You are invited to review the draft revised Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (the draft Guidelines) as part of a public consultation.

Update of the Guidelines

The Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare are produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

The draft Guidelines have been updated to reflect the latest national and international evidence on infection prevention and control. This update has been led by the Infection Control Guidelines Advisory Committee, whose membership details can be found in Appendix 3 of the draft Guidelines. The evidence reviews commissioned by NHMRC for the update are publicly available for background information. These reports are not subject to consultation.

A summary of the process and overarching changes is provided on the consultation page.

Accessing the Guidelines

For this update, NHMRC is piloting an interactive ‘living guidelines’ model. Two IT platforms are available for accessing the draft Guidelines:

  1. MAGICapp – an online interactive platform for developing and publishing guidelines (third party website) or
  2. NHMRC’s Interactive Guideline Platform (Australian Government website)

A ‘how-to’ video to guide users through MAGICapp, alongside an explainer video on the GRADE method for developing health advice, are available on the consultation page.

For both platforms, please allow some loading time in the first instance as the data is linked to a third party server. Once the final updated Guideline is released, users will have the choice of accessing the contents interactively through NHMRC’s website, MAGICapp’s website or as a mobile application with online/offline capability.

For more information and to provide feedback, please visit the consultation page and make a submission by 5pm (AEST) Tuesday 15 May 2018.

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