Antimicrobial Resistance


Antimicrobial Resistance: Science, Communication and Public Engagements

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to drugs for common infections threatens the health of populations across the globe. A recent WHO communique stated that AMR was likely to lead to the deaths of millions in years to come. Contributing to the global and multi-sector response to this threat are efforts to communicate with individuals and communities so that they understand the AMR crisis and enact the expert advice provided to them. AMR-scapes is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant (DP170100937) to research public engagements with advice regarding the rational and reduced use of antibiotics.

Key themes:

  • Examining AMR news and health media messages, including scientific assumptions
  • Investigating digital media and narrative perspectives on AMR communications
  • Understanding diverse public engagements with health media and AMR messages
  • Exploring the enablers and barriers to the enactment of AMR advice in everyday life
  • Enhancing the fit between AMR communications and everyday life
  • Developing practice and policy outputs, including, co-researched media products (podcast stories) with individuals, a reflective radio documentary, and a related policy briefing

The project is led by Associate Professor Mark Davis (Monash University), in collaboration with Professor Andrea Whittaker (Monash University), Associate Professor Mia Lindgren (Monash University), Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre (University of Gothenburg and Monash University), and Professor Paul Flowers (Glasgow Caledonian University). Dr Davina Lohm and Ben Lyall are Research Assistants for this project.

The research showcases disciplinary and international collaboration across health-oriented sociology, anthropology, psychology, and health communications.

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