The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance is a unique collaboration of clinicians and scientists from major microbiology laboratories around Australia. AGAR tests and gathers information on the level of antibiotic resistance in bacteria causing important and life threatening infections.
The group started in 1985 and at that time involved 13 teaching hospitals. It has subsequently grown in 2022 to involve 33 laboratories servicing 55 institutions.
This broadening of the group has meant that not only does the group have good information as to what is happening with major pathogens in the larger teaching hospitals (both adult and children) in each State and Territory, but now also has the ability to monitor what is happening with resistance rates in private hospitals.
AGAR tests and gathers information on the level of antibiotic resistance in bacteria causing important and potentially life threatening bloodstream infections.
Four Program Committees have been formed, ASSOP (Australian Staphylococcus aureus Surveillance Outcome Program), AESOP (Australian Enterococcal Surveillance Program), GNSOP (Gram negative Surveillance Outcome Program and AGAR Kids (Paediatric Group).