Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-18 November 2018

​​World Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 12-18 November in 2018 and acknowledges the global importance of this growing public health issue. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources plays a key role in fighting antimicrobial resistance – at an international level, the department participates in several multilateral organisations (e.g. the World Organisation for Animal Health and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization) to provide global direction on combating antimicrobial resistance.

At a national level the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources works collaboratively with the Department of Health.

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

  • Dr Mark Schipp – the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and current President of the OIE World Assembly will open the first inaugural Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference 2018, being held in the Sunshine Coast.
  • Releasing a joint communique with the Australian Government Department of Health on taking simple actions to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.
  • Participating in a global twitter chat on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – use the hashtags #aaw2018 #AMR #WWAAW to get involved.

For more information visit the AMR Australian Government website.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017

Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 13-19 November in 2017 and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, acknowledging the global importance of this growing public health issue.

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

  • the launch of a single government website on antimicrobial resistance, in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health (the department’s partner in implementing the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019)
  • a global twitter chat on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) taking place on 13-19 November 2017 onwards – use the hashtag #AntibioticResistance to get involved
  • promoting awareness of antimicrobial resistance among veterinarians and other animal health practitioners, and relevant livestock industry bodies
  • supporting the joint Department of Health/Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Implementation Plan for the National Antimicrobial Resistance  Strategy (2015-2019 through AMR activities.

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 Health 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 animal and agriculture has been released as part of the independent review on antimicrobial resistance commissioned by the UK Prime Minister in 2014. The report 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 more information visit the AMR Australian Government website.

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 more information visit the AMR Australian Government website.

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