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The most comprehensive report produced on Australian antimicrobial use and resistance trends has found that antimicrobial use in the community is falling, but they continue to be overprescribed, while some dangerous bacteria are growing increasingly resistant to common antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia 2019: Third Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health (AURA 2019), released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) today, highlights a number of resistant bacteria as major healthcare problems.

The report warns that antimicrobial resistance shows little sign of abating and poses an ongoing risk to patient safety, with common pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis becoming increasingly resistant to major drug classes, and some organisms resistant to last-resort treatments.

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