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

Be sure to check the website regularly for updates.

Sunday 19 November 2017

13.00 – 17.00 Hand Hygiene Australia Workshop

Monday 20 November 2017

07.30 – 08.30 Registration – Convention Centre Foyer
Arrival Tea & Coffee – Exhibition Hall
Royal Theatre
08.30 – 08.40 Welcome
Professor Ramon Shaban
08.40 – 08.50 Welcome to country
Wally Bell, Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation
08.50 – 09.00 Patron’s Address
Professor Peter Collignon, AM, ACIPC Patron
09.00 – 09.30 President’s Address, ACIPC Foundations Course Graduates Awards, Inaugural investiture of Fellows
Professor Ramon Shaban
09.30 – 10.00 A global vision for infection prevention
Professor Benedetta Allegranzi
10.00 – 10.30 Moving infection prevention and control beyond the hospital
Professor Patricia Stone
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Tea – Exhibition Hall  
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette Menzies Theatrette
Evidence challenges in IP&C Education Session – Risk Assessment IP&C in non acute settings
11.00 – 11.18 The Problem with Evidence: The Thorny Relationship of Infection Control and Evidence Based Practice
Professor Frank Bowden
Infection prevention and control and the built environment
Dr Deborough Macbeth
Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in aged care – United States perspective
Professor Patricia Stone
11.20 – 11.38 Noroviruses – Looking at the Evidence for What We Know and What We Do
Dr Chong Ong
Procurement Risk Assessment – beyond infection control review and evaluation
Ms Sylvia Gandossi
Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in aged care – Australian perspective
Dr Noleen Bennett
11.40 – 11.58 Free paper How ICPs can better prepare for and manage outbreaks
Caroline Marshall
Haemodialysis – acute care delivered in a non-acute setting. Constant risk evaluation and management is the key
Ms Carolyn Chenoweth
Administration sets/infusion tubing: how often should they be changed to prevent Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI)?
Ms Emily Larsen
12.00 – 12.20 Influenza vaccination
Professor Allen Cheng
Risk assessment for patient placement
Dr Kate Clezy
Infection prevention in dental practice
Ms Kylie Robb
12.20 – 13.20 Lunch and poster viewing – Exhibition Hall
12.30 – 13.00 Infection, Disease and Health Editorial Board Meeting – Green Room (First floor, NCC)
Royal theatre
13.20 – 13.50 Plenary – Dr Susan Huang
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette Menzies Theatrette
Free papers 1 – IP&C – The bigger picture Free papers 2 – New risk, threats and opportunities
Free papers 3 – Reprocessing
13.55 – 14.13 The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: a systematic review of the literature
Professor Brett Mitchell
Outbreak of healthcare-associated Burkholderia cenocepacia bacteraemia and infection attributed to contaminated ‘sterile’ gel used for central line insertion under ultrasound guidance and other procedures
Professor Ramon Shaban
How difficult is it to develop an audit tool for AS/NZS 4187:2014 reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations?
Ms Joe-anne Bendall
14.15 – 14.33 Pricing for safety and quality in healthcare – “winter is coming”
Mr Benjamin Magid
Under the radar: two prolonged outbreaks of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) at a tertiary hospital in Canberra, Australia.
Ms Alexandra Marmor
Suds, steam and standards – demystifying reprocessing auditing
Ms Julie Johnson
14.35 – 14.53 Media representation of antimicrobial resistance: risk and benefits to public understanding and preparedness for a “New Dark Age” of superbugs
Dr Stephane Bouchoucha
Early identification and management of CPE risk in the Emergency Department
Ms Jo-anne Mcshane
The importance of infection control in ultrasound
Dr Jon Burdach
supported by Nanosonics
14.55 – 15.13 Leading infection control through innovation and adaptation
Dr Sharon Salmon
supported by EBOS Healthcare
Antimicrobial activity of microparticles loaded with biocide precursors against MRSA and carbapenem-resistant E coli
Mr Adrian Fellows, Dr Richard Day
supported by Gama Healthcare
The use of wipes for decontamination of healthcare equipment, the implications of wipe-surface incompatibility and possible causes for environmental stress cracking of healthcare equipment
Ms Karen Wares
supported by Gama Healthcare
15.15 – 15.45 Afternoon tea – Exhibition Hall
Royal theatre
15.45 – 16.30 Debate: Universal Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) decolonisation as standard practice
Dr Susan Huang – For
Dr Andie Lee – Against
16.30 – 18.30 Welcome Reception – Exhibition Hall

