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9 Feb 2017
ISC Travel Grants
ISC Grant Applications Now Invited
 
Fully Funded Travel Grants Available
 
In conjunction with abstract submission, the ISC is currently accepting applications for its grants to attend the International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection 2017 (ICC 2017) which will take place 24-27 November in Taipei, Taiwan.   Application criteria for each grant can be found in the links below and applications are welcomed from members of ISC Member Societies.
 
ISC Young Investigator Travel Award
 
A number of ISC Young Investigator Travel Awards (YITA) will be given to applicants under the age of 35 attending the 30th ICC. The award will cover the airfare to the ICC and hotel accommodation as well as free registration.  Priority will be given to applicants from low resource countries.  All eligible young investigators who are submitting abstracts are encouraged to apply.  Click here for more information.
 
Tom Bergan Memorial Grant
 
This ISC grant has been established in memory of Tom Bergan, Past President of the ISC. The grant will cover the airfare to the ICC and hotel accommodation as well as free registration.  Priority will be given to applicants from low resource countries.  All eligible young investigators who are submitting abstracts are encouraged to apply.  Click here for more information.
 
John David Williams Memorial Grant
 
The JD Williams Memorial grant is established in memory of John David Williams, Past President of the ISC.  The grant will cover the airfare to the ICC and hotel accommodation as well as free registration.  Priority will be given to applicants from low resource countries.  All eligible young investigators who are submitting abstracts are encouraged to apply.  Click here for more information.
ISC Member Societies can advertise meetings on the ISC’s website by contacting secretariat@ischemo.org or by submitting details via the Contact page of the website.
30 Dec 2016
Antimicrobials 2017 and StaphPath 2017
Antimicrobials 2017 
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia 
23 - 25 February 2017
 
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA) congratulate the following ASA members on receiving an ASA Travel Award to attend Antimicrobials 2017: 
 
 
Sarah Baines. The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Evolving chlorhexidine tolerance with a prevalent hospital lineage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
 
Kate Worthing.  University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Characterisation of novel SCCmec elements from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius from Australian animals
 
Indy Sandaradura. Westmead Hospital, New South Wales, Australia. Computerised fluconazole dose selection in critical illness
 
During ASA 2017 36 proferred papers and 48 posters will be presented
 
Early bird registrations for Antimicrobials 2017 and StaphPath 2017 close on Friday, 6 January 2017.  We recommend that you register now to secure your discounted registration fee. Please ensure that your registration is finalised prior to Friday, 6 January 2017 to receive the early bird rate.
 
To register for Antimicrobials 2017 and/or StaphPath 2017, please click here!
24 Oct 2016
Antibiotic Awareness Week 14 -20 November 2016
The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care's  resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) 2016 are now available to download from the Commission's website.
 
The following resources have been developed to assist hospitals and health service organisations in planning activities for the week. Additional resources for 2016 will be made available prior to the event.
 
·         Ideas for activities
·         Guide for planning activities and events
·         Antibiotic Awareness Week logo
·         Email signature block
·         CEO message template – for organisation-wide communication from your CEO
·         E-banner for your website
·         Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 poster
·         Antibiotic Awareness Week 2016 MIND ME pocket card
·         Antibiotic Awareness Week pull-up banner for use at forums, seminars, presentations, or as part of AAW displays
·         Screensaver: Antibiotic Awareness Week – AMS Clinical Care Standard
 
Access these resources at www.safetyandquality.gov.au/aaw
 
In addition, the Commission has a limited number of Antibiotic Awareness Week t-shirt packs available. Each pack includes three t-shirts (sizes M, L and XL). If you would like to request a t-shirt pack, please email us at AAW@safetyandquality.gov.au
 
 
More information:
Enquiries about Antibiotic Awareness Week should be directed to AAW@safetyandquality.gov.au
 
 
1 Oct 2016
20th Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases
The Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases is a 3-yearly meeting that is the world’s premier meeting on streptococci and streptococcal diseases, especially Streptococcus pyogenes.
 
