The new NHMRC Australian IPC Guidelines recommend the use of TGA-listed hospital-grade disinfectants with specific claims for the disinfection of hard surfaces in healthcare facilities.
This changes reflects regulation for hard surface disinfectants which have been implemented by the TGA. The streamlining of the regulatory pathway has resulted in changes to terminology and requirements of entry:
In addition, TGO 54 (Standard for Disinfectants and Sterilants) was superseded by TGO 104 (Standard for Disinfectants and Sanitary Products) on 1st April 2019.
Refer to TGA website for more information. - https://www.tga.gov.au/therapeutic-goods-order-54-standard-disinfectants-and-sterilants-tgo-54
Public Health Alert: Candida Auris
Has caused outbreaks in HCF’s and can spread through contact with affected patients and contaminated surfaces or equipment. C. auris can live on surfaces for several weeks.
NSW Health: Public Health Amendment (Legionella Control) Regulation 2018.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Aging provides updated Australian Immunisation Guidelines to reflect latest national & international evidence for vaccination. If you missed any of your childhood immunisations or require assessment of your immunisation status your GP can assist/ advise/prioritise an action plan.
Refer to your HCF Staff Health Program coordinator if you require further information on specific requirements.
1. Australian Government Department of Health. Immunisations for healthcare workers. https://beta.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/health-professionals/immunisations-for-health-care-workers
2. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. www.immunise.health.gov.au/.../publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10 -home
Accessing the Guidelines
For more information & to provide feedback, please visit the consultation page & make a submission by 5pm (AEST) 15/05/18. https://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/public_consultations/infection-healthcare