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

Last chance to register for the CLABSI Masterclass
19 Aug 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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Literature Review
19 Aug 2019

Click on the link below to read infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim's latest literature review...

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Calling for Expressions of Interest
19 Aug 2019

Calling for Expressions of Interest: Transcatheter atrial valve implantation (TAVI) Surveillance. VICNISS is currently in the process of evaluating the feasibility of infection surveillance post-TAVI

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SSI Module - New data field clarification
19 Aug 2019

Need clarification on the following new data field? “in addition to prophylaxis (listed above), was patient receiving antibiotics prior to surgery?”

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Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
19 Aug 2019

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 14 August 2019

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Infection Control Toolbox
8 Aug 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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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