Antimicrobial stewardship in Aotearoa: Striving for safe, effective and equitable antimicrobial use

60 minutes to Watch
Dr Sharon Gardiner
6 December 2023
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Presented by Dr Sharon Gardiner, this webinar covers:

  • an overview of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • global and national initiatives combating AMR
  • why it’s important to include an indication on antimicrobial scripts
  • where to find resources to help you address the pressing issue of AMR
  • an update on the development of national antimicrobial guidelines
  • results of a local study on antimicrobial prescribing and administration in aged residential care.

This video is a recording of the live webinar hosted by Mobile Health on 21 November 2023. It is suitable for all primary care health professionals.


  • 00:00 - 01:22 Introduction
  • 01:22 - 51:03 Dr Sharon Gardiner
  • 51:03 - 1:02:52 Q&A and closing


Dr Sharon Gardiner

Sharon Gardiner [BPharm(Hons), MClinPharm, PhD] is the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury and co-lead of the New Zealand Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Pharmacist Expert Group.

She was a member of the expert panel for the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s major report entitled Kotahitanga – Uniting Aotearoa against Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance (2021). Collaboratively, she has co-led multiple national antimicrobial stewardship initiatives including a viewpoint calling for urgent national leadership and co-ordinated antimicrobial stewardship action (2021). She has co-led four national World Antimicrobial Awareness Week initiatives, and a major sepsis improvement programme in Waitaha Canterbury.

Sharon has enjoyed a varied career as a pharmacist including hospital, community and academic work. Her research interests centre on antimicrobial stewardship and optimal antimicrobial dosing strategies.

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This activity has been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and has been approved for up to 1 CME credit for continuing professional development purposes (1 credit per learning hour). To claim your CPD credits, log in to your Te Whanake dashboard and record these activities under the appropriate learning category.

This activity has been endorsed by the PSNZ as suitable for inclusion in a pharmacist’s CE records for CPD purposes.

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