By Dr Felicia Pradera and Ms Madeleine Walters
Whether Australia is adequately prepared for a future pandemic should be a key issue on our national agenda. Over the past few years, antimicrobial resistance has become an area of growing concern for our health security. According to the OECD, Australia is particularly vulnerable as our antibiotic usage is significantly higher than the organisation’s average.
The OECD has estimated that nearly 10% of infections in Australia are antimicrobial resistant and that an average of 290 people die each year due to multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. It forecasts that this number is likely to grow significantly in coming years. (more…)Posted by Emily Kibble on October 31st, 2019 Tagged: AMR, antimicrobial resistance, collaboration, DMTC, MCM, Medical Countermeasures, pandemic