The primary aim of VICNISS is to reduce infections associated with healthcare and residential aged care.

As a leading Australian organisation responsible for infection surveillance, prevention and control, we aim to optimise infection prevention and control practice in order to deliver the safest quality of care in acute and aged care sectors. We provide the following support and frameworks for our networked facilities: monitoring and reporting of infections and related events, promotion of best practice through education and support of all staff responsible for infection control programs, enhancing quality care in hospitals and residential aged care through standardised and data-driven program delivery.

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News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

VICNISS Education Day - 29th June 2022
17 May 2022

Save the date, Wednesday 29th June, for a day at the Doherty Institute where VICNISS will host an education day aimed at helping you better understand VICNISS surveillance reports.

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2022 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Campaign
27 Apr 2022

The first interim Influenza vaccination data (15/04/22 – 29/04/22) for acute health services is due for submission by the end of April. For more information on the 2022 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Campaign the VICNISS team have recorded a webinar.

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Industry Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Webinars & Training
27 Apr 2022

Join the Department of Health during their weekly webinars on how to minimise the spread of COVID and other communicable diseases. Perfect for staff within the Aged Care, Disability and Education sectors. Ask questions and share scenarios to gain new knowledge or to refresh skills. The Department of Health also offers tailored in-person training to all industries.

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5 minute video updates
9 Mar 2022

The VICNISS team have put together some short five minute videos explaining the latest updates for particular modules. You can watch the first in this series, COVID-19 patient monitoring and Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP) by going to the RESOURCES tab.

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Literature Review
27 Apr 2022

Literature reviews prepared by VICNISS' infectious diseases physician, Dr Lyn-li Lim, are delivered bi-monthly via the eBulletin and are also available for you to read via the link below.

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
27 Apr 2022

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on March 24 2022

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COVID-19 Patient Monitoring Module Update
7 Apr 2022

Who should collect data? Which patients are included? Any updates to the Webform? What happens if a COVID patient is transferred?

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NISPAC
14 Feb 2022

Find out more about the development and implementation of the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC)

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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 & Other Consumers

   ​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 current fact sheets can be accessed via the NHMRC website here  where you will find brochures for the following:

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