One Health

"One Health" is an approach that recognises that human health is closely related to animal health and the health of our shared environment. It can be defined as a multi-disciplinary and multi-sector collaboration which aims to achieve optimal health outcomes, acknowledging the inter-dependant relationship between animals, humans and the environment.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue. International and local travel, and the movement of animals and animal products allows multi-drug resistant bacteria to move between and within countries. Contamination of water and other parts of the environment with antimicrobial drugs or waste products affects the natural ecology and contributes to antimicrobial resistance. No one person, organisation, country or sector can address the problem of antimicrobial resistance alone.

Australia's National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy — 2020 and beyond recognises we must work together at a local level, nationally and globally to manage antimicrobial resistance. Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial use across all sectors is an important objective of the National AMR Strategy. The One Health Master Action Plan provides guidance on implementing 'Australia's National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy  2020' and assists by highlighting the activities to focus on to meet the seven objectives outlined in the strategy.

Further information

For further information on antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance in S.A contact healthantibio@sa.gov.au