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Monday, August 14 • 2:20pm - 3:10pm
Bugs and drugs: Understanding rational antibacterial therapy

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Antibacterial drugs can be life-saving and are essential tools in the fight against disease. However, their widespread use in humans and animals in the past eight decades has resulted in increasing levels of bacterial resistance which is threatening their efficacy and forcing us to contemplate whether a post-antibiotic world is a real possibility. The focus on using antibacterials wisely and well has never been more important for our own health and that of our pets and patients. In this lecture we will discuss what drugs are effective against which bugs, when and where antibiotics are indicated and very importantly, when they are not, how we can choose appropriate drugs even if the results of culture and susceptibility are not available, and how we reduce the risk that the treatment we prescribe will encourage the development of resistance.  

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Jill Maddison

Professor of General Practice, The Royal Veterinary College
Jill is a graduate of the University of Sydney. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney, spent 18 months in full time private practice in Sydney then completed a residency in small animal medicine at the University of Guelph, Canada. She returned to Australia and completed... Read More →

Monday August 14, 2017 2:20pm - 3:10pm AEST
Room 7