Urgent need for solutions
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and many Governments, including Australia, as one of the world’s most pressing global health priorities. If the spread of AMR is not curtailed, new diagnostics and antibiotics not developed, and effective stewardship programs not already implemented, the world faces a future where common and treatable infections, which have been effectively treated for the last 80 years, will become life threatening to humans and animals. The O’Neill AMR Report estimated that more people will die from microbial infections than cancer by 2050.
The AMR CRC Program Bid
The Antimicrobial Resistance Cooperative Research Centre (AMR CRC) is currently being developed in partnership between The University of Queensland, Monash University, CSIRO, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, Government departments, industry partners including SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises), and industry bodies. As discussions progress, additional research organisations will be incorporated into the CRC program.
We believe that the AMR CRC will become the pivotal organisation in Australia’s fight to halt the health and economic burden of AMR through a coordinated response. The Research Themes and Education programs will investigate and improve a wide range of human and animal health issues, which will result in coordinated and enhanced outcomes for the communities and organisations involved. The CRC will work closely with existing programs to ensure that there is minimal overlap to maximise impact.
Alignment with Government Priorities
In June 2015, the Australian Government released their first ever National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2015–2019, which focused on minimising the development and spread of AMR, and ensuring the continued availability of effective antimicrobials. The Government has since published a Strategy Progress Report in October 2017 and established an AMR-focused website. The CRC will play a central role in helping make the Australian Government’s AMR strategy a success.