A new report on antimicrobial medicines use in Australia has revealed a sustained pattern of high use in some of the most disadvantaged areas of major cities.
Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care the Antimicrobial Medicines Dispensing from 2013–14 to 2017–18 report also has some encouraging findings, with a downward trend in national antimicrobial dispensing rates, which fell 13.3% over five years.
For the first time, the new-format interactive report analyses antimicrobial dispensing over five years at a range of levels – national, state and territory, Primary Health Network (PHN) and local area.
Data from the interactive report can be used by health service organisations, PHNs, general practitioners and other clinicians to review rates of antimicrobial dispensing in their local area and compare them with the rates for similar areas.
The report helps identify areas that may benefit from further investigation and targeted strategies to improve appropriate prescribing of antimicrobial medicines.
The report builds on the findings of the Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, which examined antimicrobial medicines dispensing from 2013–14 to 2016–17.