What We Do
We're on a mission to improve infection control practice in Australasia.
Our objectives are to:
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Mission: Education + Training + Research & Development
The Australasian Infection Control Society Inc. is a not for profit association (VIC BN A0061316M) that aims to empower Members with the information and resources they need to pursue careers with purpose and using best hygiene practice. We aim to achieve this by providing you with timely information so you can integrate practical infection control skills into your workplace and professional life.
Facts We Think You Should Know
Applied Science is Really Just a Step Towards Public Policy
Fungi & Adverse Indoor Air Quality
- Deaths from fungal infections worldwide are >1.35 Million
- Nearly 1Billion people suffer from fungal skin infections
- Over 1Million eyes go blind each year due to fungal keratitis
- Almost 400,000 people develop pneumocystis pneumonia, with most dying without therapy intervention
Hay, R.J., Johns, N.E., Williams, H.C., Bolliger, I.W., Dellavalle, R.P., Margolis, D.J., Marks, R., Naldi, L., Weinstock, M.A., Wulf, S.K., Michaud, C., Murray, C.J.L and Naghavi, M. (2014). The global burden of skin disease in 2010: an analysis of the prevalence and impact of skin conditions. Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 134: 1527-1534.
Rosenbaum, P.F., Crawford, J.A., Anagnost, S.E., Wang, C.J., Hunt, A., Anbar, R.D., Hargrave, T.M., Hall, E.G., Liu, C.C and Abraham, J.L. (2010). Indoor airborne fungi and wheeze in the first year of life among a cohort of infants at risk for asthma. J. Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 20(6): 503-515.
Tattooing & Piercing
Serup, J., Hutton Carlsen, K. and Sepehri, M. (2015). Tattoo complaints and complications: diagnosis and clinical spectrum. Curr Probl Dermatol. 48: 48-60.
Laux, P., Tralau, T., Tentschert, J., Blume, A., Al Dahouk, S., Baumler, W., Bernstein, E., Bocca, B., Alimonti, A., Colebrook, H., de Cuyper, C., Dahne, L., Hauri, U., Howard, P.C., Janssen, P., Katz, L., Klitzman, B., Kluger, N., Krutak, L., Platzek, T., Scott-Lang, V., Serup, J., Teubner, W., Schreiver, I., Wilknib, E. and Luch, A. (2015). A medical-toxicological view of tattooing. The Lancet. July 24.
Lux, L., Marshall, J., Parker, S., Collard, S., Rogers, B. and Fuson, S. (2014). Do educational interventions targeted to nail salon workers and customers improve infection control practices in these salons.? J. Am Podiatry Med Assoc. 104(2): 174-176.
Stout, J.E., Gadkowski, L.B., Rath, S., Alspaugh, J.A., Miller, M.B. and Cox, G.M. (2011). Pedicure-associated rapidly growing mycobacterial infection: an endemic disease. Clin Infect Dis. 53(8): 787-792.
Yang, J., Hall, K., Nuriddin, A. and Woolard, D. (2014). Risk of hepatitis B and C virus transmission in nail salons and barbershops and state regulatory requirements to prevent such transmission in the United States. J Public Health Manag Pract. 20(6): E20-30.
Akter, F. (2014). Necrosis, gangrene, amputation: all from a manicure? Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 68: e25-e26.
We're currently developing and providing industry and vocational training as well as train the trainer programs in diverse areas of public health mycology and generalised infection control for specific industry groups.
Who We Are
We're on a mission to connect our cause to the people who care the most.
Publications & Conference Proceedings
R&D and Public Health
Anthony, R. (2017). Body Art - Industry Perspectives. 2017 EHPA Symposium (Environmental Health Professionals Symposium). Melbourne, 20-22nd September 2017.
Anthony, R. (2017). Field Trip - In-depth look into the Body Art Industry. 2017 EHPA Symposium (Environmental Health Professionals Symposium). Melbourne, 20-22nd September 2017.
Jones, C.L. & Anthony, R. (2016). Development of a Cloud-Based Risk Assessment Tool for the Inspection of Tattoo, Piercing, Nail Salon and Allied Beauty or Body Art Establishments. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Melbourne, 20-23 November 2016.