Australian Society for Antimicrobials
PO Box 8266 Angelo St, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
Fax: 61 8 9450 8553, Email:, Twitter: @AusAntibiotics

Welcome to the web site of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials.

Since becoming an Incorporated Society in March 1999, ASA membership now covers a diverse background of professions interested in the study of antimicrobials including clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians, respiratory and ICU physicians, medical and non-medical microbiologists and scientists, pharmacists, veterinarians, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and industry representatives from pharmaceutical and diagnostic/research biomedical companies.
On this site you can access the Society's Objectives, Constitution and the Committee Members.
The Society's Membership Subscription Form and details of the Annual Scientific Meeting can be downloaded.
Members of the Society can download current and previous newsletters, as well as abstracts from previous annual scientific meetings, in the Members Area.
Although ASA's membership is primarily based in Australia and New Zealand, it now extends to Asia, North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Antimicrobials 2015

26 - 28 February 2015

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Latest BREAK POINT Newsletter

  - past newsletters available on the Public Newsletters page

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  • In the News
  • Reflections from Antimicrobials 2015
  • Antimicrobial 2015 Report
  • ASA Research Grant Progress Report 2013-2014
  • Meeting Calendar

Latest ASA News

  - more on the ASA News page

12 May 2015
ISC Travel Awards
The International Society for Chemotherapy (ISC) is offering its Member Societies a number of Travel Grants for the next ISC Congress.  Young scientists (age 35 years and under) can apply for up to 4 individual grants and successful applicants will be fully funded to attend ICAAC / ICC, San Diego, 17-21 September 2015.
The deadline for applications is 21st May 2015.  The ISC will be covering registration, airfare and accommodation to all successful applicants. 
To apply, please visit the grants section of the Congress website HERE (
This is a great platform for young scientists to meet their peers and share their best research. 
11 May 2015
ISC Update
Attend top-notch scientific sessions at ICC/ICAAC 2015!
With a focus on antibiotic resistance, new antibiotic development and antibiotic stewardship, the joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 meeting presents unmatched opportunity for discussion and cross collaboration. Through exceptional Poster and Slide Sessions, engaging Symposia, Meet-the-Expert Sessions, and more, ICAAC/ICC 2015’s scientific program showcases the most notable names and recent discoveries from all disciplines of the infectious disease community.

ISC Supporting Young Scientists

Members of an ISC Member Society, age 35 years and under, can apply for up to 4 individual grants and successful applicants will be fully funded to attend ICAAC / ICC, San Diego, 17-21 September 2015.  Deadline for applications is 21st May.  APPLY HERE
HUMA Awardee Announced!
Professor Alastair Geddes will receive the ISC’s Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award (HUMA), which will take place on September 20th.   The award, bestowed by the Microbial Chemistry Research Foundation of Japan in honor of the late Professor Umezawa, is given for outstanding contributions in the field of chemotherapy. Read more HERE....

Opening Keynote Speaker Announced!
Barbara E. Murray, MD (Univ. of Texas Med. Sch. and Ctr. for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens, Houston, TX) will give the Opening Keynote on Friday, September 18, 2015. Murray is an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases and in antibiotic resistance, and is considered one of the world’s experts on enterococci.  Read more HERE....
11 May 2015
Present your research findings on a global stage!
Many of the noteworthy breakthroughs presented at our past meetings originated from submitted abstracts. Add your work to the list of exceptional science, and showcase your research in improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious disease at ICAAC/ICC 2015 (September 17–21, San Diego, CA)!
Accepted abstracts will be considered for the following opportunities:
Awards and Travel Grants 
The ISC is supporting a number of young scientists from ISC Member Societies to attend. If you are a Member of an ISC Member Society, 35 years and under apply here - Awards and Travel Grants

Poster Presentations
Each year, nearly 1,500 abstracts submitted are selected to be highlighted in a Poster Session alongside other quality research from the Topical Category in which it is accepted.

