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

Welcome to country
President’s Welcome and Patron’s Address
Professor Ramon Shaban
Professor Peter Collignon, AM, ACIPC Patron
Keynote presentation
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
Moving infection prevention and control beyond the hospital
Professor Patricia Stone
Morning Tea
  IP&C in non acute settings Education Session – Risk Assessment Evidence challenges in IP&C 
Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in aged care – United States perspective
Professor Patricia Stone
Infection prevention and control and the built environment
Dr Deborough Macbeth
Setting the scene – what are the issues?
Professor Frank Bowden
Infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in aged care – Australian perspective
Dr Noleen Bennett
Procurement Risk Assessment – beyond infection control review and evaluation
Ms Sylvia Gandossi
Noroviruses – Looking at the Evidence for What We Know and What We Do
Dr Chong Ong
Infection prevention in dialysis
Ms Carolyn Chenoweth
Invited speaker
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
Free paper
Administration sets/infusion tubing: how often should they be changed to prevent Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI)?
Ms Emily Larsen
Infection prevention in dental practice
Ms Kylie Robb
Risk assessment for patient placement
Dr Kate Clezy
Invited speaker
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
Lunch and poster viewing
Plenary – Dr Susan Huang
Free papers 1 – IP&C – The bigger picture Free papers 2 – Reprocessing Free papers 3 – New risk, threats and opportunities
The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: a systematic review of the literature
Professor Brett Mitchell
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
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
Pricing for safety and quality in healthcare – “winter is coming”
Mr Benjamin Magid
Suds, steam and standards – demystifying reprocessing auditing
Ms Julie Johnson
Under the radar: two prolonged outbreaks of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) at a tertiary hospital in Canberra, Australia.
Ms Alexandra Marmor
Media representation of antimicrobial resistance: risk and benefits to public understanding and preparedness for a “New Dark Age” of superbugs
Dr Stephane Bouchoucha
The importance of infection control in ultrasound
Mr John Burdach
supported by Nanosonics
Early identification and management of CPE risk in the Emergency Department
Ms Jo-anne Mcshane
Leading infection control through innovation and adaptation
Dr Sharon Salmon
supported by EBOS 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
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


Afternoon tea
Debate – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) decolonisation
Welcome Reception

Tuesday 21st November 2017

  Plenary – How to win friends and influence stakeholders
The Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) approach
Dr Deverick J. Anderson
Invited speaker
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
Sociology of infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in hospitals
A/Professor Jenny Broom
A policy maker’s perspective
Ms Jenny Firman
Morning tea
  Research Updates National policy updates Education Session – HCW behaviour change programs
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
The Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (CRE-RHAI)
Ms Emily Bailey
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 3 
Ms Sue Greig
Invited speaker 
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
The National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC)
A/Professor Leon Worth
The challenges involved in implementing AS4187
Ms Terry McCauley
Reaching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals – The REACH Study
Ms Alison Farrington
Updates to book supporting “AMS in Australia ”
Ms Fiona Gotterson
Education case study – vascular access
Ms Fiona Fullerton
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
Lunch and poster viewing
  Free papers 4 – Online approaches Free papers 5 – Building capability Free papers 6 – Preventing surgical site infections
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
Examining the online approaches used by hospitals in Sydney, Australia to inform patients about healthcare associated infections and infection prevention strategies
Dr Holly Seale
The Hand Hygiene Compliance Auditor experience
Ms Penelope Radalj
Total and viable airborne particulates during orthopaedic surgical procedures
Professor William Walsh
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
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
Afternoon tea
Top poster abstracts Free papers 7 – Surveillance Free papers 8 – Late breakers

This session is a new initiative for the ACIPC Conference with an objective of better highlighting the contributions from outstanding Poster and ePoster presentations to the conference.


In this session, presenters will be given 5 minutes to talk about their Poster/ePoster with time reserved at the end for questions and answers.


Presenters will be announced shortly.

The impact of electronic surveillance systems for healthcare associated infections on infection prevention resources: a systematic review of the literature
Dr Philip Russo

This call for participation will open in late August, with presenters announced in September. 

More information about how to submit a Late Breaker presentation will be announced shortly.

Validation of surveillance activities: Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus  infections in small Australian hospitals
Ms Alex Hoskins
Assessing the classification of Clostridium difficile infections by time since hospital admission
Mr Angus McLure
Clostridium difficile infection-related hospitalisation in mid-age and older Australians
Dr Yingxi Chen, A/Prof Martyn Kirk
ACIPC Foundations Course certificate presentation and ACIPC awards presentation
ACIPC Annual General Meeting
Poster Reception

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Keynote presentation
(Speaker to be announced shortly)
Beyond 2020: What will infection prevention and control look like?
Dr Deverick Anderson, Dr Susan Huang, Professor Patricia Stone
Morning tea
  Behind the scenes Education Session –
Building capacity
Novel Methods in healthcare epidemiology
Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA)
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
Invited speaker
(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
Therapeutic Guidelines Australia
Dr Sue Phillips
The role of the lab in infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
Ms Louise Davis
Health informatics and big data
Professor Karin Verspoor
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS)
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
The Healthcare Infection Control Special Interest Group (HICSIG)
(further information to be announced shortly)
(further information to be announced shortly)
Conference close
Ms Marija Juraja and Ms Fiona Wilson
2017 ACIPC Conference Co-Chairs