New standard for peripheral intravenous catheters

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

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Register now for the launch of Australia’s first national clinical care standard on the use of peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) or ‘cannulas’.

Each year more than 7.7 million Australians have a PIVC inserted. Despite this, PIVCs are associated with a range of problems including unnecessary cannulation, multiple insertion attempts and significant complications including Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections.

Hear from the experts

Join our panel of experts as they discuss why this new standard will change our approach to using cannulas, why it is so important and what it means for clinicians, consumers and health service organisations. You will hear practical tips for implementing the standard. 

The conversation will focus on better use of PIVCs, including:

  • Reducing unnecessary cannulations
  • Maximising first insertion success
  • Preventing infection
  • Preserving vessel health 
  • Informing and partnering with patients.

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Associate Professor Amanda Walker - Clinical Director, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Amanda is a Specialist in Palliative Medicine in the Southern Highlands of NSW who has led state-wide quality improvement work at the Clinical Excellence Commission in NSW, as well at the Commission. She led the development of the Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard, and is passionate about improving the appropriateness of care.


Professor Michael Kidd AM - Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health, Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University

Professor Kidd is past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, past President of the World Organization of Family Doctors, and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Prior to his current role, he was Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Primary Care and Family Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr Jennifer Stevens - Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Specialist, St Vincent’s Hospitals

Jenny works across St Vincent’s Hospitals in Sydney, with a private anaesthetic practice ranging from high turnover endoscopy to orthopaedics and bariatric work. She was awarded the NSW Collaborative Leader of the Year in 2018 for clinical improvement work and brings both consumer experience and a medical perspective to the PIVC standard.

Dr Evan Alexandrou - Senior Lecturer Western Sydney University, Clinical Nurse Consultant Liverpool Hospital NSW and Adjunct Associate Professor Griffith University

Evan is a vascular access expert based in the Intensive Care Unit at Liverpool Hospital, where he coordinates the Central Venous Access Service, which is internationally renowned for its clinical expertise in vascular access procedures. In addition to lecturing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery WSU, he is an active member of both the Australian Vascular Access Society and the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research at Griffith University.

Professor Peter Collignon AM - Infectious Diseases Physician and Microbiologist, Canberra Hospital, Australian National University

Peter was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010 for services to Medicine in Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Infection Control. He was involved in writing Australia’s national infection control guidelines and has served on many national and international committees. He is active in public health advocacy with particular interests in antibiotic resistance, infection control and hospital-acquired infections.

We will also be joined by Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at NSW Health.

The clinical care standard will be launched by Professor Villis Marshall AC, Chair of the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.