The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS)

Karin Thursky1

1Royal Melbourne Hospital at the Peter Doherty Institute, Carlton, Victoria.

Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital.


The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship is an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence funded in 2015. NCAS is a key contributor to the AURA program, and to the Australia’s First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy Implementation Plan released in November 2016.

The centre performs health services research across animal and human health sectors with active research streams in tertiary hospitals, rural and regional hospitals, residential aged care homes, general practice, veterinary companion animals and the livestock industry.

This session will outline some of the important findings from quantitative and qualitative research studies undertaken in these streams. The key areas of inappropriate use of antimicrobials identified by the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey in hospitals (HNAPS), surgical prescribing (SNAPS) and in aged care (ACNAPS) will be discussed together with potential approaches to antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Emerging opportunities to support low and middle income countries in the region to implement their national antimicrobial stewardship programs will also be highlighted.

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