Wastewater Indicators of Antibiotic-resistance in the Community

Back to search results

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.

Apply Now
Supervisory team

Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Public Health and Community Medicine

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Built Environment
City Futures Research Centre

Apply Now

Please start your application by taking the self assessment. Download the editable MS Word version or download the non-editable PDF version (best for Mac or mobile devices). Once the self assessment form is completed, save as a PDF and upload along with your application.

One file only.
50 MB limit.
Allowed types: gif jpg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html odf pdf doc docx ppt pptx xls xlsx xml avi mov mp3 ogg wav bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit svg tar zip.
If you have not done so, please complete the self assessment PDF as noted above.