Keeping the bugs at bay

Keeping bugs at bay: what we all should know.

Just when we are all so conscious of the many threats posed to health through infection, both at home and in hospitals, AFGW Central West has organised a timely talk to give the latest research on infection control.

Entitled  “Superbugs and infections in hospitals and homes: why we need to rethink how we educate health professionals and the community”, the talk by Manildra-based academic, Dr Jennifer Cox, is to be held at on Sunday, August  27 at the Falcon Room, Cowra Services Club, 1.30 for 2pm with afternoon tea to follow.

Entry to be paid at the door is $25.

All proceeds go to Australia Federation of Graduate Women Cowra/Canowindra HSC Scholarship Fund. RSVP by Tuesday  August 22 (for catering): Marianne Payten 63426716/0404328483 or Anne Holloway 63451819.

Dr Jennifer Cox, who was the first recipient of AFGW Central West’s Dr Barbara Wright Post-graduate Scholarship in 2008, is from the Charles Sturt University, Orange, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Jennifer’s many years’ experience in clinical microbiology and pathology laboratories formed a solid foundation for her career since the early 2000s in nursing and science education.

For her achievements she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Leadership Excellence in 2014.

In her teaching and research, Jenny emphasises the impact of increasing antibiotic resistance and the world-wide resurgence of transmissible diseases such as Ebola and Zika virus.

Locally, Jenny is particularly interested in ensuring that students become effective in the area of infection control.

“With healthcare-associated infections now being the most common adverse effect of healthcare, the importance of properly applied infection control practices in the healthcare environment cannot be overstated.  Inadequate knowledge of this area by any professional involved in health or hygiene can potentially expose themselves, their colleagues and their patients to life-threatening diseases.”