The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) was funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care to establish and coordinate a national surveillance system for Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA). This system is now in place and the Commission is expanding the data collected and analysed to provide reports that will inform policy and practice. AURA supports the implementation of Australian Government’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015–2019 to prevent and contain AMR.
The Commission released AURA 2017 – Second Australian Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Human Health in August 2017. The report is primarily focussed on analyses of 2015 data. It builds on AURA 2016 to increase the comprehensiveness of the picture of antimicrobial use, resistance and the appropriateness of prescribing in Australia across all healthcare settings.