News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Updated SAB Investigation Guide
20 Feb 2017

An updated SAB Investigation Guide is now available on the VICNISS Website under both Modules and Manuals. For direct link click on read more...


2017 Healthcare Worker Influenza Information Update
7 Feb 2017

The protocol, hardcopy data form, instructions and template for the HCW influenza vaccination declaration form, as well as the links to the promotional material order forms and the 2017 HCW Influenza Vaccination Campaign Webinar are now available on the VICNISS website. The data collection period for 2017 is: 3rd April 2017 to 4th August 2017. Data are to be submitted to VICNISS by 18th August 2017.


CPE Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) web form now available
31 May 2016

The Victorian Guideline on CPE requires all hospitals conduct a CPE PPS every 6 months in all ICU's, organ transplant wards & haematology wards. A CPE PPS electronic data collection form (web form), as well as instructions for completion of the form and frequently asked questions is available on the website. A revised version of the CPE PPS web form will appear later this week that allows further capture of specific ward location details.


Updated SSI and other Web Forms
30 May 2016

We have released the following new and updated web-forms: SSI - this web-form has been completely re-built consistent with our new modular form design.


Updated CLABSI Web Form
21 Mar 2016

A new and improved web form for the CLABSI surveillance module is now available on the VICNISS website.


CPE Education Resources
8 Feb 2016

Registered VICNISS users can now access the presentations delivered at the VICNISS CPE Education seminar held on 19th February 2016. Other resources are also available for use for education of staff, patients and others.


More News

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.

Click here to go to the NCAS website:

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