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Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario!

Message from the President

Welcome to IPAC SWO! 

My name is Francine Paquette, 2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President. 

Our chapter has a rich history of supporting approximately 130 members with geographic boundaries that spread to three LHIN regions. Our 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. Our meetings provide a forum for networking, education and collaboration and we invite you and your colleagues to join us as a member or as a guest.

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.

Francine Paquette

2019-2020 IPAC SWO Chapter President

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Scholarship Funding for IPAC National Conference

The 2019 IPAC Canada National Conference is taking place in Quebec City from May 24-29, 2019. IPAC SWO is pleased to offer members the opportunity to apply for scholarship funding to attend the conference.  Successful applicants will receive a maximum of $1000 funding. The allotment of the amount funded will be dependent on the number of applicants and subsequent scores from submitted applications.

Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in a wonderful event by applying for scholarship funding. To apply, complete the IPAC Canada National Conference Funding Request form and submit completed for to IPAC SWO President Francine Paquette at francine.paquette@oahpp.ca by April 5, 2019.

Upcoming Events

IPAC SWO in-person Chapter Meeting and Education Day- April 12, 2019

The next In-Person Chapter Meeting and Education Day is scheduled for Friday April 12, 2019 at the Hellenic Community Centre, London, Ontario. The focus of this day is on Environmental Cleaning.  IPAC SWO is pleased to welcome Jim Gauthier, Senior Clinical Advisor, Infection Control with Diversy Canada who will present "It Is Everyone's Job to Disinfect: It Is not Everyone's Job to Disinfect Everything". Barry Hunt, Chairman and CEO of Class 1 inc. will facilitate a forum to get feedback on a new CSA document that is currently in production.

Industry sponsors and vendors will be in attendance.  Sponsors for this event will have the opportunity to share the latest and greatest products with participants over the course of the day.

Registration for this event is now open through Eventbrite. General event ticket $30. Discount for validated IPAC Canada members. 

IPAC 101 In Community Health Settings- March 26, 2019 5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Back by popular demand, IPAC-Southwestern Ontario in partnership with Team IPAC-West of Public Health Ontario is pleased to present an infection prevention and control workshop for staff responsible for/or interested in infection control or occupational health and safety in the clinical office setting. This event will take place on March 26, 2019 from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa- 415 Harris Street, Ingersoll Ontario. Registration is $50 and a meal will be provided. Registration is through Eventbrite.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Occupational Health & Safety (e.g., immunization, sharps, specimen handling)
  • Safe Medication Practices
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Environmental Cleaning
  • Reprocessing of Equipment
  • Resource Review

For more information see IPAC 101 In Community Health Settings Flyer.

2019 Conjoint Conference (IFIC and IPAC Canada) Quebec City- May 24-29, 2019

Registration is now open!

The next annual IPAC Conference will be held in beautiful Quebec City, May 24-29, 2019. See the 2019 Conjoint Conference web page for further details.   

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Chapter Meeting and Education Day - Friday, February 22, 2019 Recording Available

Dr. Maureen Cividino, Public Health Physician with Public Health Ontario, was invited to present on Occupational Dermatitis as part of the education portion of the IPAC SWO Chapter meeting and Education Day.  This session was recorded for future viewing. Please click link below.

Presentation Recording available here.

IPAC SWO featured in IPAC NEWS Fall 2018 Edition

IPAC SWO was one of two chapters highlighted in IPAC Canada's IPAC News Fall 2018 Edition.  Highlights in the article included activities associated with the Educational Workshop "Cracking the IPAC Code" and the "IPAC 101 for Clinical Office Settings" which was targeted to a non-traditional healthcare sector group.  The IPAC News Fall 2018 edition can be found in the members only section of the IPAC Canada Website.


2018 IPAC SWO Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence Recipient

It is our honour to announce the 2018 Betty Bannerman Award winner is Brenda Prouse, ICP at Alexandra Hospital in Ingersoll.  

The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence is designed to recognize an IPAC SWO chapter member who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of Infection Prevention and Control.  The Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence is generously sponsored by 3M Canada.  

Brenda first received her Certification in Infection Control 2007 and continues to re-certify this credential.   Brenda is a humble leader with an engaging manner that brings out the best in others.  Her calm and supportive leadership style, her sense of humor, and her creative yet practical approach have been much appreciated by those who have been fortunate to have worked with her. 

Since joining CHICA Canada in 2002, Brenda has demonstrated her commitment to the IPAC SWO chapter  She has participated on the organizing committees of a number of large successful local conferences.  At the 2018 National conference in Banff, Alberta, Brenda and her colleagues from Oxford County Public Health presented the poster: “Three Sputum Away from Freedom”.

Within the IPAC SWO chapter ,Brenda has an extensive history of volunteering and assuming leadership roles. She has served as President-Elect, Chapter President, Education Co-Chair, Secretary and filled in when needed as Membership/Treasurer.

Brenda exemplifies the qualities of exceptional leadership, service and excellence in the field of infection prevention and control and is a worthy recipient of the IPAC SWO Betty Bannerman Award of Excellence.

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.

IPAC 101 in Community Health Settings a Success

IPAC SWO chapter supported by Public Health Ontario offered a series of IPAC 101 in Community Health Settings workshops in London and Windsor. Over the course of of three hours, participants from community health settings and dental health settings learned about IPAC requirements and best practices and how it applies to their setting. Thank you to IPAC SWO Chapter members who presented and facilitated these sessions.


IPAC SWO represented well at 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference

IPAC SWO chapter was well represented at the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference in Banff, Alberta. The conference took place from May 27-30, 2018. The event brought together delegates from across the country as well as from other countries as far away as Nepal, USA, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Congratulations to the following IPAC SWO chapter members whose poster presentations were  accepted by the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference.

  • Kim Hobbs, Sonalben Shah, Jaime Lynn Cornelius, Jessica Kooger, Shelby Ludington from Woodstock Hospital. Decending the Summit of VRE Transmission: Drastic Reduction of VRE Nosocomial Cases and Outbreaks on Acute Medical Units.
  • Lesley Leach, Cara-Lee Coghill from Oxford County Public Health and Brenda Prouse from Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll. Three Sputum Samples Away From Freedom
  • Jessica Kooger, Natalie Goertz, IPAC Consulting, Woodstock. Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office Setting

A summary of the above posters can be found on the in the 2018 IPAC Canada National Conference Oral And Poster Presentation booklet.

Delegates from the IPAC SWO Chapter will have the opportunity to share their experiences and what they have learned at an upcoming IPAC SWO Chapter Meeting and Educational Day. The next IPAC Canada National Conference will be in partnership with International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC)  and is scheduled for May 26-29, 2019 in Quebec City.

Winners of 2018 Ecolab Poster Contest 

Congratulations to Lindsay McKeen and Eleanor Paget From Public Health Ontario for creating the winning submission for the 2018 Ecolab Poster Contest. The award was presented on May 27th at the IPAC Canada annual conference in Banff, Alberta and was accepted by IPAC SWO President Elect Francine Paquette.  The poster is available for download and printing through IPAC Canada's Ecolab Poster Contest Webpage.

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Concern Over Supply of Ebola Vaccine

As the Ebola outbreak in the DRC continues to develop, concerns about vaccine availability have emerged. According to an article published in STAT, if the Ebola outbreak extends to major centers in the DRC, it may put a strain on the current supply of the Ebola vaccine.  See the article for more details.

Ebola Vaccine Availability Concern