Exercise Hippolytus was a program of workshops and exercises conducted in 2007 addressing emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreaks and animal health laboratories.
A number of national exercises conducted in the past, such as Exercise Minotaur (2002) and Exercise Eleusis (2005), focused on coordination and integration of industry and governments in the response to EADs. Laboratory exercises have also been conducted by a number of state governments and at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory.
The Exercise Hippolytus series brought these two areas together, in order to evaluate and enhance the ability of animal health laboratories to support a national EAD response.
Areas explored in Exercise Hippolytus include:
- Connectivity—how well laboratories interact with each other, clients and EAD managers
- Capability—what laboratories can do during an EAD response, and
- Capacity—how much can laboratories do during an EAD response.
During 2007 the exercise program delivered a series of activities to evaluate and enhance the ability of animal health laboratories to support a national EAD response including:
- a series of national workshops
- a generic laboratory exercise tool called ‘LESTER’
- a sample submission drill, and
- laboratory information management exercise.
An evaluation report on the National EAD Laboratory System Exercise, which was part of this program can be downloaded below:
Exercise Hippolytus Evaluation Report - 19 July 2007 PDF [233 KB, 18 pages]