Antimicrobial stewardship in Aotearoa: Striving for safe, effective and equitable antimicrobial use

May 30, 2024

Pharmacist Sharon Gardiner presents an overview of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — watch this webinar and earn CPD time.

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Presented by pharmacist Sharon Gardiner, this webinar covers:

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  • an overview of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • global and national initiatives to combat AMR
  • why it’s important to include an indication on antimicrobial scripts
  • where to find resources to help you address AMR
  • an update on the development of national antimicrobial guidelines
  • results of a local study on antimicrobial prescribing and administration in aged residential care.

This video is a recording of a live webinar hosted by Mobile Health on November 21, 2023. It is suitable for all primary care health professionals.

Speaker:

Dr Sharon Gardiner

Sharon Gardiner, BPharm(Hons), MClinPharm, PhD, is the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury and co-lead of the New Zealand Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Pharmacist Expert Group.

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She was a member of the expert panel for the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor’s major report entitled Kotahitanga – Uniting Aotearoa against Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance (2021). She has co-led multiple national antimicrobial stewardship initiatives, including a viewpoint calling for urgent national leadership and co-ordinated antimicrobial stewardship action (2021). She has co-led four national World Antimicrobial Awareness Week initiatives, and a major sepsis improvement programme in Waitaha Canterbury.

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Gardiner has enjoyed a varied career as a pharmacist, including hospital, community and academic work. Her research interests centre on antimicrobial stewardship and optimal antimicrobial dosing strategies.

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