Professor Mike Richards is an infectious disease physician with a particular interest in healthcare-associated infections and clinical infectious diseases. He is the director of the Victorian Infectious Disease Service (VIDS) based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a large clinical infectious disease service in the hospital, with a role that includes the care of Victorian patients with quarantine-requiring Infectious diseases. He is the founding director of the VICNISS Coordinating Centre for surveillance of Healthcare-associated infections. The Coordinating Centre, established in 2002,developed and coordinates the Victorian State program for healthcare infection surveillance. Both roles are based in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, which brings together ID clinicians, state microbiological reference laboratories, and researchers from Melbourne University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Mike has a longstanding interest in antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance, including establishing an early antimicrobial web-based approval program at RMH, he chairs the RMH Infection Prevention and Surveillance committee, and is the chair of the Healthcare-infection Advisory Committee for the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare.