Antimicrobial Stewardship

World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW) 18 - 24 November 2023

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.

AMR will disproportionately impact the most socioeconomically disadvantaged amongst us, including Māori and Pacific Peoples, who are more susceptible to infections and have greater reliance on effective antimicrobial therapy.

AMR Quiz for public and health professionals - NEW

The quiz designed for both the public and health professionals to test their knowledge of AMR (antimicrobial resistance) is now live.  Please use these resources to share the link and/or QR code.  Those who complete the quiz can go into the draw to win a Prezzy Card.

AMR Quiz - Poster

AMR Quiz - Facebook

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AMR Quiz - Screen

Document the indication in the prescription

In Aotearoa for 2023, while aiming to raise awareness about AMR generally, there is also a focus on encouraging prescribers to document the indication for the antimicrobial in the prescription.  

The New Zealand Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Pharmacist Expert Group (NAMSIPEG) has created promotional resources for this initiative in human health - see below.  

The Ministry for Primary Industries are also promoting the national theme with promotional resources for animal health available on their website.


Poster A4 - professional print

Poster A4 - self print

Poster A3 - professional print

Poster A3 - self print


Bulletin - PDF

Bulletin - Word - can be adapted


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Facebook or Instagram story


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Thank you to Becky Brinch, Graphic Designer (Kaihoahoa Whakaahua) in Medical Illustration at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury for working with us to develop the resources.

See previous initiatives: