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Antibiotic Awareness Week in Canada

Antibiotic Awareness WeekAntibiotic resistance is an issue health practitioners around the world face daily. An ongoing Canadian initiative, is coordinated by numerous health-related organizations across the country, who have partnered in an effort to promote the prudent use of antibiotics and fight the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Visit our Healthcare Providers section for materials to use with your patients, prescribing guidelines, and resources for you and your clients.

The inaugural Canadian Antibiotic Awareness Day was marked on November 18, 2010. It focused on the relationship between doctors and patients, offering practical tools and information to practitioners, patients and parents, as well as webcasts presenting the latest data and information on antimicrobial resistance. That one-day event is now an annual Antibiotic Awareness Week, just one of many such initiatives developed through this public health partnership. For more information, or to offer feedback, please contact

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2014—VIDEOS: “Antibiotic Resistance,” Catherine Mireault & Kyle Healy; “L’utilisation d’antibiotiques en médecine vétérinaire,” Gabrielle Claing & Maude Gauthier-Bouchard.

2013WEBINAR (transcript): “Tracking, assessing and reacting: Surveillance as a tool in controlling Antimicrobial Resistance, in Canada and globally,” Dr. Lynora Saxinger, MD, FRCPC, CTropMed.

2012WEBINAR (transcript): “The Menace of Antimicrobial Resistance,” Donald E. Low, MD, FRCPC.

2012WEBINAR (transcript): “Antimicrobial Resistance: Perspectives from the Public Health Agency of Canada,” Marc-André Gaudreau, PHAC (slides); “Monitoring AMR from farm to fork: Results from the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS),” Rita Finley, PHAC; “Antimicrobial Resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Canada: a National Perspective,” Irene Martin, PHAC; “Public Health Updates on the Management of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea (MDR-GC),” Thomas Wong, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC, PHAC (slides)

2011WEBINAR (transcript): David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada & Craig Stephen, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary.

2011WEBINAR (French-only)Daniel Thirion, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montréal & Aboubakar Mounchili, Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program, Public Health Agency of Canada.

2011WEBINAR (transcript): Rita Finley, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Public Health Agency of Canada, Lynora Saxinger, Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta & Daniel Thirion, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montréal.

2010—WEBINAR (transcript): “Antibiotic Use and Resistance in Communities: Following trends and promoting professional education,” David Patrick, MD, FRCPC, MHSc; “Antimicrobial drug use and resistance trends in Canada: An integrated approach to surveillance,” Rita Finley, MSc; “The Pharmacist’s Role in Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance,” Yvonne Shevchuk, B.S.P.,  Pharm.D.

2010WEBINAR (French-only): “CNISP: Resistance Surveillance in Canadian Hospitals,” Aboubakar Mounchili, DVM, MSC, PhD; “Antimicrobial drug use and resistance trends in Canada: An integrated approach to surveillance,” Lucie Dutil, DMV, MSc; “The Use of Antibiotics in the Family Physician’s Office,” Marc Steben, MD, Institut national de santé publique du Québec (presentation).

2010—WEBINAR (transcript): “Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals: New developments in a “target rich” environment,” Lynora Saxinger, MD FRCPC; “Antibiotic Use in Animals: How it affects resistance in bacteria of public health importance,” Scott McEwen, DVM, DVSc., Dip ACVP.