Our head office is located in Sydney, NSW. Our principal objectives support:
- Prevention of, preparedness for and response to wildlife diseases
- Maintenance of national wildlife health information datasets
- Wildlife health intelligence and decision making in Australia
- Australia’s understanding of potential international wildlife health risks to our animals and people
- Capacity building in wildlife health across Australia through communication, education and training
- A long-term sustainable wildlife health framework for Australia
- The advancement of the natural environment and the natural ecosystems across Australia
- A national wildlife health network of technical expertise, extending across zoos, universities, private veterinary practices, wildlife carer groups, hunters and fishers, coordinated across federal and state government agencies and non-government organisations.
We make research outcomes available to the public. WHA and our members are well positioned to assist in building national and regional capacities in these areas.
Our greatest strength is our ability to engage a large and varied group of stakeholders, many of whom may have valuable information about wildlife health, and can participate in discussions on wildlife health issues through WHA.
WHA brings together people, groups and agencies working in these fields at many different levels of government, in the private and public sectors, and can facilitate improved information flow.
WHA is very much operationally and outcomes focussed. A National Coordinator, supported by two full time and two part time project officers, provides support for Australian governments and non-government stakeholders. Two additional staff support the WHA board and members and provide business management services to the organisation:
Core funding is provided by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). Significant in-kind is provided by Australia's States, Territories; zoo, university and other veterinary practises that see wildlife, as well as many other supporters and collaborators. WHA is a small, agile and highly focussed organisation that works in the national interest.
Legal and governance framework
WHA is a for purpose (not-for-profit), incorporated association registered under the Associations Incorporation Act (2009) in NSW. WHA is a registered charity and works in the national interest. WHA extends the work of the Australian Wildlife Health Network (AWHN) and is administered under good organisational governance principles. An elected management committee (Board) oversees the activities of WHA.
Vision and mission
WHA’s vision is "Healthy wildlife, healthy Australia". Our mission is to develop strong partnerships in order to better manage the adverse effects of wildlife diseases.
How does WHA define 'wildlife'?
For us "Wildlife" includes native and feral animals, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Free-living fish are also included but are considered of lower priority.
- Administer Australia's general wildlife health information system
- Improve communication and coordination; provide technical advice, facilitation and professional support, and; ensure better investigation and management of wildlife health in Australia
- Participate in national horizon scanning, undertake analysis and forecasting of the over-the horizon issues we think are important for Australia
- Provide technical policy advice about wild animal diseases, and have input into contingency planning for animal disease emergencies involving wild animals and their prevention
- Contribute to the development of national technical information about wild animal diseases in Australia
- Provide support for Australia's framework for national management of wildlife health and disease
- Link and inform people who deal with wildlife disease in Australia
- Facilitate, coordinate and participate in research, investigation, monitoring, surveillance and recording of wildlife disease events in Australia.
Who do we work with?
We work with a network of more than 600 wildlife health professionals, members of the public and those with an interest in wildlife health and the protection and enhancement of Australia’s natural environment. Our network includes representatives from federal, state and territory conservation, agriculture and human health agencies and industries, universities, zoos, private practitioners, wildlife carer groups, hunters and fishers and diagnostic pathology services.
What is the outcome?
The information, intelligence and analysis, and the coordination and linkage that we provide assists in limiting the deleterious impact of wildlife disease on Australia's natural ecosystems and environment, biodiversity, animal and human health, trade and tourism. Our activities provide ecological, economic and social benefits to Australia.
If you would like more information about WHA or its activities, visit our website pages on Strategic Direction or Programs and Projects or feel free to contact us directly.
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