Preventing unnecessary antibiotic use is important

Learn how you can play a role in the fight against 'superbugs'

Did you know that by 2050, 10 million people worldwide are predicted to lose their lives annually from untreatable antibiotic resistant infections?

Austin Health's Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Antibiotic Allergy Services, Dr Jason Trubiano says the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and "superbugs" is an ongoing threat both globally and locally and that our infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) team continue to be at the forefront of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research and novel AMS programs.

"This week marks World Antibiotic Awareness Week and several events are being held for Austin Health staff to highlight the importance of AMR," Dr Trubiano says.

On Wednesday November 15, the Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Pharmacy Departments are hosting a special forum entitled "The Antibiotic Apocalypse''. The talk will be held in the John Lindell Theatre from 12:30PM.
Led by Dr Trubiano, the team will share their local experience with "superbugs" and discuss how every healthcare worker can play their part in improving antibiotic prescribing.
"The team will highlight novel practical initiatives that Austin Health is undertaking, including the "make the switch campaign" - encouraging the early switch of intravenous to oral antibiotic therapy in appropriate patients to prevent unnecessary antibiotic use," Dr Trubiano says.
"This will be followed by a special presentation by Prof Benedetta Allegranzi from the World Health Organisation on Friday. Prof Allegranzi's talk will give a global perspective on controlling antimicrobial resistance and will take place in the John Lindell Theatre from 12:30pm.