Emma Prestidge

Ministry of Health


COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) – IPC at the Border.

A whole new IPC focus evolved as part of our COVID-19 response at New Zealand’s borders.
Across our Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities, airports, and maritime sector, this has meant the development of new interagency and interdisciplinary workforces; new models of care; and a whole lot of new acronyms!  Acronyms such as MIQFs, MIW, IPC SOPs, MIQ TAG, SMIF and RIQCC have become familiar to many of us. The Ministry team reflect on the IPC border measures (and acronyms!) implemented through multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approaches over 2020/2021 to keep COVID-19 out of Aotearoa.
There have been many challenges and experiences, innovations and developments in services, evidence and knowledge. But overall, we would like to share the successes that the New Zealand Health System and the IPC workforces have achieved.

Emma Prestidge – Group Manager, Quality Assurance and Safety, Ministry of Health
Emma qualified as a registered Nurse at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua in 1988 and after several years in clinical practice, specialised in Respiratory Nursing. Emma has a clinical Masters (Nursing) from Victoria University, Wellington.

She has been at the Ministry of Health since 2010 and in this time, has held a number of senior roles; the current as the Group Manager for the Quality Assurance and Safety for last 3 years.
Emma has been involved with New Zealand’s COVID response, in particular with supporting the Aged Care sector and IPC audits at the Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facilities (MIQFs) airports and ports.   

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