PROPOSED GUIDELINES

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission), have recently made the Australian Infection Control Guidelines: preventing and managing infection in health care (the draft Guidelines) available to public comment.

The aim of these draft Guidelines is to assist a coordinated approach to the management of health care associated infection. They have been developed to support other initiatives of the Commission’s Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI). Please refer to www.health.gov.au and go to Our Work for further detail of HAI.

The draft Australian Infection Control Guidelines have been written from a care delivery perspective, focus on safety and quality and using a risk management framework. This approach differs from the current Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) 2004 Infection Control Guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting which are disease and setting specific.

The NHMRC is keen to receive feedback from the community in the development of the guidelines.

To make a submission please refer to the Guidelines section of the NHMRC website www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/consult. The closing date for submissions is 10 March 2010.

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