Australian Society for Antimicrobials
PO Box 8266 Angelo St, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
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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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14 Nov 2015
Antimicrobials 2016 Update
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
Abstracts are now being accepted for Antimicrobials 2016.  Abstracts must be submitted on-line (  Hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.  Submission deadline is Friday 11th December 2105.
Travel Awards
ASA has made funds available for travel awards to assist Members wanting to attend Antimicrobials 2016. Awards are made to ASA financial members presenting a proffered paper (oral or poster) at the meeting.  Applicants must have current ASA membership and must have been ASA members for at least the last 12 months.   Recipients of  an Award are required to write a report on the meeting for the ASA Newsletter.  
The awards consists of a return economy airfare, accommodation and conference registration up to the value of AUD2,000. 
ASA members who wish to apply for this award are invited to submit their application to the ASA Secretary Despina Kotsanas by Friday 11th December 2105 at  The application should include a copy of the abstract and for abstracts with more than one author, a letter stating the relative contribution of the applicant towards the research.
Plenary Speakers
Robin Patel. Mayo Clinic, USA
Neil Woodford. Imperial College, UK
Chris Baggoley. Chief Medical Officer, Australia
Mark Schipp. Chief Veterinary Officer, Australia
Important Dates
Abstract Notification: Friday 18th December 2015
Early Bird Registration: Friday 8th January 2016
17 Oct 2015
Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) 2015
Resources for Antibiotic Awareness Week (AAW) 2015 are available to download from the Commission website
There is just over one month to go until Antibiotic Awareness Week, which begins on Monday 16 November, 2015. This year is the first time the World Health Organization will endorse World Antibiotic Awareness Week, with the theme “Antibiotics. Handle with Care”.  The Commission campaign for 2015 reflects this global theme, and resources have been developed to assist hospitals plan activities for the week. This year, the focus is on the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Clinical Care Standard.
Resources are available for download from the Commission website Additional resources will be made available over the coming weeks.
Resource packs available via link
The Commission has a limited number of resource packs available by request via the following link on the Commission website. Each pack will include badges and t- shirts displaying the AAW logo, AMS Clinical Care Standard Consumer fact sheets, poster size copies of the AMS Clinical Care Standard for clinicians, and MIND ME prescribing pocket cards. As the number of packs is limited, only one pack per hospital will be available. Packs will be distributed during the first week of November.
More information:
Enquiries about Antibiotic Awareness Week should be directed to
22 Aug 2015
Antimicrobials 2016
Antimicrobials 2016
25 - 27 February 2016
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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“  (
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. 
Thomas Gottlieb
President ASA
Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday 11th December 2015
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Friday 8th January 2016
22 Aug 2015
2015 ASA Foundation Members
The Australian Society for Antimicrobials wishes to acknowledge the following companies for becoming Foundation (Sustaining) Members of the Society
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Bronze Foundation (Sustaining) Members


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.