There have been recent reports in the media about an infection called Clostridium difficile. In Tasmania, the Tasmanian Infection Prevention & Control Unit (TIPCU) is monitoring the number of cases of Clostridium difficile infection. This information is made available to the public in infection reports located on the TIPCU webpage. Tasmania is the first State in Australia to implement national surveillance definitions for this infection and continuously publish rates for Clostridium difficile infection. By undertaking such surveillance we will be able to quickly identify any increase in the number of cases of Clostridium difficile infection and put additional measures in place if needed.
The DHHS also has a strategy for the prevention of healthcare associated infections. The strategy outlines the multifaceted approach being taken to reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections in Tasmania.
Information about healthcare associated infections, including Clostridium difficile infection can be found on the TIPCU webpage (hyper link blue words to page below as well).