Antimicrobial Stewardship Guidelines


International resources and information available on AMR and AMS around the world


First National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2015–2019

Developed in partnership with industry and government, and guides action by governments, health professionals, veterinarians, farmers and communities to reduce the emergence of resistant bacteria.

The Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic, version 15 (2014) due for update in 2019

Australia national consensus guidelines on antibiotic prescribing due to be updated by the end of 2018. Most states and territories, including Victoria, provide access to the electronic version of the guidelines via an online information portal, ours is called the Clinician's Health Channel in Victoria. 

National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (NAPS)

Developed by the team at the NCAS,  NAPS addresses the quality or appropriateness of antimicrobial use in hospitals. Visit for more information about the survey, including reports and other modules (e.g. the surgical NAPS, NAPS in aged care etc).

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. 

Note: The second version of these standards was only recently released and will go into effect from 2019 onward. The Commission's AMS initiative has hospital-specific AMS resources and information available online

National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program (NAUSP)

NAUSP reports on volume of antimicrobial use in over 150 contributing Australian hospitals, including individual antimicrobial agents and antimicrobial classes. It allows contributors to benchmark by hospital peer group and by state and territory. Reports, including those on specialty areas such as intensive care, hematology/oncology and respiratory are available online.

National Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) The Melbourne-based center for research excellence provides AMS information and resources. The NCAS also offers a monthly journal club on all things AMS, accessible online.

Key sources of information:

Australian Government AMR information  (including: the National AMR Strategy (2015-2019)

Website provides  information for health practitioners in hospital and community, the general public, veterinarians, farmers, etc. 

NPS MedicineWise

Provides information and education to clinicians and the general public, including a variety of free online education programs. 

Safer Care Victoria (SCV) AMS resources and information

'Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Health Care 2018'

Published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, this book summarizes current evidence on AMS strategies, interventions and implementation. Chapters 1–7 provides strategies for implementing and sustaining AMS. Chapters 8–12 examine the roles of the different clinicians in AMS.

National AMR and AMS Forum

NCAS will be organizing this event in partnership with SCV in Melbourne on November 1-2, 2018. The forum will feature both local and international presenters who specialize in different aspects of AMS and will also provide an animal health stream.


Information provided by LHSN Member Safer Care Victoria, and AMS contact: 

Kylie McIntosh B Pharm (Hons), PhD, Principal Policy Officer Medicines, Safer Care Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.