The 20th LISSSD will continue the tradition of linking laboratory excellence with high quality clinical and epidemiologic studies of streptococcal infections, but will bring a fresh and forward-looking approach with a focus on cutting-edge science, and on streptococcal disease in endemic regions. The meeting will especially encourage up-and-coming researchers by providing special opportunities for these researchers to attend at a lower cost as well as presenting in a dedicated session.
 
 
29 Sep 2016
Landmark declaration agreeing to combat antimicrobial resistance signed by 193 countries at the Unit
The agreement follows a worldwide campaign led by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to highlight the threat posed to modern medicine by antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Every signatory has agreed that drug resistant infections must be tackled as a priority. The nations have committed to:
·         develop surveillance and regulatory systems on the use and sales of antimicrobial medicines for humans and animals
·         encourage innovative ways to develop new antibiotics, and improve rapid diagnostics
·         raise awareness among health professionals and the public on how to prevent drug resistant infections
 
For further information: 
 
27 Aug 2016
30th International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection (ICC 2017)
Taipei, Taiwan 
24th to 27th November, 2017.
 
Important dates:
Abstract submission system opens – 30th November, 2016
Abstract submission deadline – 31st May, 2017
Early-bird registration deadline – 30th September, 2017
 
The ICC 2017 official website is now on line, and will be posting more information in the near future. Please visit http://icc2017.tw/index.html
 
 
27 Aug 2016
AGAR 2014 Surveillance Reports
The AGAR 2014 antimicrobial resistance surveillance reports are now available in the Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Number 2 June 2016 issue
 
 
Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Australian Enterobacteriaceae Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2014
Jan M Bell, John D Turnidge, Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Thomas Gottlieb, Jenny Robson, Narelle George 
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Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2014
Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Yung Thin Lee, Stanley Pang, Julie C Pearson, J Owen Robinson, Paul DR Johnson, Despina Kotsanas, Jan M Bell, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance Australian Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 20145
Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Yung Thin Lee, Julie C Pearson, J Owen Robinson, Graeme R Nimmo, Peter Collignon, Benjamin P Howden, Jan M Bell, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
 
15 Aug 2016
ASA Annual Research Grant

An Annual grant of up to $25,000 to support original research ha been made available by the Australian Society of Antimicrobials (ASA). The following conditions apply:

 

  • Funding is limited to ASA financial members.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) must have been an ASA member for at least twelve months
  • The successful applicant will present their work at an ASA annual scientific meeting
  • If applicable the PI will submit an article for the ASA newsletter and website
  • ASA will be acknowledged on all resulting publications and presentations
  • 12 and 24 month progress reports must be submitted to the ASA committee

 

The research funds are to be used for the project, as per the budget application only. ASA does not support an institution's  infrastructure or overhead costs.

 

The application must be performed on line via the ASA website Research Grant Application Form and must include:

 

  • A copy of the PI's CV.
  • Head of Department confirmation of the application and the Department has the resources required to undertake the project.

 

The grant application and CV will be assessed by a panel of at least six independent reviewers using a standardised scoring system. Applicants will be informed of the decision one week before the ASA annual scientific meeting "Antimicrobials 2016".

 

Applications will be accepted online from 15 August to 31 October 2016.

 

Click here for the Research Grant Application Form.

 

For further enquiries please contact the ASA secretary on info@asainc.net.au

 
 
2 Aug 2016
Antimicrobials 2017 and StaphPath 2017 Meeting Website
Antimicrobials 2017 and StaphPath 2017 
Adelaide Convention Centre and Intercontinental Hotel
23 - 25 February and 25 - 26 February 2017
 
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials (ASA), I invite you to the Society’s 18th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2017” and to the inaugural “StaphPath 2017” meeting to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide, on Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th February 2017.
 
“Antimicrobials 2017” and “StaphPath 2017” will share joint symposia on Saturday 25th February 2017. A discounted “StaphPath 2017” registration fee is available to Antimicrobials 2017 delegates.
 
The ASA are pleased to offer Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) and Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) members, who are non-ASA members, the ASA members registration fee to attend “StaphPath 2017”.
 
Abstract submission and meeting registration is now available on the meeting website www.antimicrobials2017.com 
 
Important Dates
 
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, 9 December 2016
 
Abstract Notification: Friday, 16 December 2016
 
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday, 6 January 2017
 
Accommodation Booking Deadline: Friday, 20 January 2017
 
The meetings’ programme is available on www.antimicrobials2017.com
 
23 Jun 2016
Advances in Microbial Genomics for Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium
Given the dynamic and dispersed nature of pathogenic microbes and the relentless rise of superbugs that are resistant to almost all classes of antibiotics, preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases in humans, in animals, and in our food and water will require timely, effective and high-resolution responses. Genomics is revolutionizing all aspects of microbiology and in forward thinking countries around the world is transforming approaches to controlling the spread of public health and clinical microbiological pathogens. 
 
Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics will be hosting a one-day symposium at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity, entitled “Advances in Microbial Genomics for Public Health and Clinical Microbiology” that will critically examine the impact of microbial genomics on public health and clinical microbiology practice overseas and in Australia, and show how this cutting edge technology is helping protect the public from the threat of infectious diseases.
 
Confirmed speakers include international experts Prof Jennifer Gardy from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Dr Phil Ashton from Public Health England, as well as national experts in the fields of applied microbial genomics, epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance that includes Prof Eddie Holmes from the University of Sydney, Prof Darren Trott from the University of Adelaide, Prof Jodie McVernon from the University of Melbourne and A/ Prof Torsten Seemann the Lead Bioinformatician at Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics.
 
The target audience are researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals and veterinarians.
 
The preliminary program is available to download here
 
WHEN
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM (AEDT) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity - 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 - View Map
 
 
12 Jun 2016
Preliminary Announcement: Antimicrobials 2017 and StaphPath 2017
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 18th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2017” and to the inaugural “StaphPath 2017” to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide, on Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th February 2017.
 
“Antimicrobials 2017” and “StaphPath 2017” will share joint symposia on Saturday 25th February 2017. 
 
Antimicrobials 2017 (Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th February 2017)
 
I am pleased to announce William Hope, The University of Liverpool, UK; Stefan Schwarz, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Germany; and Geraint Rogers, Flinders University, South Australia will be participating at the meeting.  William will be presenting the plenary “PK/PD in Everyday Antimicrobial Treatment”, and Stefan will be presenting “One Health Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram Negative Bacteria and Enterococci".  Geraint’s plenary will be “Antimicrobial Resistance and the Human Genome”.
 
The 2017 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Tim Walsh, Cardiff University, Wales.  
 
The program’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and symposium sessions include “Mycology”, “The Cutting Edge: Resistance Detection and Management, “New Frontiers: The Human Resistome and Metagenomics”, “Enterococci”, “Staphylococcal Topics”, “Global MRSA Epidemiology” and “Antibiotic Resistance and Staphylococcal Mobile Genomic Elements”.   In addition, we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “System wide Initiatives” and "From Theory to Bedside”.  Six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting.
 
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Howard Florey the “Antimicrobials 2017” registration will include a formal dinner at the Adelaide Town Hall.
 
StaphPath 2017 (Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th February 2017)
 
 
In addition to the “Staphylococcal Topics”, “Global MRSA Epidemiology” and “Antibiotic Resistance and Staphylococcal Mobile Genomic Elements” symposia StaphPath 2017 will have four plenary sessions including “Staphylococcal Virulence: What does WGS tell us” (Ruth Massey, University of Bath, UK), “S. aureus and the Ecology of the Nasal Microbiome (Robert Skov, Statens Serum Institute, Denmark), “What’s new in Staphylococcal Pathogenesis” (Jodi Lindsay, St Georges’ University of London, UK), and “The Emergence of cfr in Human and Animal Staphylococci” (Stefan Schwarz).  Three additional symposia are also scheduled including “ST93 and Beyond”, “Multi-resistant Staphylococci in the Australian Veterinary Setting” and “Novel Anti-staphylococcal Approaches” A poster session is also planned for the meeting.   
 
A discounted registration will be provided for delegates attending both meetings
 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meetings’ registration will include lunches, morning and afternoon teas.
 
The meetings website which will include registration and abstract submission will be available in July.  
 
I am confident that you will find both meetings’ programs both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in Adelaide.
 
