WHAT IS AGAR?
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 31 laboratories servicing 54 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.
Historically, the main focus of the group has been antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus (indeed the group started with the name The Staph. Awareness Group) and was broadened to include studies on E. coli, Enterobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Enterococcus spp.