The Infection Prevention team is made up of nurses, doctors, and data management staff dedicated to keeping patients, hospital staff and visitors safe from infection.
Clinical service overview
Our goals include:
- improving patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated infections
- educating staff, patients and visitors to Alfred Health on their responsibilities in infection prevention
- reducing the risk of patients developing and transmitting multi-drug resistant microorganisms
- keeping our staff, patients and visitors safe from exposure to infectious agents
- conducting research to promote evidence-based practice in Infection Prevention
- reducing the financial and social costs of healthcare-associated infections
- keeping up to date with advancements in healthcare infection prevention technologies, and recommending introduction where benefits to patient or staff safety are evident
Our key activities include promoting hand hygiene, surveillance, education, and implementation of evidence-based infection prevention and control practices.
Staff Immunisation and Exposure Management Unit
The Staff Immunisation and Exposure Management Unit has clinics at The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital, and offers the following services to Alfred Health staff:
- healthcare worker immunisation
- infectious diseases exposure management
- blood and body fluid/needlestick exposure management – all staff to contact pager 3000 if a blood/body fluid exposure has occurred (24-hour service)
- referral service for allergenic responses to latex or hand hygiene agents
- travel clinic referrals
Staff who require urgent medical attention should attend the Emergency Department.
For all other medical issues, staff should see their GP.
Refer your patient
Call or fax your referral
We accept phone referrals for this service.
- Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit (03) 9076 3139
- Staff Immunisation and Exposure Management Unit (03) 9076 3223
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare - Infection Prevention Training Portal
Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010)
Hand Hygiene Australia
The Australian Immunisation Handbook 2013
Blue Book- Infectious Diseases- Epidemiology and Surveillance
Chief Health Officer – Current Health Alerts
Notifying Infectious Diseases within Victoria
Department of Health: Infectious Diseases surveillance in Victoria