A special event of Bond University's Research Week
Hear from well-known Evidence Based Medicine expert, Chris Del Mar, Professor of Public Health at Bond University discussing antibiotic resistance, common and rarer side effects of antibiotics, and approaches to dealing with the question, ‘Can antibiotics harm you?’
Antibiotics were once thought to be a panacea for any bacterial infection. They certainly can be life-saving in serious infections. But they have been found to be much less effective for acute respiratory infections than once assumed. In fact for some common infections, these antibiotics adverse effects are as common as their positive benefits. Emerging data suggests that antibiotics induce resistance in bacteria not killed by them in the body. This matters if used for a non-life-threatening infection, if resistance genes are passed along to other more sinister bacteria that can cause a life-threatening infection.
So, what should we do?
Professor Del Mar will take us through several approaches to dealing with the problem on a national level. Antibiotic stewardship, a focus on primary care where most antibiotics are prescribed, and thinking about alternatives to antibiotics, are some of his solutions.
04 September 2012
5:30pm - 7:00pm.
Professor Del Mar's presentation will be followed by complimentary refreshments served in the Gregor Heiner foyer.
Gregor Heiner Theatre, Bond University
Located on Level 1 of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences building.
Free parking on campus - best parking is in the parking area shown on the campus map as PG3.
The Bond Talks lecture series is a free program that aims to share the innovative research happening at Bond with the community.
Registration is essential.
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About Chris Del Mar:
Professor Del Mar is an Evidence Based Medicine expert who has led evidence based medicine workshops for the last 20 years, and made extensive and renowned contributions to health sciences and clinical research. He recently led a successful $2.5 million bid to host a prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence, one of only four such centres funded across Australia, and the first time Bond University been the recipient of this honour.
He has written four books, published numerous book chapters and scientific papers, and is Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Collaborative Group. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to making accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.
Professor Del Mar Chaired the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Research Committee, and is past President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice. In 2008 he was honoured with the RACGP's highest award, the Rose-Hunt medal, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to general practice research, and was listed among the "50 most influential people in Australian general practice" by Australian Doctor.