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ATAGI winter booster dose recommendations

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ATAGI recommends a winter COVID-19 booster dose for people at increased risk of severe COVID-19. The additional winter booster is recommended for other people at increased risk, to be given 4 months after their first booster dose or COVID-19 infection (if applicable). adults aged 65 years and older residents 16 years and older of aged

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TGA approves booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

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The TGA has announced it has provisionally approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose in individuals aged 18 years and over. The vaccine may be administered 6 months after the second dose of the primary series of any approved COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, it can be given as a booster dose 28 days after

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TGA approves Moderna vaccine for individuals aged 12 years and over

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) granted provisional approval to Moderna Australia Pty Ltd for its COVID-19 vaccine in August, with the approval for use in individuals 12 years and older granted on 4th September 2021. The Product Information, FAQs and information on labelling and batch testing are also available on the COVID-19 vaccines hub. Further information

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AURA 2021 – New report on antimicrobial use and resistance now available

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has published its Fourth Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health (AURA 2021).  The most comprehensive report produced on Australian antimicrobial use and resistance trends to date has found that while antimicrobial use in the community is decreasing, over prescribing and

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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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