Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship mentoring program

Hospital pharmacists play important roles in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). AMS programs aim to optimize diagnosis and treatment of patients with infections as well as reduce unnecessary antimicrobial use and unexpected consequences (e.g. toxicity) of antibiotic therapy.  There is good evidence that effective AMS programs reduce antimicrobial resistance in community and hospital situations.

The CDC (USA) describes seven core elements of hospital antibiotic stewardship: Leadership Support, Accountability, Pharmacy Expertise, Action, Tracking, Reporting and Education[1]. A prominent role is emphasized for pharmacists- to quote: “infectious diseases-trained (ID) pharmacists are highly effective in implementing AMS efforts and improving antibiotic use”.

In 2022, PRIDA ( ) established a network of expert AMS pharmacists who are available to facilitate AMS training, support and mentoring to Hospital Pharmacists practicing in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa. Lead by Ms Mieke Hutchison-Kern from Therapeutic Guidelines, from October 2022,  these experts have presented a fortnightly series of online tutorials for pharmacists focused on Clinical Pharmacy and Infectious Diseases. Tutorials have commenced again in 2023.  To participate, please contact Mieke by email – mhutchinson-kern[at]

Each hospital location is assigned a lead expert pharmacist mentor and one of two associates. A separate WHATSAPP group for each group is established for day to day communication. It is recommended that a regular short zoom session occurs to enable discussion and planning of local AMS or DTC initiatives.

Mentoring activities will reflect the needs and interests of pharmacists at each location. Mentors can provide clinical education and advice as well as supporting mentees to develop to develop practical strategies to implement AMS activities in settings with limited resources.

The AMS Pharmacist mentor program is a subgroup of the PRIDA AMS Working Group.


Medical Microbiology Postgraduate Diploma 2023

We are pleased to announce that expressions of interest are now invited for this year’s course which is to be CIFAL/UNITAR accredited. 

Medical Microbiology Postgraduate Diploma 2023 Prospectus 2Apr23 .Cost will be AUD$50 per semester – a fee has been introduced to pay for the course accreditation.

Enrolments for 2023 have closed (60 students were accepted).   If interested in the 2024 course, please email the course coordinator –  john.ferguson[at] before 31st January 2024.  We will then contact the prospective student, ask them to complete a short questionnaire about their background and arrange an enrolment interview in February 2024 prior to enrolment.

Background:  To improve and standardise the training of medical pathologists in microbiology, PRIDA has developed an annual online medical microbiology course that originated in 2017 when it was attended by PNG pathology trainees.   The course faculty includes  experienced pathologists, physicians, scientists and researchers.   The PRIDA postgraduate education web resource reflects much of the previous course content.  In 2022, there were 27 successful course students. 

PRIDA Journal Club 2022

PRIDA is again  facilitating a journal club focused on microbiology and infectious diseases.  If you wish to join, do this via this WHATSAPP group . You will then receive communications about session access and reviewed papers. 

The sessions run via zoom every second Friday and are used to bring together helpful discussion on interesting health literature relevant to LMIC locations. With presenters from many different countries, any range of medical topics are encouraged to be presented from the relevant peer reviewed literature. The course facilitators assist presenters to select a paper for review and are able to provide practical assistance prior to their session via zoom.

Access is free and there is no obligation to present or comment, however all are encouraged to participate and ask questions. The sessions are NOT recorded.

First session will be on the 1st March 2022
These are commencement times by location/time zone:

7.15am: New Delhi, India
7.30am: Kathmandu, Nepal
9am: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
11am: Dili, Timor-Leste
12pm: Port Moresby, PNG
1pm: Honiara, Solomon Islands
1pm: Port Vila, Vanuatu
2pm: Suva, Fiji
3pm: West Samoa Time, WST

Flyer: PRIDA JOURNAL club 2022 3Feb22