AHA new strategic plan

The AHA Strategic-Plan_2015-2020, based on extensive consultation and feedback with Members and stakeholders, came into effect on 1 July 2015.

The new Strategic Plan focusses on service innovation to enhance and evolve collaboration and engagement with our Members and stakeholders to leverage our performance and enhance our services and delivery, to maximise the return on investment for our Members.

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Support AHA’s Mohairs to raise awareness of men’s health

The AHA Mohairs.

The AHA Mohairs.

A staggering 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide are men and on average 5 men each day take their life through suicide in Australia.

As part of Movember, help support the Animal Health Australia (AHA) Mohairs bring attention to the importance of men’s health, especially mental health and depression by donating here.

It’s now week two of Movember, with the Mohairs continuing to make good, if not a bit hairy, progress on their mo’s.  As you can see from the image below sculpting and shaping has already commenced, ranging from traditional bikie/chopper mo’s to 19th century artisan goatees.

See the Mohair’s progress on their Mobro page.



BJD – Where to from here?

About BJD

Submissions close Midnight 18 November 2015.

Australian producers are invited to comment on the Bovine Johne’s Disease (BJD) Framework Document – the final step in the national BJD Review process.

The BJD Review, coordinated by Animal Health Australia (AHA), is a key body of work which will lead the way in shaping the future management of BJD in Australia.

The Framework Document provides a comprehensive summary of how Australia can more effectively manage Johne’s disease in cattle into the future and represents the views and deliberations of the cattle industries and the Australian state and territory governments.

The BJD Review process commenced in February 2015 and over the past 10 months has provided many opportunities for input. The evaluation of the Framework Document continues this consultative tradition said AHA’s Executive Manager of Biosecurity, Duncan Rowland.

“The proposed Framework Document was released on Monday 2 November 2015 and is now available for public comment until 18 November 2015. We’ve already received valuable feedback from government and industry stakeholders as well as the general public through our national forums, think tanks and public consultations and the Framework Document provides a final opportunity for input from interested parties.

“Feedback to-date clearly indicates that now is the ideal time to enact change in how Australia deals with Johne’s disease in cattle. Importantly, this change will improve the biosecurity credentials of Australia’s cattle industry,” Mr Rowland said.

AHA encourages all interested parties to consider the BJD Framework Document and play their part in protecting and enhancing Australia’s cattle industry.

Submissions close:  Midnight 18 November 2015

Submissions lodged: Via email at bjdreview@animalhealthaustralia.com.au

Additional information: Found at the AHA websitewww.animalhealthaustralia.com.au

Media enquiries:  Harley McNamara 02 6203 3977 / hmcnamara@animalhealthaustralia.com.au

Farm Biosecurity – the one-stop-shop for securing your farm and your future

fbNow has never been a better time to learn more about good on-farm biosecurity planning and practices, as the Farm Biosecurity Program continues to grow its suite of useful, interactive and relevant resources in 2015/16.

Over the past 12 months the Program, a joint initiative between Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, has continued to look at new ways to help producers create better plans, understand their biosecurity risks and keep up-to-date on the latest information available to help secure their farm and future.


A new planning tool, the Farm Biosecurity Action Planner, is now available to help crop and livestock producers manage biosecurity risks on their property. The Planner provides information on associated risks with everyday farming practices, suggests recommended actions to address those risks and prompts the reader to make a list of their chosen biosecurity actions.


In 2014, two new videos were released as part of a suite of videos covering the six biosecurity ‘essentials’. The videos provide visual demonstrations and tips to avoid, manage and control diseases, pests and weeds.


The Farm Biosecurity website is constantly being updated with biosecurity manuals, animal health statements, fact sheets, news and a host of other useful tools and resources available for all producers to download for free. The website is also mobile friendly, meaning you can access it anywhere, anytime, so long as you have a connection to the internet.


Have you subscribed to the Farm Biosecurity e-newsletter yet? If not just head to the website and click on the subscribe button on the top-right-hand corner.


Finally, if it can move, it can carry diseases, pests and weeds. For this reason, people, vehicles and equipment pose a high biosecurity risk and should be managed accordingly. Signs can be used to indicate to visitors the importance of following biosecurity procedures on your property.

For just $40 you can purchase a 900 x 600mm Farm Biosecurity gate sign. The price includes postage and handling anywhere in Australia. Printed on 5mm-thick corflute they include four eyelet holes to attach the sign to a gate or fence. To purchase a sign today head to the Farm Biosecurity website and click on the toolkit link to find out more.


Later this year and early next year, there’s plenty more to come, with the next two biosecurity ‘essentials’ videos almost complete. There’s also the Farm Plan smartphone app which is currently in development. This app, the first of its type in Australia, will allow the user to develop their own simple biosecurity action plan with their phone, which can then be emailed straight into their inbox.


