WOAH Focal Point Activities
The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. Australia’s WOAH Focal Point for Wildlife sits within WHA and provides support to Australia's WOAH Delegate on matters relating to wildlife. WOAH recognizes the threats to public, animal, and environmental health from wildlife diseases, and encourages all countries to increase capacity to conduct surveillance, early detection, and initiate appropriate responses to outbreaks and spread of diseases in wildlife. The WOAH Working Group on Wildlife informs and advises WOAH on all health problems relating to wildlife animals. WHA also provides representation to WOAH WGW, Find out more about WOAH's Wildlife Health Framework and activities globally and in the Asia and Pacific region.
WHA activities include recording and interpreting wildlife disease information from official and non-official sources into the national electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS). The information allows us to meet our responsibilities to report wildlife health information to WOAH. WHA provides a weekly digest of information to WOAH Focal Points for Wildlife in our region.
We link with the National Animal Health Information Program (NAHIP) managed by Animal Health Australia (AHA) . WHA engages in regional and national wildlife health issues, and provides advice on wildlife issues to state, territory and Australian government agricultural, human health and environment agencies.
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