Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is about optimally managing infections and minimising drug-related harms, including antimicrobial resistance, toxicity, and cost.
Aotearoa New Zealand has the fourth highest rate of antibiotic prescribing among OECD countries, and we are seeing increased bacterial resistance as a result.1
But it’s not all about overuse – Māori and Pacific peoples are under-prescribed antibiotics and are more than twice as likely as non-Māori, non-Pacific peoples to not collect a prescription due to cost. Such inequities contribute to poor outcomes, such as the disproportionate rate of rheumatic fever in our Māori and Pacific populations.1
Collective action is needed. Click here to learn how you can practice antimicrobial stewardship.