Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)


Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections acquired in healthcare facilities and infections that occur as a result of healthcare interventions and which may manifest after people leave the healthcare facility. Prevention of HAIs and the transmission of multi-resistant organisms (MROs) are key patient safety and clinical quality initiatives for NSW Health. The HAI program at the CEC aims to reduce the risk of acquiring a HAI during care delivery in NSW health facilities. The program enables NSW Local Health Districts and Health Networks to improve prevention and infection control behaviour and to implement consistent infection control processes and surveillance.


  • Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); 
  • Reduced risk of HAI transmission to patients, visitors and staff; 
  • Standardised approach to HAI prevention and control.


Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are a significant patient safety issue, with around 200,000 incidents occurring in Australia each year. Despite being largely preventable, HAI continue to cause great suffering for patients, risk to staff health and substantial cost to the health system.

The HAI Program undertakes a range initiatives to monitor and reduce the risk of HAI, including: HAI surveillance; development of infection prevention and control policies and best practice guidance; hand hygiene; quality use of antimicrobials in healthcare.



  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Local Health Districts
  • Specialty Health Networks

Key Dates

Pilot Sites

Implementation Sites


Further Details


HAI Program Manager
02 9269 5500

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HAI Program Manager

02 9269 5500