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NZHPA Infectious Disease / Antimicrobial Stewardship Special Interest Network

  Infectious Disease / Antimicrobial Stewardship (ID /AMS) group. 

The group have been in existence informally for a while and sit under the MICP SIG.

 

The network co-ordinators are  

  • Mohammed Issa (Waikato DHB)
  • Catherine Li  (CCDHB)
  • Joyce Lim  (Southern DHB) 

 Here is an overview of the ID / AMS SIN

 The role of pharmacy in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) has steadily grown over the years to the extent where pharmacy has become fundamental in the management of complex infectious disease cases. Pharmacists specialised in infectious diseases has been well established across the globe, here in New Zealand we have seen a growing number of infectious diseases / AMS pharmacists over the last few years.

 The ID/AMS pharmacist group felt that the NZHPA would benefit from a special interest group dedicated to AMS and ID to support pharmacists across NZ and this idea was welcomed by the NZHPA executive.

 Pharmacist support would comprise (but not be limited to) the use of antimicrobial TDM, procurement of new/restricted antimicrobials, outpatient intravenous antibiotics and antimicrobial dosing in complex cases.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the world’s most urgent public health issues. As a result of this, the demand for pharmacy to be involved in AMS has continued to grow to the extent where pharmacists are integral for the success of AMS initiatives.

We believe that this SIN group will also serve as a medium for members to share successful AMS projects and initiatives between DHBs. DHBs who do not have an allocated ID/AMS team will have access to other pharmacists who can provide advice and guidance. The potential to do national projects and audits to monitor antimicrobial usage around the country could help us raise awareness and give national feedback through the NZ Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan.

If you are interested in joining the ID /AMS SIN, please contact  nzhpa@psnz.org.nz