Episodes of Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA and MSSA) bacteraemia (SAB) in acute care hospitals.

Collection details

Temporal coverage 


Geographical coverage



Data availability

  • Publications
  • Data cubes

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Data scope 

The data collection includes counts of healthcare associated cases of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) bloodstream infections for each public hospital covered by SAB surveillance arrangements, and for private hospitals that choose to provide data. The data for public hospitals are collected under hospital infection control arrangements by state and territory health authorities. The data include the counts of patient days under surveillance. Data on the numbers of methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) cases for public hospitals are reported separately at a hospital and state or territory level.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

National Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia Data Collection, 2020-2021 DQS
(METEOR 763593)

Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.2.2–Healthcare-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections 2021
(METEOR 771612)

External links and information

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) – Antimicrobial resistance

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) – Surveillance for Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SABSI)

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care – Antimicrobial resistance

Health Direct – Staph infections

Report on Government Services – Productivity Commission (pc.gov.au)


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