Fact Sheets

Wildlife Health Australia’s Fact Sheets contain brief, factual information on a wide range of diseases, both infectious and non-infectious, that impact Australian wildlife and feral animals. Information focuses on implications of disease for free-ranging native wildlife, although impacts on humans, domestic and feral animals are included to provide a One Health perspective. Diseases of relevance to Australian wildlife that are exotic to Australia, or zoonotic (transmitted from an animal to a human) are also included. There are also several Fact Sheets on topics of general interest to wildlife health.

Wildlife Health Australia welcomes your feedback on Fact Sheets. Please email admin@wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au. We would also like to hear from you if you have a particular area of expertise and are interested in creating or updating a WHA Fact Sheet. A small amount of funding is available to facilitate this.

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Antimicrobial resistance and Australian wildlife - May 2024

Antimicrobial resistance is recognized as an issue of emerging global importance. Antimicrobial resistance is a One Health challenge and impairs effective treatment of bacterial and other...

Arboviruses associated with Australian wildlife - May 2024

At least 75 arboviruses have been reported in Australia, most of them transmitted by the bites of mosquitoes and 13 arboviruses are considered zoonotic (a disease transmitted from animals to...

How to interpret diagnostic tests in wildlife - Jan 2018

This fact sheet aims to provide general advice on the interpretation of diagnostic testing for infectious disease in Australian wildlife species. The principles outlined in this fact sheet are...

Supplying water and food for free-living wildlife after natural disasters - Oct 2023

Providing food for free-living native wildlife is generally not recommended. If areas of natural bush remain, there is no need to feed wildlife and it is best to allow wildlife to forage for food...

The impacts of climate change on Australian wildlife - Aug 2023

Climate change can act as a “threat multiplier” of wildlife disease by altering the environment-host-agent-vector balance. The  stress of climate change can be devastating to...
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