Health Professionals

Antibiotic resources for clinicians

Resources about antibiotics for clinicians, including guidelines, continuing professional development (CPD) and tools, calculators and apps.

Prescribing a routine course of antibiotics significantly increases the likelihood of an individual carrying a resistant bacterial strain – resistant bacteria can be spread to family, friends and the broader community. To minimise antibiotic resistance, Australian guidelines recommend that an antibiotic should only be prescribed:

  • when benefits to the patient are likely to be substantial
  • with the narrowest spectrum to treat the likely pathogen
  • at the appropriate dose and for the appropriate duration

Staphylococcus aureus that is methicillin-resistant (MRSA), and therefore resistant to all β-lactam antibiotics, is widespread, with skin and soft tissue infections among the most common sources. Although most of the data describe the problem in hospital settings, there is an emerging picture of antibiotic resistance in community settings across Australia.
Find out more about antibiotics on the NPS MedicineWise website

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Clinical e-Audit: Management of specific respiratory tract infections

This clinical e-audit about specific respiratory tract infections (RTIs) enables you to review your current practice, consider implementing changes to practice and reflect on areas for ongoing improvement.

Case Study: Urinary tract infections: exploring antibiotic treatment

In this online case study exploring antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections you will meet Clara Wainwright, an 82-year-old woman who lives in the local aged-care facility.

Case Study: Otitis media: clarifying the role of antibiotics

In this online case study you will weigh up the need for antibiotics with two different cases of acute otitis media.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: introduction to prescribing

This free online course focuses on and provides an opportunity to reinforce knowledge of appropriate antimicrobial prescribing in a hospital setting.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: catheter-associated urinary tract infections

This free online course on antibiotics and catheter-associated urinary tract infections is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online course: Antimicrobials: bacteraemia

In this free online course, you will diagnose and treat a case of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in a 69-year-old male.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: community-acquired pneumonia

This free online course on antibiotics and community-acquired pneumonia is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: surgical prophylaxis

This free online course on antibiotic prophylaxis and surgery is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online Course: Managing UTIs in aged care

This free online course on antibiotics and catheter-associated urinary tract infections is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Medicines Use Review: Antibiotics in urinary tract infections: ensuring appropriate use

This continuing professional development activity assists pharmacists and nurses to reflect on management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use of antibiotics.

Take the pledge

If you are prescribing, dispensing or working with people taking antibiotics, take the health professional pledge now to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.

For your patients

Respiratory tract infections: Manage your symptoms action plan

Patients can often self-manage coughs and colds and avoid antibiotics. This management plan will help you remind patients of the things they can do.

Childhood RTI fact sheet: What every parent should know

This fact sheet deals with common symptoms and infections of the ear, nose, throat and chest in children who are usually healthy. Download and print for parents and carers.

Translated fact sheets about antibiotic resistance

These antibiotic resistance fact sheets have been translated into Arabic, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese. They can be printed for patients.

Antibiotic resistance – what it is and why it's a problem

Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria are no longer sensitive to an antibiotic. Read about how antibiotic resistance is caused; what you can do to help prevent it.

Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) – nose, throat and lungs

An A-Z of common respiratory tract infections of the ear, nose, throat and chest.



NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest have partnered to encourage creative individuals or groups to help spread a vital health message to Australians that, through misuse and overuse, antibiotics are losing their power. This film is by Vincent Zimbardi and Steve Callen of Oneway Pictures "Excuse me, aren't you gonnorrhoea?"

5 Questions

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care.

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