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

Infection Control Toolbox
15 Jul 2019

A new easy-to-use resource has been created for any healthcare worker who is looking for the latest infection control information, including state and national guidelines and standards.

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Registrations open: CLABSI Masterclass - 27th August 2019
11 Jul 2019

VICNISS is hosting a masterclass to support staff involved in Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) surveillance in Victorian public and private hospitals on Tuesday 27th August.

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2019 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey
8 Jul 2019

The official data collection and submission period for 2019 is a single day between June 1st and August 31st. For registered users, the User Guide and simplified data collection forms can be accessed via the AC NAPS resources page.

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Educational Webinars
8 Jul 2019

VICNISS conducted a series of educational webinars in March – June 2019. Please read on to see the list of topics and a link to view any webinar/s.

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VICNISS Manual update July 2019
3 Jul 2019

The VICNISS Surveillance Manual review is now complete. Modules have been updated and changes go into effect as of 1st July 2019. Please ensure you have read the latest version of the module when performing surveillance.

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2019 Healthcare worker influenza immunisation program
3 Jul 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services has released information on the 2019 HCW influenza vaccination program. Click here to read more on the 2019 target, collection dates, support materials and more.

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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. 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