From 2023, the World Health Organization has rebranded Antimicrobial Awareness Week to World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW).
The theme for 2023 remains Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Together.
The Commission supports WAAW in Australia by providing a range of resources and coordinating initiatives to support the effective use of antimicrobials in preventing and containing antimicrobial resistance and local activities across the week.
The Commission provides a range of resources in support of WAAW in Australia.
- Antimicrobials are a precious resource, but their usefulness could be lost without appropriate use
- Antimicrobial resistance is happening now – it is a worldwide problem that affects human and animal health.
- Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria stop an antibiotic from working effectively – meaning some infections may become impossible to treat.
- Few new antimicrobials are being developed to help support this challenge.
- Misuse of antimicrobials contributes to antimicrobial resistance.
- Whenever antimicrobials must be used, they must be used with care.
Join the conversation
Many clinicians and organisations participate in social media discussions during World AMR Awareness Week to contribute to, and learn more about, the importance of safe and appropriate antimicrobial use in addressing the problem of antimicrobial resistance and improving patient care.
An annual global social media chat is coordinated by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC). To keep up to date on the global chat and on topics relevant to World AMR Awareness Week, follow the Commission on social media: @ACSQHC.
Other useful accounts to follow include:
Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond
Australia's National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy - 2020 and Beyond sets a 20-year vision to protect the health of humans, animals and the environment through minimising the development and spread of AMR while continuing to have effective antimicrobials available.
AURA - Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia
The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System provides surveillance data and reports on antimicrobial use, appropriateness of use, and antimicrobial resistance to clinicians and policy makers to inform improved prescribing practice, and prevent and contain AMR.
Watch Professor John Turnidge AO, from the AURA Team, explain the causes and dangers of AMR and inappropriate antimicrobial usage, and the Commission's work to support the AURA Surveillance System.
Data to improve antimicrobial use - AURA 2023
For the latest national report on analyses of AURA data, and opportunities to use these data to improve antimicrobial use, take a look at AURA 2023: Fifth Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.
Visit the AURA 2023 web page for a range of complementary resources.
Contact the Commission
In addition to your local WAAW contacts, you can also email the Commission at AAW@safetyandquality.gov.au