Tuesday 21st November 2017

07.45 – 08.45 President’s Breakfast – Ballroom
08:00 – 09:00 Registration – Convention Centre Foyer
Arrival Tea & Coffee – Exhibition Hall
Royal theatre
  Plenary – How to win friends and influence stakeholders
09.00 – 09.30 Strength in Numbers: The Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) approach
Dr Deverick J. Anderson
09.30 – 09.50 Sociology of infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in hospitals
A/Professor Jennifer Broom
9:50 – 10.10 Understanding the Policy Environment
Dr Jenny Firman
10:10 – 10.25 Questions from the floor
10.25 – 10.45 Morning tea – Exhibition Hall
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette Menzies Theatrette
  Research Updates National policy updates Education Session – HCW behaviour change programs
10.45 – 11.03 Top Australian papers for 2017
Professor Allen Cheng
NHMRC Australian guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare
Ms Cathy Connor
Including infection prevention and control in university curriculum: the Griffith University experience
Professor Ramon Shaban
11.05 – 11.23 Outcomes and Recommendations from six years of HAI Health Services Research
Ms Emily Bailey
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3 
Ms Sue Greig
Using theory to improve implementation of behaviour change programs
Ms Sally Havers, Dr Lisa Hall
11.25 – 11.43 The National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC)
A/Professor Leon Worth
The challenges involved in implementing AS4187
Ms Terry McAuley
Facilitating nursing engagement with antimicrobial stewardship
Ms Fiona Gotterson
11.45 – 12.03 The REACH trial: a real world study of hospital cleaning
Ms Alison Farrington
Speaker to be announced shortly Education case study – vascular access
Ms Fiona Fullerton
12.05 – 12.25 The National Centre for Antimicrobial stewardship (NCAS)
Professor Karin Thursky
enHealth guidelines for legionella
Ms Sarah Bailey
Education case study – using video ethnography
Professor Lyn Gilbert
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and poster viewing – Exhibition Hall
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette Menzies Theatrette
  Free papers 4 – Online approaches Free papers 5 – Building capability Free papers 6 – Preventing surgical site infections
13.30 – 13.48 Evaluation of entertainment -education YouTube videos focused on infection control and prevention
Dr Holly Seale
Building quality improvement capability in the New Zealand IPC Workforce
Ms Nikki Grae, Ms Lynette Drew
Controlling airborne particles during surgical procedures using a novel device
Professor William Walsh
13.50 – 14.08 Examining the online approaches used by hospitals in Sydney, Australia to inform patients about healthcare associated infections and infection prevention strategies
Dr Holly Seale
Physiotherapist adherence to standard precautions: Knowledge and practice
Samuel Agars, Megan Brown
Total and viable airborne particulates during orthopaedic surgical procedures
Professor William Walsh
14.10 – 14.28 When viral is good
Ms Kaye Bellis
How does it feel to be ‘on the other side’?
Ms Joanna Harris
Is it safe to continue to process stainless steel surgical instruments until functionality is compromised? 
A/Professor Karen Vickery
14.30 – 14.48 How far can a tweet fly? Analysis of twitter messaging from four infection control conferences 
Professor Brett Mitchell
The Current and Potential Role of Nurses in Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Thai Acute Care Setting
Ms Nantanit Sutthiruk
Proactive prevention beats reactive control post-surgery
Ms Suzanne Lovell-Smart, Mr Ged Hawthorn
14.50 – 15.20 Afternoon tea – Exhibition Hall
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette
Top poster abstracts Free papers 7 – Surveillance
15.25 – 15.43 Excellent inter-rater agreement on the assessment of a peripherally inserted central catheter insertion site between nurses and patients using the PICC-SAT
Emily Larsen

To Clean or not to Clean: VRE we all need to take notice!

