Antimicrobial medications include antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals.
Effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures and antimicrobial stewardship interventions improve infectious disease outcomes and help to address the problem of antimicrobial resistance (for example, where a specific antibiotic medication may have no impact on an infection caused by a particular bacteria or 'superbug' which has developed a resistance to that medication).
This 2018 video by the Department of Health explains what antimicrobial resistance is, and what we can do to stop it.
Appropriate use of antibiotics
We are encouraging the appropriate use of antibiotics for aged care consumers.
Download the Do you need antibiotics? flyer
We have published information on this in our Aged Care Quality Bulletin newsletters:
- Updates from the Chief Clinical Advisor, #30 June 2021
- Our current work on antimicrobial stewardship, #28 April 2021
- Antimicrobial stewardship, #27 March 2021
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care resources
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has a number of resources.
The Asymptomatic bacteriuria fact sheet allows you to review the systems and practices in your service in relation to urinary tract infection and asymptomatic bacteriuria.
Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care
The Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care book has been updated with the new chapter 'Antimicrobial Stewardship in community and residential aged care' (chapter 16).
Online learning module
A new online learning module, ‘Basics on Infection Prevention and Control for Aged Care’, provides a foundation in IPC for aged care workers. It is available by registering with the National Hand Hygiene Initiative learning management system. The module may be used when inducting new staff, or as an annual update.
National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey
The Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (AC NAPS) is an audit tool that supports the monitoring of the prevalence of infections, antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in residential aged care services and multi-purpose services. All Australian aged care homes and multi-purpose services are eligible, and encouraged to participate in this survey.
Quality Standards – minimisation of infection-related risks requirement
We will add information, resources and tools to support providers to meet their obligations under the Quality Standard 3 requirement (3)(g) Minimisation of infection-related risks on this page.