News & Updates

VICNISS Education Day - 29th June 2022
28 Jun 2022

Wednesday 29th June, at the Doherty Institute, VICNISS will host an education day aimed at helping you better understand VICNISS surveillance reports. Registration required. Read more...


2022 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Campaign
28 Jun 2022

Interim data for the Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Program is due for submission by the end of the month, 30/06/2022. Read more...


Position Classifications Explained
28 Jun 2022

Why it is important to check that you and your staff have the correct VICNISS position classification and how this ensures you will receive important updates and appropriate communication. Read more...


Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP)
28 Jun 2022

From January 2023, information collected on SAP (in SSI and SAP modules) will undergo a change to improve the accuracy of compliance assessments for SAP timing. Click 'Read more' to watch this 2-minute video that explains this. Read more...


Literature Review
28 Jun 2022

Literature reviews prepared by VICNISS' infectious diseases physician, Dr Lyn-li Lim, are delivered bi-monthly via the eBulletin and are also available for you to read via the link below. Read more...


5 minute video updates
28 Jun 2022

The VICNISS team have put together some short five minute videos explaining the latest updates for particular modules. You can watch the first in this series, COVID-19 patient monitoring and Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP) by going to the RESOURCES tab. Read more...


Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
28 Jun 2022

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on June 14 2022 Read more...


COVID-19 Patient Monitoring Module Update
28 Jun 2022

Who should collect data? Which patients are included? Any updates to the Webform? What happens if a COVID patient is transferred? Read more...


NISPAC
28 Jun 2022

Find out more about the development and implementation of the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC) Read more...


Tips to help with frequently found errors when entering data
28 Jun 2022

The team have put together some tips to help with frequently found errors when entering data. Read more...


Resident Vaccination Modules
28 Jun 2022

All Victorian Public Sector Residential Aged Care Services (PSRACS) are required to participate in the Resident Vaccination Modules: Herpes zoster, Influenza and Pneumococcal. Data is to be collected during May and submitted by June 1st. Read more...


Clinical Waste Guidelines
28 Jun 2022

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
28 Jun 2022

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...


CVC or PIVC associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia
28 Jun 2022

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
28 Jun 2022

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...


Implementation Guide: Surveillance of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection
28 Jun 2022

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
28 Jun 2022

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


COVID-19 Patient Monitoring continuing
28 Jun 2022

The Department of Health have confirmed COVID-19 patient monitoring will be continued at least until 31 December 2022.  Click the button below to find out more. Read more...