Australian approaches to the appropriate use of antimicrobials in animals (including livestock), through the implementation of outstanding antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) principles are world-class. However, there is more that can be done to minimise the impact of antimicrobial usage, animal management practices and the environment on the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), while upholding our collective responsibility to ensure high standards of animal health and welfare are maintained.

The Office of the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer, Australian livestock industries and other animal health stakeholders are planning an inaugural Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) conference in November 2018.

We anticipate this conference will attract national and international interest from veterinary, research, government, industry, producer and university stakeholders, given there have been so few veterinary AMS conferences, and none in Australia, despite the long history of action and interest in veterinary AMS by several stakeholders in the agricultural, community, state and federal government sectors.

This foundation conference is particularly timely and will provide Australian veterinary stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the growing number of veterinary AMS initiatives underway in Australia and identify opportunities to collaborate to strengthen these initiatives and address barriers that might impede progress to further refinement of these AMS efforts.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Inaugural AVAMS Conference to be held at Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 11-13th November 2018.

Dr Kylie Hewson
Deputy Executive Director
Australian Chicken Meat Federation
Chair Person AVAMS 2018

Kylie Hewson, Australian Chicken Meat Federation

Lechelle Van Breda, Australian Pork Limited

Sarah Britton, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Program Sub-Committee

Ian Jenson, Meat & Livestock Australia
Program Sub-Committee

Amanda Black, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Program Sub-Committee

Melanie Latter, Australian Veterinary Association
Program Sub-Committee

Raana Asgar, Office of the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer
Program Sub-Committee

Georgie Townsend, AgriFutures Australia
Sponsorship Sub-Committee

Stephen Page, Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics
Program Sub-Committee

Thank you to everyone who sent in applications for the Travel Fellowship.  Applications have now closed.  

AVAMS will provide one Travel Fellowship exclusively for a postgraduate student at an Australian University to attend the inaugural Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference 2018 (AVAMS), being held at Novotel Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, 11-13 November 2018.  If your postgraduate studies are contributing to resolving Antimicrobial Resistance or improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Veterinary field you can apply for this fellowship.

 The fellowship is proudly sponsored by NSW Department of Primary Industries, and includes:

- Return economy airfare (from the closest major airport) to Maroochydore or Brisbane
- 2 nights’ accommodation at the Novotel Twin Waters (Standard Garden View Room) with breakfast daily
- Conference registration (includes tickets to the Workshop, the Welcome Reception and Dinner)

To enter, please tell us in 150 words how attending the conference will provide value to your studies. Proof of enrolment in an Australian postgraduate course will need to be provided.

Please email avams@yrd.com.au with any questions and send your completed application and proof of enrolment by:  5.00pm 12th October (QLD Time) and the winner will be advised by the 18th October.

 NB: Any additional expenses, including airport transfers are not included.  The decision will be determined by the Organising Committee and is final.

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Travel Fellowship is proudly sponsored by:


Professor Marilyn Cruickshank

President of the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) and Professor of Nursing Research at University of Technology Sydney.

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Professor Luca Guardabassi

Professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

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Professor John Prescott

Retired veterinary bacteriologist and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph.

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Dr Mark Schipp

Australian Chief Veterinary Officer

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Dr Matthew Stone

Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

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Dr Stephen Page

Consultant veterinary clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and founder and sole director of Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics

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Professor Brendan Murphy

Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Government and is the principal medical adviser to the Minister and the Department of Health.

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VetEd CPD Points

We are pleased to advise that AVAMS has been approved and is eligible for a total of 17 VetEd points. 

Full attendance (including workshop) 17 VetEd Points
Attendance: 11 November Workshop 4 VetEd points
Attendance: 11 November Session 1 1 VetEd point
Attendance: 12 November 6.75 VetEd Points
Attendance: 13 November 5.25 PD Points

Antimicrobial Use Session: Sunday 11th November

Surveillance of antimicrobial use tracks the what, when, why and how of antimicrobial use. An ideal One Health approach to the challenge of antimicrobial resistance would be able to identify not only what resistance is being observed but how antimicrobial use in the animal and human health sectors is contributing to the resistance seen.

Such a system needs to be able to integrate inputs from the veterinary and medical professions and their clients, government agencies, animal, food and related industries, and laboratories. The data gathered needs to be able to inform government policy and resource allocation for the future. Fundamental questions remain: -

- What contribution does food make to AMR?
- Does the use of antibiotics in small animal practice have AMR consequences for the human population?
- What is the future of antimicrobial use in livestock production?

Come and hear from your colleagues as to the current state of play in the animal sector and future plans for tracking antimicrobial usage in animals in Australia.

Attendance at this workshop is included with a full registration ticket. Session commences at 12.00pm on Sunday 11th November.  Registration opens from 11.00am with light lunch provided.

Full Registration

Full Registration includes ticket to the Welcome Reception (Sunday 11th November) and Dinner (Monday 12th November)

Delegate $695
Student $350

Day Registration - Sunday 11th November

Attendance at the AMU Workshop and Session 1 of the conference.

Delegate $250

Day Registrations - Monday and Tuesday

Delegate $395

Novotel Twin Waters

Located in the heart of Twin Waters, the Novotel Twin Waters will host Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference 2018.

Walking distance from luxurious accommodation, 5-star restaurants and many of Twin Waters's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Novotel Twin Waters will be great.

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. Situated on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, the Novotel Twin Waters is set in tropical gardens surrounding a central private lagoon with its own sandy beaches.  The Novotel Twin Waters is located just 6.4 km from Sunshine Coast Airport.

Resort Room - Garden View - Sold
$169 / night including 1 breakfast

Resort Room - Lagoon View - Limited availability
$199 / night including 1 breakfast


Sebel Apartments

Visitors looking for contemporary self-contained accommodation on the Sunshine Coast should look no further than The Sebel Twin Waters. This impressive Sunshine Coast hotel offers guests a range of accommodation options, 

3 bedroom apartment - Available upon request - please email avams@yrd.com.au if you would like to book an apartment



For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact the Conference Secretariat for a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus.
e: avams@yrd.com.au or p: +61 7 3368 2422