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2018 Antimicrobial Prescribing in Residential Aged Care Survey Report

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Aged care homes are important settings to better understand both antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use. Reports to date indicate that high levels of inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing and use occur in these settings, providing opportunities for improved antimicrobial prescribing. The 2018 report has recently been published and can be accessed at https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/antimicrobial-resistance/antimicrobial-use-and-resistance-australia-surveillance-system-aura/antimicrobial-prescribing-australian-residential-aged-care

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Australian Immunisation Handbook Update 2019

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The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) Secretariat has advised that the Australian Immunisation Handbook (the Handbook) was updated on 4 October 2019 to reflect changes approved by the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, on 20 September 2019. A summary of the updates is available at the following link: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/about-the-handbook/updates Note: Changes include

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Revised guidelines released by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Today

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Today the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released the revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2019). These Guidelines provide a nationally accepted approach to infection prevention and control, focusing on core principles and priority areas for action. The guidelines are underpinned by a risk-management framework, ensuring they can be

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World Hand Hygiene Day 5 May 2019

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CDNA Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Healthcare Workers Living with Blood Borne Viruses who Perform EPPS at Risk of BBVs

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There has been an update to the Guidelines for healthcare workers who perform exposure prone procedures and healthcare workers living with a blood borne virus (BBV). The Guidelines have been updated to reflect new evidence and are consistent with changes made by other countries. They provide information and recommendations for: all healthcare workers who perform EPPs; healthcare

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12 – 18 November 2018

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week occurs annually in November. It aims to draw attention to the role of effective use of antibiotics in preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Antibiotic Awareness Week is a key initiative to promote the correct use of antibiotics to contribute to the avoidance of further emergence and spread of AMR. AMR

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ANZCA & ACSQHC Joint Statement Topical Application of Chlorhexidine and Risk of Accidental Injection Update

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The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) have updated the Joint Safety Statement on the Topical application of chlorhexidine and the risks of accidental injection. Please refer to https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/publications/anzca-and-commission-joint-statement-on-chlorhexidine/ for the updated statement.

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) 14 – 20 October 2018

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is right around the corner. The 2018 theme: Protecting Patients Everywhere.  By joining your colleagues and healthcare facilities in celebrating IIPW, you are raising awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient/client/resident/consumer safety. Keep an eye out for resources to support your activities at http://professionals.site.apic.org/

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