The study, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control Initiatives in General Practice, aims to decrease antibiotic-resistance across Australia.
Study co-author Professor Charles Gilks from the UQ School of Public Health is leading a team of researchers from UQ, Bond University and Queensland University of Technology.
Professor Gilks said most antibiotics were prescribed in a general practice setting, where they were the most common class of medicine prescribed; therefore, GPs were best placed to address the problem.
“Prescribers are well-placed to convey to patients that they are twice as likely to carry resistant bacteria after a course of antibiotics as someone who has not taken them,” Professor Gilks said.
“These resistant bacteria can persist for up to twelve months…