Working in several different infection prevention related roles at local, state and national levels has provided me with a unique insight of the many challenges that are faced by those working in infection prevention across Australia. My national work as project manager of the Hand Hygiene Australia, member of national committees such as the HAI Advisory Committee for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and NHMRC committee revising national infection control guidelines, together with international work with the World Health Organisation, has demonstrated to me that our focus on infection prevention has never been more important. To borrow a phrase, in infection prevention we need to think global and act local.
I have been a strong supporter of the vision and aims of the College since its beginnings, and believe I have served members well in my roles as a Director, Chair of the Research Committee and on the Conference Organising Committees. However, I believe there is clearly much more work to do. We are still a fledgling College, and we need to continue to engage current members whilst also growing our membership base. In the next several years I believe we need continue to grow our education and professional opportunities for all members, strengthen relationships to build the College’s reputation and capacity and reach out to international colleagues for productive collaborations.
I am excited by the potential opportunity to serve the ACIPC members as President Elect. Central to anything I would do in this role, would be to the benefit of members and improving patient safety.