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DRAFT - Australian Infection Control Guidelines

Closed on Wednesday, 10 March 2010, 12:00am (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.


The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission), has released for public comment the Australian Infection Control Guidelines: preventing and managing infection in health care (the draft Guidelines).

The draft Guidelines have been developed to assist a coordinated approach to the management of health care associated infection (HAI) in Australia by supporting the Commission’s other HAI priority program initiatives.

To facilitate this approach, the draft Guidelines are written from a care delivery perspective, focussing on safety and quality and using a risk management framework. This approach differs from the current Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) 2004 Infection control guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting which are disease and setting specific.

You are invited, under paragraph 13(1)(b) of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, to make a submission to the NHMRC about the draft guidelines.


The draft Guidelines primarily target clinicians, ancillary staff and administrators across Australia’s acute care and office based practices. Given the draft Guidelines provide the evidence base and the core principles of infection control it is anticipated they can be readily adapted to suit other health care settings including primary and community care.

The draft Guidelines have been developed using evidence from commissioned systematic reviews and existing international infection control guidelines. Recommendations were developed by the Infection Control Guidelines (ICG) Steering Committee using the NHMRC levels and grades pilot program. Where there was a paucity of published scientific evidence to support established practice, good practice points were developed by the ICG Steering Committee and supported by successful case studies sourced from various jurisdictions.

This process is outlined in the attachments to the draft Guidelines process report.

How to make your submission

Electronic submissions using the web address icg@nhmrc.gov.au are strongly preferred.

Please ensure that the author of the submission and organisation (if applicable) is clearly stated. If you would like your submission to be treated as confidential, please indicate this clearly (for example, by marking CONFIDENTIAL on each page of your written submission). Submissions may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. All submissions will have personal contact details removed prior to becoming publicly available on the NHMRC website.

Please include information sources and references used in your submission for the NHMRC to consider.


Consultation documents
Consultation date

Please note the Timezone is AEDT.

Closing date: 
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 (All day)
Contact for further information

Stephanie Goodrick
Strategic Partnerships
National Health and Medical Research Council
GPO Box 1421

Public submissions

Page reviewed: 17 December, 2011