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Community Antimicrobial Resistance

The AURA Surveillance System collects data on antimicrobial resistance in the community to support a better understanding of local resistance issues and foster the development of targeted responses.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses one of the most important risks to our health today. AMR occurs when an organism develops resistance to an antimicrobial that is used to treat it. Antimicrobials are an integral component of health care delivery, antimicrobials need to be readily available and effective. When resistance emerges and the effectiveness is reduced it has a significant impact on an individual’s treatment and the community more broadly.

Data on AMR in the community (aged care homes, general practice, community health services and other non-hospital settings) are collected via CARAlert, Australian Passive AMR Surveillance (APAS) and the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR).

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