Australian Society for Antimicrobials
PO Box 8266 Angelo St, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
Fax: 61 8 9450 8553, Email:, Twitter: @AusAntibiotics

Welcome to the web site of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials.

Since becoming an Incorporated Society in March 1999, ASA membership now covers a diverse background of professions interested in the study of antimicrobials including clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases physicians, respiratory and ICU physicians, medical and non-medical microbiologists and scientists, pharmacists, veterinarians, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and industry representatives from pharmaceutical and diagnostic/research biomedical companies.
On this site you can access the Society's Objectives, Constitution and the Committee Members.
The Society's Membership Subscription Form and details of the Annual Scientific Meeting can be downloaded.
Members of the Society can download current and previous newsletters, as well as abstracts from previous annual scientific meetings, in the Members Area.
Although ASA's membership is primarily based in Australia and New Zealand, it now extends to Asia, North America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

30 November - 3 December 2016

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

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  • EUCAST and CLSI Susceptibility Updates
  • Laboratory Studies of Fosfomycin: Identifying Drug Parameters to Predict Killing of Gram-negative Organisms
  • 16th Asia Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiologists and Infection
  • Meeting Calendar

Latest ASA News

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7 May 2016
17th International Symposium on Staphylococi and Staphylococcal Infections
Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 17th International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections, to be held in Seoul, South Korea, from August 30 to September 2, 2016

The ISSSI 2016 SEOUL will cover a number of interdisciplinary subjects regarding staphylococci and staphylococcal infections. Sessions will be presented by the world's leading experts in each of the research fields. Oral and poster sessions will be an integral part of the program as well, and all delegates are invited to submit abstracts. We will also offer a lot of travel grants and a range of socializing programs to build solid friendship among the participants.


ISSSI 2016 SEOUL Organizing Committee

Official Website:
7 May 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Supplement April 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Supplement is now available

Summary of National Surveillance Data on Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Australia, 2008–2011

7 May 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Number 1 March 2016
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 40 Number 1 March 2016


This issue is available as a full PDF (9.2 MB) or by individual articles below.

Original article

Clinical diagnosis and chemical confirmation of ciguatera fish poisoning in New South Wales, Australia
Hazel Farrell, Anthony Zammit, D Tim Harwood, Paul McNabb, Craig Shadbolt, Jennifer Manning, John A Turahui, Debra J van den Berg, Lisa Szabo 
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Short report

Infectious and congenital syphilis notifications associated with an ongoing outbreak in northern Australia
Amy Bright, Australian Government Department of Health and Johanna Dups, Western Australian Department of Health, on behalf of the Multijurisdictional Syphilis Outbreak Group
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Surveillance summaries

Surveillance systems reported in Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2016
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Annual reports

Arboviral diseases and malaria in Australia, 2012–13: Annual report of the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee
Katrina E Knope, Nina Kurucz, Stephen L Doggett, Mike Muller, Cheryl A Johansen, Rebecca Feldman, Michaela Hobby, Sonya Bennett, Angus Sly, Stacey Lynch, Bart J Currie, Jay Nicholson, and the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee
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Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2014: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
NNDSS Annual Report Working Group 
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Immunisation coverage annual report, 2013
Brynley P Hull, Aditi Dey, Frank H Beard, Robert I Menzies, Julia M Brotherton, Peter B McIntyre 
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Quarterly reports

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 1 October to 31 December 2015
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Australian childhood immunisation coverage, 1 July to 30 June cohort, assessed as at 30 September 2015 
Alexandra Hendry for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 July to 30 September 2015
Monica M Lahra, Rodney P Enriquez, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, for The National Neisseria Network 
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Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network, 1 October to 31 December 2015
Monique B-N Chilver, Daniel Blakeley, Nigel P Stocks for the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network 
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Invasive pneumococcal disease surveillance Australia, 1 October to 31 December 2015 
Rachel de Kluyver, Cindy Toms and the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia 
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Communicable Diseases Intelligence instructions for authors
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Editor: Margaret Curran
Deputy Editor: Katrina Knope 
Associate Editors: Timothy Sloan-Gardner 
Editorial and Production Staff: Alison Milton
ISSN 1445-4866 Online


Opinions expressed in Communicable Diseases Intelligence are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Australian Government Department of Health or the Communicable Diseases Network Australia. Data may be subject to revision.
21 Mar 2016
2016 ASA Foundation Members
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials wishes to acknowledge the following companies for becoming Foundation (Sustaining) Members of the Society
10 Jan 2016
Antimicrobials 2016: ASA Travel Awards
On behalf of the ASA Committee I would like to congratulate the following ASA members for being awarded an ASA travel grant to attend Antimicrobials 2016:
Resolving the enigma of methicillin-resistance transfer in Staphylococcus aureus
J. Ramsay, Curtin University 

Zoonotic transmission of the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST612-IV equine strain
E. Raby, Fiona Stanley Hospital

The vancomycin LECOFF and vanB subtypes of E. faecium isolated in Australia
T. Lee, Murdoch University
Each awarded has been provided with a complementary ASA registration, return economy airfares and a three day per diem
7 Jun 2015
Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy
The Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy has been released by the Minister for Health and Sport and the Minister for Agriculture. A copy of the strategy is available at the following links:
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials is a member of the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (ASTAG) and has been heavily engaged in the development of this national strategy.