Department of Health

Preventing infections in health services

The prevention and control of infections in health services is an integral part of quality and safety improvement, and clinical risk management.

While not all healthcare-associated infections can be prevented, the Department of Health & Human Services works with health services to ensure that systems are in place to minimise their occurrence.

Key components for the effective prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections are:

  • adherence to infection control guidelines and standards
  • effective surveillance and monitoring
  • judicious use of antibiotics
  • appropriate hospital design, cleaning and maintenance standards
  • sustainable hand hygiene program
  • healthcare worker immunisation for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Reviewed 17 March 2022


Contact details

Infection Prevention and Cleaning Manager, System Safety and Strategy GPO Box 4541, Melbourne , VIC 3001

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