NPS MedicineWise has welcomed the announcement by Barnaby Joyce and Sussan Ley on the implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019.
NPS MedicineWise CEO Dr Lynn Weekes says the organisation has an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and create behaviour changes that drive down inappropriate prescribing in Australia by health professionals and the misuse of antibiotics by consumers.
“We welcome the national approach which will involve federal, state and territory governments, non-government organisations, professional bodies and research organisations in tackling this important issue,” says Dr Weekes.
“In particular we welcome the Implementation Plan’s focus on inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics in general practice— an area where Australia is well above average compared to other OECD countries—and the further development of surveillance systems and programs which will provide national analysis on the use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.”
The announcement of the Implementation Plan came on the eve of Antibiotic Awareness Week—an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. The week encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.
This year, Antibiotic Awareness Week is being held from 14 – 20 November 2016.
For Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016, NPS MedicineWise is again working with key national and international organisations in response to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.