News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Ageing and Skin Health Workshop
6 Jun 2018

Save the date - 25th September 2018 at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Ageing and Skin Health Workshop. This workshop is targeted at public and private aged care workers.

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2018-2019 Surveillance Plan Submission
31 May 2018

The VICNISS 2018-2019 Surveillance Plans are due by 30th June 2018. These plans are to be submitted by web form via the Manage Annual Surveillance Plan site on the VICNISS User Portal. NOTE: A recording of the Webinar ‘How to submit annual Surveillance Plan’ is available as a refresher.

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2018 Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar
6 Apr 2018

On March 27th, about 480 persons attended the state-wide Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This important seminar was organised by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre, representing the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

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acNAPS Annual Reports
1 Nov 2017

acNAPS annual reports are now available, see Publications / Annual Reports

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk (TRA) list
11 Sep 2017

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated - 17th May 218

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Aged Care Surveillance Update
22 Aug 2017

VICNISS, the National Centre for Antimicrobial Prescribing (NCAS) and the Guidance Group continue to collaborate in the development and evaluation of the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS). acNAPS is a quality improvement survey that aims to reduce infections, improve the use of antimicrobials and thereby reduce the SERIOUS threat of antimicrobial resistance. Funding is provided by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. In 2018, it can be undertaken on any single day between Friday 1st June and Friday 31st August.

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VICNISS-NCAS Partnership

VICNISS is a partner in the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS). The multiple areas of overlap between antimicrobial stewardship and infection control mean NCAS and VICNISS are working collaboratively on many joint projects.

Some of these include:

Aged Care NAPS
Surgical NAPS

Resources such as guidelines, root cause analysis/ audit tools and fact sheets can be found on the following link: https://www.ncas-australia.org/

Information for Patients

Many healthcare associated infections are preventable. As a consumer of healthcare, you may wish to know more about how to prevent acquiring an infection during your hospital stay. The consumer facts sheets below have been developed to support the messages on healthcare associated infection contained in the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010). These fact sheets aim to inform patients, visitors, families and carers about healthcare associated infection, what activities healthcare facilities have in place to prevent infections and/or to limit the spread of infections.

There is a vast amount of information available on the internet in relation to healthcare associated infections some of which may not be accurate. If you wish to know more regarding infection prevention; contact the Infection Prevention team at your hospital, or you can use the recommended links of reputable websites below.

Consumer Useful website links