National Legionella Conference 2016
Testing for Legionella in water samples is something we do regularly but this will be our first time attending the upcoming Legionella Conference 2016.
7-8 November 2106
Mercure Gold Coast Resort
Legionella in water systems of hospitals and aged care facilities is recognised as an increasing problem worldwide. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Legionella bacteria cause two thirds of all waterborne disease outbreaks in the USA. CDC has also concluded that nine out of 10 outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease were caused by problems that were preventable with more effective water management.
Queensland now has some of the most stringent water risk management requirements in Australia for hospitals and aged care facilities after the Public Health (Water Risk Management) Amendment Act 2016 was passed in May this year.
The new requirements, scheduled to commence on 1 February 2017, will apply to all public sector hospitals with inpatients, Queensland Health run residential aged care facilities and all private health facilities licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 1999. The requirements will also be extended to the private residential aged care sector at a later date following consultation with the sector.