Antibiotic Awareness Week 14-20 November
In Australia, the use of antibiotics is second nature and throughout our lifetime, we expect to take courses of antibiotics to help us treat and overcome illnesses or fight various ailments and infections.
Over the years the Word Health Organisation has put global initiatives in place based on combatting the potentially devastating effects of antibiotic resistance. The cost of antibiotic resistance is not just physical, which could lead to 10 million more deaths a year by 2050, it is also costing the globe up to $100 trillion USD.
In the age of modern medicine and with so much money given to research and pioneering techniques, it is easy to take the role antibiotics has played in global health for granted. Critically, antibiotic resistance is on the rise around the world which means the effectiveness of the treatment is diminishing and as a result, rates of infection have increased.
Antibiotic resistance is not a local or even national issue, this is a global challenge that must be addressed in many areas of health care and at home as well.
The management of antibiotics has also meant that a spotlight has been turned on the growing trend of misuse by doctors and patients alike.
The public and practitioners can play an active role by amending their prescriptive practices and for the patients to decide to not to use or misuse antibiotics when it is not necessary.
The campaign reminds everyone that:
Misusing antibiotics can cause harm
You could be passing on antibiotic resistant bacteria
Antibiotics are a precious resource that should be handled with care
If you would like to speak with a professional about antibiotics please call the Medicine Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424)
Adverse Medicine Events Line (to report a problem with medicine) 1300 134 237
Would you like to take part? Click on the link and take the pledge today!