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Call for Expressions of Interest: Antimicrobial Stewardship Sub-committee

The NLMA is inviting expressions of interest from members to join a provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Sub-committee (AMSS). The sub-committee needs physician representation from each RHA and while all physicians passionate about antimicrobial stewardship are welcome to inquire, community-based family physicians are specifically requested.


Members are expected to attend monthly meetings, either in person or by teleconference. There will be committee work outside of the meetings, but this is anticipated to be less than 3-4 hours per month. The AMSS is expected to be an ongoing committee so members are asked to commit for at least one year.


Physicians will be paid honoraria for their participation at the established NLMA rate of $100/hr to a maximum of $800 a day. Interested members should send a letter outlining their interest in the area and how they will contribute to the committee to Lynn Barter, Associate Executive Director of the NLMA, at by August 15, 2018.


About antimicrobial resistance: 
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing healthcare concern worldwide. The overuse of antibiotics is exacerbating the problem. Within Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rate of antibiotic prescribing. To address the issue, the provincial Appropriateness of Care Steering Committee has requested the development of a provincial Antimicrobial Stewardship Sub-committee (AMSS). Antimicrobial Stewardship comprises coordinated interventions designed to promote, improve, monitor, and evaluate the judicious use of antimicrobials in order to preserve their future effectiveness and promote and protect human health. Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use is an essential part of stewardship programs.

The AMSS will support the identification of improvement opportunities to address overuse, misuse and underuse of antimicrobial medication across the care continuum. The AMSS will support communication, coordination and integration of appropriateness of care opportunities within antimicrobial stewardship. AMSS members will provide antimicrobial stewardship leadership provincially to support the change required to address appropriateness of care.

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