World Antibiotic Awareness Week 2018

It’s time to take antibiotic resistance seriously


About the week

Antibiotic resistance is a serious worldwide problem, and it’s happening in Australia. The World Health Organization has warned that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health today.

But we can help preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics by being part of the solution. There are simple actions individuals can take to help stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual event that raises awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance and encourages people across the globe to handle antibiotics with care.

This World Antibiotic Awareness Week, NPS MedicineWise has an urgent message to all Australians: It’s time to take antibiotic resistance seriously. During this week we’ll be highlighting the serious issue of antibiotic resistance and empowering health professionals and the community to be part of the solution.

We all have a part to play in helping to preserve the power of antibiotics. And there are simple steps you can take now to prevent antibiotic resistance. 


How to get involved

Download and share our materials and resources

NPS MedicineWise has created a suite of resources you can download, print and share to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and help preserve the power of antibiotics.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: A3 poster

Date published : 31 October 2018

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: bunting

Date published : 31 October 2018

Digital elements

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Take part in a global conversation on social media

This year during World Antibiotic Awareness Week, a global conversation will be held on social media using the hashtag #AntibioticResistance

Videos, messages and other resources will be shared by NPS MedicineWise on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Be sure to follow us, share our posts and join the conversation at any time throughout the week to learn more about the problem of antibiotic resistance and appropriate use of antibiotics.


Host an event for your chance to win

Show us your event kit in action! Decorate your office or workplace with our campaign materials for the chance to win* a morning tea for your team valued up to $250, plus a $250 donation to the registered health charity of your choice.

Share a photo of your event on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Remember to follow us, tag @NPSMedicineWise in the photo and hashtag #AntibioticResistance and #WAAWComp to enter.

*Terms and conditions


Take the pledge

According to the World Health Organization, 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. You can help fight antibiotic resistance - take the pledge and become a resistance fighter.


Find out more about antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is an issue for health professionals and for the wider community. Find out more about training, research and new initiatives in this field, as well as resources for patients and communities.

Health professional resources and information  

Information for consumers