The involvement of wildlife in emergencies can have serious consequences for biosecurity and human safety, as well as threatening the health and welfare of individual wild animals and jeopardising the viability of wild populations.
WHA is an active, trusted and key national advisor for wildlife health in Australia's emergency systems. Through the Emergencies Program, we work collaboratively to safeguard the welfare and biodiversity of Australian wildlife in emergencies involving all hazards, to the benefit of One Health.
The WHA Emergencies Program identifies wildlife health and disease issues, trends, priorities, opportunities and risks:
- when a wildlife emergency occurs (either as part of a broader emergency event, or as an independent event).
- when a wildlife health perspective is required for effective emergency prevention, preparedness, recovery and response.
For further information on wildlife in emergencies click on the links in the menu.
For information on reporting an emergency disease or wildlife incident: click here.