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.