Antimicrobial Resistance in Australia
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses one of the most important risks to our health today. AMR occurs when an organism develops resistance to an antimicrobial that is used to treat it.
Antimicrobials are an integral component of health care delivery, antimicrobials need to be readily available and effective. When resistance emerges and the effectiveness is reduced it has a significant impact on an individual’s treatment and the community more broadly.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continues to be an increasing risk to patient safety because it reduces the number of antimicrobials available to treat infections. AMR increases morbidity and mortality associated with infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms. AMR may limit future
capacity to perform medical procedures such as organ transplantation, cancer chemotherapy, diabetes management and major surgery, because of a lack of effective antimicrobials