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