E-Bulletin Sept 2015


National data for Audit 2 2015 has now been released - click HERE to view it 


Hand Hygiene Australia - New Initiatives in Hand Hygiene

When: Sunday 22 November 2015                         

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart

Topics will include:

  • Translating evidence into practice: a guide to successful implementation
  • Tailoring your message to different healthcare worker groups
  • Hand hygiene outside acute care wards e.g. emergency departments,
  • peri-operative areas, oral health
  • Hand hygiene initiatives in Singapore
  • New tools from Hand Hygiene Australia 

This workshop will be packed with practical advice about how to embed and sustain improved hand hygiene performance and address challenges in your organisation. We’ll have plenty of time for discussion, so please bring your difficulties and your innovations to share! 

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Free Registration - click here 


Please ensure your user profile is up to date. From time to time we need to contact you and the information that is in your details section in HHCApp is what we use.

How to update your details:

  • Login to HHCApp
  • Click on your name in the top right corner


Update your details and then click 'Save' at the bottom of the page.


Organisation Administrators can reset passwords for their auditors bu taking the following steps:

  • Check with auditor that there is no data sitting on a mobile device.
  • Go to the Users tab (top right of screen)
  • Enter the name of your auditor and Search. Click on their name in the search results to open their details page.
  • Reset password and save.


A username should be created in HHCApp for all auditors. All data should be attached to the auditor it was collected by. This does not mean that each auditor has to enter their own data. It can still be added by an Organisation Administrator or a Department Administrator. The creation of an auditor username means that the auditor can be selected even when someone else is entering the data for them.

This allows each auditor to develop an auditing history that is transportable wherever they may work. It is also important for validation purposes. Organisation Administrators can run ‘Auditor and Sessions’ reports to see how many moments have been collected by each auditor. This is a quick and easy way of ensuring that auditors are collecting the required 100 moments per year to remain validated. This report also allows an Organisation Administrator to compare compliance rates for all of their auditors and subsequently follow up on large discrepancies.


GSA workshops are in high demand and we have a number of people on the waitlist to attend. Due to increasing numbers of people needing to complete the GSA workshop we are no longer able to train unlimited numbers of staff from each hospital. The National Hand Hygiene Initiative uses a train-the-trainer model where any GSA is able to train their own staff members to be general auditors. Ward based auditors do not need to be trained as GSAs. HHA provide all of the relevant training materials for GSAs to be able to run an auditor course themselves.

Given this model and the importance for prioritising those who need to be trained as a GSA, in the future we will asking you to confirm; 

  • Is there an established Hand Hygiene program at your facility and if yes, are you part of this team or involved in rolling out the program at your hospital? If not, is the team coordinating the Hand Hygiene program aware you have registered to attend?
  • Do you intend to train others to be General Auditors?
  • Do you have the resources (allocated time) to train others to audit and/or participate in the coordination of the Hand Hygiene Program at your hospital? 

If there is an established program at your hospital and you are not part of this team and you will not be allocated the resources or time to train others to audit, it is likely you require General Auditor training. To arrange this you will need to contact the person coordinating the Hand Hygiene Program at your hospital (if you are unsure who this is please let us know and we will find out for you.)


 If you are having trouble playing the HHA auditor training DVD, try burning a copy of the disc and retry with the burnt copy.


Check out the Occupational Dermatology Research and Education Centre website.

The RASH (Resources about skin health) page contains a variety of resources including a presentation for Healthcare Workers.  


To restart the tradition of reviewing recent hand hygiene articles of note in these eBullitins, we’d like to highlight the systematic review and meta-analysis of hand hygiene promotion research published by Luangasanatip and colleagues in the British Medical Journal. This paper used an innovative network analysis approach to synthesis available evidence and compare different strategies for hand hygiene promotion. Their specific aim was to evaluate the relative efficacy of the WHO Multimodal Hand Hygiene Improvement Strategy and other interventions. From 3639 identified studies, 41 were included in the analysis. The authors concluded that there is strong evidence that the WHO multimodal strategy is effective at achieving substantial and sustained improvement in hand hygiene compliance amongst healthcare workers. They found that several additional initiatives – goal setting, reward incentives and accountability strategies – can result in further improvements. As an interesting aside, the authors also noted that the quality of studies about hand hygiene promotion has improved over the past five years. 

Reference: Luangasanatip N, Hongsuwan M, Limmathurotsakul D, Lubell Y, Lee AS, et al. Comparative efficacy of interventions to promote hand hygiene in hospital: systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ. 2015 Jul 28;351:h3728. doi: 10.1136/bmj.h3728