Objective 2: Antimicrobial stewardship

Objective Two of the National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy promotes best practice antimicrobial use to:

  • improve patient and client outcomes
  • decrease patient and client harm.

Why is this important?

Antimicrobial use can increase AMR. All prescribers should have guidelines available to them to help make good prescribing decisions.

Australia has national guidelines to help prescribers in human health make decisions about:

  • whether to prescribe antibiotics
  • which ones are appropriate
  • the right dose
  • the right length of time for use.

Australia’s use of antibiotics in human health is high compared to many other countries around the world.  AURA surveillance system data show that our antibiotic prescribing is often inappropriate. Stewardship programs in hospitals decrease inappropriate antibiotic use. In hospitals antibiotic use has decreased by 9.2% between 2010 and 2015.

But we need to do more to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. This includes not using antibiotics:

  • to treat viral infections (such as colds or flu) where they have no benefit
  • when the infection should get better by itself
  • for longer than necessary.

There is a low level of antibiotic use in Australian agriculture but the sector is still working to improve antimicrobial stewardship.

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

What are we doing?

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Last updated: 
31 October 2017