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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.

Antimicrobials 2016

25 - 27 February 2016

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

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21 Jun 2015
Antimicrobials 2016
On behalf of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials I would like to invite you to the Society’s 17th Annual Scientific Meeting “Antimicrobials 2016” to be held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, on Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th February 2016.
 
I am pleased to announce Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, USA; Neil Woodford, Imperial College London, UK; and Chris Baggoley (Chief Medical Officer) and Mark Schipp (Chief Veterinary Officer) will be participating at the meeting.  Robin will be presenting the plenary “Biofilm Associated Implant Infections”, and Neil will be presenting “Gram Negative Susceptibility/Resistance Epidemiology".  Chris and Mark will be providing an update on the “Australian Response to the Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis” with particular reference to the recently released “The Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy“ (www.health.gov.au/amr).
 
The 2016 Howard Florey Oration will be delivered by Lyn Gilbert from the Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, New South Wales.  Lyn will be presenting the talk “Reflections on 50 Years of Antimicrobial Resistance – Will Science and Technology or Social Science win the Next 50 Years?”
 
The programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “One Health”, “Resistant Epidemics - KPCs”, “ICU Related Infections: Does one Size Fit All?”, “Infective Endocarditis" and "Mycobacterium tuberculosis”.   In addition we have two pharmacy symposia on Saturday afternoon titled “Monitoring Outcomes of Antimicrobial Therapy” and "Using Antimicrobials Better”.  The scientific symposia it titled “Whole Genome Sequencing: Embracing New Technologies". Six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also planned for the meeting.
 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception. I am confident that you will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to meeting you in “Melbourne.
 
The meeting's website, Antimicrobials2016.com, will be available soon
 
 IMPORTANT DATES
 
• Abstract Submission Deadline Friday 11th December 2015
• Abstract Notification Friday 18th December 2015
• Early Bird Registration Friday 8th January 2016
 
Kind regards
 
Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA
 
 
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.
 
 
7 Jun 2015
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 39 Number 1 March 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 39 Number 1 March 2015

Contents

This issue is available as a full PDF (5 MB) or by individual articles below.

Original articles

Australian vaccine preventable disease epidemiological review series: measles 2000–2011
May Chiew, Aditi Dey, Nicolee Martin, Han Wang, Stephanie Davis, Peter B McIntyre
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Australian vaccine preventable disease epidemiological review series: mumps 2008-2012
Shopna K Bag, Aditi Dey, Han Wang, Frank H Beard
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Australian vaccine preventable disease epidemiological review series: rubella 2008–2012
Jocelyn Chan, Aditi Dey, Han Wang, Nicolee Martin, Frank H Beard
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A field study of household attack rates and the effectiveness of macrolide antibiotics in reducing household transmission of pertussis
Janet B Terry, Christopher J Flatley, Debra J van den Berg, Geoffrey G Morgan, Marianne Trent, John A Turahui, Michelle C Greenwood, Paul W Corben, Greg J Bell
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Norovirus genotype diversity associated with gastroenteritis outbreaks in Victoria in 2013
Leesa D Bruggink, Natalie L Dunbar, Michael G Catton, John A Marshall
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Short reports

Review of 2005 Public Health Laboratory Network Neisseria gonorrhoeae nucleic acid amplification tests guidelines
David M Whiley, Monica M Lahra on behalf of the National Neisseria Network
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Annual reports

Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2012: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System
NNDSS Annual Report Writing Group
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Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme annual report, 2013
Monica M Lahra for the Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme
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National trachoma surveillance annual report, 2012
Carleigh S Cowling, Bette C Liu, Thomas L Snelling, James S Ward, John M Kaldor, David P Wilson
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Quarterly reports

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 1 October to 31 December 2014
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Australian childhood immunisation coverage, 1 January to 31 March cohort, assessed as at 30 June 2014
Brynley P Hull for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
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Australian childhood immunisation coverage, 1 April to 30 June cohort, assessed as at 30 September 2014
Brynley P Hull for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
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Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network, 1 October to 31 December 2013
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 July to 30 September 2014
Rachel de Kluyver for the Enhanced Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Surveillance Working Group
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Surveillance summaries

Surveillance systems reported in Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2015
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Policies and guidelines

Revised surveillance case definitions:
hepatitis C - newly acquired and
viral haemorrhagic fevers (quarantinable)

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Administration

Communicable Diseases Intelligence instructions for authors
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Editor: Margaret Curran
Deputy Editor: Katrina Knope
Associate Editor: Timothy Sloan-Gardner
Editorial and Production Staff: Alison Milton
ISSN 1445-4866 Online

Disclaimer

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.
 
