About antimicrobial stewardship

Our goal is to reduce antimicrobial resistance and improve antimicrobial treatment for paediatric patients across Queensland.

We have resources on the types of antimicrobial treatment and what to consider when prescribing antimicrobials. Our resources align with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care national standards.

Tools for Queensland Health staff

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Dashboard

    Access the CHIRPS antimicrobial dashboard for up to date reports and analytics on CHQ specific antimicrobial prescribing for inpatients and patients undergoing surgery.

  • Antibiograms

    Use our antibiograms on the Queensland Health intranet for help prescribing antimicrobials. You can also check local antibiotic susceptibility rates.

  • Antimicrobial e-learning webinars and courses

    e-learning for clinicians on how to treat infections and use antimicrobial treatments effectively in children.

Become an antibiotic champion

Join the fight against antimicrobial resistance by becoming an antibiotic champion and help reduce the spread of superbugs in our hospitals and community.

Email antibiotics_QCH@health.qld.gov.au to submit your interest.


We publish notices and statements on the use of antimicrobials in paediatric patients on timely issues.

Read our recent statements below.

Contact us

Antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist

Infectious diseases fellows and registrar

Paediatric infection specialist


The CHQ antimicrobial stewardship information, resources and guidelines is general in nature and is intended for information purposes only. The information has been prepared using a multidisciplinary approach with reference to the best information and evidence available at the time of preparation. No assurance is given that the information is entirely complete, current or accurate in every respect.

The guidelines, recommendations and information are not a substitute for clinical judgement, knowledge and expertise, or medical advice. Variation from the guidelines, recommendations and information, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.

The guidelines, recommendations and information do not address all elements of standard practice and recognise that individual clinicians are responsible for the following:

  • Providing care within the context of locally available resources, expertise, and scope of practice.
  • Supporting consumer rights and informed decision making in partnership with healthcare practitioners including the right to decline intervention or ongoing management.
  • Advising consumers of their choices in an environment that is culturally appropriate and which enables comfortable and confidential discussion. This includes the use of interpreter services where necessary.
  • Ensuring informed consent is obtained prior to delivering care.
  • Meeting all legislative requirements and professional standards.
  • Applying standard precautions, and additional precautions as necessary, when delivering care.
  • Documenting all care in accordance with mandatory and local requirements.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service disclaims all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for any injury, expenses, loss, damage or costs incurred by you or another party for any reason associated with the use of or reliance on the information contained in the antimicrobial stewardship information, including the guidelines, recommendations and other information and the materials within or referred to throughout the website or any guideline, recommendation or information being in any way inaccurate, out of context, out of date, incomplete or unavailable.

Last updated: June 2024