AIAS Project register

The project register lists current and completed AMR/AMU/AMS projects funded by AIAS members and other co-funders. 


Current Projects


Completed projects

Current projects

 By AIAS and member organisations

Theme Title Objective Provider Lead AIAS Funder Other funder(s) Start End Sectors
AMS Clinical mastitis treatment decision tool The output of this project is an automated (machine learning underpinned) mastitis treatment decision tool that will combine existing on-farm data and pathogen information (Figure 1) to generate:
•The likely treatment outcome/prognosis (i.e. should an antibiotic be used?),
•Cost of the clinical mastitis case (using current milk, cull cow, feed, and treatment costs, and
•Efficacy of available treatment options to guide treatment choice (vets and farmers).
Stephanie Bullen, John House, Matt Shaffer, Jane Heller, Richard Xu DA Food Agility CRC, Coles Sustainable Dairy Development Group 2021, March 2024, March Dairy
AMS Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for dairy ‘Ensure that coordinated, evidence based antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and best practice supports are developed and made easily available, and encourage their use by prescribers’. John House, Matthew Izzo, Stephen Page, Jacqui Norris, Glenn Browning DA AVA, AMA 2019 2021 Dairy
AMS Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for beef ‘Ensure that coordinated, evidence based antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and best practice supports are developed and made easily available, and encourage their use by prescribers’. MLA AVA, AMA 2019, June 2022, January Beef
AMS Antimicrobial stewardship resources with practical application for on-farm pig management practices To create AMS resources for piggeries including CBA Develop an AMS plan Jo Coombe, Trish Holyoake, Kylie Hewson, APL APL 2021, February 2021, June Pork
AMS Development of a Cell Line for ILTV Vaccine Production Improve production and supply of a vaccine to minimize the impact of a key respiratory pathogen in poultry, ILTV, which is associated with secondary bacterial infections that may require antibiotic treatment CSIRO AgriFutures Australia N/A 2019 2023 Chicken meat
AMS Reverse genetic system for developing recombinant infectious bronchitis vaccine Investigate novel ways to produce vaccines against new species of IBV which is a coronavirus that infects poultry and can mutate often. IBV causes respiratory disease associated with secondary bacterial infections that may require antibiotic treatment University of Melbourne AgriFutures Australia N/A 2020 2025 Chicken meat
AMR Antimicrobial sensitivity testing – a survey of laboratory capacity To identify all laboratories that provide services to the Australian chicken meat industry, establish the capacity of these laboratories to undertake isolation, characterisation and/or antibiotic resistance profiling of bacteria from chicken samples, and to determine whether there are any future plans to increase their capacity to isolate and characterise bacteria. Pat Blackall Agrifutures Australia DAWE 2018, August 2020, July Chicken meat
AMR High throughput technology for defining antimicrobial resistance status in pork and chicken The work will exploit the economically viable high-throughput capacity of laboratory robots for defining industry-wide herd and flock AMR risk status Murdoch University, University of Adelaide DAWE APL, AgriFutures Australia Chicken Meat, Murdoch University, University of Adelaide, Tecan Australia, Thermo Fisher Scientific, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Illuminia 2018, October 2022, March Pork, Chicken Meat

Completed projects

 By AIAS and member organisations (since 2010)

