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Dr Philip Russo

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Position

Visitor

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Nursing & Midwifery

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland Univ. of Technology, 2016
Master of Clinical Epidemiology, Monash University, 2003
Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration), Deakin University, 1994

Contact

p.russo@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68585

Biography

Dr Philip Russo has over 25 years nursing experience in a variety of health care settings. His early nursing career experience working in infectious diseases coinciding with the onset of HIV/AIDS in Australia sparked a passion in infection prevention which he maintains today. 

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Biography summary

Philip is currently an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research - Alfred Health Partnership. After undertaking a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology, he held infection prevention roles at both a state and national level, and was involved in number of research projects. In 2016, he completed his PhD titled "Evidence based recommendations for national healthcare associated infection surveillance".

Dr Russo is a member of the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission, and a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee. In 2017 he was elected as President Elect of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region.

Currently he is leading the Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Survey, and collaborating on several other HAI related national projects. His Alfred Deakin post-doctoral work is exploring efficient methods to identify HAI surgical site infections.

Dr Russo has presented at both national and international conferences and published over 50 peer reviewed articles.

Research interests

Healthcare associated infection prevention | surveillance | epidemiology | implementation science

Affiliations

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

Society of Healthcare Epidemiologyof America - SHEA (USA)

Hospital Infection Society (UK)

Australian College of Nursing

Knowledge areas

Healthcare associated infection | Infection prevention and control | Quality and safety in health care | Surveillance | Epidemiology | Data validation | Public reporting of healthcare data | Antimicrobial resistance | Implementation frameworks | Control of communicable diseases | Infectious diseases 

Conferences

Recent invited oral presentations 

Russo PL. Healthcare Associated Infection surveillance practices in Australian Hospitals. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control International Conference, 24-26 November 2014, Adelaide Australia
Russo PL. Preferences for a national HAI surveillance program: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control International Conference, 22-25 November 2015, Hobart, Australia
Russo PL. Electronic Surveillance. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control International Conference, 21-23 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
Russo PL. Surveillance should be Australia’s next national initiative. Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control International Conference, 21-23 November 2016, Melbourne, Australia.
Russo PL. Hot issues in healthcare associated infection prevention. Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group State Conference. 3-4 August 2017. Melbourne, Australia.
Zheng H & Russo PL. The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS). Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control International Conference. 20-22 November 2017, Canberra, ACT Australia.

Recent poster presentations

Russo PL, Cruickshank M and Grayson ML. 24 Month Outcomes From The Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI). International Conference on Infection and Prevention and Infection Control. June 2011, Geneva
Russo PL, Cruickshank M, Grayson ML. The Implementation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. 8th HIS International Conference and Federation of Infection Societies Annual Conference 19-21 November 2012. BT Convention Centre Liverpool UK.
Russo PL, Hall L, Cheng AC, Richards M, Graves, N. National healthcare associated infection surveillance in Australia.  IHBI Inspires Post Graduate Student Conference, 28-29 November 2013, Brisbane, QLD.
Russo PL, Cheng AC, Richards MJ, Graves N, and Hall L. Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) surveillance practices in Australian Hospitals.. Healthcare Infection Society Conference, 16-19 November 2014, Lyon, France (awarded best Surveillance poster).
Russo PL, Cheng AC, Richards MJ, Graves N, and Hall L. Evidence based recommendation for a national healthcare associated infection surveillance program. European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 9-12 April 2016. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mitchell BG, Russo PL, Fasugba O, Cheng AC, Northcote M. Study protocol for reducing urinary catheter use: a randomised controlled study. Infection Prevention Society Conference. 20-23 September 2017, Manchester, UK.

Professional activities

President Elect, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Expert Advisory Committee

Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care, Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee

Editorial Board Member, Infection, Disease and Health 

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Infection Prevention (UK)

Awards

2017 - Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) International Ambassador ($4000)
2017 - Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award ($1000)
2016 - Queensland University of Technology, Write up Scholarship ($4,400)
2014 - “Babe” Norman Scholarship – Nurses Memorial Centre ($90,000)
2014 - Australian College of Nursing – Centaur Nurses Memorial Education Trust ($5,000)
2013 - Medtronics Infection Control Grant ($15,000)
2013 - Queensland University of Technology, CRE in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection Scholarship and Top up Scholarship ($30,000)

Projects

Current Research Projects

Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Survey - Principle Investigator

Improved detection of infections following surgery for meaningful public reporting - Principle Investigator

Consumer knowledge and attitudes of public reporting of healthcare associated infection data - Principle Investigator

Reducing catheter use: a randomised controlled study on the efficacy of an electronic reminder system - Chief Investigator

An exploration of infection prevention and control services, practice and priorities in Australian residential and aged care facilities - Chief Investigator

