The infection prevention and control programme aims to reduce the number of infections people get while being treated for a health problem.

Infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and responsibility, whether you are a patient, family member or a health care professional. Working together, we can ensure healthcare associated infections are reduced across the entire health care sector.

The infection prevention and control programme is currently supporting two national quality improvement programmes:

  • Hand hygiene
  • Surgical site infection improvement – current programme includes surveillance for orthopaedic and cardiac surgery in public hospitals.

During 2021 the Commission is working with district health boards to undertake a national health care associated infection point prevalence survey which will estimate the burden of health care associated infection in Aotearoa NZ and identify opportunities for improvement. The results of this work will inform the future direction of the infection prevention and control programme.

Last updated 17/05/2021