Call for action on combating antibiotic resistance

The paper, Meeting the Threat of Antibiotic Resistance: Building a New Frontline Defence, warns Australians to expect the spread of drug-resistant bacteria to continue.

It highlights the imperative for commercial investment into global research and development of new antibiotics as well as minimising misuse of antibiotics in animals, agriculture and humans.

The chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said antibiotic resistance was an important scientific issue with “the potential to become one of the world’s biggest public health