2019 ACIPC Preliminary Program

The 2019 ACIPC Conference has now concluded.


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Pre-Conference Workshop
AS/NZ 4187:2014


Conference Day 1
including infection prevention and control in a dental setting stream


Conference Day 2
including infection prevention and control in aged care stream


Conference Day 3

Sunday 17 November 2019

Room Meeting Room 1 – 3, Level 2, PCEC
13:00 – 17:00

Pre-Conference Workshop – AS/NZS 4187:2014 – Approaching Process with Confidence


1300 | Welcome and Introduction – Marilyn Cruickshank & Phil Russo
1305 | Ice-Breaker Activity
1320 | Future Directions – Robert Herkes ACSQHC
1340 | Governance, Risk & Quality Management Systems – Joe-Anne Bendall

1415 | Microbiology and the AS/NZS 4187: 2014 – Meredith Hodge

1450 | Gap Analysis and Implementation Plan – Sylvia Gandossi & Helen Bucknell
1530 | Sterile Storage – Workshop
1605 | Validation – Terry McAuley
1640 | Q&A
1700 | Evaluation

Monday 18 November 2019

Room Meeting Room 2, Level 2, PCEC
07:30 – 08:30

Educational Breakfast Session

Hosted by

With the fast pace of work days keeping up with technical literature can be a challenge. This update offers a quick overview of the latest environmental hygiene studies (published 2019), providing an understanding of pathogen dissemination in the environment and disinfection practices.

Presented by Peter Teska (Global Infection Prevention Diversey), this session includes a FREE full seated breakfast.


08:15 – 09:00 Registration | Level 2 Registration Desk, PCEC
Exhibition, Arrival Tea & Coffee | Pavilion 1
PLENARY SESSION    Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Marilyn Cruikshank
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome to Country
Olman Walley
09:05 – 09:15

Welcome from the President

Prof Marilyn Cruickshank
ACIPC President

09:15 – 09:20

Welcome from the Conference Chair

Dr Sally Havers
ACIPC Scientific Conference Organising Committee Chair

09:20 – 09:25

Patron’s Address

Prof Peter Collignon AM
ACIPC Patron

09:25 – 09:45

Making consumer involvement work for you

Karen Carey
Consumer Advocate

09:45 – 10:15

Communicating and Reporting to Inspire your Board and Executive

Cathy Jones

10:15 – 10:45

Driving improvement in IPS: applying the Pareto principle

Prof Jennie Wilson
Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London

10.45 – 11.15 MORNING TEA  Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2&3 Combined River View Room 4
HICSIG and ACIPC Collaboration Session
Organisms of Importance –
Multidrug-resistant organisms (MROs)
Infection Prevention & Public Health Dental Day Delegate Stream -Invited Speakers
Session Chair Andie Lee Annie Wells Wendy Bacalja
11:15 – 11:33

Genomics and hospital transmission of Multidrug-resistant organisms (MROs)

Dr Norelle Sherry
Austin Health

The Healthy Skin Guidelines

Dr Asha Bowen
Perth Children’s Hospital

Hand Hygiene in the Dental setting
– Overcoming the ChallengesNatasha Nunes
North Metropolitan Health Service, Perth
11:35 – 11:53

Recent work on recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and ribotypes

Prof Tom Riley
University of Western Australia

Response to Meningococcal outbreak

Dr Clare Huppatz
WA Health, Communicable Disease Control Directorate

Resources & Management of Infection Control Risks in Dental Setting

Dr Brendan White
Australian Dental Association, Infection Control Committee

11:55 – 12:13

The Elephant in the Room: Candida auris cases

Dr Jonathan Chambers
Western Diagnostic Pathology

A mass meningococcal immunisation program in response to a community outbreak in Tasmania

Lucy Hughson
Tasmania Public Health Services

Investigating Breaches of Infection Control in Dental Practice

Megan Reilly
Hands-On Infection Control

12:15 – 12:33

An update on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) / Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)

Professor Geoffrey Coombs
Murdoch University

First reported cases of Candida auris in Victoria: public health actions taken and lessons learned

Donna Cameron
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Accreditation in the Dental Setting

Dr Roslyn Franklin

12.35 – 13.45 LUNCH   Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
12.50 – 13.20 Pop Up Stage – 3 Minute Research
Session Chair Stéphane Bouchoucha
Updated Hand hygiene Auditor training resources
Kaye Bellis

The psychosocial impact and lived experiences of patients, and their families, isolated for their multi-resistant organism status in a paediatric hospital – a qualitative study
Dallas Sewell

Transport of Sterile Reusable Medical Devices in the Tropics
Mandy Davidson

Launch, 2020 Cardinal Health Infection Control Scholarship
Ms Hilary Walsh

PLENARY SESSION     Riverside Theatre 
Session Chair Lisa Hall
13.45 – 14.15

Getting the message across – what have we learned from public health advocacy?

Emeritus Prof Mike Daube AO
Curtin University

Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2&3 Combined River View Room 4
Free Papers – Preventing Infections in Hospitals Free Papers – Infection Data and Analysis Dental Day Delegate Stream
Free Papers – Practice Change
Session Chair Rosie Lee Michael Wishart Lesley Lewis
14:25 – 14:43

Using National Antimicrobial Usage Surveillance Program (NAUSP) data to monitor improvements in surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis prescribing: Determining a quality improvement target for local interventions

Kathryn Daveson

Performance of the Hospital-Acquired Complication (HAC) algorithm for detecting hospital-onset bloodstream infections

A/Prof Leon Worth

Does the achievement of private dental practice accreditation impact Infection Prevention and Control compliance? A comparison of accredited and non-accredited dental practices

Kylie Robb

14:45 – 15:03

The Burden of Sternal Wound Infections After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: A Healthcare Simulation Study

Prof Ramon Shaban

Hospitalization costs due to healthcare-associated infections: An analysis of propensity score matching

Yu Lyu

A novel approach to engaging the frontline: Embedding marketing expertise

Aby Foster

15:05 – 15:23

A longitudinal analysis of enterococcal bacteraemias at a tertiary hospital in the ACT region

Dr Sharmin Nusrat

Hospital-coded infections in patients with cancer: evaluating disease burden and outcomes in Australian cancer patients

Jake Valentine

Soapy Heroes: Creating life-long healthy habits

Donna Cameron

15:25 – 15:43

Optimising clinical and infection prevention management of influenza in a high risk obstetric population utilising the CepheidTM rapid influenza/RSV test and a multidisciplinary approach

Dr Michelle Porter

Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections (SAB) in the intravenous drug user (IVDU): a retrospective review of Western Australian (WA) surveillance data

Simone Tempone

Developing a risk based criteria framework to identify key Infection Prevention and Control risks to create an evidence based education framework for dental practitioners

Kylie Robb

15.45 – 16.15 AFTERNOON TEA    Exhibition and Poster Viewing |  Pavilion 1 
PLENARY SESSION     Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Allen Cheng
16:15 – 16:35

The future of the ACSQHC HAI Program

Dr Rob Herkes
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

16:35 – 16:50

UTI HAC – untangling TLAs (and $) and trying to keep it real

Dr Helen Van Gessel
WA Country Health Service Great Southern

16:50 – 17:05

Hospital-Acquired Complications (HACS) – a coders perspective

Tracy Briggs
St John of God Murdoch Hospital

17:05 – 17:30

Q&A session

Delegates can submit their questions for the panel throughout the closing session via the conference app

  • Karen Carey, Consumer Advocate
  • Cathy Jones, Healthscope
  • Rob Herkes, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
17:30 – 19:00


Exhibition Area – Pavilion 1, PCEC

Tuesday 19 November 2019

07.15 – 08.15


Bellevue Ballroom 1, Level 3 | PCEC


07:45 – 08:30 Registration | Level 2 Registration Desk, PCEC
Exhibition, Arrival Tea & Coffee | Pavilion 1
PLENARY SESSION   Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Ramon Shaban
08:30 – 09:00

Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) National Point Prevalence Study

A/Prof Phil Russo
Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research 

09:00 – 10:30 State wide surveillance update

  • Kathy Dempsey, New South Wales
  • Annie Wells, Tasmania
  • Samantha Butenko, South Australia
  • A/Prof Leon Worth, Victoria  


  • Rebecca McCann, Western Australia
  • Wendy Beckingham, Australian Capital Territory
  • Rebecca Adams, Queensland 
AGED CARE WORKSHOP    Meeting Room 3
Jackie Miley
08:30 – 09:30

Introduction concepts in Infection Prevention and Control  –  Microbiology

Donna Cameron



09:30 – 10:30

Responding to risk – Standard and Transmission based precautions

Jackie Miley

10.30 – 11.00 MORNING TEA   Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2 River View Room 4 Meeting Room 3
Preventing infections in the acute care setting Infection Control Professional (ICP) Perspectives Latest Updates on Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) initiatives Aged Care Workshop
Session Chair Marija Juraja Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman Mrs Kathy Dempsey Jackie Miley
11:00 – 11:18

