Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance - On Demand

About the event

This course is provided by College Education and Training, a business unit of Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand Inc.

Presented by:

Dr Michelle Balm

Dr Michelle Balm is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Clinical Microbiologist based in Wellington, where she works at both Capital & Coast District Health Board and Wellington Southern Community Laboratories. Her undergraduate training was at Otago University.

Michelle’s interest in infectious diseases (ID) was confirmed after doing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at Liverpool School of Tropical medicine and then volunteering with Medicins sans Frontiers in South Sudan. She completed her ID and Microbiology fellowships in Wellington and Singapore. These experiences made her passionate about preventing, diagnosing and managing infections, and led to a particular interest in antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship. She also loves coffee, her dog and beaches, and activities that can combine all three.

Course Information:

On completion of this course, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Describe the drivers for antimicrobial resistance
  • Describe the consequences of antimicrobial resistance
  • Explain recent rates of key multidrug resistant organisms in New Zealand and globally
  • Explain the principles of antimicrobial stewardship
  • Describe the collateral damage of antimicrobials
  • Identify how to become an antimicrobial steward


Pharmacists must achieve an 80% pass mark in order to complete the course.

One learning package must be purchased for each individual to complete the course.

This course has been accredited by PSNZ ENHANCE for 2 hours of group 2 learning and pharmacists may allocate 4 Group TWO points on successful completion of the learning activity, evidenced by receipt of the PSNZ College Certificate of achievement.

Pre reading is not assessed. Allocate Group 1 points based on one point per hour.

Non Member Registration

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

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Cancellation more than seven days before the webinar:

A full refund is available. This amount may be refunded, or transferred to another course or another person.

Cancellation between two and seven days before the webinar:

A 50% refund is available. This amount may be refunded, or transferred to another course or another person.

Cancellation the day before, the day of, or after the webinar:

No refund available.

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By enrolling in this training, you are confirming that all work undertaken within this training programme and assessment answers are your own. If there are grounds to believe that cheating or plagiarism has occurred, we will investigate and your work may be disallowed and you will be unable to complete the training.