We have a vision to lead Australia’s first joint academy-industry integrated Centre for Excellence in Infection Prevention and Disease Control within Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and the University of Sydney.
Our workplan encompasses a wide range of integrated activities to:
We have two major programs of research.
Explores the availability of infection prevention and control information provided by international commercial airlines to their passengers via in-flight magazines.
Examines the availability of infection prevention and disease control information provided by international commercial airlines to their passengers via official airline websites.
Examines the motivations, opportunities and capacities of commercial airline passengers to participate in travel-associated infection prevention and control measures.
Maps passenger and staff interactions with the aircraft in-cabin surfaces using a technique commonly used in hospital settings.
Evaluates passengers and staff habits and behavior with the aircraft environment in terms of personal hand hygiene and surfaces sanitation while on board.
Identifies and characterises the AMR profile of microorganisms present on cabin surfaces of aircraft arriving into Australia from a jurisdiction with a significant burden of antibiotic resistance.
Reports the clinical and epidemiological features, laboratory data and outcomes of the first group of COVID-19 patients in Australia.
Explores and describes the lived experience of COVID-19 patients in New South Wales, Australia.
Examines health professionals’ knowledge, preparedness and experiences of managing SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in the healthcare settings
Assesses the accuracy, efficacy and efficiency of auditing by using video surveillance footage recorded in a real-time clinical setting.
Examines staff experiences of implementing ward-based model within Westmead Hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Determines current staff perspectives on how PPE use may be different post-COVID and providing a predictive model for PPE demand as hospital services come back ‘online’ post-COVID.
Aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an education-focused model targeting the general public displaying effective IPC measures to break the chain of infection for COVID-19.
Design and implement Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) prevention and control toolkits to reduce Hospital-Acquired Complications (HACs) in adults and children
Deteriming the research and practice priorities for infection prevention and control in Australia.
Identifying pragmatic, context-relevant solutions for ED clinicians’ safe, efficient and effective use of POCUS for percutaneous, needle-based procedures regarding infection prevention and control.
Examining patients’ perceptions about healthcare-associated infections, in particular (i) knowledge of the types and nature; (ii) risk factors; (iii) measures to reduce their risk of HAIs.
If you are interested in supporting our work or would like to know more about our research programs and projects, we encourage you to contact us. We welcome any support that can help us to foster changes and make positive impacts on patients, healthcare systems and communities, both locally and globally.