Reminder: poster competition – get your creative juices flowing

WSLHD antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist Kristin Xenos with infectious diseases specialist Dr Jon Iredell

Do you have the next great idea for WSLHD’s popular annual Antibiotic Awareness Week poster display?

Then we want YOU!

Everyone is invited for the first time to enter the People’s Poster competition, creating an A4 poster with an image/text that highlights an antimicrobial stewardship concept in a fun and clever way.

WSLHD antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist Kristin Xenos said her team had garnered a reputation for their witty social commentary and use of pop culture to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance.

“Since 2014, staff, patients and visitors have been entertained (and educated!) about antimicrobial resistance by our posters displayed across the LHD,” she said.

“With themes ranging from Frozen to Pokemon Go, the posters appeal to a wide audience; they convey simple, yet important messages like minimising the duration of surgical prophylaxis, the importance of switching from IV to oral therapy ASAP and the fact that viruses don’t need antibiotics.

“There is evidence that behavioural nudges, like hanging a poster in your facility that displays your commitment to reducing antimicrobial resistance, can have a powerful, positive impact.

“We’ve created the People’s Poster this year to harness the wonderful creativity across our LHD and further raise the profile of this critical health issue.”

Email your idea to kristin.xenos@health.nsw.gov.au by Friday, 8 September, 2017.

The winner will be revealed during Antibiotic Awareness Week in November.

The winning posters will have their creative genius displayed throughout the LHD’s hospitals, be featured in The Pulse and receive a week’s supply of coffee!

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