One Health Investigation Fund
The One Health Investigation Fund (OHIF) is a component of the One Health Surveillance Initiative program being delivered by Wildlife Health Australia. The funding supports a national, criteria-based process for investigations into selected wildlife disease events in Australia, including field, laboratory, and epidemiological investigations, via multisectoral collaboration.
The OHIF enables a robust One Health analysis of disease risks to Australia, as well as enhancing risk analysis in relation to disease risk to livestock, by developing the knowledge base of wildlife health and disease and ensuring the incorporation of drivers of disease emergence (e.g. climate change and habitat loss) into the national understanding. This supports WHA's contribution to and facilitation of regional wildlife health information sharing networks.
The fund supports targeted investigations into selected wildlife health events, threats, and issues in Australia, that promote a One Health focus through:
- multisectoral collaboration, coordination, capacity building and communication, consistent with the Quadripartite One Health Joint Plan of Action (2022-2026).
- contribution to knowledge of wildlife health and disease at the point of wildlife exposure and at environment-animal-human interfaces, where there is the most benefit to overall economic outlay, biodiversity and human health.
- encompassing the full span of potential drivers of disease emergence (e.g. climate change and habitat loss), highlighting the interdependency of the health of the wider environment and the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, and plants.
Projects funded through the OHIF will:
- Support investigations that enhance the evidence base for interventions on animal, human and environmental health.
- boost early identification and analysis of emerging risks to human, livestock and environmental health, thereby improving Australia’s One Health early warning capabilities (as well as disease prevention, preparedness and management).
- support WHA's contribution to and facilitation of national and regional wildlife health information and intelligence sharing networks.
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