Antimicrobial Awareness Week

Antimicrobial Awareness Week is held globally each year to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance and promote the responsible use of antimicrobials.

Antimicrobial resistance has been identified as one of the greatest threats to human health today.

The prevalence of multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens is rising worldwide. Patients with infections due to resistant bacteria experience delayed recovery and treatment failure and are more likely to die than patients with infections from non-resistant bacteria.

Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week will take place from the 18th to the 24th November

The theme for Antimicrobial Awareness Week in 2020 is 'United to preserve antimicrobials', aiming to engage stakeholders from all sectors in a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance. The overarching slogan this year is "Antimicrobials: Handle with care" 

Antimicrobials underpin modern healthcare and cannot be taken for granted; we need to work together to ensure they are used appropriately across all sectors  human and animal health, and the environment.

More activities and resources coming soon.

Poster and colouring in competitions for Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

This year for Antimicrobial Awareness Week we have two competitions for primary school aged children to win a prize and have their work featured on this page. 

Poster competition 

For children up to the age of 13 (suitable for 8 years and up), create a poster or picture that highlights the importance of antimicrobial awareness for your chance to win a prize. Create your own idea or use an idea on the information sheet below. 

Poster information sheet

Colouring in competition

For children 8 years of age and under, colour in the bacteria and draw a face on the germ for a chance to win a prize.

Entry information sheet

Colouring in sheet to submit for entry

Terms and Conditions

Competition opens on the 28th September 2020 and ends on the 13th November 2020. Entry is for South Australian residents only  see full terms and conditions including information on prizes. Email submissions to 

Highlights from Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019

The theme of Antibiotic Awareness Week 2019 was, "The future of antibiotics depends on us all".

Please read the joint statement from Australia's Chief Veterinary Officer and Chief Medical Officer on how Australians can reduce antimicrobial resistance.

Further information

For further information on Antimicrobial Awareness Week activities in South Australia, email