TEAMS - Top End Antimicrobial Stewardship

NT Antimicrobial Stewardship

NT Antimicrobial Stewardship

NT Antimicrobial Stewardship Overview:

Antimicrobial stewardship promotes optimal antimicrobial prescribing. The aim of the TEHS and CAHS antimicrobial stewardship programs are to improve the safe and appropriate use of antimicrobials, reduce patient harm and decrease the incidence of antimicrobial resistance in Australian hospitals

There are both a Top End Health Service and Central Australia Health Service committee responsible for improving and maintaining antimicrobial stewardship across NT Health. To contact secretaries for these committees see the contact details below

NT Health are committed to supporting the National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy and work to prevent the development of antimicrobial resistance specifically by supporting the following objectives in the National Strategy:

  • Increasing awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance through communication, education and training
  • Maintaining coordinated surveillance of antimicrobial usage and resistance through NAUSP reports, NAPS audits and Health Service audit schedules
  • Implementing effective antimicrobial stewardship via implementation of restriction and approval systems to control antibiotic use
  • Promoting research on strategies to improve antimicrobial stewardship including optimal antimicrobial dosing and prescribing

TEAMS/CHAMPS Approval Systems


The following is not up-to-date in TEAMS:

TEAMS/CHAMPS are online approval systems for antibiotics specific to the NT health service.
Approval codes are only valid for the indication and reasons provided when accessing the application, and may only be used once for an indication per admission.
Any code which does not match the criteria outlined by TEAMS/CHAMPS will be cancelled and the treating team contacted, as this will not be supplied by pharmacy.
Codes must be sourced from the relevant (CAHS or TEHS) application version to be effective.
These applications are produced and maintained by NT Government AMS committees, and updates can be performed on request. If you would like to update any element of an application please see the contact people below:


For TEAMS (TEHS) application updates and suggestions for improvements

Contact the TEHS AMS committee secretary by email:
For CAHS (CHAMPS) application updates and suggestions for improvements

Contact the CAHS AMS committee secretary by email:
For infectious diseases advice

Contact switchboard to be put through to the relevant infectious diseases registrar or consultant