The following message was shared by the Victorian Department of Health on 28 July 2021.
Help us shape Victoria’s first Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.
Comment on the development of the strategy by 7 September 2021.
Victoria is responding to the growing international threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), with the development of our first Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy.
Antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines have treated infections for many decades and saved millions of lives, but their efficacy is under threat by misuse and over-use.
As antimicrobials are used within the human health, animal health and agriculture sectors, a co-ordinated, broader ‘One Health’ approach is required across these sectors to address AMR.
AMR is a major problem around the world. We’re already seeing increasing resistance worldwide to common bacterial infections and resistant organisms in the animal, food production and the environment sectors have the potential to affect food security and cause economic loss.
At least 700,000 people around the world die every year from drug-resistant infections and by 2050 this number could reach 10 million. The World Health Organization has declared AMR one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity.
Consultation is now open for the first Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2021-2031 to enable key stakeholders and the community to provide input into the strategy’s objectives and priority actions.