Health profs can help savethescript: NPS

savethescript antibiotic announcement

Health professionals are at the coalface of dealing with antibiotic resistance and, significantly more than most, hold insights into its potential implications, says NPS MedicineWise – so it’s encouraging them to help #savethescript.

This May, NPS MedicineWise is asking health professionals to explore new avenues to spark conversations about this serious health issue.

Health professionals and health professional students are encouraged to make a short film or community service announcement of up to 45 seconds to help spread the word about antibiotic resistance and be in the running to win part of a $10,000 prize pool.

The prizes are being offered as part of the #savethescript short film competition; a partnership between NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest to encourage creative individuals or groups to help spread a vital health message to Australians.

New warnings released last week in the third interim report from the independent Review on Antimicrobial Resistance commissioned by the UK Government have described antibiotic resistance as “a global public health threat [which] should arguably receive the same kind of public focus HIV/AIDS received in the 1990s or cancer research receives today”.

The #savethescript brief is to make a short film on any camera (including smartphone cameras) about the threat of antibiotic resistance. These can be created alone or in collaboration with colleagues.

To submit, upload the short film to one of your social media accounts such as Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, make sure the film is available for public viewing, tag @NPSMedicineWise and include the hashtag #savethescript in the description.

As well as the $10,000 prize pool and the opportunity to deliver an important health message to Australians, Tropfest and NPS MedicineWise are offering global exposure for the winning films via Tropfest’s platforms.

Entries close at 5:00pm AEST on 31 May 2015.


To find out more about #savethescript, visit

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