Antibiotic resources for clinicians

Prescribing a routine course of antibiotics significantly increases the likelihood of an individual carrying a resistant bacterial strain – resistant bacteria can be spread to family, friends and the broader community. To minimise antibiotic resistance, Australian guidelines recommend that an antibiotic should only be prescribed:
  • when benefits to the patient are likely to be substantial
  • with the narrowest spectrum to treat the likely pathogen
  • at the appropriate dose and for the appropriate duration
Staphylococcus aureus that is methicillin-resistant (MRSA), and therefore resistant to all β-lactam antibiotics, is widespread, with skin and soft tissue infections among the most common sources. Although most of the data describe the problem in hospital settings, there is an emerging picture of antibiotic resistance in community settings across Australia.
Find out more about antibiotics on the NPS MedicineWise website

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Clinical e-Audit: Management of specific respiratory tract infections

This clinical e-audit about specific RTIs enables you to review your current practice, consider implementing changes to practice and reflect on areas for ongoing improvement.

Case Study: Urinary tract infections: exploring antibiotic treatment

In this case study exploring antibiotic treatment for urinarty tract infections you will meet Clara Wainwright, an 82-year-old woman who lives in the local aged-care facility. 

Online Course: Antimicrobials: catheter-associated urinary tract infections

This free online course on antibiotics and catheter-associated urinary tract infections is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: community-acquired pneumonia

This free online course on antibiotics and community-acquired pneumonia is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online Course: Antimicrobials: surgical prophylaxis

This free online course on antibiotic prophylaxis and surgery is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Online Course: Managing UTIs in aged care

This free online course on antibiotics and catheter-associated urinary tract infections is for pharmacists, nurses and students.

Medicines Use Review: Antibiotics in urinary tract infections: ensuring appropriate use

This continuing professional development activity assists pharmacists & nurses to reflect on management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) & use of antibiotics.

National Prescribing Curriculum module: Respiratory tract infection in a child

This free online course on respiratory tract infections in children is for students.

Take the pledge

If you are prescribing, dispensing or working with people taking antibiotics, take the health professional pledge now to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.

For your patients

Respiratory tract infections: Manage your symptoms action plan

Patients can often self-manage coughs and colds and avoid antibiotics. This management plan will help you remind patients of the things they can do.

Antibiotic resistance – what it is and why it's a problem

Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria are no longer sensitive to an antibiotic. Read about how antibiotic resistance is caused; what you can do to help prevent it

My child has a middle-ear infection: is an antibiotic necessary? 

An information leaflet answering important questions that parents or carers may have on the management of middle-ear infections in children.



NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest have partnered to encourage creative individuals or groups to help spread a vital health message to Australians that, through misuse and overuse, antibiotics are losing their power. "Excuse me, aren't you gonnorrhoea?"




Last reviewed 02 November 2016

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