The primary aim of VICNISS is to minimise the number of infections that are associated with healthcare in Victoria.

Established in 2002, the program is coordinated by the VICNISS Coordinating Centre, which collates and analyses data on healthcare associated infections and reports data back to participants and to the Department of Health and Human Services. VICNISS is primarily concerned with preventing infections in hospital settings, however increasingly healthcare occurs in outpatient and community settings such as dialysis facilities or hospital in the home. Surveillance activities are targeted to those patients at highest risk of healthcare associated infections.

Find out more about VICNISS activities

 

News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Surveillance Plans 2020/21
11 Jun 2020

You are advised to begin considering your VICNISS surveillance plan for the next financial year. The plan must be submitted by 30 June 2020.

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Important: Changes to reporting for healthcare worker influenza vaccination update affecting public facilities
11 Jun 2020

From Monday 27th April DHHS require weekly updates on progress of your HCW influenza vaccination program

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Infection Control Toolbox
11 Jun 2020

In light of the recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) VICNISS have added information to our Infection Control Toolbox

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Literature Review
11 Jun 2020

Click on the link below to read infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim's latest literature reviews: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Health outcomes attributable to CPE infections.

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Novel coronavirus
11 Jun 2020

For the latest updates and information about the novel coronavirus in Victoria please refer to the DHHS website. As this is a rapidly changing situation please refer to this link for updates regularly.

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Clinical Waste Guidelines
11 Jun 2020

Please note the recent release of the "Clinical and related Waste Guidance - Supplement for healthcare staff". You may recall that this topic was covered at last year's Infection Clinical Network forum.

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Information for patients

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest updates, information and advice about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Victoria please refer to the DHHS website.
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
For other Department of Health and Human Services websites and social media channels please click here

Healthcare Associated Infections

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. Consumer facts sheets 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. 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. 

The following fact sheets can be accessed via the NHMRC website here

Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)

Clostridioides difficile (CDI)

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE) 

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

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/