Antimicrobial stewardship in primary care

Primary care is one of a number of focus areas for the Commission to improve the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, reduce patient harm and decrease the risk of antimicrobial resistance in Australia in the community.

 

AURA 2019

Third Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health - AURA 2019 - May 2019.

Appropriateness of antimicrobial use

Data on appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals and aged care homes is collected through the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS) as part of the AURA Surveillance System.

AURA 2016

AURA 2016 was the first Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.

Consumers

Antibiotic resistance is an important health problem in Australia and internationally. Antibiotics are important medicines that are used to treat many common infections and diseases. Increasing antibiotic resistance means that some antibiotics may no longer work for those infections.

National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistances (CARAlert)

The National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistances (CARAlert) collects data on nationally agreed priority organisms with critical resistance to last-line antimicrobial agents. Bimonthly CARAlert data updates, and other more detailed reports, are published regularly on this page. The most recent CARAlert data update, for the period 1 March 2020 to 30 April 2020, is now available.

AURA reports and resources

Part of the aim of the AURA project is to raise awareness of the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the risks that AMR and inappropriate antimicrobial use (AU) pose to human health.

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia Surveillance System

The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System was established, and continues to be operated, by the AURA National Coordination Unit (NCU) at the Commission. The system captures data on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in human health.