7 episodes

We are headed towards a post-antibiotic era, a world where common infections could become life-threatening. That's the message from The World Health Organisation, but are we listening?Rise of the Superbugs is a six-part series about antimicrobial resistance or "superbugs, telling the scary (but solvable) story of superbugs.The series explores our medical systems, through personal stories, waterways and acts of (human) resistance. We’ll talk to experts as we dig into our medicine cabinets, hospitals and backyards, the known past and predicted futures.Rise of the Superbugs reveals where the media has gone wrong in telling the superbug story and why we need to retell it.Host: Dr Britta Jorgensen. Producers: Sarah Mashman and Silvi Vann-Wall. Executive Producer: Professor Mia Lindgren.

Rise of the Superbugs Rise of the Superbugs

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

We are headed towards a post-antibiotic era, a world where common infections could become life-threatening. That's the message from The World Health Organisation, but are we listening?Rise of the Superbugs is a six-part series about antimicrobial resistance or "superbugs, telling the scary (but solvable) story of superbugs.The series explores our medical systems, through personal stories, waterways and acts of (human) resistance. We’ll talk to experts as we dig into our medicine cabinets, hospitals and backyards, the known past and predicted futures.Rise of the Superbugs reveals where the media has gone wrong in telling the superbug story and why we need to retell it.Host: Dr Britta Jorgensen. Producers: Sarah Mashman and Silvi Vann-Wall. Executive Producer: Professor Mia Lindgren.

    How can we retell the superbug story?

    How can we retell the superbug story?

    There are so many different terms used to talk about antimicrobial resistance - AMR, multidrug resistance, One Health, antibiotic resistance, superbugs. It can be really confusing. In this episode we ask: how can we retell the superbug story? In this final episode of Rise of the Superbugs we're taking you behind the scenes and into the making of this series. It's been a bit of an experiment because it's part journalism and part academic research.Host and producer: Dr Britta Jorgensen. Pr...

    • 29 min
    Imagined futures: Antimicrobial Resistance

    Imagined futures: Antimicrobial Resistance

    Imagine a future where your access to antibiotics is determined by a court. Or where your antibiotic resistant infection is treated by a bacteria-eating virus. In this episode, we're looking back at our pre-antibiotic past and speculating on a post-antibiotic future, including a look at everything from innovative scientific discoveries to architectural possibilities to political solutions.Host and producer: Dr Britta Jorgensen. Producers: Sarah Mashman and Silvi Vann-Wall. Executive...

    • 31 min
    The backyard: at home with resistant bacteria

    The backyard: at home with resistant bacteria

    Our backyards are full of resistant microbes. In this episode, we find out how they spread through all living organisms - including our pets, our farm animals and our wildlife. We head to the south coast of Australia for some birdwatching, and find out why migratory birds act as a "canary in the coal mine" for the spread of superbugs in our environment and why we need to pay more attention to this. We speak to vets and pet owners about the use of antibiotics in our much-loved pets. We conside...

    • 26 min
    Waiting Room: AMR and the health system

    Waiting Room: AMR and the health system

    Do you trust your doctors and pharmacists to give you the right advice about antibiotics? Episode 3 takes us inside the healthcare system to tackle the problem of overprescription. We investigate trust in the practitioner-patient relationship and what happens when that trust is broken - particularly for our vulnerable populations. We look at ways to rebuild it, including social media, working with communities and listening to patients' lived experiences. We ask, who is responsible for the inc...

    • 31 min
    Across the water: The spread of antimicrobial resistance

    Across the water: The spread of antimicrobial resistance

    Superbugs develop their resistance to antibiotics by mixing and mingling with each other. Many superbugs travel on and in our bodies as we go back and forth overseas. But that isn’t the only way they move. In this episode we find out how superbugs spread in surprising ways and are found in the most remote locations. We find out why some countries are hotspots for resistance and what happens if you become infected with a superbug while travelling.Have a look at ResistanceMap, where you can see...

    • 32 min
    The medicine cupboard: Antibiotics in Australia

    The medicine cupboard: Antibiotics in Australia

    Most Australians will use antibiotics in our lifetimes but there is a lot we don’t understand about how they work. In Episode 1 of our series we find out how most of us use antibiotics, what we know about them and what we get wrong. We hear stories about some of the most common uses of antibiotics, the uncertainty about when we need them and the fear that drives us to seek them when we may not, particularly for our children. We learn that antimicrobial resistance is a more complex issue than ...

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

dbird87 ,

Compelling and immersive

A highly original and considered podcast. It highlights the dangers of antimicrobial resistance while managing to avoid unnecessary fear-mongering. The personal storytelling and rich sound design make for an engaging listen.

JellyBeane71 ,

Compelling listening

I had no particular interest in this topic but the stories in this podcast are enthralling. I love the mix of science, personal experience and speculative creative works. A really important topic communicated thoughtfully and engagingly.

astrogin ,

You need to listen to this!

Such an important podcast, talking about superbugs and focusing on the human aspects. Very well produced and I have learnt a lot listening to this one. Highly recommended.

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