National Trends in Antibiotic Use in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities, 2005–2016

  29 May 2020

Understanding current patterns of antibiotic use in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) is essential to inform stewardship activities, but limited utilization data exist. This study examined changes in prevalence and consumption of antibiotics in Australian RACFs between 2005–2006 and 2015–2016.


This nationwide study showed substantial increases in both prevalence of use and total consumption of antibiotics in Australian RACFs between 2005 and 2016. The increasingly widespread use of antibiotics in Australian RACFs is concerning and points to a need for enhanced efforts to optimize antibiotic use in this setting.

Author(s): Janet K Sluggett, Max Moldovan, David J Lynn, Lito E Papanicolas, Maria Crotty, Craig Whitehead, Steve L Wesselingh, Geraint B Rogers, Maria C Inacio
Effective Surveillance  


Unrestricted financial support by:

Antimicrobial Resistance Fighter Coalition

Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre


JSS University


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