About NCAS

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The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a multidisciplinary collaborative funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with a strong track record of innovation and successful translation into clinical practice.

The core work of NCAS will be dominated by six streams of research over the next 5 years, four related to antimicrobial prescribing in humans, and two streams dedicated to antimicrobial prescribing in animals.

The Chief Investigators of NCAS are:

  • Professor Karin Thursky – an Infectious Diseases physician and clinician researcher with extensive experience in the development of antimicrobial stewardship programs and knowledge translation research. She is the Director of the  National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Clinical Director of the Guidance team within the Victorian Infectious Diseases Services at Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), the Deputy Head of Infectious Diseases at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, and a member of the antimicrobial stewardship team at the RMH.
  • Associate Professor Kirsty Buising – an Infectious Diseases physician at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), and at St Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne (SVHM). She is also a clinical research physician at VIDS and is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. A/Prof Buising is the chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) committees at both RMH and SVHM and played a pivotal role in helping to establish the AMS services. A/Prof Buising is a clinical lead for the Guidance group based at VIDS
  • Associate Professor Caroline Marshall –  an Infectious Diseases physician at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Head of the Infection Prevention and Surveillance Service, Melbourne Health and Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at The University of Melbourne. Infection control and hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship are her major research and clinical interests.
  • Professor Glenn Browning – is a veterinarian and microbiologist, he is Professor and Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health, a research, teaching and clinical translation centre within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. He is a scientific advisor to the national regulatory agency of veterinary medicines, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority on the regulation of anti-infective agents and vaccines, sits on their Veterinary Medicines Expert Advisory Group and has conducted reviews of the efficacy of in-feed antibiotics for the regulator.
  • Professor Mike Richards – an Infectious Diseases physician and clinician researcher.  He is the Director of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and  Director of the Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre.  He is Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences of the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Dr Rhonda Stuart – an Infectious Diseases physician and clinician researcher at Monash Health and Monash University. She is Medical Director of the Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Unit at Monash Health, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Monash University, and a member of the AMS team within Monash Health.
  • Dr David Kong –  a pharmacist and an academic at the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (Monash University) with extensive experience in pharmacy, antimicrobial stewardship and infectious diseases. He also has appointments at The Alfred (Melbourne) and Faculty of Pharmacy, Science University Malaysia.
  • Professor Danielle Mazza – the Chair of General Practice at Monash University and is the Scientific Director of the MAGNET research platform. She leads a program of translational research focused on guideline development and implementation in general practice. She has led or been a member of several guideline development groups and previously led a government consultancy aimed at developing an implementation strategy for evidence-based, best practice clinical practice guidelines for general practice in Australia.
  • Dr Trish Peel – an academic physician in the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, an NHMRC Early Career Fellow with an emerging national and international research reputation in clinical and health economic outcomes following surgery.

Associate Investigators are:

  • Dr N.Deborah Friedman – Department of Medicine, Barwon Health,  Deakin University School of Medicine
  • Dr Helen Billman-Jacobe – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Tom Schulz
  • Dr Ann Bull – Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre
  • Dr Noleen Bennett – National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre
  • Associate Professor Leon Worth – Victorian Healthcare Associated Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS) Coordinating Centre | Department of Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre  | Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
  • Ms Evette Buono – Clinical Excellence Commission, NSW
  • Professor Frank Dunshea – Agriculture and Food Systems, The University of Melbourne
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