Antibiotic resistance – a problem for everyone

Antibiotic use not only increases antibiotic resistance at a population level but also at an individual level.1,2

  • Prescribing a routine course of antibiotics significantly increases the likelihood of an individual carrying a resistant bacterial strain3,4 —resistant bacteria can be spread to family, friends and the broader community.
  • In an Australian prospective study use of antibiotics led to an increase in carriage of resistant bacterial strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae in the nasal flora of preschool children.3
  • In a meta-analysis resistant bacteria were demonstrated to persist for up to 12 months in individuals prescribed an antibiotic in primary care for a respiratory infection.5,6
  • Resistance patterns vary with time and by location: get up-to-date information on local antibiotic resistance patterns (known as antibiograms).


Poster: antibiotic resistance – one of the greatest threats to human health

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to human health. Download this poster explaining the problem and how you can be part of the solution.