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

Pre-Conference Workshop
13.00 – 17.00 Hand Hygiene Australia Workshop

Monday 19th November 2018

08.00 – 09.00 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
Plenary Session
09:00 – 09:10

Welcome from the ACIPC President

Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

09:10 – 09:20

Welcome from the Conference Chair

Sally Havers

09:20 – 09:30

ACIPC Patron’s Address

Professor Peter Collignon AM

09:30 – 10:00 Invited Speaker, Consumer Advocacy
10:00 – 10:30

Topic TBA

Professor Paul Tambyah

10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
  New and Old – Challenges in Infection Prevention and Control Roles and relationships in Infection Prevention and Control Antimicrobial Stewardship/
Antimicrobial Resistance
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

Leslie Dowson

11:20 – 11:38

Infection prevention and control in Remote and Regional areas

Vanessa Sparke

The role of Infectious Disease physicians in Infection Control teams

Professor Allen Cheng

The leadership role of nurses in stewardship

Fiona Gotterson

11:40 – 11:58

The Challenges of Infection Prevention and Control in Resource Limited Countries

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

12:00 – 12:18 Infection prevention and returning travellers

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

Sally Munnoch

The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) – Update

Professor Geoffrey Coombs

12.20 – 13.35 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
Plenary Session 
13.35 – 14.05

The role of the environment, especially surfaces, in the source of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI)

Professor Hilary Humphreys

Free Papers – HAI Surveillance Free Papers – Infection Control in the Surgical Setting Free Papers – Outbreak Management
14:10 – 14:28

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

Michelle Taylor

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

Nikki Grae

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

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

Sandra Johnson

The challenges of hand hygiene auditing in the operating room

Elizabeth Orr

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

Sally 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

Rachel Thomson

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

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

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

Stephanie Spilsbury, Denise Del Rosario-Kelly

15.30 – 16.00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
Plenary Session
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 – 17:00 Discussion Panel – Hospital Acquired Complications (HACS), Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) and data collection
17.00 – 18.30 Welcome Reception, Exhibition Hall

Tuesday 20th November 2018

07:15 – 08:15 President’s Breakfast
07:30 – 08:30 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
 Plenary Session – Research to Practice
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
  Organisms of Interest National updates Cleaning, sterilising and Infection Prevention and Control
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

Emma Breen

Environmental surface disinfection; exploring the minefield

Dr Tara Anderson

11:20 – 11:38

Clostridium difficile – the role of the community as a reservoir

Professor Dena Lyras

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

Dr Jenny Firman

Compliance with AS4187

Kristie Popkiss


11:40 – 11:58

Candida auris: time to take note

A/Professor Sharon Chen

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

Dr Kathryn Daveson

Reprocessing Medical Devices in Office-based Practice

Terry McAuley

12:00 – 12:18

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

Professor Paul Johnson

Antimicrobial resistance in South East Asia – a regional update

Professor Ben Cooper

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
 Plenary Session – Research to Practice
13:35 – 14:05

Dressings and securements for the prevention of peripheral intravenous catheter failure in adults (SAVE Trial)

Professor Claire Rickard

  Free Papers – Infection Prevention Strategies Free Papers – Identification and Management of CAUTI Free Papers – Invasive Devices and the prevention of Infection
14:10 – 14:28

Hands up for hand hygiene in cancer care

Nicole Gavin


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

Caroline Marshall

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

Hui Xu

14:30 – 14:48

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

Elizabeth Orr

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

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

Fiona Hamilton

Improving vascular access care for cancer patients

Nicole Gavin

15:10 – 15:28

Skin Health for Nurses: Prevention and management of hand dermatitis

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

Julie Flynn

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
Free Papers – Influenza
Free Papers – Disease Epidemiology Free Papers –  Patient and Consumer Perspectives in Care
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

Erica Short

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 21st November 2018

07:30 – 08:30 Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by Diversey

Educational Breakfast Session, Hosted by MUN Global

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08:30 – 09:00 Registration, Exhibition, Arrival Tea and Coffee
 Plenary Session – Technology and Infection Prevention & Control
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
  Implementation Education Session –
Prevention Strategies
Data for Practice
10:30 – 10:48

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

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

Cathy Jones

10:50 – 11:08

Peripheral intravenous catheter bundle in a paediatric hospital setting

Tricia Kleidon

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

11:10 – 11:28

Electronic Medical Records (EMR) – the Vital Reality!

Jane Tomlinson

Recognising and Managing Sepsis

Joe-Anne Bendall

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

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz

11:30 – 11:48


Sally Havers

Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention

Professor Paul Tambyah

Data for Practice

Dr Phil Russo

11:50 – 13:05 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing
Clinical Updates Industry Sponsored Speakers Top Poster Abstracts
13:05 – 13:23 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

In this session, authors of the top peer reviewed poster abstracts will be given 5 minutes to talk about their Poster.

Presentation details will be announced as planning proceeds.

13:25 – 13:43

Adopting a national strategy to eliminate preventable healthcare associated infection

Tracey Gauci, supported by Gama Healthcare

13:45 – 14:03

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

Peter Teska, supported by Diversey

Plenary Session
14:10 – 14:55 Panel Session – Q & A
14:55 – 15:10 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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