Slide Sessions
About 15% of the scientists with accepted abstracts are invited to present their research during an oral slide session.
Abstract Deadline is 21st May - APPLY NOW
11 May 2015
Embracing the Genomic Revolution
Embracing the Genomic Revolution – Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium
Monday 20 July 2015
Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne

The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics was recently established by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, located in the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. The mission of the Centre is to facilitate research relevant to understanding the role of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice in Australia, and to provide leadership and training in this field.
The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics therefore invites you to attend its inaugural symposium entitled “Embracing the Genomic Revolution - Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium”.  The event aims to critically examine the potential of microbial genomics to impact public health and clinical microbiology practice and to provide a forum to begin the process of establishing collaborative research aimed at translating microbial genomics into public health and clinical practice in Australia.  Both national and international speakers including researchers, clinicians and public health officials will explore the field of applied microbial genomics and present on topics including next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, ongoing public health and clinical applications and the future challenges of realising the full potential of microbial genomics in this space. The symposium will end wi th a series of panel-based discussions relevant to implementation of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice.
The event will be held at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, located a short distance from the Melbourne CBD, and is aimed at researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and public health professionals.

Further details regarding the symposium including the preliminary program, and the free registration form, can be found at:
Please note, there are a limited number of registrations available for this event.
11 May 2015
Advanced Hospital Epidemiology Course
In Australia for the first time in 5 years, the Advanced Hospital Epidemiology Course is being held Monday 20 July – Friday 24 July, Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia. It is based on a successful European Training Course, considered the finest in its field.  It features a faculty of international experts dedicated to continuous quality improvement in infection control and the application of epidemiology within the healthcare setting.
Places are still available in the course for a limited time. 
10 Feb 2015
Antimicrobials 2015 Book of Abstracts and Final Program
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Final Program and Book of Abstracts for Antimicrobials 2015 is now available in the Members Area of the ASA website
A paper copy will be provided to all delegates 
Meeting Overview
Plenary Speakers
  • Sara Cosgrove, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  • Jan Kluytmans, Erasmus Medical University, The Netherlands
  • Sally Roberts, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Central Hospital, Sweden  
Howard Florey Oration
  • Benjamin Howden Doherty Institute, Victoria.  
Keynote Speakers
  • Jan Kluytmans, University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • David Persing, Cepheid Holding, USA
  • Christine Ginocchio, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York, USA
  • Neil Clancy, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Pattarachai Kiratsin, Sirriraj Hospital Medical Facility, Thailand
In addition, the programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “Alternative Perspectives on Antimicrobial Use”, “Carbapenemases”, “What to Report and How to Treat, and “Enterococci".   Two pharmacy symposia, two EUCAST workshop sessions, six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also included in the meeting. 
Each morning will commence with a breakfast industry symposium and on Thursday MSD will be hosting a lunch time symposium. 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our speakers and sponsors for participating in Antimicrobials 2015 and I am confident delegates will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to seeing you in Brisbane.
Thomas Gottlieb
ASA President
17 Jan 2015
Communicable Disease Intelligence Volume 38 Number 4 December 2014
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 38 Number 4, December 2014


This issue is available as a full PDF (3620 KB) or by individual articles below.

Annual reports

Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme annual report, 2013
Monica M Lahra, Rodney P Enriquez
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Australian Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
Geoffrey W Coombs, Graeme R Nimmo, Denise A Daley, Tam T Le, Julie C Pearson, Hui-Leen Tan, James O Robinson, Peter J Collignon, Mary-Louise McLaws, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Denise A Daley, Tam T Le, James O Robinson, Thomas Gottlieb, Benjamin P Howden, Paul DR Johnson, Catherine M Bennett, Timothy P Stinear, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Enterobacteriaceae Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
John D Turnidge, Thomas Gottlieb, David H Mitchell, Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Jan M Bell for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Tuberculosis notifications in Australia, 2011
Christina Bareja, Justin Waring, Richard Stapledon, Cindy Toms, Paul Douglas and the National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia
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Tuberculosis in Australia: bacteriologically-confirmed cases and drug resistance, 2011
Richard Lumb, Ivan B Bastian, Peter J Jelfs, Terillee J Keehner, Sushil K Pandey, Aina Sievers
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Future reporting of tuberculosis in Australia
Richard Lumb
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Quarterly reports

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 1 July to 30 September 2014
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 April to 30 June 2014
Monica M Lahra, for the Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme
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Meningococcal surveillance Australia, 1 July to 30 September 2014
Monica M Lahra, Rodney Enriquez for the Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme
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CDI indexes

Index to Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2014
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