Antimicrobial Stewardship in the community and general practice

Project Details

Antibiotics are among the most common medications prescribed in general practice, but there is very little information available regarding the indications for use and the appropriateness of the antibiotic prescriptions. Additionally, very little is known about how GPs learn about antibiotics and the perceptions and attitudes that shape their prescribing behaviour.

To gain an insight into the patterns of antibiotic use and adherence to guidelines in general practice, we will utilise the MAGNET research platform to analyse clinical data that has been extracted from the clinical records of patients attending general practices in the inner eastern region of Melbourne.  We will also conduct qualitative interviews with GPs to understand their workflows and the barriers and enablers to evidence-based prescribing of antibiotics.  

The findings from both the quantitative and qualitative studies will be used to inform the development of novel interventions that can guide GPs' decision-making around antibiotic prescribing and address the education needs of GPs to support their decision-making.


  • A/Professor Kirsty Buising AC
  • A/Professor Caroline Marshall CI
  • Professor Danielle Mazza CI
  • Dr N Deborah Friedman AI


  • NHMRC CRE Grant APP1079625

Research Publications

  1. Turner LR, Harris MF, Mazza D. Obesity management in general practice: does current practice match guideline recommendations? Med J Aust 2015; 202(7):370-372
  2. Hampton KD, Newton J M, Parker R, Mazza D. A qualitative study of the barriers and enablers to fertility-awareness education in general practice. J Adv Nurs 2016; doi: 10.1111/jan.12931.[Epub ahead of print]
  3. Biezen R, Pollack A J, Harrison C, Brijnath B, Grando D, Britt H C and Mazza D, Respiratory tract infections among children younger than 5 years: current management in Australian general practice, Med J Aust 2015; 202(5):262-266
  4. Mazza D, Petrovic K, Grech C, Harris N. HPV vaccination in women aged 27 to 45 years: What do general practitioners think? BMC Womens Health 2014; 14(1):91
  5. Alexander KE, Brijnath B, Mazza D. Barriers and enablers to delivery of the Healthy Kids Check: an analysis informed by the Theoretical Domains Framework and COM-B model. Implement Sci 2014; 9:60
  6. Mazza D, Chapman A, Michie S. Barriers to the implementation of preconception care guidelines as perceived by general practitioners: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res 2013; 13:36

Research Group

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

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