Directory of PPHSN Resources 
2013 Edition





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The Pacific Regional Infection Control Network (PICNet) was officially launched in February 2006 at a technical consultation meeting and training workshop on infection control and prevention held in Lautoka, Fiji Islands. The meeting was organised by SPC within the framework of PPHSN, with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

PICNet is designed to facilitate infection control response to infectious disease threats in the region, through better communication, accessibility of expertise and technical advice.


The idea of PICNet arose during the 1st Regional EpiNet Workshop, held in 2003 after the SARS threat.  In September 2005, an Infection Control Specialist (ICS), Mrs Peta-Anne Zimmermann, funded by ADB, was attached to PPHSN to further the development of PPHSN and to improve infection control capacity in a sustainable way through a variety of activities, including the development of PICNet (see Inform’ACTION 22: 10–13). In 2008, an Infection Control Officer, Mrs Margaret Leong, based at SPC Noumea and funded by the Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP), worked on further developing the network. Her role involved strengthening infection control capacity in the Pacific Islands through the provision of basic infection control training and programme establishment. Margaret built on the work carried out by Ms Peta-Anne Zimmerman.

PICNet email mailing list

The network has a dedicated email mailing list (picnet) intended to facilitate communication among infection control professionals in the region.

To subscribe to the list, send an email message to PICNet focal point

PICNet web pages

A number of web pages are dedicated to PICNet on PPHSN website:


Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines


PPHSN Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines 2010 developed and published by SPC for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) in collaboration with WHO and in consultation with PICTs and other PPHSN partners







Contact: PPHSN Coordinating Body Focal Point


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