Preserving antibiotics for the future: where Australian general practice sits on the global spectrum

van Driel, Mieke L., Merlo, Gregory, Baillie, Emma, Dartnell, Jonathan, Hall, Lisa, and Heal, Clare (2022) Preserving antibiotics for the future: where Australian general practice sits on the global spectrum. Australian Journal of General Practice, 51 (1-2). pp. 10-13.

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Background: Antibiotics have revolutionised modern medicine; however, since their discovery a century ago, their effectiveness against common infections is waning. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most important challenges of our time. Reversing the trend of increasing resistance is vital to ensure procedures such as surgery, neonatal care and organ transplants remain safe. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is the most important driver of resistance. As the vast majority of antibiotics are prescribed by general practitioners, primary care has an important part to play in preserving antibiotics for the future.

Objective: The aim of this article is to describe how antibiotic use in Australia compares globally and what can be learnt from countries with successful antimicrobial stewardship.

Discussion: Australia is making progress, with unnecessary use of antibiotics declining, but there is still a long way to go. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy is Australia's commitment to the health of future generations. General practice is integral to its success.

Item ID: 72416
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2208-7958
Keywords: Antibiotics, antimicrobial, stewardship
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2022.
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2022 23:55
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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