Wastewater Indicators of Antibiotic-resistance in the Community

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Antimicrobial resistance and the potential for untreatable infections has become an urgent global health priority. Currently it is difficult to determine the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in the community, in Australia and elsewhere. We propose to monitor wastewater for sentinel antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and antimicrobial chemicals as a tool to evaluate the presence and distribution of antimicrobial resistance in the community. The specific objective are 1. Evaluate the presence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and antibiotics in wastewater to monitor the current prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in selected locations and populations around Sydney and nationally. 2. Evaluate the reliability of wastewater as a surveillance system to monitor antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use in the community by comparing with available data from clinical and GP samples. 3. Promote education, communication and dissemination activities directed to the public, stakeholders, policy makers, officials and students through the most efficient and interactive channels of communication.

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Supervisory team
Torsten
Thomas

Science
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
MaryLouise
McLaws

Medicine
Public Health and Community Medicine
Stuart
Kahn

Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ori
Gudes

Built Environment
City Futures Research Centre
t.thomas@unsw.edu.au

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