By: Bug Control  05-Apr-2012

Judy Forrest

Principal of Bug Control (Aust) Pty Ltd and Bug Control New Zealand LtdR.N.,CIC (Sydney), Graduate Certificate Communicable Diseases (UWS), MRCNA, FCN.As an advisor in Infection Prevention and Control, Judy Forrest has qualified as a top graduate of the Sydney Hospital Infection Control program, holds a Graduate Certificate of Communicable Diseases from the University of Western Sydney, is a Fellow of the College of Nursing and has successfully qualified as an Aged Care Quality Assessor with the Quality Society International. Judy is also an executive member of the Infection Control Association (NSW) Inc, a Fellow of the Australian Association of Practice Managers and a Fellow of The College of Nursing.With more than 30 years healthcare experience, Judy has worked within hospitals, extended care and medical facilities in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the USA.

Maria Dent

With a Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), Master of Clinical Nursing, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the successful qualification as an Aged Care Quality Assessor with the Quality Society International, Maria brings impeccable credentials to our Bug Control team.Maria has worked in the Aged Care Industry since 1997. She has worked as a Care Manager in a Low Care Facility and has also worked as a Nurse Educator for various aged care facilities in both high and low care settings. She has been involved in the implementation of standards to gain Accreditation within various facilities and has a strong background in infection prevention and control in the residential care setting.Maria has had various lecturing positions at the Australian Catholic University teaching Bachelor of Nursing students. She is a qualified workplace trainer and assessor, has conducted training and assessment for accredited courses such as: Certificate IV in Age Care Work, Certificate IV in Community Services (Service Co-ordination), Certificate IV in Lifestyle and Leisure, Certificate III in Aged Care Work, and Certificate III in Home and Community Care in both residential and community settings.

Sue Elder

OAM, R.N. Clinical Nurse Specialist in Coronary and Intensive Care, Diploma in Counseling. Holds the 3 Infection Control Certificates from the College of Nursing.Over the past 40 years as a Registered Nurse Sue had had extensive experience in Coronary Care, Open Heart Surgery, Intensive Care , Aged Care and Infection Prevention and Control, gaining international experience in USA, England and Northern Ireland. In the aged care setting Sue has been involved in implementation of standards required to gain Accreditation.Sue has developed a tool for inducing hypothermia which is used in Australia and internationally and was a finalist in the NSW section of the Australian of the Year Awards.

Gabby Irvine

RN, BSc Nsg (Curtin University), CIC College of NursingGabby is an RN with thirty years experience in the field of Infection Prevention and Control in both the adult acute care sector and the paediatric tertiary setting in Perth WA. She received her Infection Control certificate from the College of Nursing NSW.Gabby has held numerous Executive positions on both the Infection Control Association of WA and the Australian Infection Control Association. She was an inaugural chief editor of the national infection control journal (Healthcare Infection) and currently sits on the editorial board reviewing articles.Gabby has recently moved to New Zealand where she will be working with Bug Control New Zealand Infection Control Advisory Service.

Andrea Lord

NZRN, Certificate in Continence Promotion R.D.N.S. Melbourne, P.G. Diploma in Health Science (Continence Management) University of Otago.Andrea has been working as a Continence Advisor since 1993, having started her Continence education in Australia and progressing to become the Coordinator of the Christchurch Continence and Stomal Advisory Service.For the last five years she has been working independently with a busy clinical private practice in Christchurch, New Zealand.Andrea is actively involved in continence education, lecturing to a wide range of Health Professionals – from Rest Home to Hospital, from Healthcare Assistant to Doctor. With over 25 years of nursing experience, Andrea has primarily worked in both the private and public health sectors of the community. She is member of the New Zealand Continence Association and a past Executive member. As a member of Editorial Board for International Journal of Urology Nursing, this reflects her role as a senior resource person for local, regional, national and international continence issues.Andrea is passionate about Continence and is a valued and highly knowledgeable asset to the Bug Control team.

Brenda Ramstadius

Brenda has worked exclusively in wound care since 1989, initially as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the public health service, Director of WoundSense (Aust) and currently as an independent wound care advisorBrenda has been providing an independent wound care advisory service to the public and private health care industry since 2002. She travels extensively educating on the principles of wound management and Infection Prevention and Control to help clinicians optimise safe wound care outcomes.Brenda is also a Founding & Life Member of the Wound Care Association of NSW Inc. and has held many positions including 4 years as President (1999-2002), 2 years as Vice President and currently holds the position of Newsletter Editor for the Association.Brenda is a knowledgeable and interesting speaker who provides practical, up to date information on current wound care techniques, basic principles of wound management and wound care products.

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Assist your facility to meet the requirements of Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines and New Zealand Ministry of Health, Health and Disability Infection Prevention and Control Standards. Ensure costs benefits for provision of the essential infection requirements (education, auditing, infection surveillance analysis and reporting.