The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week released a special report looking at the sector’s response to COVID-19.
Finding the federal government did not adequately prepare residential aged care to deal with a pandemic, the commission made several recommendations designed to safeguard residents moving forward.
One was that the federal government should arrange with states and territories to deploy “accredited infection prevention and control experts” into aged-care facilities to better prepare for, and assist with, management of outbreaks...
Philip is Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia. After undertaking a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology, he worked in both state and national level in healthcare infection prevention positions. In 2016, he completed his PhD titled "Evidence based recommendations for national healthcare associated infection surveillance". A/Professor Russo has attracted over $1 million in research funding from government, industry and academic sources and is recognised internationally for work in infection prevention. Currently he is leading the Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Survey, and collaborating on several other healthcare associated infection related national research projects. He is also the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Early Career Fellowship. Leadership and engagement activities include being current President Elect of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region, a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee and formerly a member of the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission.