About Us

About Us

Our History

The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a group of healthcare professionals committed to promoting the rational use of antimicrobial drugs throughout Australia. NCAS was established in 2015 as a Centre for Research Excellence funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. We are situated at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. 

The group is made up of infectious diseases specialists, clinical microbiologists, general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, infection control specialists, veterinarians, epidemiologists and bioethicists. 

Our vision

At NCAS, we are committed to research in the area of health service delivery. Our aim is to understand current prescribing behaviour, and develop, implement and evaluate practical strategies to improve the way that antimicrobial drugs are used within Australia. This in turn will enable healthcare providers to deliver the highest and safest quality of care for the prevention and treatment of infections. We aim to optimise the use of antimicrobial therapies and to improve patient outcomes, while minimising the adverse effects of antimicrobial overuse on the local ecology. This relates to minimising the impact of antimicrobial resistance and potential drug toxicities, and ensuring that the use of antimicrobial medications is cost-effective. We also strive to effectively translate these research findings into policies and practices. 

The NCAS takes a ‘One Health’ approach to antimicrobial use.

This means that we are interested in all areas where antimicrobials drugs are being used in the global ecosystem, from food production, agricultural systems and veterinary settings, to human use in community general practice, residential aged care, small and large hospitals, and highly specialised hospital units. Our activities focus on working with the prescribers of antibiotics, consumers, staff who dispense and administer medicines, and policy makers. We all have a large part to play in protecting this precious resource.

Our values
Our 5 core values align with those of 

We treat everyone with kindness and compassion

We are committed to learning and innovation

We are open, honest and fair
We treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times

We work together for the benefit of all

Our mission statement

The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship seeks to optimise antimicrobial use in human and animal health using a One Health approach.

Our group is committed to building research and clinical capacity to implement safe and sustainable solutions to the emerging crisis of drug resistant infections.

Meet the team

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