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.
AGAR now focuses on bloodstream infections with three major programmes:
Staphylococcus aureus (ASSOP - Australian Staphylococcal Sepsis Outcome Program)
Enterococcus spp. (AESOP - Australian Enterococcal Sepsis Outcome Program)
Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter spp. (GNSOP - Gram negative Sepsis Outcome Program)