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Professor Brett Mitchell

School: Discipline of Nursing
Position: Professor
Location: Sydney Campus
Phone: (02) 9480 3613
Extension: #613
Fax: (02) 9473 8042
Qualifications: PhD; M.Adv.Practice (Infection Control); Dip.Trop.N; BN; Cert.App.H.Man; Grad.Dip.Cert Teaching, assessing and supervision.
Research: Particular interests: healthcare associated infections, infectious diseases, infection control, urinary tract infections, C.difficile, health services research, infection control competencies and models of care, nursing interventions, lifestyle medicine.

Primarily quantitative researcher.

Currently research projects:
- RediRoom
- The use of Twitter in infection prevention and control conferences
- Electronic surveillance of healthcare associated infections: A systematic review
- The burden of healthcare associated infection in Australian hospitals: A systematic review
- Reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections in hospitals: randomised control study
- Infection control in Australian residential and aged care
- Hand driers and contamination risk
- Academic-industry integration in health: Enhancing postgraduate professional learning for specialty infection control practice
- REACH (Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals) (NHMRC Partnership Grant).
- Defining an optimal infection control program. Collaboration between Avondale College, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and Gold Coast Hospital
-- The burden of urinary tract infections in an Australian setting. Collaboration between Avondale College and Hunter New England Health District.
- Nursing staffing levels and the risk of infection. Collaboration between Avondale College, Queensland University of Technology, Columbia University and Jefferson University
- Evaluating environmental cleanliness. Collaboration between Avondale College and TIPCU

Current research HDR supervision:
1. Antimicrobial resistance and urinary tract infections in an Australian population-based sample
2. An investigation into the effects and cost benefits of a lifestyle programme in the reversal of symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
3. Impact of space and exercise

Research funding: A Chief Investigator on awarded grants in excess of $1.2m
About: Brett has worked in a range of clinical settings as a registered nurse in Australian and internationally, including nursing management positions. These positions include senior positions in Public Health, hospital nursing management and senior clinical positions.
He is actively involved in national work in the of healthcare associated infections prevention, with involvement including working with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, NHMRC and the ACICP. Brett is the Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease and Health and holds an Honorary Fellow position at Griffith University. Brett has worked clinically in Australia and overseas. Brett has also undertaken work on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Brett's current involvement with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care includes being a member of the National Antimicrobial Usage and Resistance Project Reference Group and a Clostridium diffilicle working group. He is the Chair of a NHMRC committee revising national guidelines for infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities. Brett has been establishing and evaluating involved in large scale, multi-centred infection surveillance programs. He is nationally and internationally recognised in the area of infection prevention and control, regularly speaking at international conferences.

Select Publications: Most recent peer reviewed journal publications (i.e. 2015-current). For full details, please contact Brett.

