Australian Society for Antimicrobials
PO Box 8266 Angelo St, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
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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

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17 Nov 2014
CDI Volume 38 Number 3 September 2014
Annual Report
Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Progamme, 2011
Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Denise A Daley, Tam 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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17 Nov 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials is pleased to announce Professor Jan Kluytmans will be presenting the following keynote lecture during Antimicrobials 2015
Keynote Lecture 1
All E. coli are Equal, but some more Equal than Others: The success of ST131 in Health Care Settings
Online Registration and Accommodation Reservations:
Important Dates
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
Early bird registration deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
17 Nov 2014
Antibiotic Awareness Week 17-24 November 2014

Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 17 – 23, 2014 is Antibiotic Awareness Week in Australia

Antibiotic Awareness Week in Australia is part of a global initiative to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics. All health services and hospitals are encouraged to participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week
Antibiotic Awareness Week – Key Messages
  • Antibiotics are a limited and precious resource.
  • Antibiotic resistance is a global problem, and a major public health and patient safety issue.
  • Resistant infections are more difficult to treat than other infections and can be associated with higher rates of morbidity and mortality.
  • Inappropriate prescribing and over use of antibiotics is a major driver of the development of resistance, and there is evidence which has shown that up to 50% of antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals is inappropriate or unnecessary*.
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs can improve the appropriateness of antibiotic use in our hospitals, and help reduce adverse outcomes from their use – including the development of resistance.
  • Australia is taking a “One Health” approach to antimicrobial resistance, with experts from human health, animal health, and agriculture working together to better understand and address the problem.
  • We need to take action now to preserve the miracle of antibiotics a
  • nd still have a cure for tomorrow and into the future.
26 Oct 2014
Antimicrobials 2015: Programme Update
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 27 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Programme Update: Keynote Lecture
The Digital Miasma: Cloud-based Monitoring of Emerging Infections in the 21st Century
David Persing
Dr. Persing is the Cepheid Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Technology Officer and Consulting Professor at Stanford University. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Persing was Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Corixa Corporation, a Seattle-based biotechnology company. Prior to that he was a member of the Clinical and Research Faculty in the Department Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he developed several extramurally funded infectious disease research programs. From 1992 to 1999 he established and directed the Mayo Molecular Microbiology Laboratory which was one of the first reference laboratories to offer cutting-edge molecular diagnostic testing on a worldwide basis. He has authored over 270 peer-reviewed articles including frequently cited papers in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and PNAS. He served as Editor in Chief for four leading textbooks on Molecular Diagnostics, the most recent of which was released in January 2011. Dr. Persing received his MD and PhD (Genetics) degrees from the University of California, San Francisco in 1988 and completed his residency training in Clinical Pathology at the Yale School of Medicine in 1990.
Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
30 Jul 2014
Antimicrobials 2015 Meeting Registration Website Open
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 16th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2015” to be held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Brisbane, on Thursday 26th - Saturday 28nd February 2015.
I am pleased to announce Sara Cosgrove, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA; Jan Kluytmans, Erasmus Medical University, The Netherlands; Sally Roberts, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand; and Gunnar Kahlmeter, Central Hospital, Sweden will be participating at the meeting.  Sara will be presenting the plenary “Multiple Prongs of Stewardship: Less is More – Debunking Stewardship Myths”, while Jan and Sally will be presenting “Resistance Links to Animals" and “Improving Care: Infection Prevention and Patient Safety” respectively. In addition to presenting the plenary “EUCAST and Beyond”, Gunnar with Erika Matusckek will be presenting two EUCAST workshops on susceptibility testing.  
The 2015 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Benjamin Howden from Melbourne University, Victoria.  Ben will be presenting the talk “Vancomycin and Staphylococcus aureus – A Complex Relationship”
 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”, “Enterococci" and "SMART Platforms”.   In addition we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “The Bugs and Treatment” and "Antimicrobial Stewardship". Six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting.
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 am confident that you will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in Brisbane.
Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 12th December 2014
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 2nd January 2015
Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA
12 Jul 2014
15th Asia- Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (15th APCCMI)
Dear ASA Member
It is with great pleasure to announce that we will be hosting the 15th Asia- Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (15th APCCMI) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 26th - 29th November 2014.
This important and prestigious meeting on clinical microbiology and infectious diseases will be a meeting point for international experts from various parts of the world. The international and local committees will be working hard with great enthusiasm and passion to design a programme focused on the latest developments in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. You will benefit from updates in various fields, and an opportunity to increase your network with various scientific groups from all over the world.
Malaysia is a bubbling, bustling melting pot of races and religions where the Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony, and are very laid back, warm and friendly. Multiculturalism has not only made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise, it has also made Malaysia home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It is no wonder that Malaysians love celebrating and socialising.
I am sure you will have a great time in Malaysia and I look forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in 2014!
Professor Dr Zamberi Sekawi
Chairman, 15th APCCMI
12 Jul 2014
Murdoch University - Chatham House International Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance 8 December 20
Murdoch University, in partnership with the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, will be holding an international symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance on 8th December 2014 at their South Street campus in Perth, WA. 
Keynote speakers for the event include Professor Dame Sally Davies (UK Chief Medical Officer), Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan (Vice-President for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India) and Professor David Heymann CBE (Head of the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security).
The interim website for the event can be found at:
Murdoch University is currently developing the full event website, which will include an “AMR Resources” page providing links to relevant organisations.