Australian Government Responding to the threat of antimicrobial resistance

The Australian Government - Department of Health has released its National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 today.

The 7 point Australian PlanImpact of Superbugs in Australia Infographics

  • Objective One

Increase awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, its implications and actions to combat it, through effective communication, education, and training

  • Objective Two

Implement effective antimicrobial stewardship practices across human health and animal care settings to ensure the appropriate and judicious prescribing, dispensing and administering of antimicrobials

  • Objective Three

Develop nationally coordinated One Health surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial usage

  • Objective Four

Improve infection prevention and control measures across human health and animal care settings to help prevent infections and the spread of resistance

  • Objective Five

Agree a national research agenda and promote investment in the discovery and development of new products and approaches to prevent, detect and contain antimicrobial resistance

  • Objective Six

Strengthen international partnerships and collaboration on regional and global efforts to respond to antimicrobial resistance

  • Objective Seven

Establish and support clear governance arrangements at the local, jurisdictional, national and international levels to ensure leadership, engagement and accountability for actions to combat antimicrobial resistance

In the context of CO-ADD, we wanted to highlight the Objective 5, mentioning the need "to encourage collaboration and information sharing, both nationally and internationally, to ensure the most efficient use of research and development resources", and for "basic and molecular microbiological research to advance the development of novel therapeutics, including antimicrobials, adjunct treatments, combination therapies and vaccines and support the redevelopment of existing antimicrobials".


Along with Australia, the UK, the WHO, the White House and the German government also have proposed AMR strategies in the past few years or months. Full reports can be downloaded here:

AMR reports covers

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