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Associate Professor Noleen Bennett

Associate Professor Noleen Bennett

Associate Professor Noleen Bennett

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Aged Care NAPS Project Officer | Senior Infection Control Consultant VICNISS
Antimicrobial Resistance, Influenza
Public Health
The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Guidance Group (RMH), VICNISS
Lab Group(s):
VICNISS, National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Associate Professor Noleen Bennett holds a distinguished senior Infection Control Consultant at the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS). With a Doctorate of Philosophy, she specialises in developing and evaluating infection surveillance programs for smaller acute care hospitals. Noleen has made valuable contributions to the field by actively advising on COVID-19 management across various sectors, including community and aged care services, at both state and national levels. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Noleen was honored with the prestigious SHEA International Ambassadorship in 2019.

  • Key Achievements
    • Associate Professor Noleen's dedication to public health, particularly in aged care, led her to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy in 2011. She then became the inagural project officer for Aged Care NAPS, the pioneering Australian survey that unified the collection, coordination, and analysis of infection and antimicrobial use data in residential aged care. With her expertise, she has made significant contributions to 47 academic journals and secured research funding exceeding $8 million. Presently, she serves as the Chief Investigator for the projects titled 'Appropriate Antimicrobial Use: Scaling Surveillance Using Digital Health’ and ‘Development and Implementation of the National Infection Surveillance Program for Aged Care (NISPAC).

    Research Groups

      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.

      Lab Team


    • National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

      The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a health services research program that aims to improve the use of antimicrobials across animal and human health, to influence national policy, and to generate a research workforce across nurses, pharmacists, doctors and veterinarians. NCAS aims to lead and facilitate the embedding of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) within clinical practice across diverse healthcare settings and among different practitioner groups in Australia. Its research and surveillance programs aim to improve antimicrobial prescribing by understanding prescribing behaviours through qualitative and quantitative methods, monitoring current prescribing patterns across healthcare settings, identifying targets for quality improvement, and developing interventions, new policies and practices.

      Lab Team

      National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

      • Director National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) | Director Guidance Group
      • Deputy Director of NCAS; Director of the Guidance Group; Infectious Diseases Physician
      • Dr Rodney James
      • Senior Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist and Project Officer
      • Dr Noleen Bennett
      • Robyn Ingram
      • Head of the Infection Prevention and Surveillance Service (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
      • Professor Glenn Browning
      • Professor Mike Richards
      • Guidance IT Manager
      • Associate Professor Rhonda Stuart
      • Dr David Kong
      • Professor Danielle Mazza
      • Dr Trish Peel
      • Dr N.Deborah Friedman
      • Dr Helen Billman-Jacobe
      • Infectious Diseases and General Physician (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
      • Operations Director (VICNISS)
      • Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician
      • Evette Buono
      • Professor Frank Dunshea
      • Courtney Ierano
      • Jaclyn Bishop
      • Karen Urbancic
      • Lesley Hawes
      • Leslie Dowson
      • Dr Laura Hardefeldt
        Post-Doctorate Fellow | Department of Veterinary Biosciences
      • Dr Helen Crabb
      • Dr Kirsten Bailey
        Research Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship | Melbourne Veterinary School
      • Dr Arjun Rajkhowa
      • Dr Anna Sri
        PhD Candidate | Melbourne Veterinary School
      • Dr Amy Hii
        PhD Candidate | Department of Veterinary Biosciences
      • Dr Ri Scarborough
        PhD Candidate | Melbourne Veterinary School