Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Medication Safety Week

Medication Safety Week

This year the Medication Safety Committee is holding Medication Safety Week in conjunction with Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Be Medicinewise this Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Antibiotics are a type of medicine used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Most colds and flus are caused by viruses. Antibiotics will not help fight a virus.

If antibiotics are used when they are not needed or for longer than needed, the antibiotic may stop working – this is called antibiotic resistance.

It is important that everyone helps fight against antimicrobial resistance.

What you can do to help?

  • Always take your antibiotics at the right time and for as long as your doctor has instructed.
  • Don't keep any unused antibiotics for another time – return leftover medicines to your pharmacy for disposal
  • Don't share antibiotics with other people – they may have a different infection.
  • If you have a common cold or flu don't ask your doctor for antibiotics.
  • Always discuss with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions about your antibiotic.

Along with your family and friends, take a pledge to fight antimicrobial resistance.

  • Talk to your doctor, nurse / midwife or pharmacist for advice about the medicines you or your child are taking.

Other resources for Antimicrobial Awareness Week you maybe interested in:

Link iconNPS Medicinewise – World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

Link iconWatch a short video on the causes and concerns of antimicrobial resistance

Link iconSA Health – Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Link iconSA Health – video with one of our pharmacists about Antimicrobial Awareness Week

last modified: 24 Nov 2020