Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance
The Australian Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AGAR) is a collaboration of clinicians and scientists from key microbiology laboratories around Australia that conduct targeted surveillance of selected pathogens and collect demographic, treatment and outcome data, and data on antimicrobial resistance rates. AGAR is an important component of the Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Surveillance System (AURA).
As part of AURA, the Australian Society for Antimicrobials is funded to coordinate AGAR to collect, analyse and report on the data submitted by participating laboratories.
Laboratories participate in the AGAR surveys by providing laboratory data and isolates to the AGAR coordinating laboratories. These AGAR laboratories collate the data, undertake molecular testing on isolates and prepare reports for the following three programs:
- Gram-negative Sepsis Outcome Program (GNSOP)
- Staphylococcus aureus Sepsis Outcome Program (ASSOP)
- Australian Enterococcus Sepsis Outcome Program (AESOP)
AGAR publishes annual reports on the outcomes of these surveys, as well as a range of articles and presentations on findings on its website.
AGAR Sepsis Outcome Programs reports
AGAR prepares reports for AURA that bring together the key findings of the three sepsis outcome programs, as a means of increasing access to antimicrobial resistance surveillance data to inform response strategies.
AGAR Sepsis Outcome Programs factsheets
AGAR technical papers
The Commission and AGAR have collaborated on detailed analyses of data relating to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteramias, including changes in the clones that cause MRSA disease.