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Multi-resistant organisms (MRO) - information for residential care facilities

The risk of transmission of MROs is dependant on factors associated with the microorganism/infectious agent, risk factors in the index case, the residential setting and the environment. New mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and increasing numbers of residents in aged care settings with MROs are challenging aged care providers.

The level of risk and specific type of MROs will differ between facilities; however, all health services need to consider the risks of transmission of MROs and implement infection prevention and control strategies according to their specific circumstances. Understanding the modes of transmission of infectious agents and knowing how and when to apply the basic principles of infection prevention and control is critical to the success of an infection prevention and control program.

Resources are available online and include:

Community/Residential Care



Training resources

  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when disease-causing pathogens are able to withstand the killing or suppressing power of antimicrobial medicines. This phenomenon increases the global burden of infectious diseases and strains health systems.
  • This course, Antimicrobial Resistance (Part 1) from USAID, aims to improve the learner's awareness and understanding of the basic principles of AMR, the impact AMR has on individuals and society, and why it is a major public health concern.
  • A complementary course, Antimicrobial Resistance (Part 2), describes interventions that address the multiple factors contributing to AMR across the health system.
Last updated: 16 May 2019