Theme Title Objective Provider Lead AIAS Funder Other funder(s) Start End Sectors Link
AMS Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Livestock Industries 2nd Edition Update 1st edition Jo Coombe DA MLA. APL, Agrifutures Australia, Australian Eggs 2021, March 2021, August All
AMS AVAMS timeline Update 2018 edition Jo Coombe and Stephen Page N/A AVAMS 2021, February All
AMS Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for pigs ‘Ensure that coordinated, evidence based antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and best practice supports are developed and made easily available, and encourage their use by prescribers’. Ross Cutler, Bernie Gleeson, Stephen Page, Jacqui Norris, Glenn Browning APL AVA, AMA, DAWE, ABRR 2020 Pork
AMS Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for poultry ‘Ensure that coordinated, evidence based antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and best practice supports are developed and made easily available, and encourage their use by prescribers’. Peter Gray, Rod Jenner, Stephen Page, Jacqui Norris, Glenn Browning Agrifutures Australia AVA, AMA 2020 Chicken meat, Eggs
AMS Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for sheep ‘Ensure that coordinated, evidence based antimicrobial prescribing guidelines and best practice supports are developed and made easily available, and encourage their use by prescribers’. Ray Batey, Paul Nilon, Stephen Page, Jacqui Norris, Glenn Browning MLA AVA, AMA, SPA, WPA, AHA 2020 Sheep
AMS Antimicrobial stewardship verification in the Australian chicken meat industry The project was undertaken to independently verify the existence and maturity of the AMS program developed and maintained by the six companies that produce 90% of Australian chicken meat. Darren Trott and Stephen Page AgriFutures Australia 2020, March Chicken meat
AMS Chicken Meat AM Usage Appropriateness Survey 2020 To assess appropriateness of AMU in the chicken meat industry using a survey based on best practice principles of AMU ACMF ACMF July 2021 Chicken meat
AMS Dairy antimicrobial stewardship peer learning groups Promote change (improvements in animal welfare and treatment oversight) amongst the project participants 2. Create wider awareness of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship. 3. Develop participants’ capability and empower them to be AMS leaders 4. Develop templates for a process of engagement between vets and farmers can use to work on stewardship 5. Understand the motivators and barriers to improved disease control and improved treatment oversight 6. Inform future AMS industry initiatives Mark Humphris DA AgVic 2019 2020 Dairy
AMS AMS Framework Guideline for Eggs This project was conducted to examine the importance of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS), as distinct from prudent antimicrobial use, and to develop a set of relevant guidelines for industry use. Stephen Page and Rod Jenner Australian Eggs DAWE 2019, July Eggs
AMS Antimicrobial stewardship guidelines for the Australian cattle feedlot industry To provide a continuous improvement framework that will help lot feeders understand and ensure appropriate use of antimicrobials and therefore reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance. MLA ALFA 2018, March
AMR Antimicrobial surveillance – BRD pathogens Develop guidelines and training materials for the collection of diagnostic specimens from cases of BRD by feedlot staff for antimicrobial culture and susceptibility testing. Undertake case sampling studies at seven Australian feedlots that differ in their antimicrobial treatment regimes during 2018/2019 BRD seasons to link clinical, epidemiological and pathological data with microbiological culture and susceptibility testing University of Adelaide MLA 2020, September
AMR Antimicrobial resistance surveillance in salmonella isolates from environments on Australian commercial egg farms To identify the most appropriate mechanisms for obtaining and performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing on Salmonella isolates obtained from Australian layer shed environments. D.J. Trott, T. Veltman, D. Jordan, C. McDevitt, J. Bell, B. Howden, M. Vulcanis, P. Scott, R. Chia, B. Combs, K. Chousalkar, and T. Wilson Australian Eggs DAWE 2019, March Eggs
AMR Surveillance for antimicrobial resistance in enteric commensals and pathogens in Australian meat chickens The primary aim of the work was to estimate the proportion of isolates resistant to specified antimicrobials amongst E. coli, Salmonella spp., Enterococcus spp. and Campylobacter spp. isolated from the gut of Australian meat chickens at slaughter). Kylie Hewson, Sue Sharpe, Tony Pavic, Sam Abraham, Darren Trott, Mark O’Dea, Terence Lee, Tanya Laird, Jan Bell and David Jordan. Agrifutures Australia DAWE 2018, October Chicken meat
AMR Surveillance for antimicrobial resistance in enteric commensals and pathogens in Australian pigs An AMR surveillance model for use in the Australian pig industry was proposed to examine issues including feasibility, cost, timing, methodology and logistics, which could also be applied to other major food animal industries in the future. APL DAWE 2017, August Pork
AMR Antimicrobial resistant bacteria in beef production in Australia To determine the prevalence of pSTEC and the AMR status of Salmonella, E. coli, and Enterococcus in Australian beef cattle. Glen Mellor and Robert Barlow MLA 2014, March
AMU A methodology to estimate industry level antimicrobial use in the Australian dairy industry To develop an agreed methodology and metrics for collating antimicrobial use (AMU) data relevant to the Australian dairy industry. Stephanie Bullen, Mark Humphris, Susannah Tymms, Rob Greenall, John Morton, Laura Hardefeldt, Jacqui Norris, Ruth Zadoks, Sam Rowe. DA N/A 2020 2020 Dairy
AMU Enterprise level antimicrobial usage measurement – pilot Develop and demonstrate reliable, practical, and meaningful measurement systems for antibiotic use in different kinds of red meat enterprises, being cattle, sheep and goats, in both extensive and intensive raising systems. AgVet Projects Pty Ltd MLA Herd Health, Forest Hill consulting 03 November 2019 22 June 2021 Red Meat