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  • In this recorded professional learning session, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Pathology answers key questions about antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

    AMR has been identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global health and development threat and emphasises the need for education and action.

    Siouxsie introduces us to AMR and why it is so important for our students to be aware of how it works and the actions that they can take. She will also share insights into the New Zealand situation.

    Throughout the webinar key science concepts will be highlighted and resources shared to support using AMR as a context for teaching. Educators will then be able to take these free digital articles, videos and images into the classroom as part of a larger topic of learning, or as a short series of lessons to support the World AMR Awareness Week (18–24 November). The theme this year is ‘Preventing antimicrobial resistance together’ and it provides an excellent opportunity to participate and contribute to a real-world global issue.

    This session is valuable for senior primary and secondary school teachers.

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    The science of superbugs – slideshow

    This slideshow, from the webinar The science of superbugs, provides additional support for the video tutorial.

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.



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    Introducing the Science Learning Hub and presenters



    What is antimicrobial resistance?



    How does antimicrobial resistance occur



    Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue



    Why should we care about antimicrobial resistance?



    Antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand



    What should we do?



    Antimicrobial resistance research



    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks



    Always appreciate the content that the Science Learning Hub team provides


    Related content

    See our collection Antimicrobial resistance resources, created to support this webinar.

    In this recorded webinar, Dr Kristin Dyet talks about her role as a microbiologist and the importance of AMR awareness.

    Discover pedagogical insights and curriculum links in Antimicrobial resistance – a context for learning. It includes an interactive planning pathway that curates Hub AMR resources in one handy place.

    Find out about the history of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in this article and timeline as well as what you can do to reduce the risks of antimicrobial resistance.

    Fighting infection – timeline looks at some of the historical aspects of fighting infection, covering early discoveries on germs, vaccination, how our bodies help us to get better and more. Explore the history of vaccination and immunisation in New Zealand.

    Useful links

    World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is a global campaign to improve awareness and understanding of AMR and encourage best practices among the public. It runs each year from 18–24 November.

    The Ministry of Health has information and links on its website – Resources for antibiotic awareness.

    The Ministry for Primary Industries website has information about antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial use in plants and animals in New Zealand.

    Royal Society Te Apārangi has produced a series of articles and videos about antimicrobial resistance, including te reo Māori resource He uaua ake te rongoā i ngā whakapokenga ātete rongoā.

    Find out more about the Infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance report from the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor released in March 2022. There are a series of recommendations under six themes to help Aotearoa New Zealand unite against the threat of infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance.

    In this 2021 SpinOff article Why you should care about antimicrobial resistance Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris write about the serious threat of antimicrobial resistance with animated cartoons helping to explain more.


    Many thanks to Siouxsie Wiles (University of Auckland – Waipapa Taumata Rau), Clare Possenniskie (Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health) and Lucy Johnston (Ministry for Primary Industries).

      Published 10 November 2023 Referencing Hub articles
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