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 in Australia.
Third Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health – AURA 2019 – May 2019.
Data on appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in Australian hospitals and aged care homes is collected through the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS).
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 was the first Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health.
Antibiotic resistance is a very important health problem in Australia, and internationally. Antibiotics are important medicines that are used to treat many common infections and diseases. However, inappropriate use of antibiotics increases antibiotic resistance and means that some antibiotics may no longer work. There are a number of resources on the AURA webpages which can assist consumers in understanding the impact of over use of these medicines.
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.
One of the aims of the AURA Surveillance System is to raise awareness about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the risks that AMR and inappropriate antimicrobial use (AU) pose to human health.
The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) Surveillance System captures data on antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in human health to provide a valuable data source to inform clinical practise change and support policy development for prevention and control of AMR.