News & Updates

Infection Control Toolbox
6 Aug 2020

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Victoria, VICNISS have added information to our Infection Control Toolbox Read more...


2020 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination
6 Aug 2020

Please note that the data collection period for Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination ends on Friday 14th August. This data is to be entered via a web form for all hospitals/health services by Friday, 28th August 2020. Read more...


Surveillance Plans 2020/21
6 Aug 2020

You are advised to begin considering your VICNISS surveillance plan for the next financial year. The plan must be submitted by 30 June 2020. Read more...


Important: Changes to reporting for healthcare worker influenza vaccination update affecting public facilities
6 Aug 2020

From Monday 27th April DHHS require weekly updates on progress of your HCW influenza vaccination program Read more...


Literature Review
11 Jun 2020

Click on the link below to read infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim's latest literature reviews: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Health outcomes attributable to CPE infections. Read more...


Novel coronavirus
11 Jun 2020

For the latest updates and information about the novel coronavirus in Victoria please refer to the DHHS website. As this is a rapidly changing situation please refer to this link for updates regularly. Read more...


Clinical Waste Guidelines
11 Jun 2020

Please note the recent release of the "Clinical and related Waste Guidance - Supplement for healthcare staff". You may recall that this topic was covered at last year's Infection Clinical Network forum. Read more...


Competencies
11 Jun 2020

VICNISS Competencies have been reviewed and revised versions are now available. We strongly encourage those staff involved in surveillance and submission of data to VICNISS relating to the following modules to complete the corresponding competencies; CLABSI, SSI, SAB and CDI. Haemodialysis Event (HDE) is a new competency now available for all staff completing haemodialysis event surveillance. Read more...


Briefing on COVID-19
11 Jun 2020

We have provided a link to a video conference, conducted on Wednesday 11th March, 2020 with our Infectious Diseases Physician Dr Lyn-li Lim along with Prof Allen Cheng, Infectious Diseases Physician, Deputy Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen and AMA Victoria President A/Prof Julian Rait. Read more...


National Hand Hygiene Initiative Update
17 Jun 2020

For the latest update on the following topics, please click on the link below: Bed Numbers in HHCApp | Gold Standard Auditor Resources | Gold Standard Auditor Workshops for 2020 Read more...


CVC or PIVC associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia
15 Apr 2020

VICNISS together with stakeholders have developed a definition that clarifies a peripheral intravenous catheter (PIVC) associated Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection (SAB) as distinct from a central venous catheter (CVC) associated SAB. Read more...


Antimicrobial use in aged care
15 Apr 2020

Are antibiotics overused in aged care? A/Prof. Noleen Bennett, our senior infection control consultant and project officer for the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey recently gave an interview with the Australian Prescriber. Read more...


Upcoming changes to VICNISS Surgical Site Infection & Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Modules
15 Apr 2020

VICNISS currently provides health services surgical antibiotic prophylaxis reports, which include compliance with antibiotic choice, timing and duration. You will have noticed changes to the SAP data fields in the revised manual (July 2019). This information will allow antibiotics, that the patient is receiving for treatment of infection, to be included in assessment of surgical prophylaxis. Read more...


Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
26 Mar 2020

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 7 November 2019 Read more...


DRAFT PEER GROUPS FOR CONSULTATION
26 Mar 2020

VICNISS is in the process of updating reports, and some of you will have been consulted during the scoping process around draft peer groups earlier this year. We invite you to submit input regarding the utility of these groups for future reporting by 31st January 2020. Read more...


Legislation change regarding HIV testing
26 Mar 2020

Recently Victorian Parliament passed legislation to amend the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Read more...


Implementation Guide: Surveillance of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
26 Mar 2020

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recently revised their Implementation Guide for Surveillance of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Australian public and private hospitals Read more...


Guideline on Candida auris for Victorian Health Services
26 Mar 2020

The Victorian Guideline on Candida auris was recently released and is available at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/infection-control Read more...


CLABSI Masterclass
26 Mar 2020

On 27th August VICNISS hosted a masterclass to support staff involved in Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) surveillance. Read on to review the sessions presented or to view a webinar recording. Read more...


ACIPC online course
26 Mar 2020

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) are running an online course on Foundation of Infection Prevention and Control. This course will commence on October 23rd 2019 Read more...


SSI Module - New data field clarification
26 Mar 2020

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


Resident Vaccination Modules
8 Aug 2019

All Victorian Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services (PSRACS) are required to participate in the ‘Resident and herpes zoster, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination modules’. Data is to be collected and submitted during September. Read more...


VICNISS Manual update July 2019
8 Aug 2019

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


Educational Webinars
24 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. Read more...


2019 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey
24 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. Read more...


2019 VICNISS Procedure Groups and Codes
24 Jul 2019

Procedure groups and codes have been reviewed and updated. View the list in the Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Module under SUPPORT MATERIALS . Read more...


Prophylactic Antibiotic Choice Assessment
24 Jul 2019

A new resource is now available providing a guide to how VICNISS assess prophylactic antibiotics as either optimal, adequate, inadequate or unknown. Read more...