APAS was established by the Commission in 2015 with the support of Queensland Health, which enabled access to the OrgTRx system as the information technology infrastructure. APAS collects, analyses and reports on de-identified patient level AMR data contributed by 10 public and private pathology services across Australia. These laboratories detect AMR in isolates referred from public and private hospitals, aged care homes and community settings. Initially, data were captured from January 2015 from all contributing laboratories; historical data have now been incorporated from four of those laboratories. The APAS system includes over 50 million AMR records from 2006 to 2018.
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology has been an important early contributor to national passive surveillance through the provision of reports on resistance in isolates referred by hospitals, aged care homes, community and general practices in Queensland and Northern NSW specifically for AURA 2016 and AURA 2017.
The data captured by APAS enable reporting on AMR in the form of:
The Commission is continuing to work with states and territories and the private sector to enhance data representativeness and analytical value.
Currently, APAS contributors include:
The Australian Passive Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance. First report: multi-resistant organisms (PDF 802KB) (Word 2080KB) was released in November 2018. The report highlights concerning results for three types of significant resistances in Australia:
The following resources have been developed to provide additional training and support to APAS participants: