2018 National Invited Speakers

Professor Adrian Barnett

Queensland University of Technology

Professor Barnett has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from University College London and a PhD from the University of Queensland. He has worked for over 21 years as a statistician, working for drug companies, research councils and universities. He is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow with a project title of: “Meta-research: Using research to increase the value of health and medical research”. He is the current vice-president of the Statistical Society of Australia.

Professor Nick Graves

Australian Centre For Health Services Innovation (AusHSI)

I lead AusHSI, a health services research group supported by competitive grants and government funding. We aim to generate information for those who manage health services so they can improve the performance. Simple but important research that increases the value of the health benefits returned from scarce resources is exciting to me. We try to get clinicians to do their own health services research and we share our findings in journals, by giving talks/seminars and using Twitter.

Leslie Dowson

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Monash University

Leslie is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She has many years of experience undertaking research studies with older Australians, and a special interest in ethical issues in aged care. Leslie’s PhD research on antimicrobial stewardship in aged care homes is supported by the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS). Her studies include a qualitative exploration of antibiotic prescribing at end of life, and an intervention to incorporate PCR testing for respiratory tract pathogens into usual practice in aged care homes.

Professor Ramon Shaban

The University of Sydney,
Western Sydney Local Health District

Professor Ramon Shaban is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher. A nurse scientist, infection control practitioner and emergency nurse, Professor Shaban’s expertise emergency care and infection prevention and control is the basis of a highly successful and integrated program of teaching, practice, and research. He is Clinical Chair, Infection Prevention and Control Sydney Nursing School and Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, The University of Sydney and Western Sydney Local Health District. He is an active member of variety of professional groups and committees including the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, and Editor of the journal Infection, Disease and Health.

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital,
University of Queensland School of Clinical Medicine

Krispin Hajkowicz is the Acting Director of Infectious Diseases and the Infection Management and Prevention Service at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in the University of Queensland School of Clinical Medicine. He was also the founding Director of the Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Alison Farrington

Research Project Manager,
Queensland University Of Technology

Alison Farrington is a Research Manager with the Australian Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) team, based at Queensland University of Technology, and manages the national Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals (REACH) Project, funded by an NHMRC partnership grant.  Alison has a Foundation Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, is a Registered Nurse, has a Master of Professional Education and Training, and 20 years experience in health and education research and project management.

Professor Geoffrey Coombs

Chair of Public Health,
Murdoch University

PhD, BSc (MedSc), PGrad Dip Biomed Sc, FFSc (RCPA), FASM

Geoffrey Coombs is the Chair of Public Health at Murdoch University and a Senior Clinical Scientist for PathWest Laboratory Medicine – WA.  At Murdoch University he and his colleagues have established a three million-dollar one health antimicrobial and infectious diseases research laboratory, which performs basic and clinical research on human and animal isolates.  The laboratory is the reference laboratory for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance’s (AGAR) S. aureus and Enterococcus Sepsis onset programs, and employs a suite of molecular assays, including next generation sequencing, and new bioinformatic methodologies which can handle large-scale data analysis and perform comparative genomic analysis.

He is a member of the Commonwealth’s Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Secretary General of the International Society for Chemotherapy, and President Elect of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials.  Professor Coombs is a long-term member of the AGAR Executive and is the Chair of AGAR.

Associate Professor Jennifer Broom

Infectious Diseases Physician,
Sunshine Coast University Hospital


Jennifer Broom is an Infectious Diseases Physician at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She is the clinical lead of a large research programme based on a partnership between Queensland Health and the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health which  investigates the social influences on antimicrobial prescribing within hospitals and is developing interventional strategies to utilise social and behavioural influences to modify antimicrobial prescribing. Her current Advance QLD Senior Research Fellowship was awarded to develop and trial an intervention aimed to optimise surgical antibiotic prophylaxis prescribing in a multicentre study in Queensland hospitals.

Dr Kathryn Daveson

Infectious Diseases Physician and the current Clinical Director,
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Antimicrobial Resistance and Usage in Australia Program


Dr Kathryn Daveson is an infectious diseases physician and the current Clinical Director at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Antimicrobial Resistance and Usage in Australia Program.  She has jurisdictional level experience in both Qld and ACT Health where she has worked in antimicrobial stewardship in addition to clinical infectious diseases from rural to tertiary healthcare settings.  Her other interests are in health economics, antibiotic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, infection control and the immunocompromised host.

Dr Robert Herkes MB BS FRACP FCICM

Chief Medical Officer,
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care




A highly respected senior clinician and leader in intensive care medicine, with extensive operating and leadership experience in the development, evolution and provision of critical care services at both state and national levels.

Dr Herkes is the Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care providing expert clinical advice to the wide range of programs managed by the Commission. Dr Herkes has a significant role in identifying areas for synergies, partnerships and new opportunities across the Australian health sector in collaboration with all health sector stakeholders, and providing leadership and education around the latest evidence on safety and quality in health care.

Dr Petra Derrington

Director of Pathology,
Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service



Dr Petra Derrington graduated in South Africa in 1990 and completed her postgraduate degrees in the UK and Australia.  She has been the single handed Clinical Microbiologist at the Gold Coast (GC) University Hospital since 2006 and has taken on the role of Director of Pathology in 2014.  She is currently acting in the role of Chief Pathologist for Queensland.

Her major role is clinical liaison, working closely with the Clinical, Infection Control and Infectious Diseases teams at GC.  She is involved in teaching of peers and students and supports local research initiatives focused on practical service improvements.

As Director of Pathology GC, she has responsibility to ensure the efficient and smooth running of the Pathology Service at GC.  As acting Chief Pathologist, she has responsibility to provide strategic oversight and governance of all Pathology Queensland laboratories; maintain and improve quality systems, provide professional medial leadership and supervision.

Terry McAuley

STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd




RN, MSc Medical Device Decontamination; Grad Dip Education and Training; Cert Mgt Decontamination Reusable Medical Devices (UK); Cert Sterilization and Infection Control; Cert Perioperative Nursing; Cert Operating Suite Management; Cert IV A & W T; MACORN; MACN.

Terry has over 25 years’ experience as an independent Consultant in her own business, STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd. In this capacity, she has conducted training and consultancy reviews of hospital based sterilising services, day procedure centres, dental, podiatry and general office-based practices and performed state-wide audits for various Australian Departments of Health.

She has representsed the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control on the Australian Standards Committee responsible for AS/NZS 4187 Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices in Health Service Organisations and the sister Standard AS/NZS 4815 applicable to office-based practice for over 19 years. Terry also participates in ISO TC 198 Sterilization of Healthcare Products Working Group 6 – Chemical Indicators and Working Group 12 Information for reprocessing resterilizable medical devices.

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Director of the Griffith Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Program,
Griffith University



Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher in infection prevention and control. Dr Zimmerman’s experience includes expert consultancy work with the World Health Organization (WHO), AusAID, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities (SPC), The Albion Centre and as a member of the WHO SARS Response Team. Her expertise has led her to work extensively in South East Asia and the Pacific, directly on the development of comprehensive infection prevention and control programmes and integration of public health and acute care response in infectious disease emergencies in low and middle income country settings. Peta-Anne is the Convenor of the ACIPC LMI Special Interest Group, focal point and senior faculty for the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and member of the Credentialling and Professional Practices (CAPS) Committee.

Peta-Anne is the Director of the Griffith Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Program at Griffith University, an associate member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Infection Control at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Australia.

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