The risk of resistance: what are the major antimicrobial resistance threats facing Australia?

Deborah A Williamson, Benjamin P Howden and David L Paterson
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50249
Published online: 5 August 2019

Collaborative systems are required to combat the rising challenge of antimicrobial resistance in health care facilities and the community

These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things—taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle …

  • Deborah A Williamson1,2
  • Benjamin P Howden1
  • David L Paterson3,4

  • 1 Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 4 Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, QLD


Deborah Williamson is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship (GNT1123854). Benjamin Howden is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (GNT1105905).

Competing interests:

David Patterson has received research grants or honoraria for participation in advisory boards from Shionogi, MSD, Pfizer, Achaogen, Entasis Therapeutics and Accelerate Diagnostics.


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