WHA has an interest in animal health surveillance activities in remote and rural communities around Australia, in particular in health data collected from community dogs and associated animals in view of the potential risk of spread of rabies from Australia’s near northern neighbour countries.
WHA completed a scoping project to examine the feasibility of incorporation of information sourced from remote and rural Indigenous communities into the National Wildlife Health System. This project involved engagement by WHA with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) program and Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) . WHA will continue to engage with NAQS and AMRRIC and will look for opportunities for further networking with other organisations and individuals that provide animal health services to Indigenous communities.
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