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E-NEWS | Special Extended Webinar


Dear friends & colleagues,

Throughout May we continue to look at Infection Control as part of our Take Five for Hand Hygiene campaign. As part of this, we offered a Special Extended Webinar (3-hours) on Tuesday 25th May bringing you experts in this area to discuss Infection Control Post Pandemic. 

Because one webinar in that week wasn't enough and we know you like to soak up as much information as possible, CAA as the Global Resuscitation Alliance Australasian Secretariat Invites you to a webinar on Scientific and Regional Resuscitation Updates on Thursday 25th May.

We also have the CAA2021 Awards for Excellence nominations closing shortly on Friday 4th June, we're excited to see the submissions this year and will announce the finalists in August. 

This week is National Volunteer Week in Australia and we take this opportunity to thank all volunteers across our member services for their hard work and dedication to the sector. There have been some wonderful highlight posts on member services social media to look through this week. 

With kindest regards,

Mojca Bizjak-Mikic                                                                                                                                                       
General Manager


Special Extended Webinar


Special Extended Webinar

Infection Control Post Pandemic

Never has the importance of Infection Control been more prevalent than as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and this extended 3-hour webinar will feature three experts on this topic. 


Mark Regger

Occupational Hygienist and Senior Application Engineer

Peter Collignon AM

Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist at ACT Pathology & Canberra Hospital and a Professor in the Medical School of the Australian National Univeristy

Edward Johnson

Co-Founder of Umbo and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney

Tuesday 25th May 2021, 11.00am - 2.00pm AEST

Peter Collignon AM

Infectious Diseases Physician & Clinical Microbiologist, ACT Pathology and Canberra Hospital

In June 2009, Peter Collignon was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to Medicine in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Infection Control. In addition to his role at ACT Pathology and Canberra Hospital, he is also a Professor in the Medical School of the Australian National University. He is active in many public health advocacy issues, in particular antibiotic resistance, infection control and hospital-acquired infections. He is a member of many national and international committees, including as an expert to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the issue of antibiotic resistance and the use of antibiotics in food animals since 2000. He is also the inaugural and current patron of the Australian College for Infection Prevention and Control.

Mark Regger

Occupational Hygienist and Senior Application Engineer

Mark is an Occupational Hygienist (MAIOH) whose current Senior Application Engineer role focuses on providing technical end-user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment. This is backed through his previous experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant, Masters in Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), Cert IV in OHS, NSW Licensed Asbestos Assessor (LAA001242) and 18 years in the safety equipment and training industry. Mark also hosts the “Science of Safety Podcast”, which is available on all major podcast platforms. He chats with expert guests on a range of WHS topics to provide practical advice and guidance for all workplaces. He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) respiratory fit testing training and accreditation program RESP-FIT.

Edward Johnson

Co-Founder of Umbo and Adjunct Senior Lecturer,
Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney

Mr Johnson is a health policy researcher. His PhD is focused on digital capacity-building in rural and remote communities, aims to develop sustainable, equitable, and person-centred service delivery models in the bush. He now consults on public health policy; is Co-Founder of Umbo (an online allied health service), and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. He is Non- Executive Director at SARRAH, and Councillor at the National Rural Health Alliance. Ed is interested in the environmental impact that infectious and non-infectious diseases have on communities and human neurodevelopment, particularly relevant in a context of climate shift, emerging infectious and non-infectious diseases, and global population movements.


Key Dates

4th June 2021
Award submissions close
5th June 2021
Judging period starts
10th August 2021
Finalists announced
CAA Awards for Excellence Virtual Event
Winners announced

2021 Award Categories

  • Excellence in Patient Care (patient experience improvement or innovation)
  • Excellence in Staff Development (education improvement or innovation)
  • Excellence in Leadership (management practice and operational improvement and innovation)
  • Excellence in Technology (innovation or capability)
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice (innovation or capability)
  • New Category - Excellence in Mental Health and Wellbeing (innovation or operational improvement)

Awards criteria and rules for entries can be downloaded here.


It's Australian National Volunteer Week!

Each year Australian volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.

On behalf of the CAA Board, we thank the emergency services volunteers out there who put the community first to ensure we are as safe as possible.


Global Resuscitation Alliance
Scientific & Regional Updates Webinar


The mission of the Global Resuscitation Alliance is to advance the dissemination and implementation of best-practices in resuscitation. To help you continue learning during these challenging times, we are hosting a series of free webinars. Tune in to our first event and take advantage of the opportunity to gain resuscitation insights from key experts.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

- Explore new science and strategies for effective implementation of guidelines
 - Learn about late-breaking science from top experts
- Gain valuable knowledge-sharing by drawing on good practice examples of relevant programs in different countries and regions

Thursday 27 May, 2pm AEST

This is a Global Resuscitation Alliance event that has been produced with the support of the Laerdal Foundation.

Are you looking for your next exciting career opportunity? 

Check out the CAA Job Board on our website for information regarding current roles available within our member services and the wider ambulance sector.



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About The Council of Ambulance Authorities       

The Council of Ambulance Authorities is the peak industry body for Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea statutory ambulance services. CAA represents a unified voice for the pre-hospital sector working to respond to changing community needs by collaborating on issues of metropolitan, regional, national and international significance. and works tirelessly to collaborate on the ambulance and pre-hospital issues of metropolitan, regional, national and international significance.

The CAA was set up in 1962 to provide ambulance service CEOs with a networking opportunity to discuss issues, learnings and achievements current to the pre-hospital industry. Today, the board consists of CEOs from each member service.

Member services collective knowledge and expertise provide a sound foundation to explore opportunities for improvement and innovation and to advocate on the sector's behalf in key areas.

To read more about us visit our website.