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Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Senior lecturer, Griffith University

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman (RN, DPH, CICP-E, SFHEA) is an internationally respected clinician, educator, and researcher in infection prevention and control (IPC). Dr Zimmerman’s experience in IPC spans over 20 years and her domestic clinical experience, research, and expertise has led her to work extensively in China, South East Asia and throughout both the South and North Pacific, directly on outbreak response, the development of comprehensive infection prevention and control programs, and integration of public health and acute care response in infectious disease emergencies in low and middle income country settings.

Peta-Anne is the Program Advisor of the Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Programs at Griffith University, which includes the only named Master of Infection Prevention and Control in the region and is proud to be the Visiting Research Fellow with the Infection Control Department of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.Peta-Anne holds the award of Credentialled Infection Control Professional – Expert, is the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) representative and senior teaching faculty for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), ACIPC Board Director, and member of the ACIPC Credentialling and Professional Practices (CAPS) Committee. Peta-Anne is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2012–2018
    Lecturer, Griffith University

Education

  • 2018 
    Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow
  • 2015 
    Griffith University, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
  • 2013 
    Gold Coast Hospital and Health Services, Visiting Research Fellow
  • 2012 
    University of Wollongong, Doctor of Public Health
  • 2007 
    Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Credentialled Infection Control Professional - Expert
  • 2001 
    Griffith University, Master of Health Science (Infection Control)
  • 1995 
    Griffith University, Bachelor of Nursing

Publications

  • 2019
    Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Content within a Bachelor of Nursing, Collegian
  • 2019
    The “five senses of success” in nursing students: Assessing first-year support engagement, International Journal of Nursing Sciences
  • 2018
    Instilling a culture of cleaning: effectiveness of decontamination practices on non-disposable sphygmomanometer cuffs, Journal of Infection Prevention
  • 2018
    Infectious illness prevention and control methods and their effectiveness in non-health workplaces: An integrated literature review, Journal of Infection Prevention
  • 2017
    Chapter 6: Infection Prevention and Control, Clinical Nursing Skills. An Australian Perspective
  • 2017
    Assessing workplace infectious illness management in Australian workplaces, Infection, Disease and Health
  • 2017
    Chapter 4: whyZombie? Zombie Pop-Culture to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Practices, Teaching Medicine and Medical Ethics Using Popular Culture
  • 2017
    Beyond orientation: Evaluation of student lifecycle activities for first-year Bachelor of Nursing students, Collegian
  • 2016
    Hospital based clearance of patients with skin and soft tissue methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): A systematic review of the literature, Infection, Disease and Health
  • 2016
    A healthy degree of suspicion: A discussion of the implementation of transmission based precautions in the Emergency Department, Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal
  • 2015
    Success in the South Pacific: A case study of successful diffusion of an infection prevention and control programme, Healthcare Infection
  • 2013
    Evaluating infection control: A review of the implementation of an infection prevention and control programme in a low-income country setting, American Journal of Infection Control
  • 2012
    SARS and Kiribati: Eyes wide open, International Journal of Infection Control
  • 2011
    Frameworks that assist adoption of infection prevention and control programmes. Does the literature exist?, Healthcare Infection
  • 2007
    Help or hindrance? Is current infection control advice applicable in low- and middle-income countries? A review of the literature, American Journal of Infection Control
  • 2004
    Accommodating patients with a history of colonisation or infection with a multi-resistant organism: a Accommodating patients with a history of colonisation or infection with a multi-resistant organism: a case study investigation study investigation, Australian Infection Control
  • 2001
    For the good of many: an infection control perspective on ethics, Australian Infection Control

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    International mass gathering impact on Gold Coast Hospitals emergency departments
    Role:
    Principal
    Funding Source:
    Gold Coast Hospital Foundation
  • 2018
    International mass gathering impact on Gold Coast Hospitals emergency departments
    Role:
    Principal
    Funding Source:
    Emergency Medicine Foundation
  • 2018
    Investigation of the selection and use of “other” personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of Standard Precautions in clinical practice.
    Role:
    Principal
    Funding Source:
    Cardinal Health
  • 2015
    No time for losers: Producing infection control champions in the healthcare setting
    Role:
    Principal
    Funding Source:
    Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control
  • College of Emergency Nursing Australia
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Australasian Society for HIV Medicine
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control
  • Australian College of Nursing