Reducing 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.

Support frameworks we provide 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.

Find out more about VICNISS activities

Infection prevention and control eLearning for industry and communities

The Victoria Department of Health, in partnership with VICNISS, has developed six eLearning modules on core Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) principles. These modules are suitable for all industries, sectors and communities.

Go to eLearning modules

VICNISS registration is NOT required

VICNISS Healthcare Portal

Acute Modules

Our Acute Modules address prevention and control of infections in Acute settings. Access all Forms, Reports, and Manuals for our Acute Modules.

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Aged Care Modules

Our Aged Care Modules address prevention and control of infections in Aged Care settings. Access all Forms, Reports, and Manuals for our Aged Care Modules.

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Performance Indicators

View performance indicators for large, small, public and private hospitals participating in the VICNISS Surveillance Program.

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IPC Toolbox

VICNISS has developed this resource with the aim to help healthcare workers access relevant and up to date infection control information quickly.

View IPC Toolbox

Information for Patients & Other Consumers

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 where you will find brochures for the following:

Helpful Web Resources for Consumers

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.

Web Resources for Consumers

VICNISS Partnering with NCAS

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, including:
Resources such as guidelines, root cause analysis/audit tools and fact sheets can be found on the NCAS website.