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This project aims to reduce antibiotic resistance in Australia by reducing the antibiotic prescribing rates for Acute Respiratory Infections in primary care utilising a multifaceted set of interventions.

We are funded by the Department of Health to evaluate the uptake and effectiveness of a number of interventions for the management of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) in General Practice. Utilising the considerable expertise from several institutions in Queensland - The University of Queensland, Bond University and Queensland University of Technology - we propose to investigate innovative and cost-effective interventions which will lead to a reduction in antibiotic prescribing in primary care.

We are a diverse group of experts from clinical and academic fields who work together on research that will translate into a reduction of antibiotic resistance and improved strategies for the appropriate use of antibiotics at clinical and policy levels.



The interventions will include:

  • a delayed prescribing protocol
  • access to near patient testing with C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • shared decision making and patient decision aids
  • communication training
  • a poster on practice prescribing policy for antibiotics. 


Contact us

Project manager: Dr Minyon Avent
Phone: +61 7  334 65246



Project members

Professor Charles Gilks

Head of School & HIV/STI Prof Chair
School of Public Health
Affiliate Professor Level E
UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Professor Annette Dobson

Professor of Biostatistics
School of Public Health

Dr Minyon Avent

Research Program Manager