Antibiotic Awareness Week on the horizon

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NPS MedicineWise is encouraging health professionals and community groups to get involved in Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016.

Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event that encourages people around the world to use antibiotics responsibly.

This year, the week is on from 14 – 20 November with the theme ‘handle antibiotics with care’.

The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness about the serious public health issue of antibiotic resistance, and create behaviour changes that drive down inappropriate prescribing in Australia by health professionals and the misuse of antibiotics by consumers.

Pharmacists who are keen to get involved in this year’s campaign, can:

  • download an Antibiotic Awareness Week campaign toolkit;
  • order a free event kit and host an Antibiotic Awareness Week event at a workplace, clinic, community centre, school or any other venue. NPS MedicineWise is encouraging participants to submit a photo of their completed display to @NPSMedicineWise on Twitter using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance for the chance to win a morning tea for their office valued up to $500;
  • share the message on social media; and
  • display posters at their office (order printed posters or download).


NPS MedicineWise is working with organisations around the world to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics across the health sector, agriculture, industry, and communities.

In Australia, Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 is being coordinated by NPS MedicineWise and the Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health and Department of Agriculture, the Australian Veterinary Association, and state and territory health departments.

Antibiotic Awareness Week is also supported in Australia by a number of professional societies and groups.


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