Philip is Director of Nursing Research, Cabrini Health and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.
A/Professor Russo is an internationally regarded expert in healthcare associated infection prevention and has worked at both a State and National level in healthcare associated infection prevention. Significantly he recently led the Australian National Healthcare Associated Infection Point Prevalence Study, the first in Australia for 34 years. He is currently the 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.
A/Professor Russo is the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Early Career Fellowship and has attracted research funding from government, industry and academic sources. He has presented at both national and international conferences, authored over 80 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters.
Healthcare associated infections continue to be the focus of his research, specifically in regard to surveillance systems and public reporting of infection data, as well as non-antimicrobial strategies to reduce the incidence of healthcare associated infection.