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COVID-19 update: The AVAMS organising committee has decided that the best option for everyone’s safety and surety that AVAMS has been delayed until 21-23rd November 2021, at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, QLD. If you have already registered you will be contacted and have your registration rolled over unless otherwise arranged. Dates for abstracts and early bird registration have been amended below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us avams@yrd.com.au.

Chair's Welcome

On behalf of the organising committee, I am pleased to invite you to the 2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference (AVAMS21), being held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove from the 21-23rd November 2021. This conference will provide those who manage animal health in all sectors the opportunity to contribute to, and learn about, the growing number of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives underway in Australia and develop collaborative opportunities to strengthen these initiatives and address barriers that impede further progress in antimicrobial stewardship.

Australian approaches to the appropriate use of antimicrobials in animals have always had their basis in the principles of antimicrobial stewardship and lead the world in many of these initiatives. However, there is more that can be done to capture current efforts and clarify areas that require further progress. All animal sectors have the dual responsibilities of minimising the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), while upholding our collective responsibility to ensure high standards of animal health and welfare are maintained. While the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted global focus to human health, we must continue to focus on making improvements in animal health to minimise the potential risks to animal and human health, such as AMR. The efficacy of antimicrobials to treat human bacterial infections, which are a common complication of respiratory diseases such as caused by COVID-19, is more important than it has been in a generation. We must ensure the animal sector is doing all it can to use antimicrobials responsibly to manage animal health and welfare while minimising its contribution to the AMR burden.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast in 2021, where there will be plenty of opportunity to expand your professional network and hopefully leave the conference with a resolve to action changes in your sector.

Dr Kylie Hewson

Dr Kylie Hewson

Deputy Executive Director
Australian Chicken Meat Federation

Speakers

Dr Mark Schipp
Australian Chief Veterinary Officer

Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011.  In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2018 was elected President of the OIE General Assembly. Together with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Schipp chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also a member of the Animal Health Committee.

Professor Sabiha Essack
South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance & One Health

Sabiha Essack is the South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance and One Health and Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She serves as expert consultant on antimicrobial resistance to the World Health Organization and the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions in Denmark. She is chairperson of the Global Respiratory Infection Partnership, vice-chairperson of the AMR Ambassadors Network and serves on the Advisory Board of the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator (CARB-X).

Shabbir Simjee
Dr Shabbir Simjee
Chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health

Dr Simjee is past-chair of the VetPath program a Pan European AMR monitoring program and past co-chair of the CLSI veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing sub-committee. He has served 9 years as editor for Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 10 years as editor for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and continues to serve as editor on International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents.
Dr Simjee is now chief Medical Officer at Elanco Animal Health with global responsibilities for Elanco’s antimicrobial portfolio.

Matthew Stone
Dr Matthew Stone
Deputy Director General, International Standards and Science World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Matthew Stone is a veterinary epidemiologist from New Zealand, and the Deputy Director General – International Standards and Science at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their Paris headquarters.  In OIE Matthew oversees the organisation’s processes for setting international standards; the global strategies for FMD, PPR, Rabies and AMR; and represents OIE on the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group for AMR.   

Stephen Page
Dr Stephen Page
Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics

Stephen is a consultant veterinary clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist and founder and sole director of Advanced Veterinary Therapeutics, a consulting company that provides advice on appropriate use of veterinary medicines to veterinarians, veterinary organisations (Australian Veterinary Association, World Veterinary Association, World Organisation for Animal Health), state and national government departments and statutory bodies (APVMA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, US Environmental Protection Agency), and global organisations (OIE, FAO, Chatham House).

Key Dates

  • Abstracts open 5 March 2020
  • Early bird registrations open 5 March 2020
  • Abstract submissions close 9 February 2021
  • Early bird registrations close 3 August 2021
  • Conference opens 21 November 2021

Registration

Delegate

Full Registration
$ 595 Early Bird
  • Regular Price $695
Early Bird

Student

Full Registration
$ 250 Early Bird
  • Regular Price $350
Early Bird

Cancellation Policy available here

Abstracts

We are pleased to advise that abstract submissions are now open for the 2nd Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Conference. Submissions will be for an oral presentation or poster.

There are three categories for submissions:

  1. Australian Veterinary Antimicrobial Stewardship efforts
  2. Potential barriers to progressing AMS
  3. Potential solutions to progressing AMS

All abstracts must not exceed 1-page of A4 paper (maximum 400 words), including tables, figures and references.

It is strongly recommended that you use the following guidelines so that you can fit your paper to just one page:

  1. Title – maximum of 135 characters (including spaces)
  2. Authors – maximum of 300 characters (including spaces)
  3. References – maximum of 275 characters (including spaces)
  4. Address – maximum of 400 characters (including spaces)
  5. Acknowledgements – maximum of 160 characters (including spaces)
  6. Text/tables/figures – the remaining space on the page
  7. Key Antimicrobial Stewardship Message – maximum of 135 characters (including spaces).

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to prepare a short paper for publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal. Please contact the AVAMS Conference Secretariat via email: avams@yrd.com.au or ph: +61 7 3368 2422 with any questions.

Please click on the following link to submit an abstract – https://yrd.currinda.com/register/event/1219

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Venue

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Nestled within 4.2 hectares of lush landscaping, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is home to a recently refreshed stay collection, a show-stopping one-acre Lagoon Beach, Queensland’s only High Coffee experience and signature service excellence. Positioned on the northern end of the Gold Coast, Sanctuary Cove unlocks unprecedented access to three championship golf courses and Sanctuary Cove Country Club, a world-class marina, the region’s famous theme parks and more. 

Accommodation

GARDEN VIEW ROOMS

Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of our Garden View rooms with views stretching across InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s 4.2 hectare tropical garden or the magnificent The Palms Golf Course. With fresh, contemporary décor blending indoor with outdoor, 37sqm rooms feature a spaciously-appointed retreat complete with the following:

  • Contemporary king or twin bed with gold-studded headboard and luxe linen bedding
  • Spacious bathroom with a deep bathtub and separate shower
  • Dedicated work zone with WiFi and iPod docking station
  • Siding shutters with private, furnished balcony
  • Polished wooden parquetry floors, air-conditioning and TV

$195/night, breakfast additional $20 pp/night when prebooked at time of registration.