A team of clinicians and researchers are working collaboratively across the motu to merge the guidelines below into a single prescribing standard to support safe, effective and equitable antimicrobial use for Aotearoa New Zealand.  Some initial information on this and other related projects is here (PDF, 221KB).  The November 2023 newsletter is here (PDF, 221KB) and March 2024 newsletter is here (PDF, 250KB). The team hope to launch the national guidelines early 2025.  For further information, please contact antimicrobials@cdhb.health.nz.

Guidance for community prescribing


For guidance for community prescribing read the 2017 edition of the bpacnz antibiotics guide.


Guidance for hospital prescribing


Regional antimicrobial treatment guidance is available online and via mobile phone applications.


If you work in Te Whatu Ora Te Tai Tokerau (Northland), Te Toka Tumai (Auckland), Waitematā and Counties Manukau, you can download the Script App. Note: these links will also take you to the Starship paediatric developed guidance when it is launched.



If you work in Whanganui, Capital Coast & Hutt Valley and Wairarapa regions, you can download the Empiric App.



If you work in Waikato, Hauora a Toi (Bay of Plenty) and Southern regions, you can download the Microguide App.



If you work in Waitaha Canterbury, West Coast or South Canterbury regions you can access the Pink Book antimicrobial guidelines.


Published antibiograms

Published antibiograms information available on The New Zealand Microbiology Network website