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Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) staff at Head Office.
Rupe has been with WHA from its beginnings as the Australian Wildlife Health Network in 2002. His main activity involves supporting the WHA Management Committee, staff and a diversity of stakeholders in their efforts to further develop and improve Australia’s animal health system with an emphasis on improving Australia’s overall national surveillance capability to support protection of Australia's natural environment. The priority is for a good general wildlife health surveillance system that can be used to protect Australia's trade and animal health industries, human health, biodiversity and tourism. A second priority is in improving Australia’s emergency disease preparedness and response capability by focussing on any wildlife component. Rupe's PhD was in elephant seal anaesthesia and he assisted Larry Vogelnest in editing the Medicine of Australian Mammals. He is a member of the International Association for Public Participation, Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rupe is interested in Australia, people and how good decisions are made. View Rupe’s profile on LinkedIn.
Debbie Kosh joins the WHA team as the Administration Manager for a maternity leave contract. Debbie has a background in Administration and Human Resources, and has extensive experience as an Executive Assistant supporting CEO’s, General Managers and State Ministers of Parliament within the private, government and non-profit sector. Debbie is also studying a Bachelor of Zoology part-time as she has a keen interest in the management and conservation of Ecosystems and a passion in protecting wildlife and the environment.
Andrea is a veterinarian who joined Wildlife Health Australia as a part time project officer in January 2016. After graduating from Sydney University, Andrea completed a veterinary residency at Melbourne Zoo, gaining a Masters in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Andrea has over 17 years experience working as a clinical vet in Australia’s major zoos, including Perth, Taronga and Melbourne Zoos and is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine of Australasian Wildlife. She has been involved in a wide variety of wildlife and conservation programs both within Australia and overseas, including in situ conservation programs for the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat, brush-tailed bettong, eastern barred bandicoot and African painted dog. Andrea recently lead a collaborative research project to investigate the potential role of disease in small mammal population declines in Northern Australia.
Silvia is a veterinarian from Brazil who has joined Wildlife Health Australia in the end of May 2016. After graduating, she has coordinated an array of database projects and has also a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following her interest in wildlife health and conservation, she concluded a Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management at The University of Sydney. Her research project was on coccidiosis in green turtles. Silvia has also consolidated risks and mitigation strategies of feeding wild birds in Australia, and she is thrilled to work in a multi-stakeholder environment that improves wildlife disease management.