Objective 1: Communication, education and training

Objective One of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy aims to:

  • improve understanding of the causes and effects of AMR
  • support better antibiotic prescribing and use
  • raise awareness about what we can do to reduce AMR.

Why is this important?

The way we behave, including misusing antibiotics, contributes to AMR developing and spreading. Both people using antibiotics and those who prescribe and dispense them need to be aware of:

Education for prescribers and dispensers is important to help them to:

  • follow good practice when prescribing and dispensing antibiotics
  • encourage and practise good infection prevention and control
  • consider ways to treat infections without antibiotics
  • talk with patients, farmers and clients about the spread of AMR.

View full details of Objective One of the National AMR Strategy, including specific priority areas of action.

What are we doing?

  • NPS MedicineWise provides information and resources to support patients and health professionals to understand AMR and improve antibiotic use. 
  • The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, with Bond University, has developed patient decision aids. These decision aids support prescribers to share decision making with their patients about the use of antibiotics.
  • Antibiotic Awareness Week is a global event that happens every year in November. The week aims to promote a better understanding of AMR and the responsible use of antibiotics.
  • In June 2017, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer sent letters to GPs who are high antibiotic prescribers. He asked them to help reduce AMR by prescribing antibiotics only when needed.
  • In August 2017, the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer also wrote to veterinarians in Australia about AMR. He reminded them to use antimicrobials sensibly and carefully to limit and minimise the spread of AMR.
  • The Chief Veterinary Officer recorded a video message about AMR in the Australian agricultural sector.
  • The Chief Veterinary Officer held a meeting with the livestock industry to develop an AMR surveillance program for animals.
  • We are also informing staff and stakeholders in numerous health, industry and government organisations about how they can stop the spread of AMR.

Find out more about what partners from across Australia are doing to support Objective One of the National AMR Strategy.

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Last updated: 
31 October 2017