Scientists at the Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology (ACARE) are leaders in antibiotic research and the development of new treatments and control strategies for infections in both humans and animals.
Fighting the war against antimicrobial resistance
We are at the centre of a One Health approach to combatting the increasing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogens of humans, animals and their environment. We use unique resources and expertise across diverse disciplines to understand the evolution, ecology and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance.
What is antimicrobial use and resistance?
A threat to human health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes AMR as “the greatest threat to human health today”.
In Australia, bacterial infections kill more than 9000 people annually. For perspective, this number is more than breast and prostate cancer and car accidents combined. It has a direct healthcare costs of more than $1 billion per year.
Without solutions, by 2030 this may rise to more than 16,000 deaths each year and a cost of more than $2.3 billion.