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November 15, 2015

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015: handle antibiotics with care

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015

Antibiotics: Handle with care

The annual global Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 16-22 November 2015.

Antibiotic resistance means simple infections that are treatable today may become untreatable tomorrow. This is already happening in Australia with some types of infections such as golden staph and gonorrhea already resistant to multiple antibiotics. With the theme ‘Antibiotics: Handle with care’, the week will encourage everyone that by using antibiotics responsibly now we can change the future.

NPS MedicineWise is working with organisations from around Australia to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics across the health sector, agriculture, industry, and communities.

Without antibiotics, infections that were once easily treated may once again kill. Together we can make a difference and change the future.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2015 is being coordinated in Australia by NPS MedicineWise and the Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health and Department of Agriculture, the Australian Veterinary Association, and state and territory health departments. Antibiotic Awareness Week is supported in Australia by a number of professional societies and groups.