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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.
Although ASA's membership is primarily based in Australia and New Zealand, it now extends to Asia, North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.
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.


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  • Seeking TGA Statutory Advisory Committee Members
  • 24th ECCMID Report
  • Surveillance of CMY, ESBL and Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriacea in Queensland
  • 2014 - 2015 Meeting Calendar



Latest ASA News

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12 Jul 2014
2014 ASA ISSSI Travel Award
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials congratulates Dr Josh Ramsay from Curtin University for being awarded the 2014 Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA) International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections (ISSSI) Travel Award.  The award consists of a return economy airfare, accommodation and conference registration up to the value of AU$5,000.
 
During ISSSI Dr Ramsay will be presenting his abstract "Conjugative Mobilisation of Diverse Antimicrobial-resistance and Virulence Gene Plasmids by the pWBG749 Family of Conjugative Plasmids"
 
The 2014 ISSSI is being held from 26 - 29 August in Chicago, USA.  Further information on the meeting can be found at www.isssi2014.com
 
12 Jul 2014
CDI Volume 37 Number 3 September 2013
 
 
Volume 37 issue 3
 

Contents

This issue is available as a full (PDF (700 KB) or by individual articles below.

 

Editorial

Antimicrobial resistance
Chris Baggoley, Aaliya Ibrahim
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Annual reports

 
Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Enterococcus Surveillance Programme annual report, 2010
Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Keryn Christiansen, Thomas Gottlieb, Jan M Bell, Narelle George, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 102 KB]
 
Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Hospital-onset Staphylococcus aureus Surveillance Programme annual report, 2011
Geoffrey W Coombs, Graeme R Nimmo, Julie C Pearson, Peter J Collignon, Jan M Bell, Mary-Louise McLaws, Keryn J Christiansen, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 102 KB]
 
Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Community-onset Gram-negative Surveillance Program annual report, 2010
John D Turnidge, Thomas Gottlieb, David H Mitchell, Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Jan M Bell for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 87 KB]
 
Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme annual report, 2012
Monica M Lahra, Rodney P Enriquez
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme annual report, 2012
Monica M Lahra for the Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme
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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
 
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12 Jul 2014
Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance 2014
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) released its first report on global antibiotic resistance surveillance and declared antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a major public health threat "bigger crisis than the AIDS epidemic."  
 
Read the entirety of Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveillance 2014 here or a summary here.
 
12 Jul 2014
CDI Volume 37 Number 4 December 2013
 
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 37 Number 4 December 2013
 
This issue is available as a full (PDF (3,379 KB) or by individual articles below.
 
Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 July to 30 September 2013
Monica M Lahra for the Australian Gonoococcal Surveillance Programme
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Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 July to 30 September 2013
Monica M Lahra, Rodney Enriquez for the Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 225 KB]
 
12 Jul 2014
Consultation on Managing MIC Distributions and ECOFFs
EUCAST is seeking to broaden the responsibility for the more than 25000  international MIC distributions and the process for determining epidemiological cut-off values (ECOFF). This is an open consultation to investigate the degree of interest in sharing the responsibility with EUCAST, ECDC and ESCMID. Responses to the consultation shall be submitted no later than 16 June, 2014.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact ASA if you have any queries and I hope you are able to participate.  
 
Kind regards 
 
John Turnidge
Chair ASA Australian National AST Committee
 
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: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/AMR/
Murdoch University is currently developing the full event website, which will include an “AMR Resources” page providing links to relevant organisations.
 
12 Jul 2014
AGAR ASSOP 2013 Report
The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian Staphylococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme (ASSOP) 2013 Report is now available.  The report can be download from the ASA website (http://www.asainc.net.au/aasp/agar) or from the AGAR website (http://www.agargroup.org/)
 
12 Jul 2014
CDI Volume 38 No 1 March 2014
The following AGAR Antimicrobial Surveillance Reports are now available in the current issue of Communicable Diseases Intelligence
 
 
 

 
Volume 38 No 1 March 2014
 
Hospital-onset Gram-negative Surveillance Program annual report, 2011
John D Turnidge, Thomas Gottlieb, David H Mitchell, Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Jan M Bell for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance 
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Community-onset Gram-negative Surveillance Program annual report, 2012
John D Turnidge, Thomas Gottlieb, David H Mitchell, Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Jan M Bell for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 365 KB]
Community-onset Staphylococcus aureus Surveillance Programme annual report, 2012
Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Julie C Pearson, Graeme R Nimmo, Peter J Collignon, Mary-Louise McLaws, James O Robinson, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance 
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 548 KB]
 
12 Jul 2014
AGAR AESOP 2013 Report
The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme (AESOP) 2013 Report is now available.  The report can be download from the ASA website (http://www.asainc.net.au/aasp/agar) or from the AGAR website (http://www.agargroup.org/)
 
9 Dec 2013
2014 ASA Foundation Members
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials wishes to acknowledge the following companies for becoming Foundation (Sustaining) Members of the Society
 
Platinum
  • AstraZeneca
  • Pfizer Australia
 
Gold
  • Novartis
 
Silver
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme
 
Bronze
  • Becton Dickinson
  • bioMerieux Australia
  • Cepheid
  • Specialised Therapeutics
 
 
 
Foundation Members websites can be located in the Foundation (Sustaining) Members section of the ASA webpage