Plenary Session

Prof Mary-Louise McLaws

Mary-Louise McLaws is Professor of Epidemiology, Hospital Infection and Infectious Diseases Control at UNSW Sydney. Professor McLaws is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19. For several years she was a short mission World Health Organization Advisor to China and Malaysia to support their surveillance development. Mary-Louise has had a long collaborative on many WHO patient safety programs including WHO First Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care program.  She worked on the HIV pandemic, reviewed the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak response in Beijing and reviewed the safety in the designated hospital in Hong Kong, and supported the Commonwealth preparation for Pandemic Influenza.

As Honorary Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission for many years she 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. Her research has included performing the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections and developing the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections on behalf of the NSW Health Department. She has capacity-built infection prevention and control with her PhD candidates and colleagues in Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Mali, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam, Taiwan and Turkey.

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