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Professor Kirsty Buising

Professor Kirsty Buising

Professor Kirsty Buising

(03) 9342 9420 | [email protected]

Acting Director of VIDS; Deputy Director of NCAS; Director of the Guidance Group; Infectious Diseases Physician
Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
Public Health
Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS)
Lab Group(s):
National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

Professor Kirsty Buising is an infectious diseases physician who is currently Acting Director for the Victoria Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS). She is Deputy Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and chief investigator for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Centre for Research Excellence in Antimicrobial Stewardship. Kirsty also holds an appointment as a clinical research physician at VIDS leading the research and development for the Guidance group. Kirsty serves on advisory groups at state, national and international levels in the areas of antimicrobial stewardship, guideline development and healthcare associated infection.

  • Key Achievements
    • Kirsty completed her doctorate of medicine on the use of computerised decision support for antimicrobial stewardship, and a Masters of Public Health. Her team has successfully received NHMRC partnership grants and a Centre for Research Excellence to develop their work in antimicrobial stewardship. She has served as part of the authorship group for Therapeutic Guidelines Antibiotic, working on national prescribing guidelines. As an advisor to the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare, she has had a role in influencing policy. The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship team has conducted national surveys to gather data on antibiotic use in Australia. The Guidance team have developed electronic tools for antimicrobial stewardship that have been implemented in over 60 Australian hospitals and run national workshops to build capacity amongst doctors, nurses and pharmacists to improve the way we use antibiotics to optimise patient outcomes, and help to tackle antibiotic resistance. Kirsty has taught at international workshops and advised on regional initiatives to improve antimicrobial use.

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    Research Groups
    • National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

      The National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship (NCAS) is a health services research program that aims to improve the use of antimicrobials across animal and human health, to influence national policy, and to generate a research workforce across nurses, pharmacists, doctors and veterinarians. NCAS aims to lead and facilitate the embedding of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) within clinical practice across diverse healthcare settings and among different practitioner groups in Australia. Its research and surveillance programs aim to improve antimicrobial prescribing by understanding prescribing behaviours through qualitative and quantitative methods, monitoring current prescribing patterns across healthcare settings, identifying targets for quality improvement, and developing interventions, new policies and practices.

      Lab Team

      National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship

      • Director of NCAS; Director of the Guidance Group; Deputy Director of Infectious Diseases (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
      • Acting Director of VIDS; Deputy Director of NCAS; Director of the Guidance Group; Infectious Diseases Physician
      • Dr Rodney James
      • Pharmacist and Guidance Project Officer
      • Dr Noleen Bennett
      • Robyn Ingram
      • Head of the Infection Prevention and Surveillance Service (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
      • Professor Glenn Browning
      • Professor Mike Richards
      • Guidance IT Manager
      • Associate Professor Rhonda Stuart
      • Dr David Kong
      • Professor Danielle Mazza
      • Dr Trish Peel
      • Dr N.Deborah Friedman
      • Dr Helen Billman-Jacobe
      • Infectious Diseases and General Physician (Royal Melbourne Hospital)
      • Operations Director (VICNISS)
      • Acting Director of VICNISS
      • Evette Buono
      • Professor Frank Dunshea
      • Courtney Ierano
      • Jaclyn Bishop
      • Karen Urbancic
      • Lesley Hawes
      • Leslie Dowson
      • Dr Laura Hardefeldt
      • Dr Helen Crabb
      • Dr Kirsten Bailey
      • Dr Arjun Rajkhowa

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