Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tackling antimicrobial resistance

antimicrobial resistance, AMR
How can vets help fight antimicrobial resistance?

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Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp provided a very sobering plenary discussion about the impact of antimicrobial resistance on the wellbeing of humans, animals and the environment. 

Dr Schipp said: “The present situation is unsustainable, the global trends can’t be missed.” We need detailed surveillance on antimicrobial use, and the funding to facilitate this. 

In the meantime individual veterinarians and practices can do their bit.

The Australian Veterinary Association has published a selection of guidelines designed to reduce antimicrobial resistance, and you don't need to be a member to access these.

For those with an interest in this area, the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases is hosting a summit on antimicrobial resistance on June 29 in Melbourne. Find out more here.