Antimicrobial prescribing guidance and antibiograms

Development of national prescribing guidance

A team of clinicians and researchers are working collaboratively across the motu to merge the guidelines below into a single prescribing standard to support safe, effective and equitable antimicrobial use for Aotearoa New Zealand. Some initial information on this and other related projects:

The team hope to launch the national guidelines during World AMR Awareness Week November 2024. For further information, please contact [email protected].

Guidance for community prescribing

For guidance for community prescribing read the 2017 edition of the bpacnz antibiotics guide.

Guidance for hospital prescribing

Regional antimicrobial treatment guidance is available online and via mobile phone applications.

If you work in Northland, Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards (DHBs) regions, you can download the Script App. Note: these links will also take you to the Starship paediatric developed guidance when it is launched.

If you work in Whanganui, Capital & Coast, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHB regions, you can download the Empiric App.

If you work in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Southern DHB regions, you can download the Microguide App.

If you work in Canterbury, West Coast or South Canterbury DHB regions you can access the Pink Book antimicrobial guidelines.

Published antibiograms

See the LabPLUS website for the Annual Cumulative Susceptibility Data for Auckland DHB.

The New Zealand National Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Committee (NZNAC) is publishing regional antibiograms as they become available.

See the NZNAC website for more information about:

  • Combined Capital & Coast, Wairarapa and Hutt Valley District Health Board hospitals antibiogram 2016
  • Nelson Marlborough Hospital and community antibiogram 2016
  • Bay of Plenty hospital and community and Waikato community antibiogram 2016.
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