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Philip is Director of Research, Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia and Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health.

Professor Russo is an internationally regarded expert in healthcare associated infection prevention, and led the recently completed the Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Survey, the first in Australia for 34 years. He is also Past President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region.

Aside from his role at ACIPC, other leadership and engagement activities include; former Deputy Chair of the Infection Control Expert Group (COVID-19), a member of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Steering Committee, the National Health and Medical Research Council Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee, and the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee for the Australian Safety and Quality in Health Care Commission. 

Professor Russo is the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Early Career Fellowship and has attracted  research funding from government, industry, philanthropic and academic sources. He has presented at both national and international conferences, authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters. 


Research interests

Healthcare associated infection and infection prevention, surveillance, value based care, patient safety and quality, infectious disease, implementation science, mixed methodology.

Supervision interests

Healthcare related infection

Patient safety and quality

Value based healthcare

Community service

Past President, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC)

Member NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee

Clinical activities

Director Cabrini Monash University Department of Nursing Research

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Award Date: 18 Oct 2016

Clinical Epidemiology, Masters, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 1 Dec 2002

Nursing, Bachelor, Deakin University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1994

External positions

Conjoint Lecturer, Avondale University College Limited (trading as Avondale University)

Research area keywords

  • Public Health
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Patient Safety
  • Health Services Research
  • Epidemiology

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