The following program is provisional in nature and subject to change as planning proceeds.

Be sure to check the website regularly for updates.

Sunday 18th November 2018

13.00 – 17.00 Pre-Conference Workshop
Hand Hygiene Australia Workshop

Monday 19th November 2018

07.30 – 08.30 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
08.30 – 10.30 Plenary Session
Introductions, President’s Welcome and Patron’s Address
Invited Speaker, Consumer Advocacy

Topic TBA

Professor Paul Tambyah

10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
 11.00 – 12.30 Infection Prevention and Control Challenges Roles and relationships in Infection Prevention and Control Antimicrobial Stewardship/
Antimicrobial Resistance
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 in end of life care

Leslie Dowson

Infection prevention and control in Remote and Regional areas

The role of Infectious Disease physicians in Infection Control teams

Professor Allen Cheng

The leadership role of nurses in stewardship

Fiona Gotterson

Resource limited countries – Infection control in challenging settings

Dr Peta Ann Zimmerman

The role of Infection Prevention and Control in managing outbreaks – how to win friends and influence people

Belinda Henderson

Antibiotic prescribing – what influences prescribing behaviour and practices

A/Professor Jennifer Broom

Infection prevention and returning travellers The role of the epidemiologist in Infection Control

Antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia – a regional update

Professor Ben Cooper

12.30 – 13.45 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
13.45 – 14.15 Plenary Session 
The role of the environment, especially surfaces, in the source of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)
14.15 – 15.30 Free Paper – Session 1 Free Paper – Session 2 Free Paper – Session 3
15.30 – 16.00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
 16.00 – 16.45 Plenary Session
Development of the Hospital Associated Complications (HACS) list – The Vision of the Commission’s Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) program and its impact on patient safety
Discussion Panel – Hospital Acquired Complications (HACS), Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and data collection
16.45 – 18.15 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 20th November 2018

07.15 – 08.15 President’s Breakfast
07.30 – 08.30 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
 08.30 – 10.30 Plenary Session – Research to Practice

Latest from Cochrane and systematic review

Professor Allen Cheng

Top papers of 2017/18

Dr Andrew Stewardson

How modelling can be used to inform infection control strategies and practice

Professor Ben Cooper

Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Trial results

Professor Nick Graves

10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
 11.00 – 12.45 Organisms of Interest National updates Cleaning, sterilising and Infection Prevention and Control

Clostridium difficile – the role of the community as a reservoir

Professor Dena Lyras

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Infection Control Guidelines

Comparing the evidence – cleaning options

Dr Tara Anderson

Future directions for management of Clostridium difficile

A/Professor Lisa Hall

Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers (HCW) known to be Infected with Blood-borne viruses (BBV)

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

REACH Study Team

Candida auris

A/Professor Sharon Chen

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Update

Kathy Meleady

Compliance with AS4187

Increases in cases of Van A Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

Professor Paul Johnson

Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Update

Professor Geoffrey Coombs

Reprocessing medical devices in office based practice

Terry McAuley

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
 14.00 – 15.15 Free Paper – Session 4 Free Paper – Session 5 Free Paper – Session 6
15.15 – 15.45 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
15.45 – 17.00 Career session/panel
Free Paper – Session 7 Free Paper – Session 8
Showcasing diversity of Infection Prevention and Control practice
17.00 – 17.30 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control – Annual General Meeting
17.30 – 19.30 ACIPC Poster Reception and Awards Presentation Night

Wednesday 21st November 2018

07.00 – 08.00 Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by Diversey

Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by MUN Global

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07.30 – 08.30 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
 08.30 – 09.30 Plenary Session – Technology and Infection Prevention & Control

Enhanced decontamination to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) – is new technology the answer?

Professor Hilary Humphreys

The practical use of molecular genomics for Infection Control
09.30 – 10.00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
 10.00 – 12.00 Implementation Education Session –
Prevention Strategies
Data for Practice

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

REACH Study Team

Gram negative healthcare associated bloodstream infections, what can be done? How to balance and prioritise infection prevention activities in the era of mandatory reporting and accreditation
Topic TBA Sepsis Management – introduction of the Adult Sepsis Pathway Common pitfalls in data analysis –
how Infection Prevention and Control Professionals should be using infection control literature

Dr Nicole White

Implications of electronic medical records on infection prevention and clinical workflow

Recognising and Managing Sepsis

Joe-Anne Bendall

Carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii (CRAB) outbreak mapping – a case study

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz

Implementation – Free papers

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention

Professor Paul Tambyah

Data for Practice – Free papers
12.00 – 13.15 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
13.15 – 14.15 Clinical Updates Industry Sponsored Speakers Free papers – Late breaker
The Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group (HICSIG) – clinical updates

Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Scale in Africa

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

Adopting a national strategy to eliminate preventable healthcare associated infection

Tracey Gauci, supported by Gama Healthcare

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

Peter Teska, supported by Diversey

 14.15 – 15.15 Plenary Session
Panel Session – Q & A
Conference Close

About the College

The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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