David is the Chief Executive at Eastern Health where he provides executive leadership to the acute programs of Emergency and General Medicine, Specialty Medicine, Surgery and Women and Children with services provided from five acute hospitals. He is responsible for the provision of Professional leadership to around 4000 nurses & midwives across all care settings including the nursing and midwifery research and learning strategies.
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Elizabeth has worked at Monash Health, Austin Health, Hand Hygiene Australia and VICNISS as the Victorian Hand Hygiene Coordinator. Her interests include improving patient safety through evidence based practice and quality improvement programs. Elizabeth has a Master of Public Health and Postgraduate Certificates in Emergency Nursing and Infection Control.
Leisa is currently the National Staff Health Manager for Ramsay Health Care (Australia). She is also the Infection Control Coordinator for 3 of their facilities. She has been working in the area of staff health and infection control for over the last 10 years across the public and private health care industries.
Leisa has a Bachelor of Nursing & Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing (Deakin University), is an Accredited Nurse Immuniser and has worked on a number of State and Australian working parties including ACHS and the Australian Standards. She is currently studying her Masters in Public Health at the University of Tasmania.
Mater Health Services
An Infectious Diseases Physician and Microbiologist Dr Paul Griffin was appointed as the Director of Infectious Diseases at Mater Health Services in 2013. In addition Dr Griffin continues appointments as Principle Investigator at Q-Pharm, as visiting scientist at Mater Medical Research Institute and Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and also as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Dr Paul Griffin’s primary research interests include clinical trials in the field of infectious diseases including malaria human challenge and transmission blocking studies, and the molecular detection of gametocytes as well as the detection of antibiotic resistance particularly VRE by mass spectrometry in the clinical microbiology laboratory.lei
Barwon Health, Geelong Hospital
Paul is the current Manager, Infection Prevention Service at Barwon Health based in Geelong Victoria. Paul has worked in the field of Infection Prevention for over 15 years both in Australia and the United Kingdom. During his time in Australia he has worked at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne Health and as a Project Coordinator with Hand Hygiene Australia. In the United Kingdom Paul served in the British Royal Navy as a Nursing Officer and in the distant past within the Submarine Service. Paul has developed a relatively recent interest in the potential for behavioural change and the application to infection prevention compliance amongst healthcare workers.
Department of Health & Human Services
Sue is a NZ trained Registered Comprehensive Nurse and Infection Control Practitioner, and
an Australian Credentialed Infection Control Professional- Expert. Sue has spent the last 18
years working in infection prevention and control in a variety of Australian settings including
the acute, aged care and community sectors, and is currently one of two Grampians Regional
Infection Control Advisors for the Department of Health and Human Services, Rural and
Regional Health Branch Victoria. This position assists in facilitating a coordinated approach to
the implementation of a statewide infection prevention and control strategic framework, and
supports the practitioners working in the Grampians Region Healthcare Services.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne
Jeannine is the AMS pharmacist at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne. Since joining the AMS team in 2013, she has been involved in the implementation of the AMS program, including activities such as the restriction of selected antimicrobials and the development of an AMS mobile app. In 2015 she published an article in Healthcare Infection on their team’s experiences at implementing an AMS program in the private hospital setting.
Durdana Chowdhury is a medical doctor graduated from a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) with honours in 2002 and worked as a medical officer in Bangladesh for five years. She specialised in Medical Microbiology and Immunology in 2012, with research work on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). She has completed her PhD thesis focusing on hospital environmental dry surface biofilm, its transmission, decontamination and infection control.
Misha Devchand is an antimicrobial stewardship/infectious diseases pharmacist at Austin Health and is currently undertaking her masters of clinical pharmacy through Monash University. Her research interests include AMS education, antimicrobial prescribing in the ICU, quality use of medicines and antibiotic allergies.