIPC - Enrolments are now open
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. There are 11 carefully paced modules and Foundations allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice. 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 has been updated to reflect amended guidelines and is a key component to achieving the ACIPC Primary Credential (CICP-P).
$1520 for ACIPC Members / $1820 for Non-Members (this rate grants ACIPC Membership for the duration of the Membership Year)
Houston, we have a problem!
What to do about the 2019 novel coronavirus
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Hall & Wilcox, ACHSM, the AHHA and the ACIPC invite you to join us for networking and an insightful discussion on how those who care for the vulnerable (including hospitals, aged care providers, retirement living operators, disability providers, medical practitioners, schools) and all employers can respond to a significant event involving an infection outbreak. This will include a hypothetical on how to deal with a coronavirus outbreak at your facility.
The panel of experts will explore the issues, including:
  1. standard safety precautions;
  2. when to ‘lock down’;
  3. risk and governance;
  4. work, health and safety;
  5. incident management;
  6. open disclosure;
  7. insurance;
  8. dealing with media inquiries and reputational issues; and
  9. regulatory and mandatory reporting.
This is a free event, though numbers are limited. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you are able to join us.
This seminar will also be available by zoom videoconference, details will be provided on request.
Facilitator
Alison Choy Flannigan, Partner and Health & Community group leader, Hall & Wilcox
Reflections on my term of office on the ACIPC Board - Peter Martin OAM
I was pleased to be nominated by the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) four years ago as a Consumer Representative of the board of the newly formed ACIPC. CHF is a highly respected organization which among other things is tasked with nominating suitable members of the public to be consumer members of boards, committees and working parties of health-related organisations.
Many organisations serving the public have made consumer membership of their governance processes an integral part of their management structures. Indeed, this is now a requirement of governments with their own statutory authorities and a recommendation of the Institute of Company Directors.
It is recognised that consumers who are users of the services provided by such bodies are in a particularly significant position to offer advice and perspectives which are of benefit to the organizations and which add value to governance, service provision and public perceptions. ACIPC was forward thinking in making provision for consumer representation on its board from its inception.
I had been a member of the board of my Victorian regional public hospital, including a term as Chair. As part of my responsibilities I specialized in governance and risk, particularly clinical governance where I became interested in the importance of good infection control processes. I attend several conferences and workshops where this was a major topic of discussion. I continue to be a consumer member of my hospital’s clinical governance committee and maintain my interest in the field.
When CHF advertised the consumer membership of the board of ACIPC I applied and was subsequently appointed. This appointment has now ended after four years.
I am very well aware of the situation regarding hospital-acquired infections and was pleased to join ACIPC which I soon learned was a leader in developing expertise and best practice in IPC in hospital settings. I am proud that in my four years its leadership in this field has been increasingly recognised. I am even more proud of the dedicated passionate professionals in the field and on the board who I have come to know well. I am delighted that infection control is now ‘core business’ for health service boards.
It is important that professional organisations such as ACIPC are not only led by experts in their professional field but that also their governance processes are such that the membership can be confident that its affairs are conducted according to law, are approved by the relevant regulators and satisfy the appropriate accounting standards. I found that I could assist the College by using my knowledge of board governance processes by being a member of the college’s Governance, Finance and Risk Committee. I am pleased with the progress which has been made in establishing appropriate record keeping, reports and processes. I am confident that the structures we have established allow the board to be confident that the College is on a sound financial footing, satisfies its statutory and regulatory obligations and can look to the future with confidence.
I am proud of the progress made in my four-year term and look forward to seeing the College make further progress with great confidence. I wish it and its members well as they face the challenges of the future.
Abstract Submission Now Open: Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences 2020
Theme: From Global to Local
We live in an era of rapid information sharing and increased connectivity, facilitating the sharing of ideas and experiences at a faster rate than ever before. This more connected world brings new challenges for controlling the cross-border migration of pathogens. But it also creates new opportunities for promoting pleasure, rights, and quality of life, beyond just the prioritisation of disease elimination. The conference theme – from global to local – engages with this shifting paradigm. As the world shrinks and our focus adapts, we embrace the goal of achieving optimal sexual health for all.
Information about submitting an abstract can be found via this link.
Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care - Table of Amendments
In response to feedback from Guideline users (including the Commission’s HAI Advisory  Committee), a table of amendments has been added to the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care.  The Table has been added to assist readers in identifying what and when updates have been made to the guidelines. The Table details content changes only. Typographical amendments are not included in the table. The table is available on both the web version (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/australian-guidelines-prevention-and-control-infection-healthcare-2019) and the MAGICApp version of the guidelines.
Global Health Alliance Australia February
If you’re not already subscribed, we encourage you to have a look at the February newsletter from our friends at Global Health Alliance Australia
The lastest issue has updates on:
5 Second Rule Podcast
Our colleagues at APIC have an excellent podcast – episode 5 is titled Bacteria, Virus, and Fungi, Oh My! Lynn Slonim Fine PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, is an Infection Preventionist at the University of Rochester Medical School in Rochester, NY. Dr. Fine has worked in IPC for over 15 years. She served as a section editor on the APIC Text Online and was a contributing author in APIC’s The Infection Preventionists Guide to the Lab. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of her local APIC Chapter, she has been a faculty member for APIC’s EPI Intensive and CIC Prep courses. She currently teaches Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology at several local colleges in Rochester.
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