Antibiotic Awareness Week 14-20 November 2016

​​Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 14-20 November and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, acknowledging th​e global importance of this growing public health issue.

The department will be involved in several activities during the week including:

The Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp released a video message on AMR in Australia as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week in 2015.

Through Dr Mark Schipp, who is Australia’s delegate to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the department provides input into the OIE’s global strategy on AMR. For more information visit the OIE’s AMR web portal.

A report on the use of antibiotics in animals and agriculture has been released as part of the independent review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by the UK Prime Minister in 2014.

Antimicrobials in agriculture and the environment: reducing unnecessary use and waste includes a comparison of agricultural antimicrobial use in Australia, Europe and the US, and the role that manufacturing and use of antimicrobials play in bringing these into the wider environment.

For information on the department’s AMR activities visit the webpage.

For further information on Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 in Australia, visit the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s website.