Responding to antibiotic resistance patterns across Australia

HOTspots is a disease surveillance and response program that monitors antibiotic resistant (AMR) infections in patients admitted to hospitals and or visiting a community clinic.

In 2019, we launched the HOTspots digital platform to support local clinicians to respond to the changing patterns of AMR within their region and to ensure local and timely data are accessible at the point-of-care. This platform enables clinicians to choose “the right drug for the right bug”.

The recently updated HOTspots digital platform is available here.

Currently the HOTspots program is focused on northern Australia and will be expanding to other geographic regions in the future.

The program provides education and training delivered in collaboration with local stakeholders and uses surveillance data to inform local treatment guidelines and clinical decision making.

HOTspots contributes data to Australia’s national surveillance program – Antibiotic Usage and Resistance in Australia (AURA2021, AURA2023).

In addition to surveillance and response activities, we have a growing network of international collaborators and a diverse research profile. Find out more about our research and publications here.

Here at CSIRO, the HOTspots program is led by Dr Teresa Wozniak, Team Leader, Digital Solutions for AMR (DS4AMR) in the Australian eHealth Research Centre.

For more information, contact the DS4AMR team on

You can watch HOTspots in action, and hear more about its impact in this video

Access the HOTspots digital platform here

Find out more about CSIRO’s AMR Mission here