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The Quarterly 2011


The following article was published in the HAI Year in Review and has been reproduced with permission from the ACSQHC.

In September 2010 the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare 2010 were released. The Guidelines were developed by collaborating partners the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to establish a nationally accepted approach to infection prevention and control, focusing on core principles and priority areas for action. They provide an evidence base on which healthcare workers and healthcare facilities can develop detailed protocols and processes for prevention of infection appropriate to their specific situation.

The ACSQHC, in conjunction with the NHMRC, are conducting a range of activities to support the release of the Guidelines. As part of the implementation strategy, the Commission has invited states and territories to collaborate in hosting a series of workshops across the country to introduce health care workers to the resources available, and to provide direction on the implementation of the Guidelines' key recommendations. An initial workshop was held at the AICA conference in Perth on 4 October 2010. Workshops have also been held in Tasmania in November, and the other states and territories have scheduled workshops throughout 2011. The workshop dates and locations are included in the list of Workshops, webinars and web conferences, in this edition of The Quarterly.

The Commission has also worked on several key educational resources such as a clinical educators' guide, and online interactive modules for use in public and private hospital orientation programs. It is anticipated that these resources will facilitate learning for all practitioners, regardless of geographic location in both public and private health services.

The Guidelines are available for download from the NHMRC website at:
www.nhmrc.gov.au/node/30290 or

OSSIE & Implementation of the Guidelines

With the release of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, the Commission has produced a suite of resources and tools to support the implementation of the Guidelines in clinical practice.

The OSSIE toolkit for the implementation of the Australian Infection Control Guidelines is one of these resources, and aims to provide practical tools, resources and information that can be used in a range of health care settings to help implement the Guidelines. The toolkit has been based on recommendations from documents that have been developed to support guideline implementation in a range of contexts, as well as lessons from the growing body of research on the topic of implementation, and the advice of experienced infection control practitioners and professionals. The toolkit is complemented by a Guidebook for Primary Care Settings.

In addition to the two OSSIE resources, the Commission has also developed a series of downloadable templates and tools. These include:

  • Power point presentation - about the AICG: information for healthcare staff
  • Business case template
  • Baseline assessment checklist

Also available for download are the following resources copyright of the Registered Nurses Association

Ontario (© RNAO), which have been adapted and used with permission:

  • Stakeholder assessment tool
  • Implementation action plan template
  • Evaluation plan template

The OSSIE resources and associated tools are available for download from the Commission website at:

Emily Parker
Project Officer
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

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