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

Job vacancies
9 Sep 2021

There are a number of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) positions currently being advertised with the Victorian Department of Health.

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
16 Sep 2021

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on September 16 2021

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Aged Care IPC Lead Support Program
25 Aug 2021

Ongoing support for all Victorian Aged Care IPC Leads continues with monthly online forums. 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
17 Aug 2021

In this month's review Dr Lyn-li Lim looks at SSI infections and ways to reduce rates: Click on the link below to read more

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Development and Implementation of the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC)
12 Aug 2021

We can now announce our collaborative application for a NHMRC MRFF grant was successful. Our integrated grant project will engage three leading multidisciplinary groups currently working to improve quality of care in the Australian aged care sector: the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) and the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA). The timely aim is to develop, implement and scale a surveillance program to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases among consumers and related care transitions in all Australian aged care homes (ACHs) - the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC).

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Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis update
12 Aug 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-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