To decolinise or not to decolinise – the effectiveness of a bundled intervention in the prevention of surgical site infections

A/Prof Marin Schweizer
University of Iowa

Experiences as a Regional Infection Control Coordinator in the Kimberley

Carol O’Sullivan
WA Country Health Service

An update on the National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program (NAUSP)

Vicki McNeil
Department for Health and Wellbeing, SA 

Standards, Policy and Clinical Governance

Luci Rodda

11:20 – 11:38

Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (HAP), the neglected  Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI)?

Prof Brett Mitchell
Avondale College

The challenges of a one person infection prevention team

Libby Oakes
Bethesda Health Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship

A/Prof Owen Robinson
Royal Perth Hospital

11:40 – 11:58

Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) Outbreak Infection Control Measures

Dr David Speers

Commissioning of the new Perth Children’s hospital – the plan

Catherine Jones
Womens and Newborn Health Service, WA


Dr Ling Moi Lin
Singapore General Hospital

12:00 – 12:18

Managing an outbreak – infection control measures and communication strategies

Jo Tallon
Northern Sydney Local Health District

Perth Children’s on issues in commissioning a new hospital – the reality

Dr Chris Blyth
The University of Western Australia

The role of microbiological diagnosis in antimicrobial stewardship: opportunities for improvement

Clinical A/Prof Susan Benson
PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA

Questions and Answers
12:20 – 13:35 LUNCH  Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
12:30 – 13:30

ACIPC Paediatric Special Interest Group | Meeting Room 2

*for anyone interested in joining the Paediatric SIG

12:35 – 13:05

Pop Up Stage – The ACIPC Credentialing Program

Dr Deborough Macbeth

PLENARY SESSION  Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Dr Sally Havers
13:35 – 14:05

SSI Prevention and the Collaborative Model

Dr Ling Moi Lin
Singapore General Hospital

Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2 Meeting Room 3
Free Papers – Outbreak Management Free Papers – AMS Aged Care Invited Speakers
Session Chair Donna Cameron Rebecca Adams Kristie Popkiss
14:10 – 14:28

A dedicated program to enhance shared patient equipment cleaning and use of personal protective equipment: role in control of a CPE outbreak

Rebecca Edgar, Ms Christine Sharp

Implementation and outcomes of an advanced antimicrobial stewardship program at a quaternary care hospital in the United Arab Emirates

Dr Shafi Mohammed

Using improvement science to prevent UTI by optimising hydration in the elderly

Prof Jennie Wilson
Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London

14:30 – 14:48

A Burkholderia cepacia cluster in an adult ICU. A rapid response and resolution

Liz Orr

Successful implementation of a remote-area antimicrobial stewardship program via telehealth

Dr Daniel Stefanski

From arguments to evidence – when should you recommend using disinfectants in the health care settings

Evonne Curran,
School of Health and Life Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University

14:50 – 15:08

Hospital transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE) and Salmonella enterica – two outbreaks linked by using whole genome sequencing (WGS)

Dr Andie Lee

The drivers of antimicrobial use across institutions, stakeholders and economic settings: A paradigm shift is required for effective optimisation

A/Prof Jennifer Broom

AMS a practical approach

Luci Rodda
Aegis Aged Care

15:10 – 15:28

An Outbreak of Peritoneal Dialysis Related Peritonitis Caused by Mini Cap with Povidone-iodine

Qian Xiang

Nurses’ and consumers’ knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control in paediatrics

Mataya Kilpatrick

Like a good boy scout ….. Be prepared

Norman Davies

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Tea, Exhibition and Poster Viewing, Pavilion 1
17:10 – 17:40 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control | Annual General Meeting
Bellevue Ballroom 1, Level 3 | PCEC

Wednesday 20 November 2019

08:00 – 08:30 Registration | Level 2 Registration Desk
Exhibition, Arrival Tea & Coffee | Pavilion 1
PLENARY SESSION    Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Dr Deborough MacBeth
08:30 – 08:45

Introduction and Welcome to the new ACIPC President and Board

A/Prof Phil Russo
ACIPC President

08:45 – 09:05

Hand hygiene in Australia: The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?

