Antimicrobial Use in Australian Hospitals

Megan Reilly

The 2014 report of the National Antimicrobial Utilisation Surveillance Program  has been released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission).

The NAUSP is a passive surveillance system measuring rates of antimicrobial usage in hospital settings. The 2014 NAUSP report provides the results of data from 129 participating acute care hospitals (111 public and 18 private) ranging from principal referral hospitals to small public acute hospitals across Australia.  For Australian public hospital beds, this represents more than 90 per cent of principal referral hospital beds and 82 per cent of total beds in public hospitals with more than 50 beds.

The report is available for download from