Quantifying the health and economic impact of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australian hospitals

Lead Researcher / Student:  Ms Sonali Coulter (PhD Candidate)
Project supervisors:  Dr Kate Halton
Professor Nick Graves
Dr Jason Roberts

Project commenced 2012
Tags: antibiotics, antimicrobial stewardship, cost-effectiveness, PhD student projects

Antimicrobial resistance is a widely publicised problem in healthcare associated infections. Increasingly, hospitals and healthcare facilities are instituting antimicrobial stewardship programs in an effort to optimise prescribing of antimicrobial agents, in an effort to control or reduce antimicrobial resistance of infectious organisms. This research project examines the cost-effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship programs in Australian hospitals. The research will look at whether making an investment in antimicrobial stewardship programs is a good economic decision and what programs might offer the best value for money. It will also explore how factors external to the stewardship program, such as hospital organisational support or pathology test turnaround times, might affect efficiency and effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship programs.


Professor Nicholas Graves
Dr Kate Halton