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Infection Control Matters Podcasts

A group of infection control professions have produced this series of weekly podcasts discussing new research and issues on the topic of infection prevention and control. New papers of interest are chosen and discussed, often with an author of the paper who can give some insights into the research that goes beyond the written paper. Authors will include nurses, doctors, academics, clinicians, administrators and leaders.  More Information   |   Listen on:

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Infection Control Books available from the Library

Preventing patients from acquiring preventable healthcare associated infections and effectively managing infections when they occur by using evidence based strategies.



Prompt is your first stop for Clinical Reference Documents at NHW.  It is NHW's document management portal for policy, procedures and guidelines and also contains forms, templates, checklists and other documents.  Many of the documents simply link to an external guideline that has been adopted for use at NHW.  The Prompt database can be searched from the quick links on the NHW intranet homepage   

Registration for offsite access is available if you have access to NHW email at home. 


Most accessed IPC Prompt documents:


Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare have been developed for use in all healthcare settings, including office-based practices. They contain guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE), standard and transmission-based precautions and outbreak management.   

More information from ACSQHC  |   NHMRC |  Download File - 4 MB (4.39 MB)  |  You can access the most recent version, at any time, on MAGICapp.


Guidelines for the Control of Infectious Diseases

  • Disease information and advice:  Up to date online A-Z list of blue book diseases with descriptions, notification requirements, school exclusions and management guidelines.

These guidelines for the control of infectious diseases provide detailed information about common and rare diseases that may pose public health concerns. Each topic includes sections on notification requirements, school and childcare exclusion, identification of symptoms, incubation periods, modes of transmission and control measures. These guidelines aim to assist public health practitioners in the prevention and control of infectious diseases.


The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical advice for health professionals on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in their practice.


Therapeutic guidelines : Antibiotic

The Antibiotic guidelines provide guidance on prophylaxis for surgical, medical, obstetric and immunocompromised patients. The presence of highlighted important information and comprehensive tables makes information easy to find and process. Special populations such as aged-care residents, immunocompromised patients and children are covered.

  • AS/NZS 4187:2014:  Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations  --  Hard copies available in the Library's Reference Collection, Library Office, Infection Control Office, and Facilities Management.
  • AS18/07: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations   --  The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for health service organisations’ compliance with Action 3.17 (formerly Action 3.14 in the 2017 National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards) to relevant national or international standards for reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations.    |   Download PDF - 297 KB (297.07 KB)

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard (2020)   The 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard describes the key components of care for patients who have an infection or who or at risk of an infection. It contains eight quality statements and ten indicators.  |  More Information  |  Download PDF - 3 MB (2.74 MB)

  • Every two years the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing are researched and reviewed to support contemporary evidenced-based practice. The ACORN Standards are highly respected and are utilised by accreditation authorities with the standards having been cited within the Australian Law Courts in several medico legal cases. It is incumbent on all perioperative nurses to have an understanding of the standards. 
  • The ACORN Practice Audit Tools (PATs) are customised spreadsheets to record evidence of clinical practice during real-time observational audits of perioperative nurses.  ACORN has produced 12 PATs, grouped into two ‘bundles’, which align with the current 16th edition of Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the ACORN Standards).  LOGIN UserID & password required for access - See Librarian, Theatre or Infection Control Managers for details.  To login, use the PATs link on the left menu and then 'Log in to access Practice Audit Tools (PATs) eFile Access'   


A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in aged care, special care, health care and residential care facilities

This guide has been produced to assist in the management and control of outbreaks of gastroenteritis (gastro) in aged care, special accommodation, hospitals and other residential care facilities such as supported residential services (SRS) and disability group homes.  | More Information and Download


First 24 hours – managing COVID-19 in a residential aged care facility 

The first 24 hours in managing a confirmed COVID-19 case in a residential aged care facility (RACF) is critical to minimise the spread of the virus and its impact on residents and staff. This checklist is to help residential aged care providers and their staff to manage a COVID-19 positive case or outbreak in the first 24 hours. The steps listed in this document are relevant to the Delta and Omicron variants. Please visit the links within the checklist for more information.  |   Download



National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia

July 2022 - Antimicrobial use in Aged Care YouTube Video

Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases

The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases is the peak professional body for infectious diseases and microbiology in the region and a key stakeholder for government departments, medical colleges and other societies, including international organisations.  The site has a number of open access resources for Infection Control Practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Where the full text is not available, please request articles from the Library using the Article Request Form.

  • American Journal of Infection Control  -  AJIC covers key topics and issues in infection control and epidemiology. Infection control professionals, including physicians, nurses, and epidemiologists, rely on AJIC for peer-reviewed articles covering clinical topics as well as original research.
  • Journal of Hospital Infection  -  The Journal of Hospital Infection is the editorially independent scientific publication of the Healthcare Infection Society. The aim of the Journal is to publish high quality research and information relating to infection prevention and control that is relevant to an international audience.
  • Infection Prevention in Practice (IPIP) -  An open access companion title to the respected Journal of Hospital Infection, is the editorially independent online journal of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS). IPIP provides a comprehensive fully open access resource for all those working in the field of prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) worldwide.
  • Journal of Infection  -  The Journal of Infection publishes original papers on all aspects of infection - clinical, microbiological and epidemiological. The Journal seeks to bring together knowledge from all specialties involved in infection research and clinical practice, and present the best work in the ever-changing field of infection.
  • Journal of Infection Prevention  -  [12 month embargo on some articles]  Official publication of the Infection Prevention Society for health professionals dedicated to infection prevention and control, it features original research, guidelines for best practice, case studies, and reviews.
  • Infection : A Journal of Infectious Diseases  -  The journal Infection is a peer-reviewed forum for the presentation and discussion of clinically relevant information on infectious diseases for readers and contributors from all over the world. Articles deal with etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in outpatient and inpatient setting.


Sepsis Clinical Care Standard

Infection Prevention and Control Team

The NHW Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Team, from left: Helen Tiffin, Amritjot Narain (Ammy) and Tanya Allan 


Tanya Allan, Infection Prevention & Control Consultant Northeast Health Wangaratta.  |  Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri  |  T 03 5722 5240  |  M 0448 765 002 

Helen Tiffin, Hand Hygiene Co-ordinator & Staff Health  | Mon, Tues, Wed & every 2nd Fri |  T 03 5722 5065

Amritjot Narain (Ammy), Staff Health Nurse  | Mon & Wed


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