Culture of resistance
How has the Australian government responded to anti-microbial resistance (AMR) since the problem became evident in the 1980's?
In 1999, the establishment of the Joint Expert Technical Advisory Committee on Antibiotic Resistance (JETACAR), was set up to provide independent expert scientific advice on the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria to human health by the selective effect of agricultural use and medical overuse of antibiotics.
Initially there appeared to be strong commitment to implementing the recommendations of the 1999 JETACAR report, but many initiatives failed to result in any comprehensive systematic response to the issue.
Committees, taskforces and groups were set up but disbanded, strategies were developed but not implemented and pilot programs failed to be anything other than pilot programs.
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