Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance – World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021

This Antimicrobial Awareness Week 18 – 24 November, we’re joining health organisations around the world to promote the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria develop resistance to an antimicrobial that was previously an effective treatment. Misuse, overuse, and inappropriate use of antimicrobials all contribute to antimicrobial resistance.

Overuse of antimicrobials can affect not only those needing treatment now, but also the wider community into the future. Modern medicine depends on effective antibiotics to minimise the risk of infection, and without effective antibiotics some infections could be impossible to treat.

Antimicrobial resistance is an urgent global health priority, with the World Health Organization reinforcing the importance of awareness and action.

Everybody can be part of the solution – whenever antibiotics must be used, they must be used with care.

Learn more and download a range of resources and initiatives to help support the effective use of antimicrobials and spread awareness of antimicrobial resistance at safetyandquality.gov.au.