Department of Health

Key messages

  • In December 2019, carbapenemase-producing Acinetobacter spp (CPA) and carbapenemase-producing Pseudomonas spp (CPP) isolates were made notifiable.
  • The Victorian guideline on CPO for health services replaces the Victorian guideline on carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales (CPE) for health services, and includes management requirements for CPE as well as CPA and CPP.
  • Version 1.1 of this guideline is a minor update to include reference to the role of Local Public Health Units in the public health management of AMR conditions.
  • This guideline applies to all paediatric and adult health services in Victoria. For the purpose of this guideline, the term ‘health service’ refers to public and private health services, hospitals and denominational hospitals that admit patients overnight.
  • The guidance also applies to all satellite haemodialysis units and day oncology units. Surgical day procedure centres are not within the scope of this guideline.
  • Recommendations in this guideline supplant all other state and national infection control guidelines related to the management of CPO.
  • Any isolation of a suspected or confirmed CPO (as defined in the glossary of this guideline) from clinical, screening or environmental samples are in scope.
  • All CPO surveillance forms should faxed to the department on 1300 651 170. Enquiries may be directed to

Templates, forms and other supporting resources referred to within the guideline are available to be downloaded below.

Victorian guideline on CPO for health services, version 1.1

CPO surveillance data collection form

The following form is to be used for all confirmed human CPO isolates. When completed, forms are to be faxed to the department on 1300 651 170.

Enquiries may be directed to

CPO isolate referral forms (human and environmental)

The following forms are to be used by diagnostic laboratories when referring any CPO isolates to the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health LaboratoryExternal Link (MDU PHL). Note that there are different forms for human and environmental isolates.

Patient, staff and clinician information sheets

Example letters

Reviewed 22 November 2023


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