International experts gather to take action on antibiotic resistance

December 8, 2014

World-renowned experts in the fields of antibiotic resistance gathered at Murdoch University on December 8 to talk about an issue which has the potential to become one of the world’s biggest public health challenges.

The Symposium titled Antimicrobial Resistance: Addressing the One Health Security Agenda was held in conjunction with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House.

International keynote speakers included Professor Dame Sally Davies (via video link), Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor David Heymann, Head and Senior Fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House and Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, Vice President Research and Policy, Public Health Foundation India.

The program ran from 9am to 5pm at Murdoch’s South Street campus and session topics included:

  • How antimicrobial resistance is a quintessential ‘one health’ issue requiring a collaborative effort of multiple health science professions working together with related disciplines and institutions on a local, national and international scale;
  • The link between the use of antibiotics in animals and the effect on human health; and
  • How global governance structures will need to accommodate a paradigm shift in existing public health practices in order to address the AMR challenge.

For more information about the AMR Symposium visit www.murdoch.edu.au/AMR/.

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