Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Resources and Links

A range of Australian and international resources are available to support and improve Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in health service organisations and other sectors, to improve patient safety.

Commission resources

The Commission's AMS resources include:

2018
Publication, report or update

2020
Fact sheet or brochure

The Commission also supports the NPS Medicinewise – Antimicrobial prescribing courses and two antimicrobial use surveillance programs as part of the AURA Surveillance System:

Commission AMS Videos

Principles of Antibiotic Pharmacotherapy

Caroline Chen is an Antimicrobial Pharmacist at Melbourne Health, and a member of the Melbourne Health/NHMRC Antimicrobial Stewardship research team and National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) coordinating team. In this presentation, Caroline outlines different classes of commonly used antibiotics, their spectrum of activity and issues to consider when prescribing and administering these commonly used agents. The presentation acknowledges that antibiotics can be a difficult class of drugs to understand, and the importance of utilising the latest version of Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic or local endorsed antibiotic prescribing guidelines, to support appropriate use of these commonly used medicines.

The primary target audience for this presentation is clinicians. In particular, new prescribers and pharmacists will find the information useful to their practice.

Part one: Introduction to Antibiotic Therapy

Part one introduces the viewer to some general principles of antibiotic therapy, basic pharmacokinetics, as well as outlining some important aspects of the patient’s clinical condition to be considered when administering antibiotics.

Part two: The Antibiotics

In part two, the spectrum of activity of beta-lactams – penicillins, cephalosporins, and carbapenems is discussed. Issues relating to penicillin allergies are also considered.

Part three: Other Antibiotics

In the third and final part of “Principles of Antibiotic Pharmacotherapy” some of the other commonly used antibiotics are discussed, including the aminoglycoside antibiotics.

Australian resources and links

The links below provide information on Australian AMS and infection prevention and control work.

Disclaimer: These links are provided for convenience only and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Commonwealth of Australia; conversely omissions should not be construed as non-endorsement.

See below for your state / territory AMS resources:

International resources and links

The links below provide information on AMS and infection prevention and control work from around the world.

Disclaimer: These links are provided for convenience only and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Commonwealth of Australia; conversely omissions should not be construed as non-endorsement.