World Hand Hygiene Day - 5th May 2015

Welcome to Hand Hygiene Australia

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative

Health care associated infections (HCAI) are a major and growing issue in the quality and safety of health care, in both the hospital and community settings.  HCAIs require urgent national consideration and action

HCAIs have been nominated as a priority area by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). Improved healthcare worker hand hygiene (HH) is the highest priority area to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Reliable indicators of HH compliance are essential, and mechanisms for the wider implementation and monitoring are required.

The purpose of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) is to develop a national approach to improving HH and monitor its effectiveness. This initiative is based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) - World Alliance for Patient Safety campaign – “Clean Care is Safer Care” launched in 2005.  On the 5th May 2009 WHO relaunched their campaign as "Save Lives: Clean Your Hands" . 

    
A message from Prof. M. Lindsay Grayson, Director of Hand Hygiene Australia
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5th May 2015

Information on this year’s theme can be found at here. This is important, as it emphasizes the importance of hand hygiene action in demonstrating overall quality of care within health-care facilities.

If you haven't already, please register your own hospital's hand hygiene campaign with WHO via this link and receive newsletters and 5th May information directly from WHO.

Data Submission Dates

Submit data to State Coordinator

2015 & 2016
31 March
30 June
31 October