This report has benefited from advice from a number of individuals and organisations with interest and expertise in healthcare-associated infection and in risk adjustment of hospital performance for reporting purposes.
At the onset of this work, the Authority established a panel of technical experts to advise us on this project:
- Dr Archie Clements, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Queensland
- Dr Lahn Straney, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University
- Dr Leon Worth, Infectious Diseases Physician, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
The Authority consulted with the National Healthcare-associated Infection Advisory Committee. This committee provided essential insights on S. aureus bloodstream infection and other healthcare-associated infections, both clinical and practical. They provided their views on risk adjustment factors and methodology, as well as information on the history of healthcare-associated infection surveillance in Australia.
The Authority consulted with the National Healthcare-associated Infection Technical Committee. The committee’s involvement was limited to providing detailed information about the definitions used for the report and the practical aspects of measuring healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infection.
Neither of these committees had any role in the writing of this report.
The Authority received advice from its Jurisdictional Advisory Committee with regard to methods and content.
The Authority acknowledges the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for its role in establishing the MyHospitals website and for their advice with regards to new national criteria related to healthcare-associated S. aureus bloodstream infection.
This report relies on data provided by state and territory governments. These data were used to calculate the performance measures in this report. The Authority conducts checks to ensure data quality and also relies on the data quality work of AIHW done under contract to the Authority. The Authority provides jurisdictions with the opportunity to verify their data.
Thanks are extended to all those who contributed.