Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Clinical Excellence Commission proudly supports Antibiotic Awareness Week, which is an international initiative held during November each year. The following resources have been developed to assist NSW public hospitals with their Antibiotic Awareness Week activities.

Antibiotic Awareness Week - 18-24 November 2019

In 2019, the CEC developed two new resources to help facilitate discussions with patients about antibiotics and allergies.

If you're promoting AAW at your location, here are some suggested messages you can use to raise awareness of good antibiotic prescribing:

  • When antibiotic therapy is indicated, follow guidelines to select the most appropriate antibiotic.
  • Take samples for microbiology testing before antibiotic treatment starts
  • Check allergies before prescribing antibiotics. Make sure to distinguish side effects (e.g. nausea) from true allergies.
  • Clearly document the indication for the antibiotic, and the plan for treatment duration.
  • Review prescription in light of microbiology results and consider de-escalation or IV-to-oral switch

The following resources have also previously been developed to assist NSW public hospitals with their Antibiotic Awareness Week activities.

CEC Resources

WebEx Presentations 2018

Erica Wales,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Wollongong Hospital
AMS in the Emergency Department PDF ~2.1MB

Professor Jeffrey Lipman,
Intensivist, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Head of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Queensland
AMS strategies in ICU PDF ~1.4MB

Aimee Petersen,
Critical Care Pharmacist and Team Leader, Wyong Hospital
Pok├ębiotic Go - an innovative approach to Antibiotic Awareness Week PDF ~2.0MB

Dr Trisha Peel,
Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship Physician, Epworth Healthcare, and NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Implementing AMS in the Operating Theatre PDF ~3.2MB

WebEx Presentations 2017

Joe-Anne Bendall,
Healthcare Associated Infections Program Manager, Clinical Excellence Commission
Infection Prevention and Control - The role of the CEC and AMS PDF ~2.1MB

Stacey McNamara,
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Nurses in Antimicrobial Stewardship PDF ~1.5MB

Dr Patricia Ferguson,
Infectious Diseases Physician, Westmead Hospital
Antimicrobial Stewardship in cancer care settings

Evette Buono,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lead, Clinical Excellence Commission
Sepsis pathway and antimicrobial stewardship PDF ~2.3MB

Lolita Tu & Fiona Doukas,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Concord Hospital
Surgical antibiotic prophylaxis PDF ~2.8MB

Other Australian Resources

The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS)

The NAPS was developed by a dedicated research team at Melbourne Health to assist healthcare facilities in monitoring their antimicrobial usage. The lead up to Antibiotic Awareness Week may be an opportune time for NSW health facilities to participate, so that the results of your survey can be incorporated into your campaign activities and materials. For more details, please visit National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS).

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

The ACSQHC develops a wide range of resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week, including posters, fact sheets, presentation slides and other key items. For more details, please visit Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

NPS MedicineWise

Similar to previous years, NPS MedicineWise will be providing an opportunity for health professionals to make a 'pledge' to fight antibiotic resistance, and also has a number of other resources available for both patients and clinicians. For more details, please visit NPS MedicineWise.

International Resources

Australia's Antibiotic Awareness Week is scheduled to align with similar campaigns around the world. Many of these campaigns develop their own resources and host promotional activities that may be of interest.

For further information or advice about promoting Antibiotic Awareness Week in NSW public hospitals, please contact us.