Commonwealth Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, this week announced the establishment of a new partnership between the Infection Control Expert Group (ICEG) and the Taskforce as part of a broader strategy to help protect healthcare workers from COVID-19.
The Taskforce will establish an Infection Prevention and Control Working Group which will be co-chaired by members of the Taskforce and ICEG. The Taskforce will be working with ICEG over the coming week to identify key areas of expertise required on the Working Group.
The objective of the partnership is to strengthen the evidence-base for national guidance on infection prevention and control-related issues that impact clinical practice, and to work with the broad membership of the Taskforce to strengthen clinical input and generate national consensus on specific infection control questions. Recommendations jointly developed and approved by the Taskforce and ICEG will be submitted to Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) for consideration.