Andrea joined VICNISS in May 2018 as Office Manager, providing administrative support to the team and taking care of the day to day responsibilities of the office. Prior to joining VICNISS she worked at The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women's Hospital as a laboratory assistant for seven years, working within anatomical pathology, incorporating both administrative duties as well as laboratory assigned tasks and providing much needed support to both scientists, and pathologists within the team. She has further experience in conference and event coordination as well as prior roles in office administration.
The VICNISS Coordinating Centre provides a state-wide, standardised surveillance service for healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and related events. The goal of VICNISS is to monitor and reduce the incidence of HAIs, providing support for health services in Victoria. VICNISS aims to support Victorian health services to carry out international best practice surveillance and analysis, and to lead interventions for quality improvement to improve the health of all Victorians.
VICNISS provides a source of high quality data for regular performance monitoring, and for a valuable resource for the research community. Over the time of VICNISS surveillance, infection rates in key areas of focus have fallen markedly, reducing the significant financial and personal cost of these infections on both individual patients and the health system.
VICNISS collaborates with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), with a major involvement in aged care NAPS (ac-NAPS). VICNISS is also engaged by DHHS Residential Aged Care Services to carry out monitoring of infection control indicators in Victoria’s public residential aged care services, including participation in ac-NAPS.