The primary aim of VICNISS is to minimise the number of infections that are associated with healthcare in Victoria.

Established in 2002, the program is coordinated by the VICNISS Coordinating Centre, which collates and analyses data on healthcare associated infections and reports data back to participants and to the Department of Health and Human Services. VICNISS is primarily concerned with preventing infections in hospital settings, however increasingly healthcare occurs in outpatient and community settings such as dialysis facilities or hospital in the home. Surveillance activities are targeted to those patients at highest risk of healthcare associated infections.

Find out more about VICNISS activities


News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Suspension of mandatory reporting of some routine data to VICNISS
13 Oct 2020

Late September DHHS sent a message to Health Services CEOs regarding the suspension of mandatory reporting of some routine data to VICNISS, which has now been extended to 31 December 2020. Read more by clicking the link below. Please note that it is essential that your surveillance plan exactly matches the submitted data as this is important for state level reporting.


Literature Review
13 Oct 2020

Click on the link below to read our infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim's latest literature reviews. The first being "Special report on COVID-19 outbreaks in Aged Care Facilities" and the second review on "Victorian Healthcare Worker COVID-19: An update"


COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers Study
13 Oct 2020

The COVID-19 frontline health workers study explores the important social, occupational and mental health effects experienced by frontline health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. People working in other frontline health areas (such as medical or surgical areas) are also welcome to take part via the survey. You do not need to have worked directly with people with COVID-19 to participate, as the study would like to hear from all frontline health workers.


Infection Control Toolbox
13 Oct 2020

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Victoria, VICNISS have added information to our Infection Control Toolbox


Novel coronavirus
9 Oct 2020

For the latest updates and information about the novel coronavirus in Victoria please refer to the DHHS website. As this is a rapidly changing situation please refer to this link for updates regularly.


Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
9 Oct 2020

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 24 August 2020


Clinical Waste Guidelines
9 Oct 2020

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.


Surveillance Plans 2020/21
9 Oct 2020

You are advised to begin considering your VICNISS surveillance plan for the next financial year. The plan must be submitted by 30 June 2020.


More News

COVID-19 Resources For Healthcare Professionals

   DHHS COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control guideline

Version 4.1 of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Infection Prevention and Control Guideline has been uploaded to the DHHS site.  Updates include the following:
  • The use of particulate filter respirators with valves
Updates from version 4 included:
  • Inclusion of definition of close contact
  • Showering a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient
  • Update to ‘Use of mobile phones in the healthcare setting’ to include other electronic devices and further information/link to cleaning of electronic equipment
  • Inserted ‘Options for staff who work in healthcare/high risk settings and are unable to wear a surgical mask’
  • Inserted requirements for face shields
  • Inserted Fit testing statements
  • Added information about the use of face masks in children under 18 years of age in health care services to align with the DHHS advice. 
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:
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

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: