Consumer Involvement

A key goal of the NISPAC project is to design a program which is tailored to the needs of its users. We are involving consumers at each stage of the study, in a number of different ways.

Consumers of NISPAC are those who will use and benefit from the final program, this includes registered and enrolled nurses at Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs), IPC leads, and residents and carers.


The NISPAC project employs co-design principles through inclusion of Aged Care staff and surveillance staff in research activities, and in the Consumer and Community Committee. Development of NISPAC involves surveys, interviews and focus groups to ensure that all materials and the final NISPAC system meet the preferences of these consumers.

Consumer and Community Committee

Consumer representatives have been recruited to participate in a committee which helps to guide and advise on research activities and materials. Members of the committee include a carer representative, RACF IPC leads and infection control advisors.

Stephen Peterson

Stephen Peterson is a former lawyer and corporate public relations consultant, who also spent nine years living and working for himself in Japan. Stephen has a long history of visiting elderly friends and relatives, and since his retirement in 2014 has added to this by becoming a volunteer visitor at two aged care facilities. In addition, he is an Independent Prison Visitor through Corrections Victoria, a Community Visitor with the Office of Public Advocate, and a tutor with the University of the Third Age (U3A), all of which bring him into contact with the older demographic.  Stephen commenced his role as a consumer representative in January 2019 with Safer care Victoria, and has since taken on numerous consumer roles in government, the corporate sector and community-based organisations, many of which are also associated with the elderly.

Anastasia Budic

Anastasia has worked in Aged Care with Uniting SA since 2012. Prior to that she spent 27 years living and working in Athens, Greece. Her journey with Uniting SA Residential Aged Care began as a personal care assistant while studying to become a nurse. Anastasia has 11 years’ experience working in aged care as a registered nurse and IPC lead. A year ago she commenced the role as Infection Control Consultant for Uniting SA Aged Care.

Megan Corlis

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch)

Zhenzhen Li – Regents Garden Group

Luis Mata‑Mendez – Amana Living

Fe Baggio – Seymour Health

Lisa Smith – Estia Health

Jane Perez  – Ocean Mist Aged Care

Hazel Gordon – Busselton Facility, CapeCare

Georgia Tsouras – Luson

Deanne North – Coolibah Care

Christine Morrison – Calvary Care

About Us

NISPAC is a multi-institute research project developing an infection surveillance program for Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities

NISPAC acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.