1. Fasugba, O., Koerner, J., Mitchell, BG., Gardner, A. (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of antiseptics for meatal cleaning in the prevention of catheter associated urinary tract infections. Accepted in Journal of Hospital Infection, 30 October 2016.
2. Barnett, A., Campbell, MJ., Shield, C., Farrington, F., Hall, L., Page, K., Gardner, A., Mitchell, BG., Graves, N. (2016). The high costs of getting ethical and site specific approvals for multi-centre research;
Accepted in Research Integrity and Peer Review, 24 Oct 2016.
3. Fasugba, O., Mitchell, B., Mnatzaganian, G., Das, A., Collignon, P., Gardner, A. (2016). Five-year Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns of Urinary Escherichia coli at an Australian Tertiary Hospital: Time Series Analyses of Prevalence Data. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164306.
4. Rankin, P., Morton, D., Kent, L., Mitchell, BG. (2016). A community-based lifestyle intervention targeting Type II Diabetes risk factors in an Australian Aboriginal population: a feasibility study. Accepted in Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 16 (3).
5. Mitchell, B. G., Fasugba, O., Beckingham, W., Bennett, N., & Gardner, A. (2016). A point prevalence study of healthcare associated urinary tract infections in Australian acute and aged care facilities. Infection, Disease and Health, 21 (1), 26-31.
6. Mitchell, B. G., & Ferguson, J. K. (2016). The use of clinical coding data for the surveillance of healthcare-associated urinary tract infections in Australia. Infection, Disease and Health, 21 (1), 32-35.
7. Morton, D., Mitchell, BG., Kent, L., Egger, G., Hurlow, T. (2016). Lifestyle as medicine – Past precepts
for present problems. Australian Family Physician. 45(4):248-9. [IF 0.72; H=31; Q2]*
8. Hall, L., Farrington, A., Mitchell, BG., Barnett, AB., Halton, K., Allen, M., Page, K., Gardner, A., Havers, S., Bailey, E., Dancer, E. Riley, TV., Gericke, CA., Paterson, DL., Graves, N. (2016). Researching effective approaches to cleaning in hospitals: protocol of the REACH study, a multi-site stepped-wedge randomised trial. Implementation Science, 11:44. [IF 3.82; H=45; Q1]*
9. McBeth, D., Hall, L., Halton, K., Gardner, A., Mitchell, BG. (2016) Credentialing Australian and New Zealand Infection Control Professionals: demanding competence, developing capability. Accepted in American Journal of Infection Control, 44 (8) 886–891. [IF 2.32; H=77; Q1]*
10. Mitchell BG., Hall, L., Halton, K., MacBeth, D., Gardner, A. (2016). Time spent by infection control professionals undertaking healthcare associated infection surveillance: a multi-centred cross sectional study. Accepted in Infection, Disease and Health, 21 (1), 36–40. DOI:
11. Mitchell BG, Ferguson, J., Anderson, M., Sear, J., Barnett, A. (2016) The impact of urinary tract infections in an Australian setting: a multi-state model. Journal of Hospital Infection 93(1), 92-99. doi:10.1016/j.jhin.2016.01.012 [IF 2.7; H=89; Q1]*
12. Fasugba, O., Gardner, A., Mitchell, BG., Mnatzaganianm, G. (2015). Ciprofloxacin resistance in community- and hospital-acquired Escherichia coli urinary tract infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. BMC Infectious Disease. 25;15(1):545. [IF 2.82; H=59; Q1]*
13. Mitchell, BG., Dancer, S., Anderson, M., & Dehn, E. (2015). Risk of organism acquisition from prior room occupants: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Hospital Infection, 91(3):211-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.08.005. [IF 2.7; H=89; Q1]*
14. Morton, D., Kent, L., Rankin, P., Mitchell, B.G., Parker, K., Gobble, J., & Diehl, H. (2015). Optimizing the Intensity of Lifestyle Medicine Interventions: Similar Outcomes for Half the Sessions. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Published ahead of print October 23, 2015, DOI:10.1177/1559827615612420 [IF 0.78; H=6; Q2]*
15. Havers, S. M., Russo, P. L., Mitchell, B. G., & Hall, L. (2015). Health-care-associated infections. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 15(7), 763. [IF 23.32; H=146; Q1]*
16. Mitchell, BG., Hall, L., Halton, K., Macbeth, D., & Gardner, A. (2015). Infection control standards and credentialing. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(12):1380-1381. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2015.06.034 [IF 2.32; H=77; Q1]*
17. Meumanna, EM., Mitchell, BG., McGregor, A., McBryde, E., Cooley, L. (2015). Urinary Escherichia coli antimicrobial susceptibility profiles and their relationship with community antibiotic use in Tasmania, Australia. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. 46(4), 389-93. doi:10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2015.05.015. [IF 4.56; H=86; QI]*
18. Shaban, R., Mitchell, BG. (2015). Trends in publication scholarship in Healthcare Infection: a 12-year analysis. Healthcare Infection. 20, 85–88 [IF 1.4; H=8; Q3]*
19. Mitchell, BG., Wilson, F., Wells, A. (2015) Evaluating environment cleanliness using two approaches: a multi-centred Australian study. Healthcare Infection, 20(3/4), 95-100. [IF 1.4; H=8; Q3]*
20. Mitchell, BG., Hall, L., MacBeth, D., Gardner, A., Halton, K. (2015). Hospital infection control units: Staffing, costs and priorities. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(6):612-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.02.016. [IF 2.32; H=77; Q1]*
21. Mitchell, BG., Russo., PL. (2015). Preventing infection: the role of surveillance. Nursing Standard 29(23), 52-58. [IF 0.14; H=32; Q3]*
22. Hall, L., Halton, K., McBeth, D., Gardner, A., Mitchell, BG. (2015). Roles, responsibilities and scope of practice: Describing the state of play for infection control professionals in Australia and New Zealand. Healthcare Infection , 20, 29–35. [IF 1.4; H=8; Q3]*

- 5 authored books
- 1 edited book
- 23 authored government reports
- 50+ peer reviewed conference presentations (national/international conferences)
- 22 invitations to speak at national/international conferences

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