Building infection control professionals’ capacity in Australia

Deborough Macbeth 1, 2


1 Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Southport, Qld 4215, Australia.

Griffith University, Gold Coast, Qld. Australia.


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recognises the pivotal role of the Infection Control Professional (ICP) in designing, implementing and evaluating infection control programs. Programs are developed to mitigate infection risks identified through a risk assessment process and, in doing so, ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors. The success of infection control programs rests on the knowledge, skills and experience of the ICP however until recently there has not been any specific training or educational requirements associated with the preparation of ICP in Australia. Furthermore, there are a limited number of positions available for the ICP across the country. These two factors create a number of significant challenges for the Australian health context and these are expressed in the following questions.


How do we attract new people into the specialty?

How do we best prepare prospective ICP for the role?

How do we ensure existing ICP maintain currency in relation to professional development?


This presentation will explore and discuss contemporary mechanisms for developing and maintaining ICP capacity in the Australian context and identify challenges for the future.

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