National audit data

Data on hand hygiene compliance are collected by states and territories for all public health organisations, and by many private health organisations, and reported nationally three times per year for the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. 

National audits and HHCApp

Data on hand hygiene compliance are collected by states and territories for all public health organisations, and by many private health organisations, and reported nationally three times per year for the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. 

NHHI contact details

National Hand Hygiene Initiative Help Desk staff will endeavour to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible, and within 5 business days. Please do not send multiple queries within this timeframe.

Online learning

A suite of online learning modules is available to support healthcare worker education on hand hygiene practices and hand hygiene auditor training. 

Promotional Materials

A range of promotional materials is available to support implementation of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative.

National Hand Hygiene Initiative Manual

The Manual includes information on all aspects of the NHHI and a practical step-by-step guide to implementing and sustaining hand hygiene programs in Australian healthcare facilities. 

 

Auditor training and validation

For the NHHI, hand hygiene compliance is audited by direct observation of healthcare workers by specially trained auditors. There are two categories of hand hygiene auditors: Gold Standard Auditors and General Auditors.

Audit tools

There are a number of tools available to support hand hygiene auditing in acute and non-acute healthcare settings.

Audit requirements

Hand hygiene compliance auditing is conducted to assess the effectiveness of a hand hygiene program as part of the NHHI. Hand hygiene compliance is a valid and reliable measure in the acute care sector, in both public and private Australian hospitals.

5 Moments For Hand Hygiene

The 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene approach was designed by the World Health Organization to minimise the risk of transmission of microorganisms between a healthcare worker, the patient, and the environment.

What is hand hygiene?

When performed correctly, hand hygiene results in a reduction of microorganisms on hands and contributes to prevention of healthcare-associated infection and improved patient safety.