Researcher

Professor MaryLouise McLaws

Biography

Mary-Louise is a renowned infection control expert. She undertook the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections in 1984 and develop the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections as a pilot in 1998-2001 for the NSW Health Department. In her capacity as World Health Organization Advisor she worked with China and Malaysia to advise on the development of their surveillance systems. In response to the Severe...view more

Mary-Louise is a renowned infection control expert. She undertook the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections in 1984 and develop the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections as a pilot in 1998-2001 for the NSW Health Department. In her capacity as World Health Organization Advisor she worked with China and Malaysia to advise on the development of their surveillance systems. In response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak she collaborated with Beijing to review the outbreak and with the Hong Kong SARS designated hospital to review reasons for healthcare workers acquiring SARS. On behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing Mary-Louise reviewed the evidence of the Pandemic Influenza Infection Control guidelines for the protection of healthcare workers.She has assisted the European Commission Pandemic Planning. As Honorary Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission she has collaborated on several state-wide patient safety interventions including: improving hand hygiene in healthcare care workers, reducing central line associated bloodstream infections and detecting and treating sepsis early in patients presenting to emergency departments.  She capacity builds infection control programs and research in Cambodia, Viet Nam, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey and was epidemiology advisor for 9 years to the World Health Organization Clean Care is Safer Care challenge.  

Currently
• Deputy President Academic Board 
• UNSW Institutional Biosafety Committee
• UNSW Global Water Institute leader for Water-Health

 Previously

• Academic Board Professorial member

• Vice-Chancellor's Childcare Support Fund for Women Researchers
• Faculty Higher Degrees Committee
• Faculty Research Student Sub Committee
• Director School Research Degree Students
• Director Public Health Program
• Director Graduate Health Services Management Hong Kong Programs

 


My Grants

Industry funding $920,000

2013-2015 Deb Australia "Development of an Automated Hand Hygiene Surveillance System

2015 Deb Australia, Johnson and Johnson. Development of a video for visitors about healthcare workers' hand hygiene 

2012-2014 Sigma Sustainablity. Cybernetics for infection control

2012 GoJo. Environmental contamination 

2010-2012 Whiteley Industries. Consumer Fatigue of hand hygiene in healthcare workers

Ministries of Health and NGOs $1.445mill

2011 Regional Emerging Diseases Intervnetion Centre Singapore. Training infection control practitioners in Vietnam in the World Health Organization “My five moments for hand hygiene” 

2008 Australian Commonwealth Department Health & Ageing. Review and develop algorithm for the protection of healthcare workers from pandemic influenza for various occupational settings 

2005-06 Health Research Foundation South Western Sydney AHS. Community methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: changing features of an escalating epidemic

2004-05 Health Research Foundation South Western Sydney AHS. The significance of bloodstream infections with Vancomycin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

2003-05; 1999-02 QLD Health. Study of  Post-Discharge Surgical Site Infection: the Efficacy of Patient Self-Assessment of infection; Methodologies for the collection of surgical site infection that manifest post-discharge 

2002-03 Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Clinician Managers & The Intersection with Human Resources in Hong Kong Public Hospitals: Post-SARS Crisis Management for Infectious Diseases Workshop

1998-00 NSW Health. Development and Implementation of a Hospital Infection Standardised Surveillance system pilot project for public hospital.

NHMRC, ARC $768,250

2009-12 NHMRC. RCT comparing the effects of tap water vs normal saline on the infection and healing rates of wounds

2009-11 ARC Linkage. Economic, Social and Cross cultural issues in non pharmaceutical protection of front line responders to pandemic influenza and emerging infections.

UNSW $20,000

2006 UNSW Faculty Research Grant Program. Examiantion of the link between healthcare associated infection and the built environment


My Qualifications

Membership

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases

Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control 

Australian Epidemiology Association Foundation member

European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 

Hospital Infection Society UK 

Society for Healthcare Epidemiologist of America

Current Appointments

World Health Organization Technical Advisor to Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit

Clinical Excellence Commission  Standing Committee on Healthcare Associated Infection 

Journal Boards  2006- International Journal Clnical Governance 

   2017- American Journal of Infection Control  

  2017-   Journal of Hospital Infection  

Completed Appointments

  •  World Health Organization Core Group - Components to Infection Control Programs 
  •  World Health Organization Core Group - First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care 
  • World Health Organization Advisor - Malaysian Ministry of Health national surveillance for healthcare associated infections 
  • World Health Organization Advisor- Chinese Ministry of Health national patient safety accreditation 
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome reviewer - Beijing Bureau of Health Beijing outrbeak response & Hong Kong SARS Designated hospital
  • Clinical Excellence Commission Advisor to state wide patient safety projects; Standing Committee on Healthcare Associated Infection 
  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing appointed reviewer of "Pandemic Influenza Infection Control for Healthcare workers Guidelines"
  • Principal Investigator First standardized surveillance system for healthcare associated infections  
  • Principal investigator First study of healthcare associated infections in Australian hospitals
  • Principal investigator First study of automated surveillance of hand hygiene compliance in the Australian healthcare system

My Awards

2016 Medical Journal of Australia/MDA Best Research Publication  "SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives."

2016 Global Sepsis Alliance Award  Government category. Burrell A, McLaws ML, Fullick M, Sullivan R, Sindhusake D. SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives. Med J Aust doi: 10.5694/mja15.00657

2016 Excellence in Postgraduate research supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine  

2010 Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine  

2013 Best Paper of the month UNSW Medicine. Successful Implementation of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Promotion Strategy across Facilities Worldwide. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2013; 13:843-51.

2010 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Leadership Pin

2009 Peter Baume Public Health Impact Highly Commended Prize SPHCM UNSW 

2009 Top 10 cited Elsevier publications for 2006-2008. Behavioural considerations for hand hygiene practices: the basic building blocks. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2006.09.026

2005 Clinical Scientific Paper 2nd Prize Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.08.015

1999 Baxter-Australian Healthcare Association Healthcare Innovation Award http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/jhin.2002.1361


My Research Activities

 Current projects

  • Factors Influencing Irrational Antibiotic use in Cambodia
  • Antibiotic resistance in the community
  • Safe removal of non sterile gloves in clincial from contact precautions
  • Technology in hand hygiene surveillance
  • Preventing Infection and Pressure Injuries in Residents with Dementia 

Completed projects

  • Establishing appropriate statistical analysis for infection control data
  • Improving infection prevention and hand hygiene in Vietnamese teaching hospitals
  • Hepatitis C virus infection control in hemodialysis patients with end-stage renal disease, Vietnam
  • Improving hand hygiene compliance in hospital based physicians 
  • Respiratory infection prevention strategies during clinical practice 

My Expertise

Hospital Infections, Influenza, hand hygiene, communicating infection control and hygiene to the public

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