For more information about the Farm Biosecurity Program contact Harley McNamara on (02) 6203 3977 or hmcnamara@animalhealthaustralia.com.au




AHA’s Annual Report now available

Annual Report coverThis year’s report has been revamped to make it easier for Members to find summaries of AHA’s projects, program deliverables and outcomes, company activities and financial performance during 2014-2015.

It is made up of five main sections:

  • Year in review reflecting AHA’s key highlights during 2014–2015
  • About us with introductory reports by the AHA Chair and CEO as well as information about staff and the AHA board and project management. This includes summaries of the successes, highlights, program deliverables and outcomes of each of AHA’s key program areas (Biosecurity, EAD Preparedness and Response, Market Access Support and Corporate and Member Services)
  • A section dedicated to AHA’s Communications activities during the reporting period
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial statementsincluding program expenditure for 2014 – 15

The AHA Annual Report 2014–2015 is now available in an accessible pdf format on the website.

Copies of the report were posted to Members this week. To request additional hard copies of the Annual Report 2014–2015, please contact AHA’s Publications Coordinator Kat Crichton on 02 6203 3937 or email publications@animalhealthaustralia.com.au

Farmers wanted for research about livestock diseases

Monash University is seeking farmers who are interested in participating in focus groups to discuss their experiences with animal disease monitoring and reporting.

Researchers at the University are interested in farmers’ experiences with diseases in their livestock, including how they manage and make decisions regarding animal disease. They are also interested in farmers’ impressions of what has, and has not worked, regarding reporting processes.

Small focus groups will be organised in a number of locations and will take approximately one hour.

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more about the project, please contact:

Breanna Wright

Research Fellow, Monash University

0422 316 401

03 9905 9323


AHA welcomes new staff members

AHA's new training officer, Claire Petterson.

AHA’s new training officer, Claire Petterson.

AHA’s Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Preparedness and Response team has received a boost with the addition of Dr Claire Petterson as a new training officer. Growing up on a commercial beef and lucerne hay property outside of Wagga in southern NSW, Claire has always had an interest in agriculture and animal health.

She studied a double degree in Veterinary Science and Veterinary Biology at Charles Sturt University in Wagga and as a student she was involved with Intercollegiate Meat Judging, representing Australia in the US as part of the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team in 2011.

Events and Administration Officer Yasmin Rahman.

Events and Administration Officer Yasmin Rahman.

After graduating, she has worked as a veterinarian in small animal practices in Sydney and Canberra, before coming to work part-time for AHA earlier this month. In her spare time, Claire continues to work on the family farm.

Events and Administrator Officer, Yasmin Rahman, joins AHA at a very exciting for the company. With the completion of new in-house meeting and conference facilities imminent, Yasmin bolsters AHA’s capabilities not only in event and admin support, but also in finance.

She has a Masters in Professional Accounting and has worked for several well-known organisations including Costco and Sunglass Hut. It’s always been a dream of Yasmin’s to work for an organisation that fosters and supports animal health and she is excited about helping to coordinate AHA’s exciting schedule of events and workshops coming up this year.

AHA staff would like to warmly welcome Claire and Yasmin to the company!



  • Monday 26 October – OIE PVS commences
  • Wednesday 28 October – OIE PVS audit and Industry sessions
  • Wednesday 4 November – Sheep Production Conditions Strategic Workshop
  • Tuesday 24 November – Industry Forum
  • Tuesday 24 November – Official Christmas function
  • Wednesday 25 November – Members’ Forum and AGM

Dairy industry launches 2016 Manufacturing Scholarship Program

DairyThe Australian dairy industry invites new university graduates and TAFE diploma holders to apply for the 2016 Dairy Manufacturing Scholarship Program.

Supported by Dairy Australia and manufacturers across the dairy supply chain, the annual scholarship program is scheduled to run between February-April 2016.

The main objective of the program is to attract recent graduates and diploma holders into the dairy industry and to train them in relevant aspects of dairy manufacturing,” said Mani Iyer, Dairy Australia’s Program Manager Product Innovation.

“Australian dairy is a dynamic and forward looking industry and this program opens graduates eyes to some amazing new possibilities,” he said.

Each year Dairy Australia offers four scholarships to graduates and diploma holders who show passionate interest in the dairy industry. The scholarship covers 10-12 weeks training including a few weeks at the National Centre for Dairy Education, Werribee.

“Most importantly, the training is enhanced and complemented by industry placements at several leading dairy manufacturing companies enabling graduates to work ‘hands-on’ with experts in the industry,” said Dr Iyer.

The training program is strongly supported by major dairy manufacturing companies including Bega, Lion, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, Fonterra, Murray Goulburn and Parmalat, who host the graduates at their factories. A generous living allowance is provided to the graduates and all reasonable expenses for travel and accommodation are covered by Dairy Australia.

Although employment is not guaranteed, scholarship trained graduates are very much in demand as evidenced by 100 per cent of recent graduates successfully finding employment in the industry within two months of completing the program.

