2010 President – Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology
Managing Director – Infection Control Plus
Associate Professor – Faculty of Health Services and Medicine, Bond University
Cathryn Murphy, RN, PhD, CIC is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Services and Medicine, Bond University, Australia. She is currently a Managing Director of Infection Control Plus, an independent, international infection control consulting company. She has worked as an HAI prevention expert for governments, professional associations and medical industry in multiple international settings and strives for improved standards of infection prevention all around the world. Murphy is currently the invited Chair of the national Australian Commission For Safety and Quality in Healthcare. She is one of a small group of global experts invited to join the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Geneva-based Expert Technical Infection Control Group and has also taught for WHO as part of its Global Outbreak and Response Network and for the Asia Center for Disaster Preparedness.
Murphy’s career highlights include working as a guest researcher during a post-Doctoral placement in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Infection Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2000 and completing a short-term mission throughout several Southeast Asian countries with WHO during the height of the 2003 SARS outbreak. She managed the New South Wales state government healthcare-associated infections (HAI) Prevention and Infection Control Program from 1997 until December 2004 with programmatic responsibility for more than 200 hospitals in Australia’s largest state. She developed Australia’s first mandatory reporting system for HAIs in New South Wales in 2003.
Murphy is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Australian, American and International Journals of Infection Control and is widely published in scientific journals and textbooks. She served as the President of the Australian Infection Control Association from 1996 to 1998, and was a foundation member of the Asia-Pacific Society for Infection Control (APSIC).