This report provides an overview of recent research related to wildlife disease management and preparedness in Australia. It includes a summary and brief critique of the projects funded by the Wildlife Exotic Disease Preparedness Program (WEDPP) of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, from 1999 to 2007. Results from a literature search for Australian journal articles (1999-2007) related to disease preparedness are presented. Current research on wildlife disease by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) and the Australian Biosecurity CRC is also outlined. A brief description of the major diseases of concern to Australia, particularly those in which invasive animals are implicated, is also provided.
The published research briefly reviewed here covers a variety of areas, but the emphasis of this report is on wildlife diseases in which invasive animals are indicated as carriers or hosts. Disease management implications have not been included in many of the research articles. Disease preparedness could be better served if researchers explained practical and generic implications of their research, and if policy makers were made more aware of the importance of such research.
|Author||Henderson, W. R.|
|Institution||Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre|
|Documents||Wildlife disease preparedness in Australia