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Antimicrobial resistance requires a global response, and one country’s actions will not have a significant impact if other nations continue to act independently of one another. As a wealthy, developed country with an advanced healthcare system, Australia is well placed to lead global efforts to control the growing threat of resistant infections and other health threats, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia, however, is lagging in several key areas, including public awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance; stewardship; coordination and incentives for research and development; and national One Health governance.
To address this, the AMA has proposed several solutions that build on work the government is already doing to encourage behavioural change, incentivise antimicrobial research and development, and deliver a unified, One Health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance. These solutions include: