News & Updates For Healthcare Professionals

Educational Webinars in March - June 2019
19 Jun 2019

VICNISS has planned a series of educational webinars in March – June 2019. Please read on to see the list of topics, dates, times and a link to register for any webinar/s you wish to attend.

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VICNISS Manual update July 2019
12 Jun 2019

The VICNISS Surveillance Manual has been updated and changes will go into effect from 1st July 2019.

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Registrations open: CLABSI Masterclass - 27th August 2019
6 Jun 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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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
6 Jun 2019

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 6 June 2019

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2019 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey
10 Apr 2019

The official data collection period for collecting and submitting 2019 acNAPS data will be between June 1st and August 31st.

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2019 Healthcare worker influenza immunisation program
13 Mar 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)

Clostridium 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