Antimicrobial use is a key factor in the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Antimicrobials are an integral component of health care delivery. Antimicrobials need to be readily available and effective. When resistance to an antimicrobial emerges and the effectiveness of that antimicrobial is reduced it has a significant impact on an individual’s treatment and the community more broadly.

Data on antimicrobial use in the community (aged care homes, general practice, community health services and other non-hospital settings) are collected via the:

  • Australian Government Department of Human Services Medicare pharmacy claims database
  • the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Repatriation PBS
  • the Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey.