AICA was formed in 1985 thus bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations to support and encourage collaboration at a national level.
AICA is the peak national body representing the interests of the specialist practice of infection control within Australia. The Association provides a forum for individuals who are practicing, or have a working interest in the specialist field of infection control.
The organisational structure of the Association is reflective of the State and Territory collaborative partners. AICA has an executive comprising an appointed representative from each State and Territory with an association. In accordance with the Rules of the Association the members elect a National President every second year. The AICA Executive progress their activities through both face to face and telelink meetings.
AICA as the national body works with a variety of stakeholders to develop strategies aimed at minimising the risk of health care associated infections (HAI). Our association is committed to the development and endorsement of best practice in relation to infection management and prevention through both innovative and collaborative efforts, including the support of research.
AICA National Workshops “Infection Control During Construction, Renovation and Maintenance” During March-April 2011, AICA hosted a series of workshops around Australia entitled “Infection Control During Construction Renovation and Maintenance” which were presented by Glenys Harrington, Infection Control Consultant. The workshops were held in Hobart, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Darwin. In August 2010, a series of successful pilot workshops on this topic were held in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney. The workshops were well supported with 350 participants in attendance including infection control professionals and other built environment related professionals including engineers, architects, building workers and construction project managers. Some of the participants from the building industry were surprised and dismayed at how serious and potentially deadly the fungal agents in dust are, and commented on the evaluation form that this type of information was important for everyone working in construction or maintenance in health care facilities to be aware of. The focus of the workshops was on assessing the infection control risks by conducting a site inspection using scenarios of construction and maintenance activities currently underway at the facilities. A risk assessment tool was provided by Glenys for this group activity. The workshops concluded with the participants presenting the result of their risk assessment and recommendations for strategies to reduce infection risks for their scenarios. The content of the workshop was relevant well received and feedback has been positive. Glenys Harrington & Jodie Powell, Brisbane Workshop The Brisbane workshop in progress Infection Control During Construction, Renovation & Maintenance: a simulated training workshop Conducted by: Glenys Harrington RN, RM CID, Infection Control Consultancy, Melbourne (expert in infection control and renovation management in the healthcare setting) This workshop will be of interest for infection control practitioners, engineers, architects and builders working in the healthcare setting. The workshop focuses on strategies for the prevention of infection in patients, staff and visitors during times of environmental disturbance, caused by construction, renovation and repair activities in the healthcare setting.