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Welcome to IPAC Southwestern Ontario!

Message from the President

Francine Paquette, 2019-2020 Chapter PresidentWelcome 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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Upcoming Events

NEW CIC Prep Series and Community of Practice

The IPAC SWO executive, IPAC HUPIC and Team IPAC-West of Public Health Ontario are offering two opportunities to support those interested in Certification in Infection Control. 

Community of Practice (CoP):  CoP meetings for those who are interested in preparing for the CIC examination are scheduled from 12 pm-1 pm on November 22nd and December 6th. Participants would meet (virtually) with others who have successfully attained their CIC to learn about how and why one goes about obtaining their certification in infection control and to discuss opportunities and challenges in preparing to write the exam.  

CIC Preparatory Series: Beginning in January 17,2020, a 6-session webinar based series that covers content from sections of the CIC exam will be offered.  The sessions will be facilitated by individuals who have Certified in Infection Control. 

If you are interested in either joining the Community of Practice or the CIC Preparatory Series, please contact the IPAC-West office at ipacwest@oahpp.ca with your name. Participation is not limited to geographical location and is open to anyone who are interested in CIC certification.

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IPAC SWO Chapter wins the 2019 3M Chapter Achievement Award

The 2019 3M Chapter Achievement award was awarded on May 28th at the IFIC/IPAC Canada 2019 Conjoint Conference in Quebec City to the IPAC SWO Chapter.  The award was accepted by Francine Paquette, IPAC SWO President and Cheryl Tung, IPAC SWO Past President.

The award recognizes a Chapter's achievements in promoting infection prevention and control in the health care setting across the continuum.  Congratulations to all of you who have made IPAC SWO a recognized and well respected chapter of IPAC Canada. See the IPAC SWO Chapter submission here.

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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