We focus on practical discussions and guidance concerning AMS topics that are relevant to hospital and community practice. We’d appreciate your feedback and suggestions – using this very short survey.  Thank you,  Sim and John

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Poor antimicrobial prescribing decisions often are triggered by laboratory results that create red herrings or worse.  Inappropriate/ poor specimen collection and/or a request form that provides no context to the investigation often sets the ball rolling.  Inappropriate workup and reporting of contaminant or colonising isolates may then follow (it may be impossible for the lab […]

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Guest posting from Dr Hema Varadhan, Clinical Microbiologist, Pathology North. This parasite intrigues me every time I validate a faecal PCR result.   Why do we see these bugs more often than the others? Do we care? Do we need to treat?  The RCPA recently provided relevant guidance concerning Blastocystis and Dientamoeba which is also useful […]

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In 2015 NPS MedicineWise partnered with Tropfest, to launch a short film competition to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance.  Here are our picks of the 15 finalists– definitely worth a revisit! First prize – “The Pick Up” of the not-so lovely Ms Gonorrhoea! “Antibiotic man”  “Pills“ The #savethescript judging panel included:  Dr Andrew Rochford, Seven Network Health Editor […]

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What does AIMED stand for? https://aimed.net.au/about. Kearney standing proud at the Antibiotic Awareness Week displays at Calvary Mater Hospital this week:  

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Antibiotics are consistently and widely used in almost all areas of clinical healthcare in Australia with 38% of hospital patients being treated with a microbial on any given day (2014) and 46% of the general population being dispensed at least one systemic antimicrobial prescription in the community (2014-2015).   Do you think you’ve got a […]

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To kick off Antibiotic Awareness week, here are some favourite postings that you may wish to (re)visit: [BTW, thank you to many who have provided us with constructive ideas and overwhelming positive feedback – please do complete our short survey if you’d like to tell us something!] This posting from pharmacist, Kate O’Hara laid out […]

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The Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) Quality Use of Medicines mobile-enabled website has recently been updated to include the latest version of some commonly used antibiotic and other guidelines (National and Local). Guidelines available include Surgical Antibiotic Prophylaxis, Community and Hospital Acquired Pneumonia, First-Dose Sepsis, Warfarin prescribing, Heparin Infusion and Potassium Replacement. The […]

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are among the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide.  In recent years, there has been a marked increase in prescribing PPIs coinciding with reductions in cost due to patent expiry and generic formulations.  What are the unintended consequences of this addiction and what practical approaches are there to control? 

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“Antimicrobial resistance is a danger of the utmost urgency. This year will be a pivotal one…We have a global action plan. What we need now is the action” Margaret Chan, WHO Director – General addresses the Executive Board. Report by the Director-General to the Executive Board at its 138th Session Geneva, Switzerland. 25 January 2016