News & Updates

Prophylactic Antimicrobial Prescribing in Australian Residential Aged‑Care Facilities: Improvement is Required
15 Aug 2022

Another great article from Noleen Bennett, Michael Malloy and Leon Worth (VICNISS) in conjunction with NCAS on the inappropriate use of antimicrobials. Read more...


Beyond the COVID‐19 pandemic: increasing the uptake of influenza vaccination by health and aged care workers
15 Aug 2022

Click below to read this recent article written by VICNISS' Lyn-li Lim, Noleen Bennett, Ann Bull and Leon Worth along with Sheena Sullivan from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Read more...


Out now - Clinical View report for Orthopaedic Surgery and SSI outcomes
1 Sep 2022

Clinical VIEW reports on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Victorian hospitals, to support clinicians in delivering safe, high-quality clinical care. State reporting of HAIs in Victorian public and private hospitals is coordinated by VICNISS. Read more...


2022 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Campaign
11 Aug 2022

The final date for Acute and Aged Care healthcare worker influenza vaccination data to be submitted to VICNISS is by COB on Friday, 31st August 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
10 Aug 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
7 Sep 2022

The CPE TRA list has recently been updated on September 7 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
25 Jul 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...


Clinical Waste Guidelines
16 Aug 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
11 Jul 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...