Future directions for management of Clostridium difficile

Lisa Hall1, Jan Gralton2, on behalf of the ACSQHC CDI Community of Practice

1School of Public Health, University of Queensland, 288 Herston Road, Herston QLD 4006; l.hall3@uq.edu.au

2Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare


To maintain low rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in Australia, it is important to examine current surveillance and management strategies, and identify measures to address variations and gaps in policy and practice.  In 2017, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care established a Community of Practice (CoP) to investigate these issues.  Using driver diagram methodology, the CoP identified the barriers affecting CDI surveillance and management in Australia and used this information to identify targeted solutions to address these barriers.  Each proposed solution was then assessed and prioritised based on ease of implementation and scope of impact.  This presentation will outline the benefits of this approach, key findings and priorities for future action.

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The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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