Margaret Broom

Hand Hygiene in the Laboratory: attitudes, beliefs and compliance
Sarah Foster

Down the sink: the local experience of a Burkholderia cenocepacia outbreak at the Canberra Hospital
Heather Wilson

Variation in hospital cleaning practice and process in Australian hospitals: a structured mapping exercise
Alison Farrington

Study protocol for reducing urinary catheter use: a randomised controlled study
Hannah Rosebrock

Protocol paper: Reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections in hospital, a multi-site randomised controlled study
Victoria Gregory

‘It’s all about technique’: Monitoring compliance with standardised aseptic technique practices at a large Australian health service
Stephanie Spilsbury

The effects of contact time and concentration on bactericidal efficacy of three disinfectants on hard non-porous surfaces
Peter Teska

Clinical trial of CATH TAG: an innovative new device to reduce infections associate with indwelling medical devices
Shannon Broadrick

An outbreak of multidrug resistant organisms in a neonatal intensive care unit in Malaysia.
Sasheela Ponnampalavanar

The impact of electronic surveillance systems for healthcare associated infections on infection prevention resources: a systematic review of the literature
Dr Philip Russo
15.45 – 16.03 Validation of surveillance activities: Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus  infections in small Australian hospitals
Ms Alex Hoskins
16.05 – 16.23 Assessing the classification of Clostridium difficile infections by time since hospital admission
Mr Angus McLure
16.25 – 16.45 Clostridium difficile infection-related hospitalisation in mid-age and older Australians
A/Prof Martyn Kirk
17:00 – 17:45 ACIPC Annual General Meeting
18:00 – 19.30 Poster Reception – Poster Display Area

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

07.45 – 08.45 Registration – Convention Centre Foyer
Arrival Tea & Coffee – Exhibition Hall
Royal theatre
08.45 – 09.15 Preventing Catastrophic Outcomes: The Value of Multiple Defences
Matthew Ames
09.15 – 10.00 Beyond 2020: What will infection prevention and control look like?
Dr Deverick Anderson, Dr Susan Huang, Professor Patricia Stone
10.00 – 10.30 Morning tea – Exhibition Hall
Royal Theatre Bradman Theatrette Menzies Theatrette
  Behind the scenes Education Session –
Building capacity
Novel Methods in healthcare epidemiology
10.30 – 10:48 Behind the scenes of the NHHI:  big picture, little picture
Ms Sally Havers
What makes an effective infection prevention and control program?
Professor Lyn Gilbert
Whole genome sequencing – lessons learned from investigating the heater cooler outbreak
Dr Deborah Williamson
10:50 – 11.08 Speaker to be announced shortly Where to get information and support for your program
Ms Donna Cameron
Research using data linkage and maths modelling
A/Professor Martyn Kirk
11.10 – 11.28 Therapeutic Guidelines Australia
Dr Leigh-Anne Claase
The role of the lab in infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
Ms Louise Davis
Informatics methods in Infection and Syndromic Surveillance
Professor Karin Verspoor
11.30 – 12.00 A look behind the ACHS Infection Control Clinical Indicators
Dr Hao Zheng, Dr Philip Russo
Improving collection and reporting of data for action
A/Professor Leon Worth
Unlocking the potential of visualisation approaches to address healthcare associated infections: a new international, cross-disciplinary, network
Mr Kostas Tsattalios
Visualisation-centred interventions in the healthcare-associated infections field: an integrative review
Mr Kostas Tsattalios
12.00 – 12.45 Lunch and poster viewing – Exhibition Hall
Royal theatre
12.45 – 13.45

HICSIG and ACIPC Collaboration Session

Candida auris – an emerging pathogen of concern
Dr Chong Ong

Responding to the threat of CPE in endoscopy
Professor Eugene Athan

Optimal skin preparation to prevent surgical site infections
Dr Trish Peel

13.45 – 14.30 Debate
Dr Deverick Anderson – Using surveillance data for action: Local quality improvement
Prof Peter Collignon – National targets and penalties
14.30 – 14:45 Conference close – Closing President’s Address
Professor Marilyn Cruickshank