16/11/2005

Ansell Healthcare Europe N.V.

AnsellCares: Educational programmes and resources for all healthcare professionals

Dusseldorf, November 16th, 2005 - Ansell Healthcare, the global leader in hand protection solutions, announces the launch of the international healthcare education and awareness programme, AnsellCares. Presented for the first time at the Medica trade fair in Düsseldorf, the AnsellCares programme provides awareness campaigns among healthcare professionals in the identification and prevention of occupational diseases and infection transmission in order to provide a safer environment for the healthcare professional and the patient alike.

Through both off-line and on-line resources, the programme supports directed research into infection control, hand hygiene and skin care. The programme offers advice, self-study guides, webcasts and white papers on these subjects as well as guidelines in latex allergy management, viral agents, chemical protection and the proper selection and use of gloves. The new AnsellCares website is launched in English and German in November; full French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch language versions will follow by the end of the year.

Intended for all healthcare professionals, the international AnsellCares programme provides doctors, nurses, surgeons, allergologists and hospital hygiene specialists with up-to-date information vetted by a network of independent experts. The AnsellCares Scientific Advisory Network is composed of leading scientists, researchers, physicians, head nurses, and educators from around the world. The members monitor the progress of the AnsellCares programme and review and publish research results.

All the material on the AnsellCares website can be freely re-used for training purposes, and all the webcasts are archived for viewing at a time that is convenient to the user. Healthcare professionals are asked to register in order to access the on-line resources, which are free of charge. Frequently updated with fresh webcasts and publications, AnsellCares offers users email alerts about new content posted and upcoming web seminars.

According to Didier Bonjean, Business Development Director Europe for Ansell Healthcare, “Many companies provide educational programmes; AnsellCares provides recommendations from independent experts recognized in their respective fields. Ansell is committed to providing hospitals and healthcare workers with the best possible information. We want to support them in making responsible choices.”

Healthcare professionals can register on the AnsellCares website at the following address: www.anselleurope.com/ansellcares

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A press launch will be held on November 16th at 14:00 at the Ansell booth, Hall 6, Stand K16. For more information, please contact:
Wouter Piepers, Director Communications EMEA, Tel: + 32 (0)2 528 75 68, Cell. +32 478 33 56 32, e-mail: wpiepers@eu.ansell.com

About Ansell:
Ansell Limited is a global leader in barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11, 000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying condoms and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at http://www.anselleurope.com.