Ben Howden
President ASA
 
7 May 2016
17th International Symposium on Staphylococi and Staphylococcal Infections
Dear Colleagues,


We would like to invite you to the 17th International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from August 30 to September 2, 2016

The ISSSI 2016 SEOUL will cover a number of interdisciplinary subjects regarding staphylococci and staphylococcal infections. Sessions will be presented by the world's leading experts in each of the research fields. Oral and poster sessions will be an integral part of the program as well, and all delegates are invited to submit abstracts. We will also offer a lot of travel grants and a range of socializing programs to build solid friendship among the participants.


Sincerely,

ISSSI 2016 SEOUL Organizing Committee

E-mail: office@isssi2016.org 
Official Website: http://www.isssi2016.org
 
7 May 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Supplement April 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Supplement is now available

Summary of National Surveillance Data on Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Australia, 2008–2011

 
7 May 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Number 1 March 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Number 1 March 2016

Contents

This issue is available as a full PDF (9.2 MB) or by individual articles below.

Original article

Clinical diagnosis and chemical confirmation of ciguatera fish poisoning in New South Wales, Australia
Hazel Farrell, Anthony Zammit, D Tim Harwood, Paul McNabb, Craig Shadbolt, Jennifer Manning, John A Turahui, Debra J van den Berg, Lisa Szabo 
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Short report

Infectious and congenital syphilis notifications associated with an ongoing outbreak in northern Australia
Amy Bright, Australian Government Department of Health and Johanna Dups, Western Australian Department of Health, on behalf of the Multijurisdictional Syphilis Outbreak Group
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Surveillance summaries

Surveillance systems reported in Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2016
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Annual reports

Arboviral diseases and malaria in Australia, 2012–13: Annual report of the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee
Katrina E Knope, Nina Kurucz, Stephen L Doggett, Mike Muller, Cheryl A Johansen, Rebecca Feldman, Michaela Hobby, Sonya Bennett, Angus Sly, Stacey Lynch, Bart J Currie, Jay Nicholson, and the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee
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Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2014: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
NNDSS Annual Report Working Group 
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Immunisation coverage annual report, 2013
Brynley P Hull, Aditi Dey, Frank H Beard, Robert I Menzies, Julia M Brotherton, Peter B McIntyre 
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Quarterly reports

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 1 October to 31 December 2015
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Australian childhood immunisation coverage, 1 July to 30 June cohort, assessed as at 30 September 2015 
Alexandra Hendry for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 July to 30 September 2015
Monica M Lahra, Rodney P Enriquez, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, for The National Neisseria Network 
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Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network, 1 October to 31 December 2015
Monique B-N Chilver, Daniel Blakeley, Nigel P Stocks for the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network 
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Invasive pneumococcal disease surveillance Australia, 1 October to 31 December 2015 
Rachel de Kluyver, Cindy Toms and the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia 
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Administration

Communicable Diseases Intelligence instructions for authors
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Editor: Margaret Curran
Deputy Editor: Katrina Knope 
Associate Editors: Timothy Sloan-Gardner 
Editorial and Production Staff: Alison Milton
ISSN 1445-4866 Online

Disclaimer

Opinions expressed in Communicable Diseases Intelligence are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Australian Government Department of Health or the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. Data may be subject to revision.
 
21 Mar 2016
2016 ASA Foundation Members
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials wishes to acknowledge the following companies for becoming Foundation (Sustaining) Members of the Society
 
10 Jan 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: ASA Travel Awards
On behalf of the ASA Committee I would like to congratulate the following ASA members for being awarded an ASA travel grant to attend Antimicrobials 2016:
 
Resolving the enigma of methicillin-resistance transfer in Staphylococcus aureus
J. Ramsay, Curtin University 
 
Zoonotic transmission of the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST612-IV equine strain
E. Raby, Fiona Stanley Hospital
 
The vancomycin LECOFF and vanB subtypes of E. faecium isolated in Australia
T. Lee, Murdoch University
 
Each awarded has been provided with a complementary ASA registration, return economy airfares and a three day per diem
 
7 Jun 2015
Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy
The Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy has been released by the Minister for Health and Sport and the Minister for Agriculture. A copy of the strategy is available at the following links:
 
 
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials is a member of the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG) and has been heavily engaged in the development of this national strategy.