Microbiology

Molecular Infectious Diseases – MRSA mecA/nuc genes

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL to assess the detection of MRSA.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 6 samples per survey

Tests

MRSA mecA/nuc genes

Molecular Infectious Diseases – Mycobacterium tuberculosis & Mycobacterium avium complex

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL to assess the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis & Mycobacterium avium complex.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 6 samples per survey

Tests

Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium complex

Molecular Infectious Diseases – Neisseria meningitidis

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL to assess the detection of Neisseria meningitidis.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 6 samples per survey

Tests

Neisseria meningitidis

Molecular Infectious Diseases – Varicella zoster virus

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL to assess the detection of Varicella zoster virus.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 6 samples per survey

Tests

Varicella zoster virus

Mycology

Liquid – 1 mL. Included are dermatophytes, systemic mycotic pathogens, clinically significant yeasts and contaminants of interest. Antibiotic susceptibilities on yeast isolates.

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 3 samples per survey

Tests

Dermatophytes, systemic mycotic pathogens, clinically significant yeast and contaminants of interest.

Parasitology

Fixed smears /faecal suspensions – 1 mL. Specimens cover a wide range of parasites, endemic and non-endemic in Australia. From time to time educational preparations will be included.

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 2 samples per survey

Tests

Protozoa, helminths, samples containing faecal artefacts

Stat Microscopy

Lyophilised samples and smears – 1 or 5 mL and 2 slides. Includes urine cell counts and Gram stains of various specimens such as body fluids, wounds swabs and sputum.

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 4 samples per survey

Tests

Includes urine cell counts and smears for Gram stain

Streptococcus pneumoniae – urinary antigen detection

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL. Urinary antigen detection.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 4 samples per survey

Tests

Streptococcus pneumoniae Urinary antigen

Urine Dipstick Chemistry

Lyophilised sample – 1 mL. Analytes: Leucocyte esterase, blood glucose, protein, nitrite, pH by manual and automated methods.

Frequency / Number of samples

4 surveys / 2 samples per survey

Tests

Leukocyte esterase, Blood, Glucose, Protein, Nitrite

Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

VRE screening, phenotypic testing, antibiotic susceptibility testing and/or molecular testing. Lyophilised sample – 1 mL.

Frequency / Number of samples

2 surveys / 4 samples per survey

Tests

VRE screening, phenotypic testing, antibiotic susceptibility testing and/or molecular testing