Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is important in the care of children because administration of antimicrobials can have long term consequences for their health.
Antimicrobial stewardship in aged care is important to improve the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials and decrease the risk of antimicrobial resistance for older people.
The primary care sector has an important role to play in improving the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, and reducing patient harm and the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia.
Third Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.
Data on appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals and aged care homes is collected through the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS).
The NAPS is administered by the Royal Melbourne Hospital Guidance Group in Melbourne Health. The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to co-ordinate, analyse and report on NAPS data and to provide data for the AURA Surveillance System.
Second Australian report on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in human health.
First Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.
Antimicrobial resistance, which is also referred to as antibiotic resistance, is a very important health problem in Australia and internationally. Antibiotics are important medicines that are used to treat many infections. Inappropriate use of antibiotics increases antibiotic resistance and means that some antibiotics may no longer be effective.
CARAlert collects data on nationally agreed priority organisms with critical resistances to last-line antimicrobial agents. CARAlert provides timely information and advice to support clinicians, policy makers and system managers respond to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia.
The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System collects, reviews and analyses data on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in human health.