QUAH - Quality Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare

CEC Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum

4 September 2015


On Friday 4th September 2015, the CEC Quality Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare program hosted a symposium-style education and networking forum on the topic of antimicrobial stewardship. This event was attended by one hundred delegates, representing pharmacists, doctors, microbiologists, nurses and quality and safety professionals from both rural and regional areas. The vast majority of attendees were from public hospitals within NSW local health districts and networks, with other guests representing private and interstate health services.

Presentations delivered at this event covered a wide variety of topics including national and NSW initiatives for AMS, methods for monitoring the quantity and quality of antimicrobial use, factors which influence antimicrobial prescribing and the future of AMS within the context of electronic medication management. The event also launched the 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit; a targeted audit, intervention and feedback activity developed by the CEC and piloted by 15 NSW facilities during 2014-15.

The CEC received very positive feedback regarding the value and quality of this event. A list of speakers and PDF copies of presentations have been provided below.


Dr Paul Curtis, CEC Director of Clinical Governance,
providing the welcome address.


Forum attendees enjoying networking opportunities
during afternoon tea.


From left: ACSQHC Senior Medical Advisor Prof John Turnidge,
with the QUAH program team Ms Evette Buono and Ms Kate Callaghan,
and CEC Director of Clinical Governance Dr Paul Curtis.


Ms Evette Buono, CEC Program Leader for Antimicrobial Stewardship,
moderating a panel discussion about the implementation of
the 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit in NSW hospitals.

Presentation Slides

Prof John Turnidge,
Senior Medical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care
Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA)

Dr Rod James,
Research Fellow, National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), Peter Doherty Institute
National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS)

Dr Pam Konecny,
Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases
Mr Suman Adhikari,
Senior Pharmacist in Antimicrobial Stewardship and Critical Care
Using NAUSP reports to drive AMS interventions: Presentation from a major metropolitan facility
St George Hospital, South Eastern Sydney LHD

Mr Charles McCloskey,
Director of Pharmacy
Ms Liz Reading,
Infection Prevention Service Clinical Nurse Consultant
Using NAUSP reports to drive AMS interventions: Presentation from a mid-sized regional facility
Manning Base Hospital, Hunter New England LHD

Ms Kate Callaghan,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
The 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit:
implementation of a sustainable audit and feedback activity in NSW hospitals

Ms Lucy Nair,
Director of Pharmacy for Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
(previously Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at Westmead Hospital)
Piloting the 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit: Presentation from major metropolitan facility
Westmead Hospital, Western Sydney LHD

Ms Megan Orr,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist for the Shoalhaven Hospitals Group
Piloting the 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit: Presentation from large regional facility
Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD

Mr Derek Kay,
Chief Pharmacist at Bathurst Health Service
Piloting the 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit: Presentation from mid-sized regional facility
Bathurst Health Service, Western NSW LHD

Mr Girish Swaminathan,
Chief Pharmacist at Bega Valley Health Service, Southern NSW LHD
Factors Influencing Antimicrobial Prescribing:
Bega Valley Health Service emergency department project

Ms Jessica Del Gigante,
Project Lead Pharmacist (Antimicrobial Stewardship) for St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, St Vincent’s Health Network
Antimicrobial Stewardship on the Move:
Use of electronic medication management data to inform a mobile application

Mr Louis Cheung,
eMeds Integration Architect, Prince of Wales Hospital, South Eastern Sydney LHD
What does the Future Hold?
Antimicrobial stewardship and NSW electronic medication management