Who are we?

The Infection Prevention & Control Nurses College (IPCNC) is a specialist College of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

The IPCNC was formed as a special interest section of the New Zealand Nurses Association (NZNA) in the 1970s. It rose from small beginnings when the Infection Prevention and Control Nurse (IPCN) was a pioneer role within nursing and before infection prevention and control (IPC) programmes were embedded into health care organisations.

The IPCNC aims to be the lead voice for IPC in New Zealand. The college actively participates and is represented in consultation groups for national and regional IPC issues e.g. HQSC, ACC, MoH. The College operates within NZNO constitutional requirements.

The College currently has more than 500 members with a wide scope of skills and credentials. IPCNC membership is primarily composed of nurses and other health care professionals who are members of NZNO.

New Zealand IPC programmes are supported formally through the New Zealand Standard NZS8134.3.1:2008. Accrediation and certification programmes utilise this Standard as the point of reference.

The IPCNC hosts a conference every two years. In accordance with NZNO Constitution requirements it hosts an annual AGM. 

 

Our Passion!

Amongst our membership we share one common characteristic, that of PASSION!

We are passionate about reducing the incidence of healthcare associated infections amongst patients and residents. Whatever we can do to affect improvements in patient care practices that can reduce cross infection, we are keen to role model and promote.

Infection Prevention & Control is a career pathway NOT for the faint at heart!

We are up to the challenges that this choice of career brings!

IPCNC National Committee and Regional Coordinators

The IPCNC National Committee is elected by the members. 

The IPCNC is also divided into six geographical regions with their own Cordinators. Contact your closest  Regional Coordinator for information on local events and meetings.

LATEST NEWS

WHO declares DR Congo Ebola outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Thursday, 18 July 2019 - Following a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC, the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency ... MORE

UK Public Health calls for tatooists and body piercers to undertake IPC training

Friday, 5 July 2019 - The risk of inflammation or infection or other adverse effect from a tattoo, piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis is around 18% ... MORE

WHO decides current DRC Ebola outbreak is NOT a global emergency

Friday, 14 June 2019 - The WHO U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the current outbreak in the ... MORE

Latest IPCNC newsletter available for members

Friday, 14 June 2019 - The latest Infection Controlla is now available for IPCNC members to enjoy in the Members' section https://www.infectioncontrol.co.nz/members/infection-controlla/ MORE

NHMRC releases updated Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019)

Saturday, 1 June 2019 - The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is pleased to announce the release of the revised Australian Guidelines for ... MORE

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