Infection Control Project

Thanks to Lotterywest, Shelter WA can deliver infection control expertise through our Infection Control Program (ICP).

Available to WA non-clinical residential and non-residential homelessness services, community housing organisations and congregate living facilities ICP provides ongoing infection control management not just for COVID-19 but other pathogens.

Management

Working with you, the ICP will review your existing infection prevention and management policies and procedures with the view to develop a fit-for-purpose infection control plan for your location(s). It has scope to provide advice and guidance by making on-site visits (metro area only) or via state-wide digital and online support that considers the context of your service.

Clinical Nurse

Delivering this service and the outcomes required we are delighted to introduce Elizabeth Brown, Project Manager Infection Control. With over 20 years of experience as a Clinical Nurse in both private and public hospitals and a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge. Complementing her existing experience, she completed both Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control and Rapid Antigen Testing units.

Elizabeth Brown

“When COVID-19 hit, I have never worked harder,” Ms Brown said, recalling that time, while working at Hollywood Private. “Like many other nurses it was a time of upskilling in infection control.

“I already had infection control experience prior but completed further courses as I was managing other staff on best practice infection protocols.”

While working on ICP Elizabeth remains a part-time working nurse keeping her abreast of infection control developments in a hospital setting. She has experience in supporting people experiencing homelessness.

Whilst working at Royal Perth Hospital, Elizabeth regularly provided care for people experiencing homelessness. They presented with medical conditions that required them to stay in hospital for a few days but often they would discharge themselves prematurely without receiving full treatment. “It was challenging but we did the best we could for them, and these experiences attracted me to this role.”

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee formed with representatives of organisations with relevant experience and knowledge of the issues community housing and specialist homelessness services currently face with COVID-19 will oversee ICP providing knowledge sharing, sector challenges/experiences and perspective.

Shelter WA are currently looking for Committee representatives.

Next Steps

Elizabeth is working on a contact list of providers who might be interested in the ICP.

“I’m keen to understand what infection control procedures are already in place and if outbreaks have been an issue. It’s looking at many processes and I understand some places might be limited in funding so I can work within constraints. The most important thing for me is visiting facilities and making connections to see what they require and minimising the risks for them.”

If you organisation would like to take part in the ICP please contact Elizabeth to coordinate a site visit or online/digital support.

Further Information

Meet Elizabeth at a Homelessness Week 2022 event or email Elizabeth Brown, Shelter WA’s Project Manager Infection Control on elizabeth.brown@shelterwa.org.au.