Publications

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2019

Consumer knowledge and attitudes toward public reporting of health care-associated infection data

Philip Russo, Robin Digby, Tracey Bucknall

(2019), pp. 1-5, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2018

Impact of electronic healthcare-associated infection surveillance software on infection prevention resources: a systematic review of the literature

P Russo, R Shaban, D MacBeth, A Carter, B Mitchell

(2018), Vol. 99, pp. 1-7, Journal of hospital infection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Reducing urinary catheter use: a protocol for a mixed methods evaluation of an electronic reminder system in hospitalised patients in Australia

O Fasugba, A Cheng, P Russo, M Northcote, H Rosebrock, B Mitchell

(2018), Vol. 8, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

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Effects of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative after 8 years on infection control practices, health-care worker education, and clinical outcomes: a longitudinal study

M Grayson, Andrew Stewardson, Philip Russo, Kate Ryan, Karen Olsen, Sally Havers, Susan Greig, Marilyn Cruickshank, Hand Hygiene Australia and the National Hand Hygie

(2018), pp. 1-9, Lancet: infectious diseases, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Establishing the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections in Australian hospitals: protocol for the Comprehensive Healthcare Associated Infection National Surveillance (CHAINS) study

Philip Russo, Andrew Stewardson, Allen Cheng, Tracey Bucknall, Kalisvar Marimuthu, Brett Mitchell

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 1-7, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

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Clinician perspectives of policy implementation: a qualitative study of the implementation of a national infection prevention policy in Australian hospitals

Sally Havers, Philip Russo, Katie Page, Andrew Wilson, Lisa Hall

(2018), pp. 1-5, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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2017

Healthcare-associated infections in Australia: tackling the 'known unknowns'

P Russo, A Cheng, B Mitchell, L Hall

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 178-180, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1

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The burden of healthcare-associated infection in Australian hospitals: a systematic review of the literature

B Mitchell, R Shaban, D MacBeth, C Wood, P Russo

(2017), Vol. 22, pp. 117-128, Infection, disease and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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What makes a tweet fly? Analysis of twitter messaging at four infection control conferences

B Mitchell, P Russo, J Otter, M Kiernan, L Aveling

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 1271-1276, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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2016

Characteristics of national and statewide health care-associated infection surveillance programs: a qualitative study

P Russo, S Havers, A Cheng, M Richards, N Graves, L Hall

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 1505-1510, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Novel application of a discrete choice experiment to identify preferences for a national healthcare-associated infection surveillance programme: a cross-sectional study

P Russo, G Chen, A Cheng, M Richards, N Graves, J Ratcliffe, L Hall

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

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2015

Health-care-associated infections

S Havers, P Russo, B Mitchell, L Hall

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 763-764, Lancet infectious diseases, London, Eng., C1-1

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Variation in health care-associated infection surveillance practices in Australia

P Russo, A Cheng, M Richards, N Graves, L Hall

(2015), Vol. 43, pp. 773-775, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Differences in identifying healthcare associated infections using clinical vignettes and the influence of respondent characteristics: a cross-sectional survey of Australian infection prevention staff

P Russo, A Barnett, A Cheng, M Richards, N Graves, L Hall

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 1-7, Antimicrobial resistance and infection control, London, Eng., C1-1

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Healthcare-associated infections in Australia: time for national surveillance

P Russo, A Cheng, M Richards, N Graves, L Hall

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 37-43, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal
2014

Clostridium difficile infection: nursing considerations

B Mitchell, P Russo, P Race

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 43-48, Nursing standard, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal
2012

Development of a standardised approach to observing hand hygiene compliance in Australia

K Ryan, P Russo, K Heard, S Havers, K Bellis, M Grayson

(2012), Vol. 17, pp. 115-121, Healthcare infection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Good hand hygiene is good medicine

M Grayson, P Russo, K Ryan, K Bellis

(2012), Vol. 13, pp. 28-37, Medicine today, Neutral Bay, N.S.W., C1-1

journal
2011

Outcomes from the first 2 years of the Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative

M Grayson, P Russo, M Cruickshank, J Bear, C Gee, C Hughes, P Johnson, R McCann, A McMillan, B Mitchell, C Selvey, R Smith, I Wilkinson

(2011), Vol. 195, pp. 615-619, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

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ASID/AICA position statement - infection control guidelines for patients with Clostridium difficile infection in healthcare settings

R Stuart, C Marshall, M-L McLaws, C Boardman, P Russo, G Harrington, J Ferguson

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 33-39, Healthcare infection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2009

Validation of statewide surveillance system data on central line-associated bloodstream infection in intensive care units in Australia

E McBryde, J Brett, P Russo, L Worth, A Bull, M Richards

(2009), Vol. 30, pp. 1045-1049, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, New York, N.Y., C1-1

