On March 27th, about 480 persons attended the state-wide Influenza in Residential Aged Care Seminar at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This important seminar was organised by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System Coordinating Centre, representing the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Its aim was to assist residential aged care staff prevent and manage influenza in their aged care home. Key note presenters from the Doherty Institute included Professor Michael Richards (VICNISS and VIDRL), Assoc/Prof Leon Worth (VICNISS), Assoc Prof Sheena Sullivan (WHO Collaborating Centre), Ms Donna Cameron (MDU), Ms Leslie Dowson (NCAS) and Dr Noleen Bennett (VICNISS and NCAS). Specific topics included clinical presentation of influenza in the elderly, influenza surveillance programs, infection prevention and control strategies, influenza vaccination for staff and residents, responding to outbreaks, Commonwealth (accreditation) and State reporting requirements and research opportunities.
Presentations (video recordings and handouts) are now available here .