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NCAS Annual Forum

The NCAS will hold its first Annual Forum at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on the 9th November, click here for details.

Antimicrobial resistance is widely recognised to be a global threat to human health, with the World Health Organization (WHO) listing it as a priority issue of our time.

To tackle antimicrobial resistance, a ‘One Health’ approach is clearly needed. We must view antimicrobial resistance as an ‘ecologic’ problem, not an issue confined to either food production or community general practice or hospital prescribing, as antibiotics affect bacteria everywhere.

The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a Centre of Research Excellence undertaking work across the animal and human sectors about patterns of antimicrobial consumption, inappropriate use, interventions to  change prescribing behavior, and measuring the affect of these interventions.

This research is crucial to the successful implementation of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019

New knowledge generated by the research undertaken by  NCAS will significantly inform policy and practice around antimicrobial prescribing in both humans and animals in Australia and our neighbors.

The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) has been engaged by the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) to conduct a gap analysis in 4 priority countries namely, Mongolia, Philippines, Vietnam and Lao PDR. The aim of these visits was to understand the contextual factors that influence AMS implementation, with a view to designing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Package suitable for the needs of the hospitals in this region.

The NCAS is based at the new Peter Doherty Institute in the Parkville Precinct in Melbourne, and will be the lead national body for antimicrobial stewardship, bringing together many of the essential groups in the scientific community with an interest in antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship in one building – covering both veterinary and medical sectors.

(NB: This is an interim NCAS website whilst a more functional site is developed)