Guidance Solutions

The Guidance Group
 Optimising patient care with innovative stewardship solutions 

Our Story

The Guidance Group is an initiative of The Royal Melbourne Hospital, dedicated to improving the quality and safety of patient care by being the foremost provider of effective clinical stewardship solutions. Our tools are built by clinicians for clinicians, and fit clinical workflow in diverse healthcare settings. 

Australia has been a major leader in hospital antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs for over 10 years. Early on it was determined that for effective AMS programs, tools were required for timely and efficient workflow processes to ensure that AMS becomes an integral part of everyday hospital practice. 

The Guidance Group, based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, a collaboration between the Royal Melbourne Hospital and University of Melbourne, has a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians and software developers who continuously strive to develop, maintain and improve tools required for effective and efficient AMS programs. These experts participate in every step of the implementation to help facilities drive change and create long-lasting effects with multifaceted AMS programs.

For more than 15 years, we have been building these tools to improve antibiotic use in hospitals. In 2005, we built the first electronic antimicrobial stewardship tool in Australia. Today, over 60 hospitals across 4 states in Australia are using Guidance MS as a core component of their AMS program, and hundreds of Australian hospitals and aged care facilities are using NAPS to audit the quality of antimicrobial use within their organisations.

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The Guidance Community

The Guidance community is a growing group committed to AMS, with involvement from multiple health care sectors including public hospitals, private hospitals, aged care facilities and veterinary practices, nationally and now internationally. Being part of this community means that you can contribute ideas, share experiences and help direct the evolution of AMS programs throughout Australian health care facilities. Australian AMS teams can work together, learning from each other, comparing data and continuing to drive improvement.

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