The War on Many Fronts – The Role of a One Health Approach in Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance

Mrs Helen Truscott1

1Mater Health Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia



Antimicrobial Resistance is described by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (2015), as the process whereby a microorganism (i.e. bacteria) develops resistance to an antimicrobial drug (i.e. an antibiotic) which previously had had an effect. Antimicrobial resistance is not a new problem; bacteria developed resistance to antibiotics almost simultaneously on the advent of discovery of antibiotics. This poster illustrates existing literature on antimicrobial resistance programs, how Antimicrobial Resistance is currently surveyed and recorded in Australia and internationally and will highlight how an expanded One Health AMR Surveillance approach could be implemented to address the global issue of AMR.


Online searches were conducted using James Cook University’s (JCU) ‘One Search’ database, Elsevier, Clinical Information Access Portal (CIAP), using the search terms: ‘antimicrobial resistance’, ‘antimicrobial resistance and one health’, ‘antimicrobial resistance and surveillance’, ‘AMR and food production’, ‘AMR and surveillance in animals’.


Rather than each country undertaking its own fragmented AMR surveillance, it is a global problem and needs to be tackled with national and international cooperation and data sharing, as stated by Hopkins (2016) “AMR does not respect borders”.


Review of the available literature on AMR Surveillance programs, supports the increasing global recognition of the impending crisis of AMR resistance and impacts on the health of all nations. Many countries in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) are considering actions to monitor and control or maintain the resistance and available funding and resources needed to implement surveillance systems.


Helen Truscott is a registered Nurse and Midwife with over 25 years’ experience.

Specialising in Infection Prevention and Control,  population health Occupational Health Nursing,  providing infection control and vaccination promotion , management of exposure to biological and chemical hazards, health administration, and policy skills.

Helen completed her Masters Public Health at James Cook University , Townsville in 2013 and has maintained a keen interest in communicable diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, injury prevention and infection control.

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