The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents a real and growing threat in Victoria and across the world. The emergence of AMR is relevant for the health of humans, animals and the environment.

AMR refers to when micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) develop resistance to antimicrobial substances, like antibiotics.

‘One Health’ is a collaborative approach in which multiple sectors work together to achieve better public health outcomes. In the context of AMR, the One Health cross-sector and transdisciplinary approach - working at local, regional national and global levels - is required to achieve the best health outcomes while recognising the interconnection between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.

At the federal level, Australia’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy – 2020 and beyond (the national strategy) was released last year and sets out the priorities for a coordinated national response. A wide range of actions, however, fall under the legislative, regulatory or fiscal jurisdictional responsibility of states and territories. That is, the work outlined in the national strategy will often need to be done at the state and territory level.

We have embarked on developing the first Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2021-2031. A comprehensive consultation process has been launched and will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders and the public to provide input into the objectives and priority actions of the strategy.

The consultation survey is open from 27 July to 7 September 2021.

How to participate

Read the consultation paper and complete the survey. It is recommended you keep the consultation paper open to refer to during the survey.

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge, the priorities of your sector, and to help develop the first Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy

Next steps

Following stakeholder engagement, a summary of all feedback and next steps will be published on this webpage and the Strategy Webpage at The Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy - health.vic

Privacy Statement

The Department of Health (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department is coordinating the consultation process for the strategy and is working with other state government departments and agencies in developing the strategy.

The department collects your responses to this stakeholder consultation survey for the purposes of developing the Victorian Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2021-2031.

In order to conduct a comprehensive stakeholder consultation, we may share your de-identified responses in an aggregated format as feedback with other state government departments.

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