Major research projects to better understand AMR in residential aged care facilities announced

On 16 February 2018 the Australian Government announced two major research projects to better understand antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in residential aged care facilities.

Increasing understanding of how antimicrobial resistance is transmitted and spread in residential aged care facilities is crucial. The Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance program is a strategic priority for Australia’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

The MRFF will provide:

  • $1.4 million to the South Australian Medical Research Institute for a project led by Associate Professor Geraint Rogers. The project will analyse samples from 400 residents of 10 aged care facilities to determine the different modes of transmission of resistant bacteria. It will inform future strategies to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care facilities.
  • $1.1 million to a project led by Dr Henrietta Venter of the University of South Australia. This project will measure the spread of resistant bacteria, including in wastewater, from three residential aged care facilities. This research will inform antimicrobial resistance risk assessments. It will also guide future policy controls to curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance to, within and from residential aged care facilities.

Visit the Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health’s media release for more details.

Date published: 
07 May 2018