Australians use a lot of antibiotics and this increases the chance for bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics. Monitoring antibiotic use in Australia allows us to make informed decisions about where to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to both human and animal health today. AMR can affect anyone, of any age, and in any country. It can lead to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and possibly death.
AMR occurs when germs that can cause infections, such as bad bacteria, become resistant to medicines, such as antibiotics, used to kill them.
The information contained in this section relates mainly to bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.