Vetcommunique November 2011

​​Post-Animal Health Committee 20 Face-to-Face Meeting 19-20 October 2011

Welcome to the Animal Health Committee (AHC) newsletter for animal industry bodies. The aim of the Vetcommunique is to provide a communication link between AHC and industry bodies.

AHC meetings are attended by the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of the Commonwealth, States and Territories, the New Zealand CVO and representatives from Animal Health Australia (AHA), Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Animal Division, DAFF and Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. National Industry association representatives and industry representatives from the host jurisdiction also attend an AHC – industry forum.

AHC next meets on 17-19 April 2012 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Dr Ian Roth is the New South Wales Chief Veterinary Officer and AHC Chair for 2012.
Further information on AHC can be found on the Animal Health Co​mmitties page.

Key outcomes from AHC20 Face-to-Face Meeting

Industry involvement at AHC20 face-to-face meeting

Representatives from the Animal Health Australia Industry Forum attended a joint session with AHC on Wednesday 19 October 2011.

Issues discussed included developments towards a National General Surveillance Program, the National Arbovirus Monitoring program and Horse Vaccines (Hendra virus and Flavivirus).

Training in Emergency Animal Disease

AHC endorsed the work plan for a 2011-2012 transitional program from the Response Preparedness Capability Enhancement Program (RPCEP) to the National Emergency Animal Disease Training Program. The transition to a national emergency animal disease training program, embedded as a core program in AHA, will ensure on-going support for national EAD training. The goal of this program is to ensure a first response capacity in each jurisdiction.

Equine Vaccines – Hendra virus

AHC considered the recent progress towards the development of a Hendra vaccine and issues around a national vaccination program. AHC has two working groups considering issues on regulation, identification and maintenance of horses vaccinated against Hendra virus infection. These working groups will be delivering their findings to AHC over the next few months.

National Animal Disease General Surveillance

The General Surveillance Epidemiology Working Group presented their completed Surveillance Assessment Tool (SAT). The SAT is a method of quantifying the effectiveness of current surveillance by estimating the average probability that an incursion would be reported, the average time between introduction of infection and notification and the number of infected premises necessary for there to be 95% confidence that at least one would be reported. The group is developing a new approach to general surveillance which aims to enhance detection and engagement between stakeholders.

Surveillance in Northern Australia Symposium

AHC and DEEDI hosted a symposium on surveillance in Northern Australia, in conjunction with AHC 20. Presentations on surveillance activities being undertaken by Commonwealth and State/Territory agencies, CSIRO, Universities, and local communities were heard over the two days. Opportunities for closer collaboration in northern Australian surveillance activities were discussed in an open forum on the last day and a future symposium has been tentatively scheduled for the latter half of 2012.

Key Contacts

  • Dr Andrew Cameron (AHC Chair), Victorian Deputy CVO, 03 9217 4237
  • Dr Mark Schipp, Australian CVO, 02 6272 4644
  • Dr Brian Radunz, Northern Territory CVO, 08 8999 2130
  • Dr Ian Roth, New South Wales CVO, 02 6391 3577
  • Dr Rob Rahaley, South Australian CVO, 08 8207 7970
  • Dr Rick Symons, Queensland CVO, 07 3239 3242
  • Dr Rod Andrewartha, Tasmanian CVO, 03 6233 6836
  • Dr Tony Higgs, Western Australian CVO, 08 9368 3344
  • Dr Will Andrew, Australian Capital Territory CVO, 02 6207 2357
  • Dr Andrew Cupit, Animal Biosecurity, DAFF, 02 6272 5444
  • Dr Michelle Blowes, Animal Division, DAFF, 0434 616 303
  • Prof. Martyn Jeggo, Australian Animal Health Laboratories, 03 5227 5511
  • Dr Eva-Maria Bernoth, Animal Health Australia, 02 6203 3944
  • Ms Joanne Nathan, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 02 6275 9252
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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