The Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food, and Environments (CRC SAAFE) will lead Australian Industry through the One Health strategy.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant challenge to global health in the 21st century. It is also one of the greatest threats to the continued viability and future growth of Australian food and agribusiness sectors, water security and sustainable waste management. Antimicrobials are crucial for effective disease management and prevention. To prosper, Australian agribusiness industries will need to navigate restricted access to effective antimicrobials, introduction of new regulations, and potential market impacts ranging from non-tariff trade barriers to loss of consumer confidence.

AMR is a complex issue driven not only by the widespread use of antimicrobials for human and animal health protection, but also by the use of other agricultural and industrial chemicals as well as household cleaning products. While Australia’s water, agribusiness, food and waste systems are at risk from the impacts of AMR, they will also be a big part of the solution.

Managing AMR necessitates a coordinated ‘One Health’ multisector response that focusses on better use and stewardship of existing antimicrobials, adoption of alternative practices to decrease the need for antimicrobials, and informed oversight of process inputs and waste streams to enable a safe, profitable, and sustainable circular economy.

Through focused collaboration between industry and researchers, CRC SAAFE will coordinate the AMR response for our vital sectors, providing the tools and knowledge to proactively monitor, manage and mitigate the spread of AMR. In so doing, we will protect human and animal health, food security, and economic prosperity, and maintain this nation’s reputation as a producer with low AMR risk. Through successful AMR management, CRC SAAFE presents a significant opportunity for Australia to consolidate its market access advantage for premium quality produce, and to secure the future growth of Australian agriculture.

Research Programs

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Monitoring

Enabling cost effective, near real time monitoring solutions.

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Solutions

Creating economic and effective treatment solutions and interventions to mitigate AMR.

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Digital Integration & Decision Support

Support Integrating data and outputs across stakeholders and sectors to empower better decisions (cross cutting).

Further information and resources

CRC SAAFE Brochure What is a CRC?

Enquiries

Professor Erica Donner
Research Professor, Future Industries Institute
mailto:erica.donner@unisa.edu.au
Mr Alex Lloyd
Business Development, Future Industries Institute
mailto:alex.lloyd@unisa.edu.au