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Pertussis is Endemic in Australia

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Pertussis is endemic in Australia, with cyclic outbreaks typically occurring every 3 to 5 years.  In WA, weekly laboratory notifications of confirmed pertussis infections have been increasing throughout 2015, suggesting that another pertussis outbreak may be imminent. In light of this, the WA Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) would like to remind immunisation providers of

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Draft National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals

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The National Immunisation Committee (NIC) Immunisation Provider Competency Working Group (IPCWG) has undertaken a review of the 2001 National Guidelines for Immunisation Education for Registered Nurses and Midwives (the National Guidelines) to develop the draft National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (the draft Framework). The purpose of this review was to improve national consistency

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Antimicrobial Use & Resistance in Australia Surveillance System Animation

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Professor John Turnidge, Senior Medical Adviser at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), explains the causes and dangers of antimicrobial resistance, inappropriate antimicrobial usage, and what the Commission is doing about it. Watch the Commission’s animation on the Antimicrobial Use & Resistance in Australia Surveillance System on YouTube here

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Food Safety Week 8 – 15 November 2015

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Australian Food Safety Week takes place this year on the 8 – 15 November. As part of Food Safety Week, the Department of Health Food Unit will be hosting a series of events including: Food labelling seminar delivered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand Update on the review of the Food Act 2008 (WA) and

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Influenza Vaccine Composition for Australia in 2016

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The Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee (AIVC) met at TGA, Canberra, on 8th October 2015, to recommend influenza viruses to be used in the composition of the influenza vaccines for 2016. During this meeting, the expert committee reviewed and evaluated data related to epidemiology, antigenic and genetic characteristics of recent influenza isolates circulating in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, serological

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Antibiotic Awareness Week Commencing Monday 16 November 2015

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Resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) 2015 are available to download from the Commission website http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/healthcare-associated-infection/antimicrobial-stewardship/antibiotic-awareness-week/ There is just over one month to go until Antibiotic Awareness Week, which begins on Monday 16 November, 2015. This year is the first time the World Health Organization will endorse World Antibiotic Awareness Week, with the theme “Antibiotics. Handle

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International Infection Prevention Week 19 – 23 October 2015

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This week is International Infection Prevention Week. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has developed an Infection Prevention and Control Orientation Package for Health Care Workers. This online orientation module is designed to be used by health service organisations (HSO) as part orientation programs for the workforce in infection prevention and control.

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Infection Prevention Week is Coming!

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International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) is right around the corner: October 18-24, 2015. IIPW is an annual awareness campaign to stimulate interest in and highlight the importance of infection prevention. This year’s theme is promoting engagement between patients, visitors, and healthcare professionals around infection prevention. Check out the activities, resources, and materials on the APIC

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Hand Hygiene Resources for the Dental/Oral Health Setting

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Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) has released its new resources for hand hygiene in the Dental/Oral Health setting. The new resources include: Resources for Dental/Oral Health webpage – http://hha.org.au/home/resources-for-dental.aspx 5 Moments for Dental PowerPoint – http://hha.org.au/home/resources-for-dental/dental-education-and-promotion.aspx Guidelines for submission of data – http://hha.org.au/home/resources-for-dental/guidelines-for-dental-facilities.aspx HH Observation Coding Sheet – http://hha.org.au/UserFiles/file/Dental/Dental%20coding%20Classification%20Sheet_Sept2015.pdf Future resources: – Dental Online Learning Program (estimated early 2016) – Other

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