APIC honors global public health advocate with its highest infection prevention award

Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 2015—Cathryn Murphy, RN, MPH, PhD, CIC, of Queensland, Australia, will be honored with the prestigious 2015 Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

The award, which will be presented today during the opening session at APIC’s 42nd Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, is given annually to an infection preventionist (IP) who best exemplifies the ideals of Carole DeMille, a pioneer in the field.

“We are honored to award Dr. Murphy with the Carole DeMille Achievement Award for her lifelong dedication to infection prevention,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP. “Cath’s contributions to the field of infection prevention are expansive and have contributed greatly to the improvement of infection control practices globally. As APIC’s only non-North American APIC president in 2010, she broke down barriers, proving that there are no borders to infection prevention and control.”

As an active APIC member for more than 25 years, Dr. Murphy has played a fundamental role in advancing APIC’s mission. She has served on the American Journal of Infection Control editorial board for more than a decade, reviewed various APIC Elimination Guides and position papers, authored many peer-reviewed articles, and formally mentored IPs throughout her career.

Dr. Murphy remains committed to building global IP capacity, ensuring that the profession continues to grow in each of its facets: clinical, research, governmental, and academic. Dr. Murphy became Australia’s first PhD-qualified infection preventionist in 1999. As a founding member of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC) and a regular consultant to the World Health Organization, she has demonstrated her dedication to globally expanding best practice infection prevention. She has consulted on infection prevention issues in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the U.A.E., the United States, and Vietnam.

Currently, Dr. Murphy serves as executive director of Infection Control Plus Pty Ltd.

The late Carole DeMille was among the founders of APIC who later became an internationally recognized authority in the developing field of hospital infection control. She was known for her vision and optimistic approach to present-day infection prevention methods. The award was established in her honor in 1979, following her death. 

APIC 2015 Annual Conference, June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 5,000 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #APIC2015.

About APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.  


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