• Practical Infection Control Training,  Education and R&D Helps Minimise Unexpected Illness and Suffering

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  • What We Do

    We're on a mission to improve infection control practice in Australasia.  

     

    Our objectives are to:

    1. Advance education particularly within the Real Estate sector about mycology, fungal illness and disease caused by cells, spores and mycotoxins and their relationship with water damage and other bacteria and yeasts.
    2. Advance education within the Health and Beauty sectors including nail salons, and tattoo and piercing salons with regard to infection control and implementing aftercare and whole-of-salon (building biology) disinfection or similar solutions.
    3. To promote and publish original research and case studies in all aspects of applied microbiology and environmental health as this impacts on Australasian business.
    4. Generally, to support basic and/or applied research and development and training in these and related disciplines and industries.

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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.  

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    Go on...it's social and we have existing fundraising and R&D collaborative activities planned and always welcome input from our Members. Application for Fundraiser Registration Under the Fundraising Act 1998 (the Act) has been approved (August 6th 2015).

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  • Facts We Think You Should Know

    Applied Science is Really Just a Step Towards Public Policy

    Fungi & Adverse Indoor Air Quality

    • Skin diseases are one of the most common human illnesses and fungal skin disease was recently ranked as the fourth globally most prevalent disease leading to years lived with a disability according to research (Hay et al., 2014).
    • Children who live in housing where there is visible mould or having had a history of water damage are known to show adverse respiratory outcomes such as cough, wheeze and asthma.  It has been found for example by Rosenbaum et al (2010) that 38% of infants who experienced one or more episodes of wheeze during the first year of life are almost certain to have been exposed to measurable indoor airborne fungi and one or more of mould, water damage, dampness or musty odours in the home. 
    • Dr. David Denning (President of GAFFI) and Professor of Infectious Diseases in Global Health at the University of Manchester reported earlier this year in Melbourne that:

      - 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

    • There are no National Standards for Infection Control in Australia.  Tattoo and Piercing hygiene Guidelines are urgently required.   
    • It is reported that 1 in 5 persons experience skin complaints following a tattoo procedure including : itching, stinging, sensitivity to the sun and inflammation.  As well, multiple resistant Staphylococci infections are known (Serup et al., 2015).
    • There are many question marks surrounding the toxicological risks from tattoo inks and the potential for acute and chronic health effects (Laux et al., 2015). 

    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. 

     

    Nail Salons

    • Nail-salon acquired skin infections and blood borne disease risk could be improved by educating salon employees and their customers about good infection control practices (Lux et al., 2014).
    • Procedure related factors are also suggested to be responsible for pedicure-associated mycobacterial infections (Stout et al., 2011). 
    • The possibility of contracting hepatitis B and C in nail salons and barbershops has been anecdotally reported.  A new research report highlights sanitary requirements including proper disinfection and sterilisation to reduce the risks from HBV/HCV transmission (Yang et al., 2014).
    • In rare cases, necrosis, gangrene and amputation have resulted from a manicure! See: Akter, F. (2014). 

     

    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. 

     

    Projects

    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.

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  • Who We Are

    We're on a mission to connect our cause to the people who care the most.

    Dr. Cameron L. Jones, PhD

    Chief Executive Officer

    Scientist and Entrepreneur

    Robyn Byron

    Social Service Performance

    Social Work, Counselling, Mental Health

    Dr. Steve Mason, PhD

    Cause Marketing Strategist

    Richard Anthony

    Vocational Education

    RTO Founder & Director, Body Art, Infection Control

    Maya Ercegovac

    Cosmetic Tattoos

    Holo Academy, Cosmetic Tattoo & Microblading Training 

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  • Publications & Conference Proceedings

    Research & Development

    2016

    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.

    http://www.acipcconference.com.au/2242