Professor MaryLouise McLaws

Professor MaryLouise McLaws

Fields of research: Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Public Health and Health Services, Intensive Care, Biostatistics, Information Systems
Campus: Randwick
Tags: Infectious Diseases, Behaviour and Health, Health and Support Services, Evaluation of Health Outcomes

Bio

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...

Bio

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.  Mary-Louise has been an academic at UNSW since 1992.

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

 Previous

• 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

 

Research Expertise

• Patient safety for infection control, prevention and surveillance
• Healthcare worker behaviour associated with patient safety
• Clinical epidemiology of infections in health services
• Health services during pandemics

National Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control

Clinical Excellence Commission Advisor to state wide patient safety projects; Standing Committee on Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI)
Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing appointed reviewer of "Pandemic Influenza Infection Control for Healthcare workers Guidelines"

Principal Investigator First standardized surveillance system for HAI in NSW  

Principal investigator First study of HAI in Australian hospitals
Principal investigator First study of automated surveillance of hand hygiene compliance in the Australian healthcare system

 International Leadership in Infection Prevention and Control

 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 HAI

World Health Organization Advisor- Chinese Ministry of Health national patient safety accreditation 

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) reviewer - Beijing Bureau of Health Beijing outrbeak response & Hong Kong SARS Designated hospital

Professional Afficliation

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

Recognition

Excellence in Postgraduate research supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine

Inaugural Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine

Best paper for the month UNSW Medicine. Successful Implementation of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Promotion Strategy across Facilities Worldwide. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2013; 13:843-51.
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Leadership Pin
Peter Baume Public Health Impact Highly COmmended Prize SPHCM UNSW
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
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
Baxter-Australian Healthcare Association Healthcare Innovation Award http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/jhin.2002.1361

 Journal Boards

 2006- Clinical Governance: An International Journal (ISSM 1477-7274)

 2017- , 2005-12 American Journal of Infection Control (ISSN 0196-6553) 

 2017- Journal of Hospital Infection (ISSN: 0195-6701)

 Current projects

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

Recent projects

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

My Expertise

Hospital Infections, Influenza, SARS, hand hygiene, public understanding of infection control and hygiene

Contact

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