World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18-24 November 2021
World Antimicrobial Awareness Week showcases that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global human and animal health threat. Building on the 2020 approach, the 2021 campaign covers 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 AMR. At an international level, the department participates in several multilateral organisations (e.g. the World Organisation for Animal Health, Codex and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) to provide global direction on combating AMR.
At a national level, the department works with the Australian Government Department of Health and other agencies such as the Food Standards Australia New Zealand and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, as part of a coordinated response to combatting AMR.
What’s on this year?
- Throughout the week, the ACVO will participate in global Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram chats on antimicrobial resistance – use the hashtags #AntimicrobialResistance #AMR #HandleWithCare #WAAW #OneHealth #AnimalHealth #AntimicrobialStewardship.
Commonwealth: @DeptAgNews; @awegov; @AustralianBiosec; @MarkSchipp
Antimicrobial Resistance Summit 17 – 18 November 2021
The AMR Summit 2021 is a two-day event where you will hear keynote addresses and panel discussions, participate in robust dialogue, and contribute to ensuring that Australia benefits from the development and delivery of innovative products, policies, and processes that are essential to tackle antimicrobial resistance.
Hosted by CSIRO in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Department of Health, and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, it seeks to identify and share actions and approaches we need to take to achieve the greatest impact in mitigating the rise of AMR in Australia. This will be through eliciting creative ideas and cutting-edge solutions inspired by technology and cross-functional collaboration. To learn more about the program and the featured speakers visit the AMR Summit webpage.
The goal: To identify actions and approaches to achieve the greatest impact in mitigating the current trajectory of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Australia
Follow the AMR conversation on Twitter #AMRsummit21
Follow @CSIROevents, @OneHealthAu, @healthgovau and @DeptAgNews on Twitter.
2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference 21-23 November 2021
The 2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference (AVAMS21) is being held from the 21-23rd November 2021. The conference is an opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the growing number of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives underway in Australia, develop collaborative opportunities to strengthen these initiatives, and address barriers that impede further progress in antimicrobial stewardship. All animal industry sectors have a responsibility to minimise the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). We must ensure the animal sector is doing all it can to use antimicrobials responsibly to manage animal health and welfare while minimising its contribution to the AMR burden. More information on AVAMS21 can be found on the AVAMS website.
- A digital toolkit for internal and external stakeholders ZIP [12MB]*, including infographics, posters and social media tiles is available to increase awareness of this issue.
*Please note that the toolkit contains files that may not meet Accessibility requirements.
Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Online Training Program
The Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Online Training Program aims to assist veterinarians to reduce and rationalise their use of antimicrobial agents in clinical practice and address the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The Australian government continues a collaborative approach with Australian universities to further strengthen antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) practices for Australian veterinarians. This online resource was upgraded this year by the Sydney School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Sydney & School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University. Online materials include support for prescribing antimicrobials and links to veterinary prescribing guidelines. Infographics can be downloaded and printed for use in veterinary clinics, schools, universities, and on farms. The Australian government has funded the development of the program.
The course is available online at no cost for use by veterinary practitioners or others working in the animal health sector who want to learn about AMR. The 9 scenario-centred interactive modules in the training course are available on the www.vetams.org website.
Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond (2020 AMR Strategy)
On 13 March 2020, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the 2020 AMR Strategy. Building on Australia’s First National AMR Strategy 2015-2019, the 2020 Strategy sets a 20-year vision to protect the health of humans, animals and the environment, and continues to align with the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on AMR. The 2020 AMR Strategy represents the expert views and strong collaboration of stakeholders from across governments, and the animal and human health, environment, agricultural and food sectors.
Implementation will be guided by a high-level One Health action plan, development of which has commenced, and more detailed sector-specific action plans.
Australian Animal Sector National Antimicrobial Resistance Plan 2018
Australian animal sector stakeholders agreed to provide strategic, national and coordinated support to the national AMR strategy 2015-19 and subsequent national AMR strategies through an Animal Sector National Antimicrobial Resistance Plan 2018 (AMR Plan). The AMR Plan was developed by the animal sector for the animal sector. Under the AMR Plan, stakeholders agreed that a number of priority activities are required to build on the animals sector’s work to address AMR. Drafting is currently underway on an action plan to seek wider stakeholder agreement on priority activities.