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The Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections

      The Centre for Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection was designed to address questions of how scarce resources should be used to reduce healthcare associated infection in Australia. It was funded by the NHMRC but like any large grant it was used to leverage additional cash and in-kind support from health services, other stakeholders and the university partners. In total we delivered on 14 separate research projects including the REACH trial [
      • Hall L.
      • Farrington A.
      • Mitchell B.G.
      • Barnett A.G.
      • Halton K.
      • Allen M.
      • et al.
      Researching effective approaches to cleaning in hospitals: protocol of the REACH study, a multi-site stepped-wedge randomised trial.
      ], a world first randomised controlled trial of hospital cleaning. The engine room of our Centre was a cadre PhD students who came from diverse backgrounds. They all overlapped in time and worked together as a cohort of students. Supporting each other and sharing experiences and knowledge. It was a good model and everyone enjoyed themselves; we now have ten trained and capable researchers expert in part of the infection prevention story. Their careers will be exciting to watch. The five post docs who supported the students were able to write new grants, supervise publications and develop their own ideas over the life of the Centre. Our work was defined by the needs of health partners and for every project we collaborated with a group who either fund, regulate or deliver services to patients.
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