Infection prevention and control

Victorian health services are dedicated to delivering safe, efficient and effective healthcare to the community. There are prevention and control programs implemented to help protect patients and healthcare workers from infections.

Tap the buttons below for specific data about infection prevention and control in Victorian health services, including information on hand hygiene compliance. You can filter by health service.

Scroll further down for more information about the data (measures).

About the data

The above measures look at:

  • healthcare workers immunised for influenza (flu)
  • hand hygiene compliance achieved.

About percentage of healthcare workers immunised for influenza (flu)

High rates of immunisation among health practitioners is essential in reducing the risk of influenza transmission in health services.

Data cover permanent, temporary and casual employees who worked one or more shifts at a Victorian public health service/hospital during the annual influenza vaccination campaign.

The statewide target has not been finalised for FY 2021/22 at the date of publication.

Data are reported annually in the July-September quarter.

About percentage of hand hygiene compliance achieved

Victorian health providers report their compliance with the '5 Moments of Hand Hygiene' Program to Hand Hygiene Australia three times each year.

Hand hygiene is an important way of preventing infection - protecting both patients and healthcare workers.

The statewide target has not been finalised for FY 2021/22 at the date of publication.

No results are available for the July-September quarter.

Notes

  • Data source: Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS). Data extracted on 20 April 2022
  • Results for the current financial year are preliminary and will be finalised in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised
  • No data indicates no results are available
  • NP - Results not published
  • Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services voluntarily amalgamated on 1 July 2021. The former Djerriwarrh Health Services is presented as Western Health BM&M (where 'BM' denotes Bacchus Marsh and 'M' denotes Melton). Care needs to be taken when assessing results and comparing to prior periods
  • Ballarat Health Services, Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Stawell Regional Health, and Wimmera Health Care Group voluntarily amalgamated on 1 November 2021 into Grampians Health. These former entities are now presented as Grampians Health – Ballarat Health Services, Grampians Health – Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital, Grampians Health – Stawell Regional Health, and Grampians Health – Wimmera Health Care Group. Care needs to be taken when assessing results and comparing to prior periods
  • Castlemaine Health and Maldon Hospital voluntarily amalgamated on 1 March 2022 into Dhelkaya Health. There former entities are now presented as Dhelkaya Health – Castlemaine and Dhelkaya Health - Maldon. Care needs to be taken when assessing results and comparing to prior periods. 
  • VICNISS data submission was made voluntary for the surveillance period 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021. As such, care needs to be taken assessing results and comparing to prior periods for the Percentage of hand hygiene compliance achieved measure.