Katie joined VICNISS in September 2019 as an Epidemiologist. Hailing from North Carolina, she has training in biology, infectious disease research, education, and has completed a MSc of Epidemiology in 2018 at the University of Melbourne. Before starting her career at VICNISS, Katherine worked at the University of North Carolina as a researcher studying Dengue virus, and spent 2 years as a biomedical science teacher, teaching science to secondary students. She enjoys traveling, and has worked as an educator or researcher overseas in 3 countries.
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.