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The Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Program aims to reduce HAIs by providing resources that support systems and strategies to prevent infection and manage infections effectively when they occur.

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National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHC) Standards : Healthcare-Associated Infection
The intention of the NSQHC Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard is to reduce the risk to patients acquiring preventable HAIs, effectively manage infections, and limit the development of antimicrobial resistance through prudent use of antimicrobials as part of antimicrobial stewardship. Information and resources to support implementation of the NSQHS Standards can be found at nationalstandards.safetyandquality.gov.au.

Infection Prevention and Control Online Modules

The Commission produced a series of education modules to assist healthcare workers who undertake infection prevention and control responsibilities as part of a clinical role.

National Infection Control Guidelines

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

These Guidelines aim to promote and facilitate the overall goal of infection prevention and control, through the creation of safe healthcare environments through the implementation of practices that minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents.

These Guidelines are an important resource to support the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection, and provide a basis for healthcare workers and healthcare facilities to develop protocols and processes for infection prevention and control specific to local settings.

These Guidelines are based on the following core principles:

  • an understanding of the modes of transmission of infectious agents and of risk management
  • effective work practices that minimise the risk of transmission of infectious agents
  • governance structures that support the implementation, monitoring and reporting of infection prevention and control work practices
  • compliance with legislation, regulations and standards relevant to infection control.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is leading a process to update the 2010 Guidelines in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare. It is anticipated that the revised guidelines will be published by mid-2019.

National Infection Control Guidance for Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium associated with heater-cooler devices

This guidance document outlines key actions that Australian health service organisations should take in relation to heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used during cardiac surgery. There is a specific risk that these devices may be contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera), and that exposure of patients to the aerosolised exhaust from these devices may cause infection. M. chimaera infections may not be clinically apparent for several years after exposure.

CPE Guide

Infection Prevention and Control Signage

AMS and HAI resources and links

National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Antimicrobial Stewardship

National Healthcare-Associated Infection Surveillance

Clostridium Difficile Infection