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Antimicrobial Use in Australian Hospitals

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The 2014 report of the National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program  has been released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission). The NAUSP is a passive surveillance system measuring rates of antimicrobial usage in hospital settings. The 2014 NAUSP report provides the results of data from 129 participating acute care hospitals

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Draft Version 2 of NSQHS Standards

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Public consultation on the draft version 2 of the NSQHS Standards is now open and feedback can be provided until 30th October 2015.  The Commission wants to hear from anyone involved in healthcare during this consultation period, including consumers, health professionals, health service managers, health departments, technical experts and accrediting agencies. The consultation draft version

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 6 September 2015

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Virus Watch Week Ending 6 September 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Most direct and indirect indicators of influenza activity declined this week, suggesting we have passed the peak of the influenza season. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) decreased this week and are consistent with presentations rates during

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 August 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 30 August 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remained stable or declined this week, further indicating we may have reached the peak of the influenza season. Non-influenza respiratory virus activity continues to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain relatively

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 August 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 23 August 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity increased slightly, but still suggest we are approaching the peak of the influenza season. The majority of non-influenza viruses remained steady or declined. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) increased marginally but remain

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 16 August 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 16 August 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, suggesting we are around the peak of the influenza season. Non-influenza virus activity continues to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) remain relatively steady and within ranges seen in

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 9 August 2014

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 9 August 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, indicating we may be at or near the peak of the influenza season. Non-influenza virus activity continues to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) have plateaued. Influenza virus detections

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 2 August 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 2 August 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Indicators of influenza activity remain relatively steady, indicating we may be at or near the peak of the influenza season. Non-influenza virus activity continues to decline. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) increased slightly this week but

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Prevention and Control of Infection in Residential & Community Aged Care

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Infection prevention and control in residential and community aged care is a pocket book developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/d1034 The pocket book provides information on the key principles of infection prevention and control for the residential aged care (RAC) and community aged care (CAC)

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 July 2015

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Virus WAtch Week Ending 26 July 2015 Influenza and Influenza-like Illnesses (ILI) Summary: Taken together, direct and indirect indicators suggest that influenza virus activity may have now peaked, earlier than in recent seasons. Non-influenza virus activity also declined this week. ILI presentations to sentinel general practitioners (GPs) decreased this week and presentations to sentinel emergency

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