CEC Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum

18 August 2017


On Friday 18th August 2017, the CEC Quality Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare program hosted the Second NSW Antimicrobial Stewardship Forum. This event was attended by one hundred and twenty delegates, representing pharmacists, doctors, nurses and quality and safety professionals from public hospitals across NSW.

The forum featured presenters from rural hospitals sharing their achievements in AMS and how to engage clinicians, how improvement science can be used to support timely switch from IV to oral antibiotics, and the challenges for AMS in paediatrics and surgery and how they can be overcome. The forum also delved into the social aspect of medicine, the importance of understanding belief and culture to influence optimal antimicrobial prescribing.

Presentation Slides

Prof Karin Thursky,
Director,  National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS), Peter Doherty Institute
AMS: Major achievements and future challenges

Prof Marilyn Cruickshank,
Director National Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Measurement for success in AMS programs

Prof Alex Broom,
Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
AMS and the social life of medicine: The importance of belief, culture, inter-professional dynamics and institutional context for achieving antimicrobial optimisation

Dr Sergio Diez Alvarez,
Director of Medicine, The Maitland Hospital, Hunter New England LHD
Clinician engagement in rural hospitals – a doctor’s perspective

Mr Ged Hawthorn,
Senior Pharmacist, Education and Training, Orange Health Service, WNSWLHD
Clinician engagement in rural hospitals – a pharmacist’s perspective

Ms Susannah Ford,
Clinical Nurse Educator, Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator, Condobolin Health Service, WNSWLHD
Clinician engagement in rural hospitals – a doctor’s perspective

Ms Evette Buono,
Program Leader, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Excellence Commission
Using a QI approach to support timely oral antibiotic switch

Ms Nina Muscillo,
Senior Manager, Medication Safety and Quality, Clinical Excellence Commission
Antimicrobial shortages

Mr Ashley Handy,
Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Richmond Clarence Group, NNSWLHD
Antimicrobial shortages and impact on AMS

Dr Brendan McMullan,
Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist and Clinical Microbiologist, Sydney Children’s Hospital, SCHN
New frontiers for AMS – barriers and enablers: Paediatrics

A/Prof Thomas Gottlieb,
Senior Staff Specialist Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Concord Hospital, SLHD
Awesome takes practice: Tips on feeding, nurturing and growing your AMS garden