Antimicrobial stewardship in primary care

The primary care sector is an important area to consider in improving the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, and reducing patient harm and 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. The reports of the 2019 Hospital NAPS and Surgical NAPS are now available.

AURA Surveillance System – Data Sources

The AURA Surveillance System is established on the foundation of collaboration with existing surveillance programs and establishing new programs as gaps were identified.

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 to provide timely information and advice to support clinicians, policy makers and systems managers in regard to antimicrobial resistance in Australia.

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.