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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care – Chapter 16 – Antimicrobial stewardship in community and residential aged care

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The content of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care book continues to grow, with the latest chapter dealing with AMS and community and residential aged care. Key elements include: Aged care services in Australia and infectious diseases and ageing Presentation of infections in older people

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9th International Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Conference 7 – 10 November 2021

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The 2021 ACIPC International Conference will be delivered as a hybrid event with both in-person and online attendance options. The in-person conference will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre, 7 – 10 November and will include national and international invited speakers, abstract presentations, social events, and a comprehensive trade exhibition. To help facilitate the

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National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2nd edition, 2021) Published

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The 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard supersedes the 2017 Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard. The new standard provides further support to health service organisations to prevent, control and respond to infections that cause outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics, including novel and emerging infections. The changes made to the standard clarify existing requirements and reflect the

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Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard

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The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard was launched on Wednesday 26th of May, 2021. The new standard was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with consumers and healthcare professionals. This is very timely following the recent publication of the HISWA Aggregate Report for the January –

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TGA Approves Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to AstraZeneca Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine. The Product Information, FAQs and information on labelling and batch testing are also available on the COVID-19 vaccines hub. Information on COVID-19 vaccines and the priority rollout to aged care providers, workers and residents is available here. Further information

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TGA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has granted provisional approval to Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine. The Product Information, FAQs and information on labelling and batch testing are also available on the COVID-19 vaccines hub. Further information on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available on the Department of Health website

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Links & Resources

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As of 29 January 2020, ‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ has been declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020. Any person who meets the following criteria are required to isolate themselves at home for

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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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