News & Updates

Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis update
11 Jun 2021

Victorian public and private hospitals performing surveillance for healthcare-associated infections and relevant processes are reminded that from July 2021, VICNISS Surgical Antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP) reporting will apply updated compliance definitions on the following.... Read more...


VICNISS 2021 Manual Update
16 Jun 2021

In preparation for the update of the VICNISS manual, coming into effect as of July 1 2021, we are in the process of replacing documents in each VICNISS surveillance module. To assist in informing you of updates coming into effect VICNISS have been, and will continue to, host a series of webinars. Read more...


Aged Care IPC Lead Support Program
16 Jun 2021

The IPC Lead webinar series has now concluded. If you missed any or would like to go back and re-watch one or more of the webinars, recordings are available along with the PowerPoint presentations. To continue support for all Victorian Aged Care IPC Leads monthly online forums will be held commencing 28th April 2021... Read more...


Update to CPE Transmission Risk -TRA list
9 Jun 2021

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on June 9 2021 Read more...


COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing of Aged Care Workers
10 May 2021

The Department of Health (DH), in their regular communication to CEOs, has advised the following: "It is no longer mandatory for Victorian facilities to facilitate asymptomatic testing, nor are there specific targets on the frequency of testing" Read more...


Resident Vaccination Modules
10 May 2021

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. To assist in collecting this data VICNISS held a webinar on Monday 26th April. Read more...


Literature Review
8 Jun 2021

Click on the link below for the latest review from infectious diseases physician Dr Lyn-li Lim. This month's review: "Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard" and "Vaccine breakthrough infections with SARS-CoV-2 variants" Read more...


2021 Healthcare Worker Influenza vaccination module
10 May 2021

In preparation for the 2021 HCW Influenza Vaccination Program VICNISS conducted a webinar. Read more...


Hand Hygiene Update
10 May 2021

A cornerstone of Infection Control, so no wonder we have lots to update you on in the Hand Hygiene space: 5th May is World hand Hygiene Day; Tips to assist learners with login issues to Learning Management System (online hand hygiene training modules); Gold Stand Auditor Training Resources Hand Hygiene Compliance Application (HHCApp); Inclusion of Hand Hygiene Audit Data from Residential Aged Care Facilities in National Dataset. Read on for more information... Read more...


VICNISS updates: Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis (SAP)
12 May 2021

As of January 2021 changes to SAP compliance assessment will come into effect and apply to the following VICNISS surveillance modules: SSI, SESI (small hospitals), SAP (small hospitals) and COLOPAM. Click on the link to read more... Read more...


VICNISS and the pandemic response
6 May 2021

As you are all too well aware, this year has brought about many changes and new challenges to our work day.  Expertise, in infection control in particular, understandably has been in demand and the staff here at VICNISS have been called upon to share their expertise and give support to several DHHS key acute and aged care projects to assist in the fight against COVID-19.  DHHS Deputy Public Health Commander and Director Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Cell Claire Boardman has written a letter extending her gratitude to the team and asked we share it with you.  You can read more about it here, in her letter of thanks, where she details the projects and involvement the staff have had. VICNISS staff would in turn like to pass on a heartfelt thanks to all of you. We could not have played our role in supporting the response without your assistance, cooperation and patience. We hope you all get to enjoy Christmas and New Year with family and friends. Read more...


Clinical Waste Guidelines
28 Apr 2021

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 Apr 2021

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 Apr 2021

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
17 Feb 2021

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
17 Feb 2021

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
17 Feb 2021

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