News & Updates

Revision of VICNISS Manual July 2017
12 Jul 2017

The VICNISS manual has been updated and is now available on the VICNISS website. Users should familiarise themselves with all changes (major & minor) to surveillance modules which they perform. Please see Summary of Revisions to VICNISS Surveillance Manual, July 2017 for major changes. Read more...


NEW online submission of Annual Surveillance Plan 2017-2018
17 May 2017

VICNISS has introduced online submission for the annual surveillance plan. The 2017-2018 surveillance plan is to be submitted by June 1 2017. A series of webinars were recently held to explain how to access and complete the new online annual surveillance plan. To access a recording Read more...


Updated SAB Investigation Guide
20 Feb 2017

An updated SAB Investigation Guide is now available on the VICNISS Website under both Modules and Manuals. For direct link click on read more... Read more...


2017 Healthcare Worker Influenza Information Update
7 Feb 2017

The protocol, hardcopy data form, instructions and template for the HCW influenza vaccination declaration form, as well as the links to the promotional material order forms and the 2017 HCW Influenza Vaccination Campaign Webinar are now available on the VICNISS website. The data collection period for 2017 is: 3rd April 2017 to 4th August 2017. Data are to be submitted to VICNISS by 18th August 2017. Read more...


New CPE Guideline for Health Services and Long-term Residential Care Facilities
31 May 2016

The Victorian Guideline on CPE requires all hospitals conduct a CPE PPS every 6 months in all ICU's, organ transplant wards & haematology wards. A CPE PPS electronic data collection form (web form), as well as instructions for completion of the form and frequently asked questions is available on the website. Read more...


Updated Web Forms
30 May 2016

The following are new and updated web-forms: CPE, CLABSI, SSI, COLOPAM, Hep B, Measles, SESI, MRSA, VRE & VAE. Read more...


CLABSI Web Form
21 Mar 2016

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CPE Education Resources
8 Feb 2016

Regular updates will be posted as they become available. Read more...


VICNISS Surveillance Competency
13 Aug 2015

To assist in the validation of surveillance programs VICNISS developed 'competency' units for several surveillance modules. Read more...


Healthcare associated infection data for Victoria
3 Jul 2015

You may not be aware that VICNISS has published aggregated data for Victoria on healthcare associated infections and related indicators in our annual reports for a number of years. Read more...


Aged Care Surveillance
2 Jul 2015

VICNISS, the National Centre for Antimicrobial Prescribing (NCAS) and the Guidance Group continue to collaborate in the development and evaluation of the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (acNAPS). acNAPS is a quality improvement survey that aims to reduce infections, improve the use of antimicrobials and thereby reduce the SERIOUS threat of antimicrobial resistance. Funding is provided by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. In 2017, it can be undertaken on any single day between Monday June 19th and Friday September 1st. Read more...


VICNISS Manual Update July 2017
30 Jun 2015

The VICNISS manual has been updated and is now available on the VICNISS website. Users should familiarise themselves with all changes (major & minor) to surveillance modules which they perform. Please see Summary of Revisions to VICNISS Surveillance Manual, July 2017 for major changes. Read more...


STRUTI Project
30 Jun 2015

The STRUTI (Surveillance to reduce urinary tract infections) point prevalence survey is a required module for Victorian Small Hospitals (< 100 beds). Read more...


ac-NAPS collaboration
16 Jun 2015

As a result of the success of the VICNISS program external groups have sought collaborations with the VICNISS team. We consider that where there is mutual benefit and cost recovery these collaborations are important and result in efficiencies and overall benefits to the health system. Read more...