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Dr Runnegar chairs fight against COVID-19 in Queensland

26 June 2020

Infectious Diseases Specialist and Microbiologist Dr Naomi Runnegar is leading the fight against coronavirus in Queensland in her role as Co-Chair of the newly established Statewide Clinical Infection Network (SCN).

Dr Runnegar said the new network had already received 150 applications from clinicians to partner with consumers in decision-making on clinical services planning, implementation and practices in the context of infectious outbreaks in community and healthcare settings.

“We are excited to be able to support the ongoing COVID-19 response in a collective manner, and look forward to supporting healthcare-associated infection prevention efforts and improving outcomes of patients with infection across Queensland,” Dr Runnegar said.

As the health system’s response to the pandemic begins to stabilise, Dr Runnegar said the network would turn its focus towards surveillance and control of infection in healthcare settings, and quality improvement in the care of patients with infection.

The network will be steered by an expert committee consisting of 22 multidisciplinary clinicians along with consumer representative and well-known sepsis survivor Matthew Ames.

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support from clinicians across Queensland who are involved in the care of patients with infection and privileged to have a wide range of knowledge and experience represented on the steering committee,” she said.

The Terms of Reference set out for the network by Dr Runnegar and her Co-Chair Dr Trent Yarwood include: 

  • Providing leadership and clinical expertise to drive system wide best practice through the identification, adoption and promotion of evidence-based best practices and clinical policy;
  • Sharing and supporting the implementation and replication of best practice approaches across the health system;
  • Advocating for evidence-based clinical policy in matters related to hospital infectious diseases and infection prevention and control; and
  • Providing advice to Hospital and Health Services and Queensland Health on clinical quality and the safety implications of policy, planning and funding decisions.

For more information about the network’s activities please email:

Last updated 26 June 2020
Last reviewed 26 June 2020

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