Global action to address antimicrobial resistance

28 January 2021

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley has this morning reiterated Australia’s commitment to combatting the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance to our health, agricultural and environmental sectors.

In addressing the inaugural meeting of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Minister Ley outlined her vision for a strong domestic and global response.

Antimicrobials enter the environment every day and can accumulate over time, leading to increased resistance and potentially harmful effects on human and animal populations.

Minister Ley said the Australian Government is committed to reducing antimicrobial resistance and is implementing Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and Beyond, our second strategy which is backed by a $22.5 million funding commitment to the health portfolio.

“Australia is a global leader on antimicrobial resistance issues, working closely with our international partners and with research institutions and industry,” Minister Ley said.

“We are funding a number of initiatives to support our national strategy, including developing a One Health surveillance system, a national antimicrobial resistance research and development agenda and a national monitoring and evaluation framework.

“It is important that we raise awareness of the threat and continue to do everything we can to monitor and address the impacts of antimicrobial resistance across all sectors as part of a global One Health approach.

“I aim to take Australia’s strong commitment and record of achievement to advocate for effective and coordinated action at the global level to address antimicrobial resistance.”

To find out more about this important global project and antimicrobial resistance visit these websites - https://www.who.int/groups/one-health-global-leaders-group-on-antimicrobial-resistance and https://www.amr.gov.au