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    FDN 2018 Conference for Environmental Services Managers, Supervisors & Infection Control Professionals.

    We are excited to announce that registrations for the Future Disinfection Now 2018 Conference are open!

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    If you are a professional responsible for cleaning management, environmental cleaning or infection control within healthcare environmental services or aged care facilities, and you are committed to, and passionate about bringing a higher level of clean and hygiene to your healthcare facility, then FDN 2018 is a conference you don’t want to miss. Read on to find out more about FDN 2018 Conference and how you can nominate someone for the Healthcare Cleaning Services of the Year Award, with great prizes for the winners at each Conference.

    Join us in Melbourne 30th April, or Sydney 1st May, as we bring Industry, Science and Practice together at the FDN 2018 Conference.

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    An Environmental Services System to be Proud Of

    A new approach to cleaning management in Aged Care

    Cabrini Aged Care Facility has reinvented the way they show care for their residents and their extended families.  When an elderly person makes their home with Cabrini, they see it as an opportunity to make a significant difference to their life.  ‘We’ve done some massive changes’ explained Debra Charlton, CEO Cabrini Care. This includes an IT Care System, online training for staff, increased contact with families of residents and utilizing their website to keep connected and engaged with their community.

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    Improving Australia's Regional Healthcare Cleaning Management

    Regional Health centres in Australia are home to some of the world's most beautiful landscapes. Our regional sectors are responsible for the care of around one-third of Australia's population. That's around 7 million people.  To be a Healthcare Facility that provides world class care, regional centres are working to champion initiatives that bring lasting effects and change to their current healthcare environments. 

    The range of issues faced by regional and remote health workforces are unique and best understood by the people managing each sector. Searching for solutions is most effective when professionals from across a regional health group come together to seek out new ideas, proven methods and quality services that suit their individual facility needs.

    Bill Bassett from the Interclean Group hosted such an opportunity this week as he met with a team of Infection Control Managers and Environmental Services Managers in Victoria. Understanding that regional health managers need to show considerable return on any investments made, Bill demonstrated how a full digital cleaning and management system can increase productivity and efficencies significantly for one of the most important workforces in Healthcare.

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    Interclean Launches Disposable Disinfection Program

    With a strong focus on continuous improvement, Interclean is bringing to the market a Disposable Isolation Cleaning Kit to aid the reduction of HAI's in facilities in a safe, easy, efficient and effective manner.

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    What’s the best way to create a safe environment in my healthcare facility?

    Dr Hudson Garrett Jr.


    Global Chief Clinical Officer at Pentax Medical, Chief Clinical Officer, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration

    The following article looking at what's important in creating safe clinical environments including touchpoints, has been based on a seminar given by Dr Hudson Garrett Jr. at The Interclean Group's Future Disinfection Now Conference 2017, titled, ‘The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in the Transmission of HAI’s: What’s happening in the homes, and transferring to the hospitals’.

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    Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle

    Karen Vickery

    Scientific Director of the Surgical Infection Research Group, Vice-Chancellor Innovation Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney Australia.

    The following article is inspired by Professor Karen Vickery’s seminar at The Interclean Group’s Future Disinfection Now Conference, titled Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle.

    Biofilms: Current Threats and Why We’re Not Winning The Battle
 - Why are bacteria surviving your terminal cleans?

    If you are a healthcare professional, you have no doubt asked yourselves more than once, 'How are bacteria surviving your terminal and infectious cleans despite the best quality products and the most committed team?'. According to scientific studies conducted by Karen Vickery at Macquarie University Hospital, the answer is biofilms. Once believed to live only on wet surfaces, we now know that biofilms are growing on dry surfaces within our healthcare facilities and our current cleaning policies and procedures are not sufficient enough to kill them.

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    Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought, study finds

    As Seen In Inclean Magazine May/June Issue 2017

    According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection. 

    INCLEAN’s Lizzie Hunter spoke to several industry professionals in the Australian cleaning industry to find out what this kind of research means for the cleaning industry and the future of infection control and prevention in the healthcare sector.

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    Future Disinfection Now: Collaboration key in fight against HAIs

    Article from Inclean Magazine May/June Issue

    Interclean’s Future Disinfection Now 2017 conference took place on Tuesday 28 February at Rydges, Melbourne and Thursday 2 March at Waterview Bicentennial Park, Sydney. INCLEAN assistant editor Lizzie Hunter joined other healthcare and infection control professionals at the conference.

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    Why Your Environmental Services Technicians Are Your Biggest Asset

    Content from: Fiona Nemetz, Seminar at Future Disinfection Now Conference

    Fiona Nemetz MS, CHESP
    Fiona is the Systems Director of EVS, Safety & Security at Northside Hospital Atlanta overseeing the 3 hospital system with 856 licensed beds. Past President of the AHE (The Association for the Healthcare Environment), Fiona shares a passion for EVS Leadership with over 30 years’ experience in both the hospitality and healthcare industries. 

    Some of Australia’s best Environmental Services Professionals and Infection Control Experts had the honour of hearing Fiona talk at The Interclean Group’s Future Disinfection Now Conference earlier this year. The following article is an excerpt from her session, ‘Taking Science to the Bedside: Application of Evidence Based Practices’.

    Why Your Environmental Services Technicians’s Are Your Biggest Asset
    5 Ways To Increase Pride amongst your Environment Services Technicians

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    Interclean, Bunzl & OCS team up to give Perth Airport new Trolley Systems

    Bringing high-quality cleaning into today’s facilities takes a unified approach from Australia’s leading cleaning companies.

    Chris Graham, Interclean’s Corporate Sales Manager was in Perth this week putting the final touches on rolling out new Interclean Washroom and General Trolleys across both the International and Domestic Terminals at Perth Airport sites as the outcome of a successful partnership between the Interclean Group, Bunzl and OCS (Outsourced Client Solutions). 

    The successful collaboration between supplier, distributor, client and end user is due to the unique holistic relationship Interclean has with its customers.

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