2018 ACIPC Conference

A summary of the 2018 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Conference







ACIPC 2018 Conference

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) held their 7th annual conference in Brisbane on 19-21 November 2018. The conference was well attended by Infection Control Practitioners and invited speakers from around Australia and internationally. Many topics were covered and the main themes of the conference are described below. Further information, including abstracts and presenter information, visit the conference website. http://www.acipcconference.com.au/

Multidrug Resistant Organisms and antimicrobial stewardship

MROs and antimicrobial stewardship was covered from many perspectives. Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) and the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) presented on the data that are routinely collected and reported. There were several presentations on Carbapenamase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), including outbreak experiences, use of genomics, and a presentation from Judy Brett presenting the findings from the Victorian Point Prevalence Surveys. International perspectives for the emerging infection, Candida auris were described along with the current status in Australia.

Hospital-acquired complication (HAC) codes

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care presented on HACs and there was a multidisciplinary panel discussion on their use. There were multiple studies presented looking at how HAC/ICD10 codes compared to the hospitals’ surveillance data.

Cleaning and sterilizing

There were many presentations on hospitals’ experiences with education, cleaning methods, new technologies and challenges, including persistence of some organisms in the environment (e.g. CPE in the hospital waste water). Findings from the REACH (Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals) study were described including research methods, implementation of the program and results (all except for the cost effectiveness, which is being presented at the HIS conference in Liverpool next week).


An invited speaker gave a first-hand description on her experience on having Sepsis and her recovery. Sepsis programs from Victoria (Think Sepsis. Act Fast!) and NSW (Sepsis Kills) were presented.

Study methods and statistical modelling

Different study methods for researching HAIs and infection control were described. The greater use of modeling and how this can be used in research was discussed using a variety of different examples.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) presented on the revision of the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. This included the process of development and consultation and the new online platform.

Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene Australia held their annual half day workshop prior to the conference themed Hand Hygiene – Then, Now & Beyond, “From data collection to safer patient care”. Presentations will be available for viewing on the HHA website.