National AMR Strategy
The Council of the Australian Governments has endorsed the new National AMR Strategy – 2020 and Beyond.
The overall goal of the strategy is to:
- minimise development and spread of AMR
- ensure continued availability of effective antimicrobials.
The strategy groups actions to reduce AMR under seven key objectives. Although the strategy refers to the broader term antimicrobial resistance, it focuses on antibiotic resistance as the area of greatest concern.
Building On Previous Plans and Initiatives
The National AMR Strategy – 2020 and Beyond builds on Australia’s first National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015–2019 which was released in June 2015.
The Australian Government has released the first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 to guide the response to the threat of antibiotic misuse and resistance.
To achieve the Strategy’s goals the Australian Government developed an Implementation Plan. This plan outlines specific actions to take to achieve each of the Strategy’s seven objectives.
The Australian Government released the first Implementation Plan to support the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019.
The first Progress Report of the Strategy highlights:
- the key activities undertaken in Australia in the first two years of the Strategy
- areas for continued and future action.
This Progress Report not only highlights the progress that has been made in Australia in the past two years, but also recognises challenges and gaps that need to be addressed.