About Us

The Hands-On Team possesses a philosophical belief in the importance and necessity of infection prevention and management principles and evidence-based practices that are of a multidisciplinary nature.

The Consultants and Advisors have the knowledge and motivation necessary for their safe and effective implementation in the workplace, resulting in favourable outcomes for the customer.

Team

 


Megan Reilly
Director of Hands-On Infection Control

- RN BN Cert IV in Assessment & Workplace Training MHlthSc (Inf Control) Immunisation Certificate HHA Gold Standard Auditor MACN Megan is a registered general nurse with a Certificate in Infection Control obtained from Fremantle Hospital (1988). She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University in 1999, Masters in Health Science (Infection Control) with Honors at Griffith University in 2002 and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment in 2015. Megan has twenty-eight years experience working in the specialist area of infection prevention and management in the community, residential, office-based, acute and day surgery health care setting. Over the years, she has attended and presented posters and papers at state, national and international conferences, published in Australian Infection Control peer-review journal, established a respite house for people living with HIV disease, guest lectured to undergraduate nurses at Edith Cowan University and currently co-coordinates a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control course with the Centre for Nursing Education at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. In 1998 Megan commenced Hands-On Infection Control which provides a variety of infection prevention consultancy, education and immunisation services to over 100 acute, community, residential, volunteer, office-based, day surgery, rehabilitation, child care, personal services, corrective/justice, aviation, industry and training organisations in both metropolitan, rural and remote Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. She continues to participate in professional development opportunities, which reflect the need to know of, understand and professionally practice evidence-based infection prevention and management. Megan’s professional memberships include the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc (APIC), Australian College of Nursing, Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) Ltd. Megan has held executive positions on both State and National infection control professional associations, was Convenor of the 2010 AICA 6th Biennial Infection Control Conference and WA representative on the 2012 ACIPC (formally AICA) 7th Biennial Conference Executive Committee. Megan was appointed as a Director to the First Executive Council of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) in January 2012 and until 1 July 2013 was the Co-Chair of the College Education and Research Committee. She currently is Co-Lead of the College WA Special Interest Group.


Natasha Nunes
Infection Prevention Advisor

- BN Grad Cert Nephrology Grad Cert Infection Control Immunisation Cert  HHA Gold Standard Auditor Natasha’s nursing career started as an enrolled nurse working in the Pilbara before moving to Perth to undertake her Bachelor of Nursing degree which she completed in 2001. For the past 10 years, Natasha has primarily worked in the haemodialysis settings for both adult and paediatric patients. During this time she completed a post graduate certificate in nephrology and infection control. Natasha has also had experience in infection prevention and control in a variety of Perth hospitals as well as ambulatory care services. In 2009 she obtained her immunisation certificate and completed hand hygiene “gold standard” auditor training. Natasha is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a member of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control.


Yvonne Fletcher
Infection Prevention Advisor

- RN BN Midwifery Certificate Graduate Certificate in Infection Control Immunisation Certificate  HHA Gold Standard Auditor Yvonne completed her registered nurse training at the WA Institute of Technology in 1984. After completing her Midwifery certificate at KEMH in 1988 she moved into day surgery where she has remained for the last 21 years combining a clinical and management role including staff development, OH&S, quality, accreditation (ACHS and ISO 9001) and infection control. In 2007, Yvonne completed the Graduate Certificate in Infection Control. She is currently a member of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Assoc (WA), Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Nursing. Yvonne joined the Hands-On team in May 2009 and brings with her a wealth of experience in the day surgery setting with particular knowledge and skills in the reprocessing of reusable instruments and equipment, and maintenance of the associated environment. Yvonne recently returned from 12 months leave travelling Australia and was welcomed back with open arms.



Christine Baker
Immunisation Nurse

- RN RM Exec Cert in Health Services Management Immunisation Cert Chris commenced working with the team in the position of Immunisation Nurse in March 2013 to assist with our busy influenza vaccination season. Chris has extensive experience working in the acute care, residential care and community care sector as a registered nurse and midwife. She is an accredited hand hygiene auditor and has been responsible for coordinating the healthcare worker immunisation at a large tertiary hospital.



Jes Farate
Sterilisation Advisor

Jes started her sterilisation career in 1993 as a technician at Fremantle Hospital. She completed her Sterilisation Technology Course in 1996. For the past 15 years Jes has worked at Peel Rockingham Health Service as a Supervisor/Coordinator in the Hospital Sterile Supply Department. Jes worked as a Casual Lecturer teaching Certificate III in Sterilisation at TAFE in 2010. She was the Interim A/Deputy Manager at Fiona Stanley Hospital SSD in March/April 2015. Jes is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and she is a member of the Sterilisation Research & Advisory Council of Australia (WA) Inc.