Donna joined VICNISS in December 2021 to assist with Hand Hygiene and the Type 2 (smaller hospitals) program. Donna has over seven years experience in Infection Prevention and Control in both Queensland & Victoria, working in public hospitals as the Clinical Nurse Consultant. She is a member of the Australian College for Infection Prevention & Control (ACIPAC) and her qualifications include Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Science (Infection Control Nursing), Post Graduate Certificate in Critical Care, Accredited Nurse Immuniser, Pre and Post-Test Counsellor for Blood Borne Virus Certificate and Gold Standard Hand Hygiene Auditor.
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.