Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in Aged Care

The 2019 Aged Care Quality Standards require that aged care facilities in Australia meet the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Clinical Care Standard.

AMS is crucial for creating an infection-free facility, and requires a whole team approach.


antimicrobial stewardship aged care program and standards

Facilities must ensure that:

  • Staff understand the principles of AMS.
  • Be able to provide evidence or records show that the organisation educates relevant members of the workforce in antimicrobial resistance and strategies to reduce the risk of increasing resistance to antibiotics.
  • Provide evidence of Antimicrobial Stewardship Aged Care policy and process to support the appropriate administration of antibiotics.
  • Evidence of care strategies used to minimise the need for antibiotics.
  • Policy documents that detail infection prevention and control procedures that include risk assessment and risk management strategies, and instructions for the workforce.

AMS is central to Infection Prevention and Control. Find out more about our Antimicrobial Stewardship Guide.

antimicrobial stewardship aged care quality standard

Become a Bug Control member and get access to all our resources.

Bug Control Membership gives you access to all the resources you need to prepare your team for better infection prevention and control in aged care. We have printable checklists, training videos and certificates of completion, toolbox talks and more, all available to your whole team 24/7.

Infection Control in Australia & NZ
Become a Member

Bug Control Client Testimonials

We’ve been helping Aged Care Facilities across Australia and NZ to protect their consumers and staff from potentially deadly infections for almost twenty-five years. Our clients are delighted with our quality of service, but don’t just take our word for it — here’s what they have to say.