Antimicrobial Resistance: a global challenge and a campus-wide call to arms
About this project
Antimicrobials have transformed human health and saved millions of lives. However their widespread use (and misuse) has led to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance that poses a potentially catastrophic threat to public health.
A report from the UK government projects that antimicrobial-resistant infections could lead to at least 10 million additional deaths per year and cost the global economy up to US$100 trillion by 2050. The Australian government devised its first National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy recommending urgent interdisciplinary research in this area.
Antimicrobial resistance is a truly a global challenge that requires immediate concerted action by many different parties both within and outside of academia.
This project explores UOW's many links, as a regional University, to local and regional healthcare providers, educational centres and other organisations, and a broad pool of researchers in the medical, life, educational, and social sciences. It investigates how we can harness expertise on campus and regionally, to establish a centre for integrative research and policy on antimicrobial resistance.
Antimicrobial Resistance Summit
Nearly 75 people with their own unique expertise in all aspects of antimicrobial resistance met in Wollongong on June 26. This summit brought together research scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, engineers, business leaders, educators and many others. Followed by a second day of intensive discussion with a smaller group of experts, strategies were defined on how to integrate the disciplines and launch a collective effort to tackle this global problem.
The following discipline experts presented their thoughts:
- Mr Curtis Gregory, South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service (Regional Director of Public Health)
- Dr Kate Clezy, Prince of Wales Hospital (Hospital-based infections)
- Assoc Prof Peter Siminski, University of Wollongong (Health Economics)
- Mr Stuart Bond, SEALS South for ISLHD (Antimicrobial stewardship amongst Pharmacists)
- Dr Stephen Page, Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics (Antibiotics use in veterinary context)
- Dr Mohammad Katouli, University of the Sunshine Coast (Antibiotics in wastewater)
- Dr Peter Newton, SEALS South for ISLHD (Pathology Microbiologist)
- Dr Mark Blaskovich, University of Queensland (Drug development)
- Colin Denver, SpeeDx Pty Ltd (Biotech industry - diagnostics development)
- Prof Nam-Trung Nguyen, Griffith University (Microfluidics diagnostics development)
- Dr Os Cotta, University of Queensland (NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in AMR - ‘REDUCE’)
- Assoc Prof Barbara Mullan, Curtin University (Psychology, Behavioral Medicine)
- Ms Liesl McCoy, National Prescription Services (Prescription Policies)
- Dr. Scott Winch, University of Wollongong (Indigenous Health)
More details about the outcome of this summit will be published when they become available.
Antimicrobial Resistance Public Lecture
A public lecture and Q&A panel entitled "Turning back the tide of Antibiotic Resistance: from Stalin's cure to precision medicine” was held at UOW on Monday 26 June, 2017 by one of Australia’s most prominent experts in antimicrobial resistance.
Professor Jon Iredell from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, and prolific microbiology researcher discussed the dangers of antibiotic resistance and how we as society need to respond.
As part of UOW’s interdisciplinary approach to addressing the global issue of antimicrobial resistance, a panel of leading experts also fielded questions after the lecture.
About UOW researchers
The multi-faceted nature of the problem of antimicrobial resistance requires a team of researchers from a spectrum of disciplines and stakeholders. The extensive interdisciplinary research team includes experts from Chemistry, Psychology, Education, Medicine, Nursing, Biological Sciences and many others.