Scientific Program

Sunday 18th November 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop
Room Meeting Room M3
13:00 – 17:00 Hand Hygiene Australia Workshop

Monday 19th November 2018

08:00 – 09:00

Registration – Great Hall Registration Desk 

Exhibition, Arrival Tea & Coffee – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
Plenary Session
Session Chair Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome from the ACIPC President
Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
09:10 – 09:20 Welcome from the Conference Chair
Ms Sally Havers
09:20 – 09:30 ACIPC Patron’s Address
Professor Peter Collignon AM
09:30 – 10:00 Sepsis, just say the word
Ms Fiona Gray, Consumer Advocacy
10:00 – 10:30

Responding to Emerging Infectious Diseases

Professor Paul Tambyah

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
New and Old – Challenges in Infection Prevention and Control Roles and relationships in Infection Prevention and Control Antimicrobial Stewardship/
Antimicrobial Resistance
Session Chair Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha Dr Deborough Macbeth A/Professor Rhonda Stuart
11:00 – 11:18

Infection Control and Aged Care – the current state of play in Australia

Professor Ramon Shaban

Helping you do your job – the role of the Microbiology Department

Dr Petra Derrington

Antibiotic use near the end of life in aged care homes

Ms Leslie Dowson

11:20 – 11:38

Infection Control Challenges: from rural and remote Australia to the Western Pacific, ‘same same but different’

Miss Vanessa Sparke

The role of Infectious Disease physicians in Infection Control teams

Professor Allen Cheng

The leadership role of nurses in stewardship

Ms Fiona Gotterson

11:40 – 11:58

The Challenges of Infection Prevention and Control in Resource Limited Countries

Dr Peta Ann Zimmerman


Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers (HCW) and Blood-borne viruses (BBV)

Dr Jenny Firman


Antibiotic prescribing – what influences prescribing behaviour and practices

A/Professor Jennifer Broom

12:00 – 12:18

Keeping our hospitals safe from exotic infections

Professor Lyn Gilbert

The role of the Epidemiologist in the Infection Prevention Service, Hunter New England Local Health District

Ms Sally-Anne Munnoch

The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) – Update

Professor Geoffrey Coombs

12:20 – 13:35 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4 
Session Chair Dr Phil Russo
12:45 – 13:15

Pop Up Stage – 3 Minute Research

Evaluating methods for effective decontamination of central venous access devices needleless connectors in adult hospital patients: A pilot randomised control trial protocol
Ms Julie Flynn

A mixed methods study of the risk-taking behaviour of clinical staff towards routine use of protective masks for infectious diseases
Mrs Ruth Barratt

Perioperative nurses’ understanding and experience of surgical conscience: a cross-national exploratory study
Dr Lynette Bowen

Retrospective Analysis: Interrogating Factors Associated with Hospital Readmissions Within 28 days Following Surgery, November 2018 to November 2019. C. Zvidzai, 2018
Mr Cleopas Zvidzai

Hepatitis B immunity in hospital healthcare workers: targeting interventions for improved healthcare worker immunisation programmes
Miss Deborah Rhodes

Launch, 2019 Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship
Ms Hilary Walsh

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
Plenary Session
Session Chair Dr Andie Lee
13:35 – 14:05 The role of the environment, especially surfaces, in the source of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)
Professor Hilary Humphreys
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
Free Papers – HAI Surveillance Free Papers – Infection Control in the Surgical Setting Free Papers – Outbreak Management
Session Chair Mr Michael Wishart Miss Vanessa Sparke Ms Patricia Cattini
14:10 – 14:28

Fully Automated Healthcare-acquired Infection Surveillance: Where in the World Are We?

