Infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance
In 2018, our Office published a short summary detailing why drug-resistant infections – that can’t be treated with common medicines – pose an imminent threat to Aotearoa New Zealand. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how an infectious disease with no effective treatment available can significantly impact our lives.
Our major project for 2021 is on infectious disease, with a particular focus on drug-resistant infections (also known as antimicrobial resistance, AMR). It will provide an evidence synthesis, contextualised for Aotearoa New Zealand, with recommendations to mitigate the risk of infectious disease and AMR. Check back soon for more content!
Read the Terms of Reference (PDF, 257KB)
Our panel and reference group
We received a phenomenal response from the research and health communities, with a large number of expressions of interest, nominations and offers of help. Thank you.
Our panel is a diverse group with varied areas of expertise. The panel will provide guidance to the OPMCSA in preparing an evidence summary and developing recommendations.
- Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (Co-Chair)
- Dr Matire Harwood, University of Auckland (Co-Chair)
- Dr Anneka Anderson, University of Auckland
- Professor David Murdoch, University of Otago
- Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu, University of Otago
- Professor Jack Heinemann, University of Canterbury
- Dr Kristin Dyet, ESR
- Associate Professor Mark Thomas, University of Auckland and Auckland DHB
- Distinguished Professor Nigel French, Massey University
- Dr Sharon Gardiner, Canterbury DHB
- Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, University of Auckland
We will draw on the wider reference group for information and feedback as we navigate this project. There are currently more than 120 people on our reference group and we look forward to working with you all.
If you’d like to be on the reference group, please get in touch.
See an AMR resource sheet collated in 2018 (PDF, 150KB)
Resources for science education
The Science Learning Hub has written an article which covers an introduction to the history of antibiotics, reasons behind resistance, common-sense approaches we can take, and research looking at novel solutions. It also curates Hub resources on the topic, houses three Royal Society Te Apārangi videos and features student work on antibiotic resistance posters.
In the news
Last updated: 31 March 2021