Track, treat and prevent infection outbreaks.

Every year, between 165,000 and 200,000 Australians contract a healthcare-associated infection, causing significant ill health and costs to the health system.

This project will sequence the genomes of multi-drug resistant bacteria suspected in patients in Queensland Health facilities, Queensland nursing homes and remote communities.

This means the number of healthcare-associated infections will reduce as infection control staff have more information on hand to prevent outbreaks and respond quickly when they do occur.

This is a clinical implementation project, which applies best evidence to clinical practice and is intended to become standard of care following project completion.

Project Investigators

Project leaders engage with and draw upon the expertise of partners within universities, research institutes and hospital and health services around Queensland.

Professor David Paterson, The University of Queensland (lead)

Dr Patrick Harris, The University of Queensland and Pathology Queensland

Associate Professor Scott Beatson, The University of Queensland

Dr Brian Forde, The University of Queensland

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

Dr Geoffrey Playford, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Pathology Queensland

Dr Julia Clark, Queensland Children’s Hospital

Professor Graeme Nimmo, Pathology Queensland

Dr Amy Jennison, Forensic and Scientific Services

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