World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Handle antibiotics with care

Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. 
This year Antibiotic Awareness Week will run from 13-19 November, and Choosing Wisely Australia are supporting the event alongside NPS MedicineWise. 
 
What is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change to protect themselves from an antibiotic.This can make bacterial infections much harder, if not impossible, to treat. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is increasing the problem of antibiotic resistance. We are all part of the problem and the solution.

Check out the facts that bust some common misconceptions about antibiotic use and abtibiotic resistance.

Did you know...?

  • Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the world. We're ranked 8th among 29 countries evaluated by the OECD
  • Just because symptoms last a long time, doesn't mean children need antibiotics. Mose children get better in about 2 weeks.
  • Regular hand washing (using soap and running water) keeps your hands clean and can help stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 
Choosing Wisely has released 14 antibiotic-related recommendations to date. You can view them here.

For more information, and to download campaign materials, visit the NPS MedicineWise website.

Last reviewed 07 November 2017