News & Updates

Upcoming changes to VICNISS Surgical Site Infection & Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis Modules
14 Oct 2019

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
10 Oct 2019

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on 9 October 2019 Read more...


Surgical Site Surveillance Workshop
10 Oct 2019

Monday 9th December VICNISS will be hosting a half day workshop on surgical site surveillance designed for ICPs new to surveillance or those who would like a refresher. Topics covered will include collection of data, infection definitions, antimicrobial prophylaxis and understanding reports. Read more...


Legislation change regarding HIV testing
10 Oct 2019

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
10 Oct 2019

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
10 Oct 2019

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
10 Oct 2019

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...


Literature Review
10 Oct 2019

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


ACIPC online course
10 Oct 2019

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
10 Oct 2019

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


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. 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...