New Zealand Antimicrobial Stewardship & Infection Pharmacist Expert Group (NAMSIPEG)
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global crisis, slower burning than COVID-19 but potentially as catastrophic. It is a growing problem in Aotearoa New Zealand and may cost us dearly – longer hospital stays, poorer outcomes from interventions like surgery and cancer-related care, increased mortality, and elevated healthcare costs.
The New Zealand Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infection Pharmacist Expert Group (NAMSIPEG) aims to progress antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in Aotearoa New Zealand. The group is mainly made up of hospital-based pharmacists who specialise in AMS/infection and is strengthened by collaboration with both NZHPA and PSNZ.
Over its first 12 months, NAMSIPEG have been involved in a range of activities:
- For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, led a national initiative to improve indication documentation on antimicrobial prescriptions.
- For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021, leading another national initiative focusing on penicillin allergy.
- Members represent pharmacy on various national groups including the:
- Health Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Coordination Group (MOH)
- Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister’s major project on infectious diseases/AMR
- Therapeutics COVID-19 TAG (MOH)
- PTAC Anti-Infective subcommittee (PHARMAC)
- Infection Prevention Advisory Group (ACC)
- National Infection Prevention and Control Expert Group (MOH)
- Collaborated with ~60 pharmacists, doctors and nurses to publish a viewpoint in the New Zealand Medical Journal calling for national leadership and co-ordination of AMS activities.
Next steps include improved engagement with pharmacists involved with antimicrobial use beyond the confines of the hospital walls.
- Sharon Gardiner, Canterbury DHB (Co-lead) Sharon.Gardiner@cdhb.health.nz
- Eamon Duffy, Auckland DHB (Co-lead) EamonD@adhb.govt.nz
- Emma Henderson, Taranaki DHB
- Tanya du Plessis, Counties-Manukau
- Cat Li, Capital and Coast DHB
- Nicola Davies and Mariam Hardie, Waitemata DHB
- DK, Hutt Valley DHB
- Leah Chen, Bay of Plenty DHB
- Mo Issa, Waikato DHB
- Kristel Yee and Joyce Lim, Southern DHB
- J-P Meyer, Lakes DHB
- Ben Robertson, Hawkes’s Bay DHB
- Grant McRae, MidCentral DHB
- Lauren Smith, University of Otago
- Chloë Campbell, PSNZ
- Sian Dawson, NZHPA