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2008

Using samples to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of a surveillance process

E McBryde, H Kelly, C Marshall, P Russo, D McElwain, A Pettitt

(2008), Vol. 29, pp. 559-563, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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Estimating sensitivity and specificity from positive predictive value, negative predictive value and prevalence: application to surveillance systems for hospital-acquired infections

H Kelly, A Bull, P Russo, E McBryde

(2008), Vol. 69, pp. 164-168, Journal of Hospital Infection, London, Eng., C1-1

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2007

Performance of the national nosocomial infections surveillance risk index in predicting surgical site infection in Australia

N Friedman, A Bull, P Russo, L Gurrin, M Richards

(2007), Vol. 28, pp. 55-59, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Chicago, Illinois, C1-1

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Validation of coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infection surveillance data from a statewide surveillance system in Australia

N Friedman, P Russo, A Bull, M Richards, H Kelly

(2007), Vol. 28, pp. 812-817, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Chicago, Illinois, C1-1

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An alternative scoring system to predict risk for surgical site infection complicating coronary artery bypass graft surgery

N Friedman, A Bull, P Russo, K Leder, C Reid, B Billah, S Marasco, E McBryde, M Richards

(2007), Vol. 28, pp. 1162-1168, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Chicago, Illinois, C1-1

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Interhospital comparisons of coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infection rates differ if donor sites are excluded

P Russo, L Gurrin, N Friedman, A Bull, S Marasco, H Kelly, C Boardman, M Richards

(2007), Vol. 28, pp. 1210-1212, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Chicago, Illinois, C1-1

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Implementation of a pilot surveillance program for smaller acute care hospitals

N Bennett, A Bull, D Dunt, D Spelman, P Russo, M Richards

(2007), Vol. 35, pp. 196-199, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Surveillance of hospital-acquired infections in Australia--One Nation, Many States

M Richards, P Russo

(2007), Vol. 65, pp. 174-181, Journal of Hospital Infection, London, Eng., C1-1

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2006

The establishment of a statewide surveillance program for hospital-acquired infections in large Victorian public hospitals: a report from the VICNISS Coordinating Centre

P Russo, A Bull, N Bennett, C Boardman, S Burrell, J Motley, K Berry, N Friedman, M Richards

(2006), Vol. 34, pp. 430-436, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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A profile of smaller hospitals: planning for a novel, statewide surveillance program, Victoria, Australia

N Bennett, A Bull, D Dunt, L Gurrin, M Richards, P Russo, D Spelman

(2006), Vol. 34, pp. 170-175, American journal of infection control, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2005

Infections after coronary artery bypass graft surgery in Victorian hospitals - VICNISS hospital acquired infection surveillance

P Russo, A Bull, N Bennett, C Boardman, S Burrell, J Motley, N Friedman, M Richards

(2005), Vol. 29, pp. 244-248, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1

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2004

Surgical-site infection rates and risk factor analysis in coronary artery bypass graft surgery

G Harrington, P Russo, D Spelman, S Borrell, K Watson, W Barr, R Martin, D Edmonds, J Cocks, J Greenbough, J Lowe, L Randle, J Castell, E Browne, K Bellis, M Aberline

(2004), Vol. 25, pp. 472-476, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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2002

A new surgical-site infection risk index using risk factors identified by multivariate analysis for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery

P Russo, D Spelman

(2002), Vol. 23, pp. 372-376, Infection control and hospital epidemiology, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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2000

Risk factors for surgical wound infection and bacteraemia following coronary artery bypass surgery

D Spelman, P Russo, G Harrington, B Davis, M Rabinov, J Smith, W Spicer, D Esmore

(2000), Vol. 70, pp. 47-51, ANZ journal of surgery, Carlton, Vic., C1-1

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1999

Needleless intravenous systems: a review

P Russo, G Harrington, D Spelman

(1999), Vol. 27, pp. 431-434, AJIC -- American Journal of Infection Control, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

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1997

Hospital outbreak of Norwalk-like virus

P Russo, D Spelman, G Harrington, A Jenney, I Gunesekere, P Wright, J Doultree, J Marshall

(1997), Vol. 18, pp. 576-579, Infection control & hospital epidemiology, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

A review of the arrangements for centralised national coordination of Australia's surveillance, analysis and reporting of antimicrobial usage and resistance

Dr Philip Russo, Allen Cheng, Heath Kelly, A/Prof Worth Leon

  • 2017: $40,000

Industry and Other Funding

Establishing the prevalence of healthcare associated infections in Australian hospitals

Dr Philip Russo, Prof Brett Mitchell, Allen Cheng, Dr Andrew Stewardson, Prof Tracey Bucknall

  • 2019: $30,000
  • 2018: $60,000
  • 2017: $30,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report