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Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario!

Message from the President

Welcome to IPAC SWO! 

My name is Dori Taylor, the 2021-2022 IPAC SWO Chapter President. 

I am excited to announce IPAC SWO's 40th anniversary this year. IPAC SWO has had many successes over the last 40 years and I look forward to working with the executive to continue with this tradition.

IPAC SWO members represent all health care sectors including Acute Care, Long-Term Care, Community Care, Public Health as well as Industry. 

IPAC SWO offers face-to face meetings, webinars and educational workshops to meet the educational needs of our members. However, for 2021, our meetings will look slightly different in that our meetings and education sessions will be virtual. The executive is committed and planning to offer four virtual meetings this year. 

IPAC SWO is proud to offer:

  • The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence that recognizes a chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Control,
  • Scholarship funding for members to attend the Annual IPAC Canada National Conference.

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

Dori Taylor

2021-2022 IPAC SWO Chapter President

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Upcoming Events

IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Education Session

The next Virtual Chapter Meetings and Education Sessions are scheduled for 

  • April 15, September 23, November 18th

Information on each meeting will be posted when available.

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Application Submission for IPAC Canada's 2021 National Virtual Conference  Scholarships Now Open

IPAC SWO chapter is offering  a number of scholarships to IPAC SWO Chapter members to attend IPAC Canada's 2021 Virtual National Conference.  Please complete and submit the online form by noon on March 19th, 2021 to be eligible for consideration. You will be notified by March 26th, 2021 if you are successful. Recipients of the Scholarship award will be reimbursed for the cost of an early bird registration only. The Deadline for Early Bird Registration is April 1, 2021.


Deadline to apply is 12:00 pm March 19th, 2021.

IPAC Job Opportunities 

Access Employment Opportunities section of IPAC Canada's website for current job postings across Canada.

To view other opportunities visit IPAC Canada's Employment Opportunity webpage.

IPAC SWO Member wins EcoLab Poster Contest

Congratulations to Monika Szabo from Southwestern Public Health as the  winner of the 2020 Ecolab Poster contest! The poster is available for download  until September. The poster is also available for bulk orders. Please see the EcoLab Poster Contest website for further information.  We are proud to have Monika in our chapter!




Education Day Presentations

Did you know that you can access presentations from past education days here? Visit "IPAC SWO Chapter Meetings" on the right navigation bar to access these documents.

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Unexplained outbreak of Pneumonia in China 59 cases identified

An unexplained outbreak of pneumonia has been reported in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was reported to the CDC on December 31st.  59 cases have been identified. Presenting symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and radiographic evidence of bilateral invasion of both lungs. Onsets for the cases range from Dec 12 to Dec 29th. SARS has been ruled out and the pathogen is yet to be identified. All cases are being treated in isolation and there has been no evidence of transmission among health care workers. Some of the cases identified were vendors in the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan. The Seafood Market was closed January 1st. 2020 for cleaning and disinfection. 

Asian countries are monitoring travelers travelling from Wuhan for symptoms. CDC issued a travel 1 watch to the area on January 6th. See article for further details on this developing situation.

Question Still Swirls over China's Unexplained Pnuemonia Outbreak