 
 
         
       
         
 
12 May 2015
ISC Travel Awards
The International Society for Chemotherapy (ISC) is offering its Member Societies a number of Travel Grants for the next ISC Congress.  Young scientists (age 35 years and under) can apply for up to 4 individual grants and successful applicants will be fully funded to attend ICAAC / ICC, San Diego, 17-21 September 2015.
 
The deadline for applications is 21st May 2015.  The ISC will be covering registration, airfare and accommodation to all successful applicants. 
 
To apply, please visit the grants section of the Congress website HERE (http://www.icaac.org/index.php/2015-01-26-21-25-35/icaac-icc-awards-travel-grants)
 
This is a great platform for young scientists to meet their peers and share their best research. 
 
11 May 2015
ISC Update
 
Attend top-notch scientific sessions at ICC/ICAAC 2015!
With a focus on antibiotic resistance, new antibiotic development and antibiotic stewardship, the joint ICAAC/ICC 2015 meeting presents unmatched opportunity for discussion and cross collaboration. Through exceptional Poster and Slide Sessions, engaging Symposia, Meet-the-Expert Sessions, and more, ICAAC/ICC 2015’s scientific program showcases the most notable names and recent discoveries from all disciplines of the infectious disease community.

ISC Supporting Young Scientists

Members of an ISC Member Society, age 35 years and under, can apply for up to 4 individual grants and successful applicants will be fully funded to attend ICAAC / ICC, San Diego, 17-21 September 2015.  Deadline for applications is 21st May.  APPLY HERE
 
 
 
HUMA Awardee Announced!
Professor Alastair Geddes will receive the ISC’s Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award (HUMA), which will take place on September 20th.   The award, bestowed by the Microbial Chemistry Research Foundation of Japan in honor of the late Professor Umezawa, is given for outstanding contributions in the field of chemotherapy. Read more HERE....
 


Opening Keynote Speaker Announced!
Barbara E. Murray, MD (Univ. of Texas Med. Sch. and Ctr. for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens, Houston, TX) will give the Opening Keynote on Friday, September 18, 2015. Murray is an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases and in antibiotic resistance, and is considered one of the world’s experts on enterococci.  Read more HERE....
 
11 May 2015
ICAAC ICC 2015
 
Present your research findings on a global stage!
 
Many of the noteworthy breakthroughs presented at our past meetings originated from submitted abstracts. Add your work to the list of exceptional science, and showcase your research in improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious disease at ICAAC/ICC 2015 (September 17–21, San Diego, CA)!
Accepted abstracts will be considered for the following opportunities:
Awards and Travel Grants 
The ISC is supporting a number of young scientists from ISC Member Societies to attend. If you are a Member of an ISC Member Society, 35 years and under apply here - Awards and Travel Grants

Poster Presentations
Each year, nearly 1,500 abstracts submitted are selected to be highlighted in a Poster Session alongside other quality research from the Topical Category in which it is accepted.

Slide Sessions
About 15% of the scientists with accepted abstracts are invited to present their research during an oral slide session.
Abstract Deadline is 21st May - APPLY NOW
 
11 May 2015
Embracing the Genomic Revolution
Embracing the Genomic Revolution – Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium
Monday 20 July 2015
Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne

The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics was recently established by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, located in the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. The mission of the Centre is to facilitate research relevant to understanding the role of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice in Australia, and to provide leadership and training in this field.
 
The Doherty Centre for Applied Microbial Genomics therefore invites you to attend its inaugural symposium entitled “Embracing the Genomic Revolution - Applied Microbial Genomics in Public Health and Clinical Microbiology Symposium”.  The event aims to critically examine the potential of microbial genomics to impact public health and clinical microbiology practice and to provide a forum to begin the process of establishing collaborative research aimed at translating microbial genomics into public health and clinical practice in Australia.  Both national and international speakers including researchers, clinicians and public health officials will explore the field of applied microbial genomics and present on topics including next generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, ongoing public health and clinical applications and the future challenges of realising the full potential of microbial genomics in this space. The symposium will end wi th a series of panel-based discussions relevant to implementation of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice.
 
The event will be held at the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, located a short distance from the Melbourne CBD, and is aimed at researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists and public health professionals.
 

