Issue 50 - Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Consultation
Four years ago, Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015-2019 was published. This Strategy, due to expire at the end of 2019, focuses predominantly on antibacterial resistance taking a One Health approach to address AMR across human health, animal health and agriculture.
With significant progress and achievements accomplished in this space since this initial publication, it has become clear that we need to reassess and cultivate the objectives of our response to the threat of AMR in Australia.
Australia’s next AMR Strategy for 2020 and beyond will be a 20 year vision that is flexible, resilient and will expand its focus to include the environment, food and other antimicrobials, such as antifungals and antivirals, becoming all-encompassing in its One Health approach.
The long term vision of the next Strategy will encourage the development and implementation of sector-specific action plans to ensure clear accountability in addressing AMR.
Stakeholders from across the Australian and state and territory governments, regulators, hospital administrators, standard-setting and accreditation bodies, the pharmaceutical industry, food animal producers and food manufacturers, agriculture, health and veterinary professionals, researchers, educators, professional bodies and consumers all have a role in ensuring actions under the Strategy are effectively implemented.
AMR is a significant global health threat requiring a serious response. Your patronage and counsel is crucial for the health of our future generations.
With public consultation now open, we urge you to contribute your expertise within your sector so that we can address and combat the threat of AMR effectively. We also ask that you please share the consultation paper link among appropriate colleagues and friends to gain maximum exposure and contribution to this process.
Please visit this link to contribute to the consultation.
Please note this consultation closes on 28 June 2019.
Antimicrobial Resistance Team
Department of Agriculture