Antibiotics on Campus – Be part of the conversation
Very few new types of antibiotics have been discovered in the last 20 years. In addition, high levels of antibiotic prescribing and consumption has increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics. This is known as antibiotic resistance. This means that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating bacterial infections, so we are in danger of running out of antibiotics. When this happens patients will be faced with infections that are hard to treat, longer illnesses and increased health care costs. This project employs the innovative Collective Intelligence (CI) methodology to get solution-focused input from the primary stakeholders affected by AMR on the NUI Galway campus (for example, GPs, pharmacists, students, staff and hospital staff). The information gathered will inform the development of a health promotion strategy to address the issue of AMR on campus, which will include the use of posters, leaflets, and a video diary in the Student Health Centre and website updates. The findings will also be disseminated to the Discipline of General Practice teaching staff to inform teaching.
Planning is currently underway on the ‘Antibiotics on Campus – Be part of the conversation’ event which will be held on campus this July. This invitation-only event will, for the first time, bring the campus community together to talk about the issue of antibiotic resistance. The Collective Intelligence methodology underpins the discussion and this solution-focused conversation will result in the development of a strategy to tackle the issue on campus.
To continue the conversation beyond this event, selected stakeholders will be invited to take part in a video diary, which will be published on the NUI Galway website. The aim of this video is to get the campus community talking about antibiotics.
Since recruitment began for the ‘Antibiotics on Campus – Be part of the conversation’ event, interest in participating has been high. However, given some initial difficulties with recruitment due to holidays, this event will now be held on campus this August. At this event 15 to 20 carefully selected expert representatives from different sectors of the NUI Galway campus community will come together to discuss the broad issue of antibiotics. Recruitment has been successful so far and is ongoing. The event organisers are also engaged in training on the Collective Intelligence methodology and planning the video diary which will be recorded on the same day.