Scholarship graduate in 2015, Rebekkah Sullivan said it is”…a great opportunity to network with the industry professionals, expand on knowledge from university as well as a good bridging transition between university and full time employment.”

Applications for the 2016 Dairy Manufacturing Scholarship Program close on Monday 30 November 2015.

Further details can be obtained by clicking on the link below:


Outstanding women wanted – Rural Women’s Award 2016

Sarah Powell the 2015 Rural Women's Award National winner.

Sarah Powell the 2015 Rural Women’s Award National and South Australian State winner.

Women make up half of the international agricultural workforce and represent a large part of the next generation of workers, managers, researchers and decision makers.

Australian women in particular are doing amazing things in agriculture and rural communities, utilising their skills, passion and commitment to address local challenges to ensure the growth and viability of the industry.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Council (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award for rural women. The Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

The Award is open to all women involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia. No formal qualifications are required. Potential applicants can express their interest through the Expression of Interest process and gain access to mentors and feedback whilst undertaking their applications.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Award, but be quick as entries close on 30 October 2015.

How do I enter or nominate someone?

To express an interest in applying or to nominate an applicant call 02 6271 4132 or email rwa@rirdc.gov.au. Contact can also be made with the relevant state or territory Award coordinator.

2015 National and South Australia winner – Sarah Powell

Population migration from regional centres is not a new phenomenon, however Sarah Powell’s solution of engaging neuroscience principles as part of her Champions Academy – a pilot program that aims to develop the next generation of community leaders by engaging youths in sporting clubs – to address the problem is.

After moving back to the Eyre Peninsular in South Australia, Sarah soon developed new relationships through social groups, including local sporting clubs. She soon realise the potential of local sporting clubs as a mechanism to build future leaders, which she believes is core to keeping regions sustainable. In particular, she believes these community groups are an important vehicle for young people and women to gain essential skills and confidence and ultimately increase their community participation. She also believes that the culture of mentoring in sporting clubs empowers young ambassadors and gives them confidence and motivation to step up in their club and community.

Sarah will use the $10,000 Award bursary to establish and manage the pilot program ‘Champions Academy’. The Academy aims to foster personal development through sport and mentoring, teach aspiring leaders how to lead by example, act with integrity, think selflessly and demonstrate commitment. It will be delivered through a culture of mentoring that engages, empowers and builds confidence and motivation for participants to take on change-agent roles. The grant will also be used to develop a community leadership succession plan to continue to build strength and resilience in her local community.

Action Plan Implementation Manager required

National control of wild dogs is a critical issue for Australian grazing industries. from a range of perspectives – animal health and welfare, production costs, productivity and community impacts.

Early in 2014, the National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP) was endorsed and supported nationally by the Australian Agriculture Ministers as well as peak industry and research bodies for its initial five-year timeframe.

Stage 1 Wild Dog Management Project (WDMP) was conducted between August 2014 and May 2015 resulting in a range of successful objectives contributing to the implementation of the NWDAP.

The Stage 2 Wild Dog Management Project (WDMP2) is now in the operational planning stages and needs to recruit a replacement Action Plan Implementation Manager (APIM).


This position is funded through an Australian Government grant. The APIM will be selected by the Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) and engaged under contract by Invasive Animals Limited being the project administration entity. The appointment will be a temporary role through to approximately August 2017 with a remuneration of up to $110,000 per annum depending on experience. Although a consultancy contractual arrangement may also be considered.


The APIM has an important role to play in monitoring the overall direction, coordination and implementation of specific action activities ensuring consistency with the intent, commitments and goals of the Action Plan. The APIM will:

  • lead the development and maintenance of continuity across the project activities aligned to the operational plan and budget
  • guide the development and maintenance of relationships between industry and governments to support a collaborative approach to wild dog management
  • assist with stakeholder consultation and engagement including collection and recording of wild dog intelligence
  • promote the development of communication networks between the many and varied wild dog cohort groups
  • identify and promote opportunities for improved investment in wild dog management and cooperation between key stakeholders
  • support the ISC members with delivery of actions, including secretarial support
  • support SCG members when undertaking specific tasks assigned by the ISC (these may be short-term strategic planning tasks, or more operational in nature), including secretarial support as appropriate
  • initiate and support the review of key performance indicators annually and development of reports as required for the ISC and project administration and grant requirements.


Applications will be accepted via email to finance@invasiveanimals.com up to close of business on Wednesday 28th October 2015.  Applications must include an up-to-date Resume as well as a covering letter outlining why you would be suitable for the replacement APIM position.

For a copy of the Position Statement click here.


Andreas Glanznig, CEO Invasive Animals CRC

T: 02 6201 2887 E: andreas.glanznig@invasiveanimals.com

For more information about the Action Plan go to: www.nationalwilddogactionplan.org.au