Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18-24 November 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week showcases that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global human and animal health threat. This year, the campaign expands to cover all antimicrobials (antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics) where resistance is occurring.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (the department) plays a key role in reducing antimicrobial resistance. At an international level, the department participates in several multilateral organisations (e.g. the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization) to provide global direction on combating antimicrobial resistance.

At a national level, the department together with the Australian Government Department of Health.

The department:

  • released a joint communique from the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and Australian Chief Medical Officer on how Australians can reduce antimicrobial resistance
  • published a special edition World Antimicrobial Awareness Week newsletter, featuring articles from the Australian Chief Veterinary, Plant Protection, and Environmental Biosecurity Officers
  • hosted a special online AMR-focused Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer forum, with expert speakers from human and animal health. Speakers included Associate Professor Gregory Fox, Associate Professor in human respiratory medicine at the University of Sydney, and Dr Jo Coombe, Chair and Secretariat of the Animal Industries’ Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategy
    • The Strategy – bringing animal industries together to address AMR
  • developed communication tools for the general public, including short video clips, graphics, and posts, to increase awareness on this issue.
  • supplied examples of good practices addressing AMR to inspire others in the Asia and the Pacific Region
  • participated in a global twitter chat on antimicrobial resistance – use the hashtags #Antimicrobialresistance and #KeepAntimicrobialsWorking.

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Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond, was published in March 2020. It was developed in collaboration with stakeholders from human and health, agriculture, food, and environment sectors. By expanding its scope to include all relevant sectors and with a greater focus on a broad range of antimicrobials (antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics), it aims to address the global threat of AMR through a One Health approach. 

For more information visit the AMR Australian Government website.

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Antibiotic Awareness Week 18-24 November 2019

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (from 18-24 November 2019) acknowledges the global importance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a public health issue.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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 works collaboratively with the Department of Health.

The department was involved in several activities during the week :

  • released a joint communique with the Australian Chief Medical Officer on how Australians can reduce antibiotic resistance.
  • participated in a global twitter chat on antimicrobial resistance – with hashtags #WAAW2019, #Antimicrobialresistance and #AMR .

In 2018, the department published the Australian Animal Sector National Antimicrobial Resistance Plan. The Plan provides a strategic and coordinated animal sector approach to supporting the national AMR strategy.

For more information visit the AMR Australian Government website.

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.

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 the 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.

Last reviewed: 7 December 2020
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