Program Overview and Update

The HAI program supports NSW Health organisations, local health districts and specialty health networks to improve systems to manage and monitor the prevention and control of HAIs. Prevention of HAIs and the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MROs) are key patient safety and clinical quality initiatives in the NSW health system.

Key areas of focus for the HAI program are:

  • Development and review of HAI related policy directives, guidelines, practice handbook and resources
  • State-wide support for the identification, prevention and management of emerging and critical organisms
  • State-wide support for the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI)
  • Development and review of HAI clinical indicators
  • State-wide support for the implementation of National Standard 3
  • State-wide support for the implementation of AS/NZS 4187: 2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organizations
  • State-wide support for Environmental cleaning programs.

Policy development

Three documents were released 2019:

Released to date in 2020:

IP&C Clinical Practice Forum 2019

The 2019 ICP Clinical Practice Forum for NSW Infection Prevention and Control Professionals was held in Sydney on 9 May. Available here are the Program for the day, the slides for various presentations and the results of the small group discussions on HAI-related HACs and the proposed lower national SAB benchmark.