World AMR Awareness Week is celebrated from 18-24 November each year and aims to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and promote best practices among One Health stakeholders to reduce emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.
Microbials (virus, bacteria, fungus, parasites) are found all around us, some can cause infections and make us unwell when they enter the body.
Antimicrobials are medicines to treat and prevent infections and include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antibiotics. Different infections require different antimicrobials, and antibiotics do not treat all infections.
Australia currently has one of the highest rates of misuse and overuse of antimicrobials.
Find out more about AMR here: https://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/antimicrobial-stewardship/world-amr-awareness-week