Prof Ramon Shaban, Prof Allen Cheng

09:05 – 09:35

HAI Prevention – Evidence and Interventions

A/Prof Marin Schweizer
University of Iowa

09:35 – 10:00

Bridging the gap – implementation of government policy & implications for Infection Control Professionals

Dr Sally Havers
Hand Hygiene Australia

10:00 – 10:30 MORNING TEA    Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2&3 Combined River View Room 4
Sterilising and Reprocessing Infection Prevention and Control Topics of Importance Infection Control in Specialised Settings
Session Chair Wendy Beckingham Nikki Grae Sam Butenko
10:30 – 10:48

AS4187 – Updates, changes and implementation

Terry McAuley
STEAM Consulting

The burden of Community associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) on healthcare facilities

Dr Lauren Bloomfield
Edith Cowan University

Infection control in haemodialysis

Carolyn Chenoweth
Fresenius Medical Care

10:50 – 11:08

When your clean isn’t living the dream: When to shutdown- AS/NZS 4187:2014

Kristie Popkiss
St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals

Community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections: emerging burden reported by Australian hospitals

A/Prof Leon Worth
VICNISS Coordinating Centre

The top five Infection Prevention and Control risk areas for a dental practitioner and the evidence based strategies to manage them

Kylie Robb
Australian Dental Association NSW

11:10 – 11:28

Understanding the Microbiological Requirements of AS 4187:2014 Amd2:2019

Dr Meredith Hodge

Validating SABSI Data – is it Worthwhile?

Rebecca McCann
Healthcare Associated Infection Unit

Infection Control in Ambulance Services

Ellie Golling
St John Ambulance WA

11:30 – 11:48

The joint ASUM/ACIPC Guidelines for Reprocessing Ultrasound Transducers: where are we now?

Dr Jocelyne Basseal
Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM)

Improving adult vaccination

Dr Holly Seale
School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Infection Control in developing countries

Ann Whitfield
South Metro Health Service

11:50 – 13:00 LUNCH   Exhibition and Poster Viewing | Pavilion 1
12:05 – 12:35
Pop Up Stage – Meet the Speakers
Session Chair Lisa Hall
Mingle with our invited international speakers and participate in an informal question and answer session.

  • Dr Ling Moi Lin
  • A/Prof Marin Schweizer
  • Prof Jennie Wilson
Room Riverside Theatre Meeting Room 2&3 Combined
Corporate Member Reviewed Papers Top Poster Abstracts and Lightning Talks
Session Chair Sylvia Gandossi Stephane Bouchoucha
13:00 – 13:18

Considering User Preference and Acceptability to Optimise Alcohol Based Hand Rub Design for Real-World Effectiveness

Dr John Hines
Supported by Sc Johnson Professional Ltd

Lightning Talks

13:00 – 13:05
Reducing surgical site infections (SSI) in women who have had Lower Segment Caesarean Sections (LSCS)
Brendon Heley

13:07 – 13:12
Hey, have you washed your hands?
Claire Nayda

13:14 – 13:19
Reducing Inpatient Healthcare-Associated Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemias through a Multifactorial Infection Prevention Strategy
Gerald Chan

13:21 – 13:26
Using the iSoBAR framework to establish case control plans in communicable disease exposures
Brendon Heley

Top Ranking Posters

13:35 – 13:40
Ann Whitfield

13:42 – 13:47
Evaluating video-reflexive methods to improve infection prevention and use of personal protective equipment in Australian hospitals
Dr Mary Wyer

13:49 – 13:54
A SAB or two, a retrospective review. Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Kareena Johnson

13:56 – 14:01
What am I really drinking in my soup of hot or cold water– a microbiome conundrum?
Marija Juraja

13:20 – 13:38

Healthcare workers’ perceptions of respiratory infection risk and use of protective masks in routine practice – a mixed methods study

Ruth Barratt
Supported by Reynard Health Supples

13:40 – 13:58

Strategic education and moisturiser availability increases moisturising compliance among nursing staff

Lucille Dosvaldo
Supported by Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd

14:00 – 14:18

Wiping out MRSA: effect of introducing a universal disinfection wipe in a large UK teaching hospital

Dr Mark Garvey
Supported by GAMA Healthcare

PLENARY SESSION    Riverside Theatre
Session Chair Brett Mitchell
14:20 – 15:00

Top 10 Papers for 2019

Martin Kiernan & Prof Peter Collignon AM

15:00 – 15:10

Conference Close

A/Prof Phil Russo
ACIPC President

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