Journal article

Geospatial epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus in a tropical setting: an enabling digital surveillance platform

TM Wozniak, W Cuningham, S Buchanan, S Coulter, RW Baird, GR Nimmo, CC Blyth, SYC Tong, BJ Currie, AP Ralph

Scientific Reports | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Delivery of information to clinicians on evolving antimicrobial susceptibility needs to be accurate for the local needs, up-to-date and readily available at point of care. In northern Australia, bacterial infection rates are high but resistance to first- and second-line antibiotics is poorly described and currently-available datasets exclude primary healthcare data. We aimed to develop an online geospatial and interactive platform for aggregating, analysing and disseminating data on regional bacterial pathogen susceptibility. We report the epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus as an example of the power of digital platforms to tackle the growing spread of antimicrobial resistance in a high-b..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC fellowships

Funding Acknowledgements

We greatly thank Ms Laura Goddard for her contribution to supporting the development and evaluation of the HOTspots surveillance platform. We thank Ms Rosanne Barnes for supporting the data extraction and reviewing the article. We thank Dr Anthony Ryan for critically reviewing this article. TMW and WC are supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-funded 'Improving Health Outcomes in the Tropical North: A multidisciplinary collaboration (HOT NORTH)', GNT1131932. APR, SYCT and CCB are supported by NHMRC fellowships (#1142011, #1145033 and #1111596). The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.