Simon Burrell is the Database Manager in the VICNISS Coordinating Centre. After an apprenticeship in Radio Trades (electronic engineering) he worked with Siemens in their Building Technologies division. It was there, back in 1996, he was first introduced to relational databases. Joining the VICNISS Coordinating Centre at its inception in 2002, he now leads a team in creating surveillance and reporting tools drawing on his experience in healthcare data modelling, messaging and software architecture. He has particular interests in presentation of data that allows for rapid and meaningful analysis.
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.