Ms Michelle Taylor

Implementing a preoperative bundle to reduce Staphylococcus aureus surgical site infections in eight New Zealand hospitals using quality improvement and collaborative methodology

Ms Nikki Grae

Managing an outbreak of extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Klebsiella oxytoca in a Special Care Nursery (SCN)

Ms Debra Vesey

14:30 – 14:48

Utility of the Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) for reporting healthcare-associated infections in Australia: benefits and limitations using a Victorian dataset

Ms Sandra Johnson

The challenges of hand hygiene auditing in the operating room

Mrs Elizabeth Orr


An outbreak of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobactericeae in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, NSW, Australia

Ms Sally-Anne Munnoch

14:50 – 15:08

Attributable length of hospital stay and mortality associated with healthcare associated infections in Queensland, Australia

Dr Xing Lee

Complex neurosurgery on a patient at risk of developing CJD; Lessons Learned

Mrs Rachel Thomson

Successful, but incomplete control of a Serratia marcescens blaIMP-4 outbreak related to contaminated hand basin waste-water systems

Mr John Greenough

15:10 – 15:28

The incidence and cumulative risk of primary bloodstream and venous infections in 12,942 peripheral intravenous catheters in Australia

Miss Emily Larsen


A Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection cluster following coronary artery bypass surgery

Dr Caroline Marshall

Screening for Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae following transmission: Experience at a large Victorian healthcare facility

Mrs Stephanie Spilsbury
Ms Denise Del Rosario-Kelly


15.30 – 16.00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
Plenary Session
Session Chair Dr Andrew Stewardson
16:00 – 16:30 Hospital Acquired Complications (HACS)and their role in improving safety and quality of care in Australia
Dr Robert Herkes


16:30 – 17:15

Discussion Panel – Hospital Acquired Complications (HACS), Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and data collection

Facilitator: Dr Andrew Stewardson


  • Professor Adrian Barnett
  • A/Professor John Ferguson
  • Dr Rob Herkes
  • A/Professor Lisa Hall
  • Ms Patricia Cattini
17.15 – 18.45 Welcome Reception, Exhibition Hall – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4

Tuesday 20th November 2018

07:15 – 08:15 President’s Breakfast – Meeting Room M3
07:30 – 08:30

Registration – Great Hall Registration Desk

Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
 Plenary Session – Research to Practice
Session Chair Professor Brett Mitchell
08:30 – 09:00 Latest from Cochrane and systematic review
Professor Allen Cheng
09:00 – 09:30 Top papers of 2017/18
Dr Andrew Stewardson
09:30 – 10:00 How modelling can be used to inform infection control strategies and practice
Professor Ben Cooper
10:00 – 10:30 Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Trial results
Professor Nick Graves
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
  Organisms of Interest Updates in Practice, Resistance & Research Cleaning, sterilising and Infection Prevention and Control
Session Chair A/Professor Caroline Marshall A/Professor Thea van de mortel Ms Annie Wells
11:00 – 11:18

Future directions for management of Clostridium difficile

A/Professor Lisa Hall

Revising the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

Mrs Emma Breen

Environmental surface disinfection; exploring the minefield

Dr Tara Anderson

11:20 – 11:38

Clostridium difficile host interactions and disease

Professor Dena Lyras

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System: Data to Improve Patient Safety

Dr Kathryn Daveson


Humanising a Sterile Standard

Mrs Kristie Popkiss


11:40 – 11:58

Candida auris: time to take note

A/Professor Sharon Chen

Antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia – a regional update

Professor Ben Cooper

Reprocessing Medical Devices in Office-based Practice

Ms Terry McAuley

12:00 – 12:18

The ‘Phantom Menace’ an outbreak of E.coli OXA48 like CPE

Mrs Belinda Henderson

Enterococcus faecium, VRE and alcohol tolerance

Professor Paul Johnson

Unpacking the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Trial Results – a Q & A session

A/Profossor Lisa Hall
Professor Brett Mitchell

12:20 – 13:35 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4 
Session Chair Dr Deborough Macbeth
12.45 – 13.15

Pop Up Stage – “ACIPC Activities for Novice Members”

In this pop up session learn more about important ACIPC activities, designed to support you develop as an ICP.

The session will cover:

  • Credentialing
  • Foundations Course

You will also get to meet and connect with other Novice ICPs and have the opportunity to speak with ACIPC Committee members and the ACIPC National Office Manager.

