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Professor Brett Mitchell

School: School 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:
- A randomised control study exploring the effectiveness and cost effectivness of saline Vs chlorhexidine prior to catheter insertion
- A randomised control study exploring the effectiveness of an electronic reminder system in reducing catheter use
- A national healthcare associated infection point prevalence study
- An exploration of infection control in Australian residential and aged care
- REACH (Researching Effective Approaches to Cleaning in Hospitals) (NHMRC Partnership Grant). A stepped wedge randomised control study.

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
4. The impact of depression prevention intervention in aged care

Research funding: A Chief Investigator on awarded grants in excess of $1.4m
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 and 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 and 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 integral in 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, is widely published and regularly speaksing at international events and conferences.

Select Publications: Brett has over 100 peer reviewed publications.
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