Culture of Resistance: Australia's response to the inappropriate use of antimicrobials by the Australia Institute, looks at how Australian governments have responded to anti-microbial resistance (AMR) since the problem became evident in the 1980s.
"Unless we solve the problem of antimicrobial resistance to drugs, we will be facing a post-antibiotic era where things as common as a strep throat infection or a child's scratched knee could once again kill." Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2012.
The Australia Institute's paper concludes that it is necessary to devise a much more accountable and transparent system of management of AMR in Australia if we are to avoid another largely wasted decade. Given the pressing nature of the problem and the catastrophic impact of antimicrobial resistance, effective action must be taken urgently.
The current Senate Inquiry into AMR by the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees provides an opportunity for development of a strong and credible Australian response to this global public health threat.