A national summit was held on June 29, 2017, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, to identify actions to slow the rapid spread of drug resistant infections in Australia. CREID CIs Prof Cheryl Jones, President ASID, and Prof Ben Howden, ASA President led the meeting and CREID CIs Prof Allen Cheng and Prof Tania Sorrell presented in symposia throughout the day. The summit, attended by >300 key human and animal health leaders, focused on the ‘four pillars of antimicrobial resistance’: infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, surveillance and outbreak response, and research & development.
It was agreed that Australia needs better integration and coordination in our response to AMR, both in human and animal health. Furthermore, there was general consensus that no current Australian body was suitably positioned to provide such coordination. Profs Jones and Howden presented the summit report to the Australian Strategic Advisory group ASTAG and have been appointed to pursue actions arising from the day.