Dr Deborough MacBeth, Sara Grealy, Sue Greig and Fiona Gotterson

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
 Plenary Session – Research to Practice
Session Chair A/Professor Lisa Hall
13:35 – 14:05 Dressings and securements for the prevention of peripheral intravenous catheter failure in adults (SAVE Trial)
Professor Claire Rickard


Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
  Free Papers – Infection Prevention Strategies Free Papers – Identification and Management of CAUTI Free Papers – Invasive Devices and the prevention of Infection
Session Chair Ms Sally Havers Mrs Kristie Popkiss Ms Fiona Gottersen
14:10 – 14:28

Hands up for hand hygiene in cancer care

Ms Nicole Gavin


Is it reasonable to apply ICD-10 coding diagnoses to identify healthcare associated urinary tract infections?

A/Professor Caroline Marshall

Can the implementation of a PIVC bundle reduce bloodstream infection? A systematic review

Mrs Hui Xu


14:30 – 14:48

Identifying issues with poor hand hygiene compliance in the Emergency Department using a self-assessment framework

Ms Mia Brill


The role of chlorhexidine in reducing catheter associated urinary tract infection: a randomised controlled study

Professor Brett Mitchell


Reduction in ‘Just in Case’ Cannula Rates with a Structured Assessment and Decision Tool: An Interrupted Time-Series Study

Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel


14:50 – 15:08

The effectiveness of a dedicated Cleaning Team Post Discharge – A Reduction of Positive Environments

Ms Trish Hurst

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection, A Different Perspective With A Focus on Long Term Urinary Catheterisations

Ms Fiona Hamilton


Improving vascular access care for cancer patients

Ms Nicole Gavin

15:10 – 15:28

Skin Health for Nurses: Prevention and management of hand dermatitis

Ms Amanda Palmer

A mixed methods evaluation of an electronic reminder system for reducing urinary catheter use in Australian hospital

Professor Brett Mitchell


Methods for microbial needleless connector decontamination: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Ms Julie Flynn

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4 
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
Free Papers – Influenza
Free Papers – Disease Epidemiology Free Papers –  Patient and Consumer Perspectives in Care
Session Chair Ms Sue Greig Professor Paul Tambyah Mr Peter Martin
16:00 – 16:18

Factors affecting discharge of patients from hospital with Seasonal Influenza- role of the Rapid Influenza testing in patient discharge

Dr Ruchir Chavada


High prevalence of Clostridium difficile in the Western Australian environment

Professor Thomas Riley


Talking with patients: Improving clinician-patient communication around healthcare-associated infections using video-reflexive methods

Dr Mary Wyer

16:20 – 16:38

Improving influenza vaccination coverage data for healthcare workers in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District using REDCap

Ms Erica Short

CPE in Victorian Hospitals – Usefulness and Outcome of Point Prevalence Surveys

Ms Judith Brett

Patient Participation in Infection Prevention and Control: A Systematic Review

Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha

16:40 – 16:58

Hospital-Acquired Influenza in Canberra Hospital 2017

Miss Nikita Parkash


Procalcitonin and clinical factors associated with severe dengue infection in hospitalised adults in Malaysia

Dr Huzairi Sani


Consumer knowledge and attitudes towards public reporting of healthcare associated infection data

Dr Robin Digby

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
17:10 – 17:40 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control – Annual General Meeting
17:40 – 19:40 ACIPC Poster Reception and Awards Presentation Night – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4 (Poster Display Area)

Wednesday 21st November 2018

Room Meeting Room M1 Meeting Room M2
07:30 – 08:30 Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by Diversey
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Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by MUN Global
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08:30 – 09:00

Registration – Great Hall Registration Desk

Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4

Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
 Plenary Session – Technology and Infection Prevention & Control
Session Chair Dr Phil Russo
09:00 – 09:30 Enhanced decontamination to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) – is new technology the answer?
Professor Hilary Humphreys
09:30 – 10:00 The practical use of molecular genomics for Infection Control
Dr Patrick Harris
10:00- 10:30 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
  Implementation Education Session –
Prevention Strategies
Data for Practice
Session Chair Ms Kylie Robb Professor Hilary Humphreys Professor Ben Cooper
10:30 – 10:48

Implementation lessons from the Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) trial

Ms Alison Farrington
Professor Brett Mitchell


Gram negative healthcare associated bloodstream infections, what can be done?

