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The World Health Organization called antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a global catastrophe. In Australian public hospitals, 23% of antibiotics are incorrectly prescribed and 24% are non-compliant with guidelines. AMR has serious underlying human rights implications concerning healthcare quality and safety; it creates challenges not seen since prior to the development of penicillin. A Commonwealth Committee recommended improvements to AMR regulation, but these remain under-researched. This project will include: analysis of regulation to protect the right to antibiotics; interviews with hospital risk managers and lawyers; survey of hospital workers’ understanding of AMR regulation; case studies of avoidable AMR and patients’ rights.
The higher degree researcher must have a LLB or JD. A researcher who also holds a qualification in medical science is desirable, but we recognise that this
combination is rare.
Public Health & Community Medicine