Unless antibiotic use changes, within a decade, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will present the most significant threat to humanity of the 21st Century. This project will utilise a critical sociological approach to develop a unique understanding of what governs antibiotic use in the health sector and how we might govern it more effectively. Focused on developing new solutions and models for better governing infection management in practice, this project will critically assess the implementation of governance, and how regulatory and legislative environments may resonate or contrast with the demands of practice, supporting the development of strategies to improve antibiotic use and reduce resistance. Our Partners, and government/industry, urgently require a means to improve antimicrobial use, whilst maintaining ethical, safe and benevolent care. This project will a) improve their capacity to govern effectively, protecting antibiotics for future generations b) contribute to policy/guides for practice that recognise everyday constraints; c) improve capacity to implement regulation, rather than maintaining (as currently) a disjunction between regulatory expectation and practice.
Australian Research Council
Associate Professor Jennifer Broom (University of Queensland and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service); Associate Professor Jeffrey Post (Prince of Wales Hospital and UNSW), Associate Professor Mark Davis (Monash University)