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

2021 Healthcare Worker Influenza vaccination module
7 Apr 2021

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

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Aged Care IPC Lead Webinars
25 Mar 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.

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Literature Review
7 Apr 2021

Click on the link below for the latest review from infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim. This month's review: "Influenza vaccination uptake of Victorian healthcare workers in a non-mandatory setting" and "Impact of a c. Difficile infection (cdi) reduction bundle and its components on cdi diagnosis and prevention - more to learn"

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VICNISS updates: Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP)
25 Mar 2021

As of January 2021 changes to SAP compliance assessment will come into effect and apply to the following VICNISS surveillance modules: SSI, SESI (small hospitals), SAP (small hospitals) and COLOPAM. Click on the link to read more...

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Resident Vaccination Modules
25 Mar 2021

All Victorian Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services (PSRACS) are required to participate in the ‘Resident and herpes zoster, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination modules’. Data is to be collected during May and submitted by June 1st.

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VICNISS and the pandemic response
25 Mar 2021

As you are all too well aware, this year has brought about many changes and new challenges to our work day.  Expertise, in infection control in particular, understandably has been in demand and the staff here at VICNISS have been called upon to share their expertise and give support to several DHHS key acute and aged care projects to assist in the fight against COVID-19.  DHHS Deputy Public Health Commander and Director Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Cell Claire Boardman has written a letter extending her gratitude to the team and asked we share it with you.  You can read more about it here, in her letter of thanks, where she details the projects and involvement the staff have had. VICNISS staff would in turn like to pass on a heartfelt thanks to all of you. We could not have played our role in supporting the response without your assistance, cooperation and patience. We hope you all get to enjoy Christmas and New Year with family and friends.

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
17 Feb 2021

Ongoing CPE surveillance in Victoria was disrupted by COVID-19 activities. Investigation is ongoing and TRA list will be updated shortly

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Clinical Waste Guidelines
17 Feb 2021

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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Competencies
17 Feb 2021

VICNISS Competencies have been reviewed and revised versions are now available. We strongly encourage those staff involved in surveillance and submission of data to VICNISS relating to the following modules to complete the corresponding competencies; CLABSI, SSI, SAB and CDI. Haemodialysis Event (HDE) is a new competency now available for all staff completing haemodialysis event surveillance.

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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