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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.


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.

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Closing date: 
Wednesday, 10 March 2010 (All day)
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