South Australian expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (SAAGAR)

The South Australian expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (SAAGAR) was established in 2008 to champion the adoption of antimicrobial stewardship programs and advise on the types of programs and components that will be most useful for South Australian hospitals.

SAAGAR is one of SA Health’s medicines committees, accountable to the Minister for Health and Ageing via the South Australian Medicines Advisory Committee (SAMAC).

The SAAGAR Terms of Reference (PDF 272KB) is reviewed by the committee annually to ensure ongoing relevance of the committee structure and function.

Key functions

A key function of SAAGAR is to review and promote the safe and appropriate use of antibiotics. This is achieved by fostering the development and review of antimicrobial guidelines for statewide use, as well as considering and responding to antimicrobial utilisation surveillance data provided by the SA Health Infection Control Service.

SAAGAR is also a forum for clinicians to network, raise issues and seek advice regarding the implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in their associated health facilities.

Meeting dates

SAAGAR is scheduled to meet (PDF 119KB) four times per year, and sub-groups may meet out-of-session from time to time.


SAAGAR membership consists of individuals with infectious diseases, pharmacy and microbiology expertise, and includes representation from each of SA Health’s Local Health Network (LHN) AMS Committees and private hospital organisations. Other members include representatives from public health, safety and quality and information technology.

Local Health Network Antimicrobial Stewardship committees

The AMS committee within each LHN provide local governance and oversight of stewardship activities within their respective health services. Please e-mail for details. 

Annual Report

The 2018-2019 SAAGAR Annual Report is available to view.

Previous Annual Reports

The 2017-2018 SAAGAR Annual Report (PDF 586KB) is available to view.

Further information

For further information on the SA expert Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance SAAGAR, contact SA Health's Infection Control Service.