Dr Patrick Harris

How to balance and prioritise infection prevention activities in the era of mandatory reporting and accreditation – a Quality Director’s perspective

Ms Cathy Jones


10:50 – 11:08

Peripheral intravenous catheters – the forgotten step in child vascular access

Mrs Tricia Kleidon


Think sepsis. Act fast! Improving the management of sepsis with a hospital-wide sepsis pathway

Ms Kelly Sykes


Common pitfalls in data analysis – how Infection Prevention and Control Professionals should be using infection control literature

Dr Nicole White

11:10 – 11:28

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – the Virtual Reality!

Mrs Jane Tomlinson


Recognising and Managing Sepsis

Ms Mary Fullick


Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) Outbreak Control using Microbial Genomics – a Case Study

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz

11:30 – 11:48

Lessons in Implementation from the National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Ms Sally Havers

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention

Professor Paul Tambyah

Waiting for (Godot) the mandate: Is your surveillance fit for purpose?

Dr Phil Russo

11:50 – 13:05 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing – Great Hall Quadrant 3 & 4
Session Chair Professor Allen Cheng
12:15 – 12:45

Pop Up Stage – Meet the Speakers

Mingle with our invited international speakers and participate in an informal question and answer session.

  • Professor Hilary Humphreys
  • Professor Ben Cooper
  • Professor Paul Anantharajah Tambyah
Room Great Hall Quadrant 1 Great Hall Quadrant 2 Meeting Room M1 & M2
The Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group (HICSIG) – clinical updates Industry Sponsored Speakers Top Poster Abstracts
Session Chair Paul Griffin / Andie Lee Dr Deborough Macbeth Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha
13:05 – 13:23

Genomics reveals global emergence of near pan-drug resistant S. epidermidis

Dr Jean Lee

Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Scale in Africa

Dr Darryl Vine, supported by Intelligent Medical Systems (Pty) LTD

Introduction of enhanced infection prevention and environmental cleaning workshops for hospital cleaning staff
Mrs Kate Smith


Clinical Impact of Rapid Diagnostics using Xpert Flu/RSV™ PCR on Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiatives during Influenza Season
Dr Ruchir Chavada

“Wipe with a damp cloth. Do not use bleach” – a review of the cleaning instructions of shared equipment used in a pre-hospital setting
Mrs Eleanor Golling


Establishing progressive attitudes and commitment in understanding hand hygiene in the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit
Mr Brendon Heley

A rational approach to improving deep sternal wound infection rates post cardiac surgery
Dr Michelle Kim

How often are patients experiencing local and catheter-related bloodstream infections within an adult population? A systematic review of peripheral venous catheter complications and failure.
Ms Nicole Marsh

Building a central vascular access device registry in an adult intensive care unit: feasibility study
Ms Emily Larsen


Hand Hygiene Compliance – senior versus junior medical officers: an observational study
Mrs Sarah Tate


A seven-year review of Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SAB) surveillance data in Western Australian health services (2011 to 2017)
Ms Simone Tempone

‘Doctors auditing Doctors’ – Cleaning Up Doctors’ Compliance with Hand Hygiene
Dr Simone Visagie


13:25 – 13:43

OXA-48 outbreak

Dr Geoffrey Playford

Adopting a national strategy to eliminate preventable healthcare associated infection

Tracey Gauci, supported by Gama Healthcare

13:45 – 14:03

The Wesley Hospital Legionella Outbreak: Five-Year Review

Dr Paul Bartley


Moving Towards a Quantitative Assessment Method for Characterizing Surface Damage to Hospital Assets from Manual Disinfection

Mr Peter Teska, supported by Diversey



Room Great Hall Quadrant 1
Plenary Session
Session Chair Dr Phil Russo
14:10 – 14:55

Panel Discussion – “What does the future of Infection Prevention and Control look like?”


  • Professor Hilary Humphreys
  • Professor Marilyn Cruickshank
  • Professor Paul Tambyah
  • Tracey Gauci
14:55 – 15:10 Conference Close

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