Community and Hospital Infection Control Association Canada conference (CHICA 2012)

As CHICA-Canada and the field of Infection Prevention and Control
(IP&C) ‘grow for the future’, we face new and exciting prospects and
challenges. Never before has a National CHICA Conference been
held in the Province of Saskatchewan. Leaders across the country are
realizing the key role assumed by Infection Prevention and Control
Professionals (ICPs) and their programs. And we continue to grow.
Over the past several years, CHICA has endeavoured to reinforce the
importance and necessity of understanding and correctly applying
the basics, or ‘foundations’, while also recognizing the ‘opportunities’
and requirements to advance ourselves and reach new heights.
IP&C is growing for the future through many branches: cleaning,
disinfection, sterilization and the use of ‘green’ products;
supporting leaders to help them make IP&C a priority; IP&C-specific
accreditation standards; antibiotic stewardship; and global IP&C.
Changes at home and around the world require ICPs to move
forward with initiatives that support the importance of our role.
The 2012 CHICA-Canada National Conference offers healthcare
professionals a forum that acknowledges where we have come from,
recognizes the development we have achieved, and identifies our
growth for the future.
Objectives for the 2012 Conference include:
1. To provide an educational program that: meets key challenges
faced in IP&C;
2. To provide opportunities to share ideas and practice techniques;
and define issues and potential solutions with peers;
3. To promote the exchange of important new approaches and
concepts in the field of IP&C ;
4. To offer tools and develop strategies to assist ICPs to elevate the
standard of practice and improved IC performance;
5. To encourage and support both novice and more experienced ICPs;
6. To provide ICPs with enhanced knowledge to educate, lead,
inspire, mentor, champion and collaborate within their healthcare
setting;
7. To showcase CHICA-Canada as a pre-eminent source of Infection
Prevention and Control expertise in Canada.
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as
defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This activity was
approved by the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine. (Approval
pending.)
The language of the conference is English.
+ show speakers and program
2012 Conference Chair
Anne Bialachowski RN BN MS CIC
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario
2012 Scientific Program Chair
Molly Blake BN MHS GNC(C) CIC
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba
2012 Scientific Program Co-Chair
Colette Ouellet RN BN CIC
OAHPP Champlain Infection Control Network
Ottawa, Ontario
2012 Scientific Program Committee
Joanne Baines RN BSc(Hons)
Royal Jubilee Hospital
Victoria, British Columbia
Gwen Cerkowniak RN BScN CIC
Saskatoon City Hospital
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Oscar Larios BSc(Hons) MD FRCPC
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Rita Montgomery RN CIC
Deep River & District Hospital
Deep River, Ontario
Alexis Silverman RN BA BScN CIC
Peel Public Health
Brampton, Ontario
Marilyn Weinmaster RN BScN CIC
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Wascana Rehabilitation Centre
Regina, Saskatchewan
Other Session Chairs
Cleaning, Disinfection & Sterilization Day
Nicole Kenny BSc Assoc. Chem
Virox Technologies Inc.
Oakville, Ontario
Alexis Silverman RN BA BScN CIC
Peel Public Health
Brampton, Ontario
Pediatrics Half Day
In collaboration with Pediatrics Interest Group
Molly Blake BN MHS GNC(C) CIC
Health Sciences Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Louise Holmes RN BScN CIC
Children’s & Women’s Health Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Long Term Care Half Day
In collaboration with Long Term Care
Interest Group
Cheryl Collins RN BScN CIC
Macassa/Wentworth Lodges
Hamilton, Ontario
Marilyn Weinmaster RN BScN CIC
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Wascana Rehabilitation Centre
Regina, Saskatchewan
Post-Conference:
Program-Wide Audit
Anne Bialachowski RN BN MS CIC
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Hamilton, Ontario
Karen Clinker MEd BScN CCOHN CIC
OAHPP Northwestern Ontario Infection
Control Network
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Shirley McDonald ART CIC
Bath, Ontario

16 Jun - 21 Jun 2012
Saskatoon
Canada
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