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Antibiotic Awareness Week 18-24 November 2013
Antibiotic Awareness Week in Australia is part of a global initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance (AMR) has been labelled one of the greatest threats to human health today. Resistance to antibiotics is commonly found in Australian hospitals and increasingly in the community. The prevalence of multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens is rising. Patients with infections due to resistant bacteria experience delayed recovery and treatment failure and are at least twice as likely to die than patients with infections from non resistant organisms.
Addressing antimicrobial resistance requires a “one health” approach. In 2013 Australian the Commission is working with NPS MedicineWise, the Department of Agriculture, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), and the Australian Veterinary Association, state and territory representatives and the private hospital sector to promote consistent messages about appropriate use of antibiotics in human and animal health. Antibiotic Awareness Week is supported by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Australian Society for Antimicrobials and the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.
National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS)
To coincide with this year’s Antibiotic Awareness Week, the Melbourne Health NH&MRC Antimicrobial Stewardship research team will again be coordinating the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS). This work is supported by the Commission. Participating in the survey provides a valuable opportunity for hospitals to audit local antimicrobial prescribing patterns and identify where they are going well and opportunities for improvement.
Registration is open to acute care hospitals of all sizes, public and private, and it is hoped that many organisations will participate. The survey has been in development for the past two years, and is in the process of being redeveloped as a customised on-line data base, with improved data entry and reporting tools. This year, hospitals may also choose to participate in benchmarking analysis for like-hospital subgroups, subject to local approval processes. If a facility wishes to be involved in the benchmarking process, the NAPS coordinating team will provide further advice.
NAPS 2013 can be found at www.naps.vicniss.org.au
Further information email email@example.com or read the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey information sheet (PDF 125KB)
Preserve the miracle of antibiotics: No action today, no cure tomorrow
This years campaign focuses on No action today, no cure tomorrow^ and promotes seven actions to improve antibiotic prescribing and use:
*Source: Therapeutic guidelines: Antibiotic, Version 14. 2010.
^Taken from the WHO’s World Health Day 2011 campaign to promote AMR.
Be involved in Antibiotic Awareness Week
Hospitals and healthcare providers are encouraged to participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week.
The Commission has prepared a suite of resources to assist hospitals and health service organisations in planning activities for the week.
Make the pledge to fight AMR
NPS MedicineWise is encouraging all health professionals to pledge to join the fight against antibiotic resistance. A new app on the NPS MedicineWise website will allow people to add the suburb of their workplace to the national map of antibiotic resistance fighters.
After making the pledge, individuals will be able to generate a personalised antibiotic resistance fighter certificate to print and display in their hospital, clinic or office, or share with social media networks.
The first 3000 health professionals to pledge to join the fight against antibiotic resistance will also be able to order a free Resistance Fighter t-shirt to wear during Antibiotic Awareness Week.
The pledge will be available online from 8 November 2013. To check it out, and for other antibiotic resistance resources, visit www.nps.org.au/antibiotics