Further details regarding the symposium including the preliminary program, and the free registration form, can be found at:
 
Please note, there are a limited number of registrations available for this event.
 
11 May 2015
Advanced Hospital Epidemiology Course
In Australia for the first time in 5 years, the Advanced Hospital Epidemiology Course is being held Monday 20 July – Friday 24 July, Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia. It is based on a successful European Training Course, considered the finest in its field.  It features a faculty of international experts dedicated to continuous quality improvement in infection control and the application of epidemiology within the healthcare setting.
 
Places are still available in the course for a limited time. 
 
 
10 Feb 2015
Antimicrobials 2015 Book of Abstracts and Final Program
Antimicrobials 2015
26 - 28 February 2015
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
 
The Final Program and Book of Abstracts for Antimicrobials 2015 is now available in the Members Area of the ASA website
 
A paper copy will be provided to all delegates 
 
Meeting Overview
 
Plenary Speakers
  • Sara Cosgrove, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
  • Jan Kluytmans, Erasmus Medical University, The Netherlands
  • Sally Roberts, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Central Hospital, Sweden  
Howard Florey Oration
  • Benjamin Howden Doherty Institute, Victoria.  
Keynote Speakers
  • Jan Kluytmans, University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • David Persing, Cepheid Holding, USA
  • Christine Ginocchio, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York, USA
  • Neil Clancy, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Pattarachai Kiratsin, Sirriraj Hospital Medical Facility, Thailand
 
In addition, the programme’s symposia cover many different aspects on antimicrobials and sessions include “Alternative Perspectives on Antimicrobial Use”, “Carbapenemases”, “What to Report and How to Treat, and “Enterococci".   Two pharmacy symposia, two EUCAST workshop sessions, six proffered papers and two poster sessions are also included in the meeting. 
 
Each morning will commence with a breakfast industry symposium and on Thursday MSD will be hosting a lunch time symposium. 
 
To promote discussion and interaction between delegates and the invited speakers the meeting’s registration includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and admission to the Howard Florey Reception and the Industry Reception.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our speakers and sponsors for participating in Antimicrobials 2015 and I am confident delegates will find the meeting’s programme both scientifically stimulating and informative and we look forward to seeing you in Brisbane.
 
Thomas Gottlieb
ASA President
 
17 Jan 2015
Communicable Disease Intelligence Volume 38 Number 4 December 2014
 
 
 
 
 
Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 38 Number 4, December 2014

Contents

This issue is available as a full PDF (3620 KB) or by individual articles below.

Annual reports

Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme annual report, 2013
Monica M Lahra, Rodney P Enriquez
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Australian Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
Geoffrey W Coombs, Graeme R Nimmo, Denise A Daley, Tam T Le, Julie C Pearson, Hui-Leen Tan, James O Robinson, Peter J Collignon, Mary-Louise McLaws, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
Geoffrey W Coombs, Julie C Pearson, Denise A Daley, Tam T Le, James O Robinson, Thomas Gottlieb, Benjamin P Howden, Paul DR Johnson, Catherine M Bennett, Timothy P Stinear, John D Turnidge for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Enterobacteriaceae Sepsis Outcome Programme annual report, 2013
John D Turnidge, Thomas Gottlieb, David H Mitchell, Geoffrey W Coombs, Denise A Daley, Jan M Bell for the Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Tuberculosis notifications in Australia, 2011
Christina Bareja, Justin Waring, Richard Stapledon, Cindy Toms, Paul Douglas and the National Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, for the Communicable Diseases Network Australia
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Tuberculosis in Australia: bacteriologically-confirmed cases and drug resistance, 2011
Richard Lumb, Ivan B Bastian, Peter J Jelfs, Terillee J Keehner, Sushil K Pandey, Aina Sievers
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Future reporting of tuberculosis in Australia
Richard Lumb
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Quarterly reports

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, 1 July to 30 September 2014
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 445 KB]
 
Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme, 1 April to 30 June 2014
Monica M Lahra, for the Australian Gonococcal Surveillance Programme
Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 235 KB]
 
Meningococcal surveillance Australia, 1 July to 30 September 2014
Monica M Lahra, Rodney Enriquez for the Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme
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CDI indexes

Index to Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2014
Communicable Diseases Intelligence, 2014" href="http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-cdi-index2014.htm">Full text [HTML] | Full text [PDF 342 KB]