Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started 

There are many resources available for those just starting out in developing Antimicrobial Stewardship programs in various health care settings. Below are some useful resources.

Other resources may be found in our 

Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

Produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in 2015, this resource provides guidance to clinicians and health service managers on delivering appropriate care when prescribing antibiotics. It outlines a set of suggested indicators to assist with local implementation of the antimicrobial stewardship Clinical Care Standard. Clinicians and health services can use it to monitor the implementation of the quality statements, and support improvement as needed.

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Hospitals

This publication provides clinicians and health administrators with the evidence and requirements for hospital AMS programs.

It is available to download in full, or by chapter. The publication provides guidance on developing and introducing a hospital AMS program. It describes the structure, governance, and resources needed for an effective program, along with those strategies shown to influence antimicrobial prescribing and reduce inappropriate use.

NSQHS Standard 3

Criterion: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Safe and appropriate antimicrobial prescribing is a strategic goal of the clinical governance system.

From January 2013 health services are required to demonstrate they are meeting the requirements outlined in the NSQHS Standards in order to achieve accreditation. Safety and Quality Improvement Guides are available to assist health services implement each Standard including Standard 3 which contains a criterion on AMS. 

An accreditation workbook is also available.

Guide to the NSQHS Standards for community health services

The purpose of this guide is to support health service organisations, such as Local Health Networks and private hospital ownership groups, to implement the NSQHS Standards across all of the services they provide.

This guide provides community health services with:
  • an overview of the intent of the NSQHS Standard 
  • suggested strategies to meet the requirements of the NSQHS Standards
  • examples of evidence to meet the NSQHS Standards
  • lists of key resources to support implementation of these strategies.

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