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.


Presented by pharmacist Sharon Gardiner, this webinar covers:


  • 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.


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.


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.


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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