PICNet was officially launched at a Meeting and Training Workshop on Infection Control and Prevention, in February 2006, Lautoka, Fiji Islands. It is to be used as a tool for communication and sharing of experiences, particularly how to be innovative with limited resources to ensure patient and health care worker safety from infectious diseases. An Infection Control Officer, Mrs Margaret Leong, based at SPC Noumea and funded by the Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP), worked on further developing the network in 2007-08. Her role involved strengthening infection control capacity in the Pacific Islands through the provision of basic infection control training and programme establishment. Margaret built on the work carried out by Ms Peta-Anne Zimmerman, who was the short-term Infection Control Specialist at SPC from the end of 2005 to the beginning of 2006.
From the First Regional EpiNet Workshop in Fiji Islands, 2003, it was evident that the lessons learnt from the SARS outbreak indicated a need to address infection control issues not only at a facility or national level but also at a regional level. Infection control, particularly in health care facilities, was identified as a critical element in interrupting transmission of not only SARS but also other priority infectious diseases in the region. Communication, accessibility of expertise and technical advice are recognized as areas in need of improvement to facilitate infection control response to infectious disease threats.
Subsequent to this a recommendation of the Second Regional EpiNet Workshop in New Caledonia, 2004 was, “To review and improve on the infection control measures in PICTs by establishing and formalizing the Pacific regional infection control network under the umbrella of the PPHSN”.
All health professionals with interest in infection control with one national focal point for each SPC member country or territory.
• Health professionals with interest in infection control from Australia and New Zealand
• International organizations: WHO, SPC
• Training institutions, including Schools of Nursing, Schools of Medicine, Schools of Oral Health
• Support and advocacy for capacity building for infection control professionals (ICPs).
• Strengthen institutional linkages with regional and national expert bodies.
Focal Point of the PPHSN Coordinating Body
Email: [email protected]
Terms of Reference
Infection Control Posters
Prepared by Mrs Margaret Leong, Infection Control Officer, Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic
Preparedness Project (PRIPPP), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)