This section provides links to Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship resources. It includes links to websites and key documents.
About antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial agents are medicines used to treat infections, particularly those of bacterial origin. These medicines are essential to protect human and animal health, as well as animal welfare. Excessive or inappropriate use can lead to the emergence of resistant bacteria which do not respond to antibiotic treatment, as seen in recent decades. This phenomenon, called antimicrobial resistance, which poses a threat to disease control throughout the world, is a primary concern for human and animal health.
Antimicrobial drugs are key in the treatment of diseases, and their use is essential to protect both human and animal health. However, antimicrobials misuse in the livestock sector, aquaculture and crop production is a major concern as a risk for emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest threats to human and animal health today.
AMR occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria become resistant to antimicrobial medicines such as antibiotics.
Fighting antimicrobial resistance
We’ve been actively involved in fighting the emergence of antimicrobial resistance for more than 30 years with the development of guidelines, codes of practice and policies.
Surveillance for antimicrobial resistance in enteric commensals and pathogens in Australian meat chickens Click here