Journal article

Antimicrobial stewardship in remote primary healthcare across northern Australia

Will Cuningham, Lorraine Anderson, Asha C Bowen, Kirsty Buising, Christine Connors, Kathryn Daveson, Joanna Martin, Stacey McNamara, Bhavini Patel, Rodney James, John Shanks, Kerr Wright, Trent Yarwood, Steven YC Tong, Jodie McVernon

PEERJ | PEERJ INC | Published : 2020


Background: The high burden of infectious disease and associated antimicrobial use likely contribute to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in remote Australian Aboriginal communities. We aimed to develop and apply context-specific tools to audit antimicrobial use in the remote primary healthcare setting. Methods: We adapted the General Practice version of the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (GP NAPS) tool to audit antimicrobial use over 2-3 weeks in 15 remote primary healthcare clinics across the Kimberley region of Western Australia (03/2018-06/2018), Top End of the Northern Territory (08/2017-09/2017) and far north Queensland (05/2018-06/2018). At each clinic we reviewed c..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by a pilot project grant from the NHMRC-funded HOT NORTH program (GNT1131932). Will Cuningham is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Research Training Program Scholarship. Steven Tong is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow (GNT1145033). Jodie McVernon is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellow (GNT1117140). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.