Hand Hygiene Australia
The Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care (ACSQHC) has engaged Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA) to implement the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI). HHA reports directly to the ACSQHC.
The HHA team are headed by Professor Lindsay Grayson as Director, and Dr Andrew Stewardson as Project Manager. The HHA team members are based in Melbourne, and local HHA coordinators have been appointed in Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory. HHA is assisting in coordinating Northern Territory.
HHA will work closely with existing State/Territory strategies and campaigns to maximise the success of the NHHI, including the establishment of a standard national system of outcome measures to assess the effectiveness of the NHHI.
While initially focusing on acute-care public hospitals, HHA resources are also available for all healthcare facilities, both public and private. Ultimately it is the responsibility of each State/Territory jurisdiction to determine their participation in the NHHI.