Michelle Allen

PhD
Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections / Queensland University of Technology

Evaluation of the cost and effectiveness of a novel targeted bundle for hospital hygiene

Michelle is a PhD student who has come to the CRE-RHAI from a background in quality assurance and health promotion, most recently with Queensland Health, in the Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention (CHRISP). Michelle’s research interest is on the transmission of healthcare associated infections via environmental surfaces, and her PhD project is centered on the development of a targeted "bundle" for environmental cleaning in hospitals. Michelle's research will identify the most effective, evidence-based, cleaning strategies to include in the cleaning bundle (a group of interventions used together for the best outcome) based on a range of factors including efficacy, feasibility and cost-effectiveness. Michelle plans to pilot the bundle in a tertiary care facility and evaluate its success against indicators including the engagement of staff, improvements in cleaning practices and the cost-effectiveness of this infection control strategy. Michelle is supported in her research by supervisors Dr Kate Halton, Dr Lisa Hall and Professor Nicholas Graves.

Projects

Evaluation of the cost and effectiveness of a novel targeted bundle for hospital hygiene