Soldiers on the frontline in the war on “superbugs”
Tuesday, 19th November, 2013
The Far West Local Health District has joined the fight against resilient bacteria as part of Antibiotic Awareness Week.
NPS MedicineWise says Australia needs coordinated and collective action to address the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in both humans and animals.
CEO of NPS MedicineWise, Dr Lynn Weekes, says the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria threatens to undermine one of this century’s most important and life-saving advances in medicine.
“Globally and in Australia we’re facing a return to the pre-antibiotic era where even minor infections could cause death.
“This is undoubtedly a grave threat to human health but we know it also has implications for veterinary practice and agriculture,” said Dr Weekes.
During Antibiotic Awareness Week, NPS MedicineWise is working with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the Australian Veterinary Association, and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, to lead the fight against antibiotic resistance.
The Far West Local Health District is conducting a variety of activities to mark Antibiotic Awareness Week and spread the message within the Far West LHD.
“Antibiotic resistance is a problem that we’re taking seriously in Far West Local Health District and that’s why we as a health service are working to ensure we use antibiotics responsibly so we can fight infections with the most appropriate antibiotics for the patient,” said Broken Hill Hospital Pharmacy Manager, Ms Lindsay Scott.
“We are encouraging individuals to also use antibiotics responsibly.”
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Learn more about antibiotic resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics at www.nps.org.au/antibiotics