Emma Hickson

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 Hickson – Clinical Chief Advisor, Office of the Chief Clinical Officers, Ministry of Health

Emma spent the first part of her nursing career overseas gaining qualifications in General Nursing, Midwifery and District Nursing. Since living and working in Aotearoa, New Zealand for the past twenty years, Emma has worked as a Clinical Educator, Lecturer, Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing and Chief Nurse for DHB services.

Emma gained an Masters in Nursing (Applied) from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, and is working at the Ministry of Health in the Infection Prevention and Control team supporting the response to COVID-19.

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