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

Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis update
11 Jun 2021

Victorian public and private hospitals performing surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and relevant processes are reminded that from July 2021, VICNISS Surgical Antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP) reporting will apply updated compliance definitions on the following....

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VICNISS 2021 Manual Update
16 Jun 2021

In preparation for the update of the VICNISS manual, coming into effect as of July 1 2021, we are in the process of replacing documents in each VICNISS surveillance module. To assist in informing you of updates coming into effect VICNISS have been, and will continue to, host a series of webinars.

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Aged Care IPC Lead Support Program
16 Jun 2021

The IPC Lead webinar series has now concluded. If you missed any or would like to go back and re-watch one or more of the webinars, recordings are available along with the PowerPoint presentations. To continue support for all Victorian Aged Care IPC Leads monthly online forums will be held commencing 28th April 2021...

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
9 Jun 2021

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on June 9 2021

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COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing of Aged Care Workers
10 May 2021

The Department of Health (DH), in their regular communication to CEOs, has advised the following: "It is no longer mandatory for Victorian facilities to facilitate asymptomatic testing, nor are there specific targets on the frequency of testing"

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Resident Vaccination Modules
10 May 2021

All Victorian Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services (PSRACS) are required to participate in the Resident Vaccination Modules: Herpes zoster, Influenza and Pneumococcal. Data is to be collected during May and submitted by June 1st. To assist in collecting this data VICNISS held a webinar on Monday 26th April.

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Literature Review
8 Jun 2021

Click on the link below for the latest review from infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim. This month's review: "Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard" and "Vaccine breakthrough infections with SARS-CoV-2 variants"

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2021 Healthcare Worker Influenza vaccination module
10 May 2021

In preparation for the 2021 HCW Influenza Vaccination Program VICNISS conducted a webinar.

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Hand Hygiene Update
10 May 2021

A cornerstone of Infection Control, so no wonder we have lots to update you on in the Hand Hygiene space: 5th May is World hand Hygiene Day; Tips to assist learners with login issues to Learning Management System (online hand hygiene training modules); Gold Stand Auditor Training Resources Hand Hygiene Compliance Application (HHCApp); Inclusion of Hand Hygiene Audit Data from Residential Aged Care Facilities in National Dataset. Read on for more information...

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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/

COVID-19 Resources For Healthcare Professionals

   DHHS Infection Prevention Control COVID-19 resources

Case and Contact management guidelines for health services and general practitioners (version 26.1)
Infection control guidelines – version 5 is now available
Healthcare workers guidelines and resources
Waste disposal resources
Guidelines and resources for environmental cleaning
Aged care sector resources
eLearning modules for Community Services Workers
Information for people with disability


Infection Control Toolbox
This resource has been developed by VICNISS with the aim to help healthcare workers access relevant and up to date infection control information quickly. In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak we have added a section of the Toolbox to give the healthcare worker up to date links and current information, federally and state-wide, in both the acute and aged care sectors, regarding COVID-19.  Click on the link to take you to the COVID-19 page of the toolbox.


Information for Patients & Other Consumers

   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 Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria (DHHS) website:  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
For links to other Department of Health and Human Services websites and social media channels please click here

Preventing COVID-19 & Reducing the risk in the workplace

Click here for information and advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria (DHHS) on how businesses can reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace, helping to keep both staff and customers safe.  This page contains information on reducing risk by implementing hygiene measures and physical distancing advice.  Topics covered include:

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

Click on the Go to Downloads button to find the 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