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Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario! 

Message from the President

Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario (IPAC SWO) and to our chapter website!

My name is Cara-Lee Coghill and I am excited and privileged to represent our chapter as the IPAC SWO President for 2023 and 2024.

IPAC SWO chapter members represent a diverse group of IPAC professionals who work in a variety of fields in health care including hospitals, pre-hospital settings, long-term care and continuing care facilities, community care and health agencies, public health, government and industry.

IPAC SWO offers face-to face meetings, webinars and educational workshops to meet the educational needs of our members. In 2023, we are pleased to announce that we are planning on returning to in-person chapter meetings for our June meeting.  Please continue to visit our website for chapter meeting details!

In addition to our chapter meetings and educational sessions, IPAC SWO is proud to offer:

  • Scholarship funding for members to attend the Annual IPAC Canada National Conference
  • Support in preparing for Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC)
  • Funding opportunities for IPAC Education, CIC certification and renewal
  • Education sessions and resources at quarterly chapter meetings
  • Opportunities to connect and IPAC professionals regionally and across Canada
  • Opportunities to increase awareness of current Infection Prevention and Control standards and practices
  • Support for your organization/facility for National Infection Control Week

To join IPAC-Canada and IPAC-SWO, visit IPAC-Canada and view this welcome brochure.

I welcome you to contact any member of the executive to find out what IPAC Canada has to offer.

Cara-Lee Coghill

2023-2024 IPAC SWO Chapter President

New IPAC-SWO Executive Members for 2024

Please welcome the following individuals who start their term on the IPAC-SWO Executive January 2024.

  • President Elect: Shelby Ludington
  • Treasurer: Kitty Chan
  • Non-acute care rep: Suzette Nascimento
  • Education co-char: Erika Vitale

To learn more about these individuals please visit the IPAC-SWO Executive Members webpage.

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Call for Applications for IPAC SWO Conference Scholarship 

IPAC SWO members can now apply for funding towards registration for the IPAC Canada National 2024 Conference.  Funds can only be used towards the early-bird virtual or in-person conference registration. Pre-conference registration costs and other event attendance (travel, hotel) or registration costs for special events are not eligible for funding. Deadline to submit is April 26, 2024 and 11:59pm. To apply please complete the application at the following link

Please note: Once you hit the submit button, scroll down the page to obtain a confirmation number and retain the number for your records. You will receive an e-mail from IPAC SWO gmail acknowledging your submission within 3 business days. If you do not receive an e-mail please contact ipacswochapter@gmail.com.

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February 9, 2024 Education Session now available to members for viewing

The February 9, 2024 Education Session titled "Carbapenamase Producing Organisms- Making Sense of Alphabet Soup" presented by Erica Susky, Infection Control Practitioner, University Health Network- Toronto General Hospital, is now available for viewing. The presentation is can be found in the IPAC SWO Members area under IPAC SWO Education Session Presentations.

Presentations from IPAC FUNdamentals Education Workshop Now Available

IPAC SWO is pleased to make the slide decks from the IPAC FUNdamentals Education Workshop available to everyone. Please click this link to access the content. Thank you to our speakers for their permission to post.

Recording and Presentations from Educational Sessions Available in IPAC SWO Members Area

Did you know that IPAC SWO members have access to recordings of past virtual educational sessions and presentations from in person education sessions under IPAC SWO Education Session Presentation of secure IPAC SWO Members area.  Check it out!

Submissions for  IPAC Education and CIC Attainment Funding is Closed

Applications for the IPAC Education and CIC Attainment funding opportunity is now closed. The deadline for application submissions for IPAC Education and CIC funding was December 1, 2023. Applications for 2024 will be posted in the spring. Watch your e-mail for notification.  

CIC Recertification 

It's that time of the year again. Recertification is now due for those who were certified in 2019. If you are recertifying through the continuing education process and require documentation of education sessions you participated in through IPAC SWO, please contact ipacswochapter@gmail.com

The CBIC website contains excellent information to assist you through the process. You will find the following resources particularly helpful.


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