Australian Epidemiology Association Foundation member
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Hospital Infection Society UK
Society for Healthcare Epidemiologist of America
World Health Organization Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network - focal point
Clinical Excellence Commission Standing Committee on Healthcare Associated Infection
Journal Boards 2006 - International Journal Clinical Governance
2012-2015; 2017- American Journal of Infection Control
2017 - Journal of Hospital Infection
Mary-Louise is an epidemiologist with expertise in hospital infection and infectious diseases control. Her COVID-19 related activities include: member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program Experts Advisory Panel for Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness, Readiness and Response to COVID-19 and member of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission COVID Infection Prevention and Control taskforce. She is the Focal Point for the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) in the School of Population Health.
She was a short missions World Health Organization Advisor to China and Malaysia during the development of national hospital infection surveillance. Mary-Louise was a member of the WHO Clean Care is Safer Care Challenge program that developed and trial the guideline. She collaborated with Beijing to review the response to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak and healthcare worker safety for the Hong Kong SARS designated hospital. She was commissioned by the Commonwealth to review the Pandemic Influenza Infection Control Guidelines for evidence of protection for healthcare workers.
As Honorary Advisor to the Clinical Excellence Commission for many years she collaborated on several state-wide patient safety interventions including: improving hand hygiene in healthcare care workers, reducing central line associated bloodstream infections and detecting and treating sepsis early in patients presenting to emergency departments. Her research has included performing the seminal Australian survey of healthcare associated infections in 1984 and developing the first surveillance system for healthcare associated infections as a pilot in 1998-2001 for the NSW Health Department. She enjoys capacity building PhD candidates and performing infection control research in Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Mali, Indonesia, Iran, Viet Nam, Taiwan and Turkey.
Current Academic Appointments
Deputy President Academic Board
UNSW Global Water Institute: Water-Health Leader Institutional Biosafety Committee
UNSW Institutional Biosafety Committee
Current External Appointments
Steering Committee Member: University Social Responsibility Network
Previous Academic Appointments
Academic Board Professorial member
Vice-Chancellor's Childcare Support Fund for Women Researchers
Faculty Higher Degrees Committee
Faculty Research Student Sub Committee
Director School Research Degree Students
Director Public Health Program
Director Graduate Health Services Management Hong Kong Programs
2020 Australian Research, Health & Medical Sciences. Field Leader: Epidemiology
2017 Medical Journal of Australia/MDA Best Research Publication "SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives."
2016 Global Sepsis Alliance Award Government category. Burrell A, McLaws ML, Fullick M, Sullivan R, Sindhusake D. SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives. Med J Aust doi: 10.5694/mja15.00657
2016 Excellence in Postgraduate research supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine
2010 Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision SPHCM UNSW Medicine
2013 Best Paper of the month UNSW Medicine. Successful Implementation of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Promotion Strategy across Facilities Worldwide. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2013; 13:843-51.
2010 Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Leadership Pin
2009 Peter Baume Public Health Impact Highly Commended Prize SPHCM UNSW
2009 Top 10 cited Elsevier publications for 2006-2008. Behavioural considerations for hand hygiene practices: the basic building blocks. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2006.09.026
2005 Clinical Scientific Paper 2nd Prize Congress of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.08.015
1999 Baxter-Australian Healthcare Association Healthcare Innovation Award http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/jhin.2002.1361
2013-2015 Deb Australia "Development of an Automated Hand Hygiene Surveillance System
2015 Deb Australia, Johnson and Johnson. Development of a video for visitors about healthcare workers' hand hygiene
2012-2014 Sigma Sustainablity. Cybernetics for infection control
2012 GoJo. Environmental contamination
2010-2012 Whiteley Industries. Consumer Fatigue of hand hygiene in healthcare workers
Ministries of Health and NGOs
2011 Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention Centre Singapore. Training infection control practitioners in Vietnam in the World Health Organization “My five moments for hand hygiene”
2008 Australian Commonwealth Department Health & Ageing. Review and develop algorithm for the protection of healthcare workers from pandemic influenza for various occupational settings
2005-06 Health Research Foundation South Western Sydney AHS. Community methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: changing features of an escalating epidemic
2004-05 Health Research Foundation South Western Sydney AHS. The significance of bloodstream infections with Vancomycin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
2003-05; 1999-02 QLD Health. Study of Post-Discharge Surgical Site Infection: the Efficacy of Patient Self-Assessment of infection; Methodologies for the collection of surgical site infection that manifest post-discharge
2002-03 Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Clinician Managers & The Intersection with Human Resources in Hong Kong Public Hospitals: Post-SARS Crisis Management for Infectious Diseases Workshop
1998-00 NSW Health. Development and Implementation of a Hospital Infection Standardised Surveillance system pilot project for public hospital.
2009-12 NHMRC. RCT comparing the effects of tap water vs normal saline on the infection and healing rates of wounds
2009-11 ARC Linkage. Economic, Social and Cross cultural issues in non pharmaceutical protection of front line responders to pandemic influenza and emerging infections.
2006 UNSW Faculty Research Grant Program. Examination of the link between healthcare associated infection and the built environment