ACIPC showcases global innovations in infection prevention and control

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

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The 5th Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) International Conference, Australasia’s flagship educational event for infection prevention and control (ICP) professionals, was held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, from 21–23 November 2016. The conference attracted over 580 delegates from both Australia and 14 overseas countries.

The highly engaging 3-day scientific program drew on the knowledge of over 50 international and national experts who shared their research, experience and observations on a vast array of ICP-related topics.

Professor Didier Pittet, director of the Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, provided a comprehensive update for delegates on the latest global innovations in infection prevention and control. Professor Heather Loveday, director of the Richard Wells Research Centre at the University of West London, provided delegates with an interesting insight into approaches used to develop and sustain the Service User Research Forum (SURF), providing examples of how service users contribute their knowledge, experience and insights to benefit healthcare associated infections (HAI) research.

The conference concluded with a spirited debate regarding what the next national infection prevention and control project should be:  surveillance, intravascular device management (IDM) or catheter related urinary tract infections. After the debate, the delegation participated in a live poll, with IDM delivered by Professor Lindsay Grayson just edging out the other projects.

Selected presentation slides and photos from ACIPC 2016 are now available via the 2016 conference website,

Complementing the scientific program was an extensive trade exhibition which showcased the world’s leading support services and suppliers to the infection prevention and control industry. This collection of companies enabled delegates to learn more about the latest products and technologies available in the marketplace and their applications in healthcare settings.

Special mention and congratulations go to Glenys Harrington, recipient of the 2016 Claire Boardman Medal for Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control. This is the highest honour of the college and bestowed on an ACIPC member who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the leadership, profession and practice of infection prevention and control.

The conference also saw the inaugural ACIPC Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control course graduates presented with their awards by ACIPC President Professor Ramon Shaban and Medical Australia Chief Executive Officer Darryl Ellis.

The college invites all those working in infection prevention and related fields to join us in Canberra, 20–22 November 2017, National Convention Centre, for ACIPC International Conference 2017.

We’re pleased to announce the participation of Associate Professor Deverick Andersen of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) and Professor Susan Huang of the University of California Irvine School of Medicine at the conference with more speakers to be announced as planning proceeds.

Be sure to check the website ( regularly for the latest information and to register.

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