News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

2018 Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar
6 Apr 2018

On March 27th, about 480 persons attended the state-wide Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This important seminar was organised by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre, representing the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.

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Notice Tuesday 27th March only IT support available
26 Mar 2018

Tomorrow Tuesday 27th March VICNISS staff will attend the Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar, therefore only IT support will be available for the majority of the day. Please call Roland on (03) 93429359 if you have any IT issues. Otherwise please call or email on Wednesday 28th March.

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Occupational Exposure Workbook and Guide Updates
26 Feb 2018

A guide to the reports and the Occupational Exposure workbook are now uploaded in modules, Occupational Exposures. click on following links...

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acNAPS Annual Reports
1 Nov 2017

acNAPS annual reports are now listed under Publications / Annual Reports

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CPE Reporting survey
11 Sep 2017

The CPE Reporting Survey was to be completed by COB Friday 8th September, if you have not already done this, click read more for the surveymonkey link and complete the survey.

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk (TRA) list
11 Sep 2017

Please be advised that there has been a recent update to the secure online portal containing a summary of TRA classified wards within Victorian health services

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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

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