Brett Mitchell in sim lab

Career milestone

Friday, April 28, 2023
Brenton Stacey
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Brenton is Avondale University’s Public Relations and Philanthropy Officer. He brings to the role experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities.

Academic inducted into nursing Hall of Fame

A nationally-recognised Avondale academic will soon be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Professor Brett Mitchell will be honoured at the 34th International Nursing Research Congress in Abu Dhabi this July. He joins 21 others—and 292 since the inception of the Hall of Fame—who have achieved “significant and sustained national or international recognition” and whose research has “improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves.”

The induction will give Brett another opportunity to raise awareness of infection control and prevention. “I feel passionate about it because I see the impact on patients and health services—saving lives and reducing the burden of healthcare-acquired infections.” While infection control and prevention involves a range of disciplines, the Hall of Fame award “highlights the important contribution nurses make.”

Inductees come Australia, England, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. They “embody the immense collective impact of nursing and nursing research on global healthcare,” says Dr Kenneth Dion, president of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, which organises the congress. “I look forward to learning and sharing more about their individual research journeys.”

Avondale University’s interim Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Kerri-Lee Krause congratulates Brett on what she describes as a “prestigious career milestone.” His “groundbreaking research is internationally recognised for its practical contribution to infection prevention and control practices, particularly during the COVID crisis. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Brett’s commitment to infection prevention and control has found support. He received $1.5 million from the Medical Research Future Fund earlier this year to help prevent healthcare-associated pneumonia. The grant is Brett’s second in as many years. He received a $1.5 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council and an award from the federal Minister for Health and Aged Care this past year to further study the prevention of healthcare-acquired infections.