This page provides antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) resources for aged care providers.
- From the Chief Clinical Advisor – #33 September 2021
- From the Chief Clinical Advisor – #32 August 2021
- Information about antimicrobial stewardship in aged care – #31 July 2021
- Updates from the Chief Clinical Advisor – #30 June 2021
- Examining consumer feedback on medication use in residential aged care – #29 May 2021
- Our current work on antimicrobial stewardship – #28 April 2021
- Antimicrobial stewardship – #27 March 2021
To Dip or Not to Dip
The Commission has developed To Dip or Not to Dip, a quality improvement activity that incorporates an evidence-based clinical pathway, which aims to improve the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTI) in older people living in aged care services.
This training video introduces a clinical care pathway for UTIs.
Presentation and guide
Download the To Dip or Not to Dip: case-based education presentation
Download the Facilitator guide for To Dip or Not to Dip to deliver case-based learning
The audit tool for antibiotics prescribed for UTIs is designed for providers to accurately capture data for residents, and identify areas for action.
Posters and flyers
Download the To Dip or Not to Dip flyer to learn more about the clinical care pathway
Download the Urine dipsticks not used here! poster
Download the Preventing urinary tract infections: recognise dehydration poster
Using antibiotics well – Do I need a drug for every bug?
In this webinar, a panel of clinical experts explored antibiotics, antibiotic resistance in aged care and how older people can protect themselves.
Approaches to improve UTI management in Australian residential aged care services
In this video, Dr Lyn-li Lim, Infectious Diseases Physician at VICNISS and Consultant at the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, answers questions relating to UTI management in residential aged care services.
Do you need antibiotics?
This flyer can be used by doctors and nurses when speaking to families about the use of antibiotics in treating infections, and also conditions that antibiotics do not treat. This includes asymptomatic bacteriuria or when antibiotics are prescribed for months, sometimes years, just in case infection may occur.
Download the Do you need antibiotics? flyer