Eliza joined VICNISS in 2021 as a Project Officer for the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC) project. Eliza has training in immunology, infectious diseases, and climate change and health, and has a Master of Public Health from Monash University. She completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science (Honours) finishing with first class honours. Prior to joining NISPAC, Eliza worked as a Research Assistant at The Alfred/Monash University Department of Immunology, and the Department of Infectious Diseases.
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.