PPEs and other non-pharmaceutical prevention strategies

Held on: Wednesday, 7th October 2020


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Angela Newbound Immunisation Specialist

Angela Newbound is an Immunisation Education Consultant based in South Australia, and a member of the Immunisation Coalition. She has been involved in immunisation program delivery in South Australia for 20 years, originally as an immunisation provider and in program coordinator roles within the Divisions of General Practice, SA Health Immunisation Section, the Medicare Local Network and presently the Primary Health Network. Angela provides clinical advice, support and education to a wide range of immunisation providers across South Australia, and contributes to the development of immunisation resources to assist providers with challenging aspects of the immunisation program. This includes providing clinical guidance to the Immunisation Coalition throughout the development and updating of the PneumoSmart Vaccination tool.


Mary-Louise McLaws PhD

Mary-Louise is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19.  For several years she was a short mission World Health Organization Advisor to China and Malaysia for surveillance development. She collaborated with Beijing to review the response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak and healthcare worker safety for the Hong Kong SARS designated hospital. Mary-Louise provided advice for 9 years to the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care Challenge program. She was commissioned by the Commonwealth to review the Pandemic Influenza Infection Control Guidelines for evidence of protection for healthcare workers.

As Honorary Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission for many years she collaborated on several state-wide patient safety interventions including: improving hand hygiene in healthcare care workers, reducing central line associated bloodstream infections and detecting and treating sepsis early in patients presenting to emergency departments.  Her research has included performing the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections in 1984 and developing the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections as a pilot in 1998-2001 for the NSW Health Department. She enjoys capacity building PhD candidates and performing infection control research in Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Mali, Indonesia, Iran, Viet Nam, Taiwan and Turkey.

 Susan Jain RN MN PhD

Susan Jain is the senior clinical advisor and COVID-19 response lead of the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) program at the Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales. She carries over 30 years of professional clinical experience principally in Infection Prevention and Control, Intensive Care Nursing and the Operating Theatre. Her work in infection prevention and control includes both supporting and advocating for health worker and patient safety primarily in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, prevention of HAIs and management of multidrug resistant organisms in healthcare settings. Her responsibility includes providing expertise in ensuring systems and guidance documents, education programs, advice and resources are in place to support 18 Local Health Districts and Speciality Networks within NSW Health. She was involved in coordinating Infection Prevention and Control through Ebola, H1N1 influenza and MERS preparedness, and number of outbreak management.

She has a PhD in transmission-based precautions from the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW) and just completed the Master of International Public Health (MIPH) with UNSW and a Master of Nursing from University of Wollongong. She has five category A* publications and has been selected for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) International Ambassador Program in 2016, while also acting as a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this presentation, viewers will be able to:

1. Understand the various types of spread of respiratory infections (and how far they can travel), including:

  • Droplet
  • Surfaces and fomites
  • Aerosol

2. Gain an appreciation of how long COVID can survive on different surfaces and temperatures

3. Review the effectiveness of the various types of PPE and their specific circumstances of when to use and what factors can compromise their effectiveness

4. Understand the terminology applied to the various types of masks: P2; N95; surgical masks; home-made masks

5. Learn how to minimise infection when putting on and taking off PPE

PDFs of the presentation slides are available for download here:

Presentation slides – Prof Mary-Louise McLaws

Presentation slides – Dr Susan Jain

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