Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016

Antibiotics: Handle with care

The annual global Antibiotic Awareness Week will take place from 14–20 November 2016.

Antibiotic resistance means simple infections that are treatable today may become untreatable tomorrow. This is already happening in Australia with some types of infections such as golden staph and gonorrhea already resistant to multiple antibiotics. With the theme 'Antibiotics: Handle with care', the week will encourage everyone that by using antibiotics responsibly now we can change the future.

NPS MedicineWise is working with organisations from around Australia to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics across the health sector, agriculture, industry, and communities.

Without antibiotics, infections that were once easily treated may once again kill. Together we can make a difference and change the future.

Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 is being coordinated in Australia by NPS MedicineWise and the Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Health and Department of Agriculture, the Australian Veterinary Association, and state and territory health departments. Antibiotic Awareness Week is supported in Australia by a number of professional societies and groups.

Please check back on this page for more information in the coming weeks.

Get involved

Become involved with Antibiotic Awareness Week to encourage everyone to handle antibiotics with care.

Take the Antibiotic Resistance Fighter Pledge

According to the World Health Organisation, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to human health today. There are simple things that you can pledge to do to prevent antibiotic resistance.

Consumers take the pledge

You can help fight antibiotic resistance - take the pledge and become a resistance fighter.

Health professionals - take the pledge

Antibiotic resistance is everyone's problem. All health professionals have a responsibility to preserve the miracle of antibiotics.

If you are prescribing, dispensing or working with people taking antibiotics, take the pledge and help reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance.

Take the health professional pledge now