Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

This page includes information on antimicrobial resistance and Australia's first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.

Page last updated: 12 November 2017

AMR is a urgent global health priority, with the World Health Organization (WHO) describing it as a looming crisis in which common and treatable infections are becoming life threatening. AMR is increasing both in Australia and internationally.

The Australian Government’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015-2019 guides action to reduce AMR in Australia. Australia’s response recognises that AMR is a “One Health” problem. This means that it affects human health, animal health, agriculture, food, and the environment. Our response involves action across all of these sectors.

The main focus of the National AMR Strategy is antibiotic resistance. Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the world. Antibiotic use increases the chance for bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics. If we continue to use antibiotics when we don't need them, they won't work in the future when we do need them.

To help guide action to improve antibiotic use and reduce AMR, the Australian Government has released a dedicated Antimicrobial Resistance website. It includes information about AMR in Australia and action that we can all take to combat the spread of AMR.