Antibiotic Resistance on ANZAC Day
There’s not much that will stop me from banging on about antimicrobial resistance. Preventing it is my job – and my passion – I’m lucky enough to have landed a job doing something that really fits with what I like doing.
NPS Medicinewise (formerly the National Prescribing Service) do a lot of great stuff in promoting appropriate use of medicines (not just antibiotics) and their page on antimicrobial resistance is a great starting point if you want to read about the topic. They also co-ordinate a national hospital antibiotic use survey in September (which is the source for a lot of my stats on antibiotic use) and have some great educational resources for prescribers (if you’re a junior doctor reading this: do these modules).
I love the video – I think it’s great to hear from people who can see the enormous difference that antibiotics have made in their lifetime – because otherwise, it’s just doom-sayers like me predicting a return to the time when we don’t have effective antimicrobials.
But I’m just not sure how comfortable I am about leveraging ANZAC day for a public health message.
There’s quite a bit of navel-gazing this year about ANZAC day – as people become more remote from the diggers it all started with. See the excellent thoughts of John Birmingham here. Whether or not that’s the case, I suspect the outrage engine would be in full-swing if a business ran ads trading on the ANZAC story. I’m just not sure we should treat a public service message any differently.
Antibiotic resistance is also important. But let’s get rid of the overlap between the two.
But really – watch the NPS video anyway.