The Australian Government has released the second and final progress report for Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 (the Strategy).
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when organisms that cause infections become resistant to the antimicrobial medicines used to treat them. While AMR is a serious and increasing global human health issue, it can also affect animal health, food production and producers’ livelihoods.
The Final Progress Report highlights a range of activities undertaken across government and non-government stakeholders between 2017 and 2019. Collaboration across Australia’s animal and human health, environment, agricultural and food sectors focused on developing best practice approaches and initiatives to minimising AMR. Activities highlighted in the report also show how we are working towards ensuring effective antimicrobials continue to be available in the future to treat infections in humans and animals.
The report also identifies priority areas for continued action that have been added to Australia’s National AMR Strategy – 2020 and Beyond.