AHA consultative meetings
A series of consultative meetings in Sydney on 14 and 15 September provided an opportunity for members of Animal Health Australia to raise issues of common interest and discuss these with the AHA Board. These six-monthly forums are the pillars of a well-established communications process with our government and industry members – of crucial importance in the company’s business processes.
The Industry Forum, comprising all AHA industry members, met over two days and heard from speakers representing Animal Welfare Committee, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and Animal Health Committee as well as several AHA managers.
A special session also covered AHA’s upcoming National Biosecurity Forum (11October). AHA CEO Dr Mike Bond gave a presentation on the future management and resourcing of national biosecurity activities. He suggested that a fresh approach is needed, to ensure that Australia’s biosecurity needs can be met – with particular emphasis on maintaining market access and our ability to deal with animal disease emergencies.
Dr Bond encouraged Industry Forum members to bring a united vision to the National Biosecurity Forum, and as a next step the executive will develop a presentation to be given at the forum covering key issues of significance to industry.
In addition to the upcoming National Biosecurity Forum, a key agenda item for this group was progress of the government assessment of current capabilities in EAD preparedness and surveillance. Government members are seeking to evolve the current self-assessment tool into a simpler evaluation of these capabilities. AHA has agreed to develop a discussion paper to present options for a new evaluation system.
The Members’ Forum comprises all AHA members and facilitates general discussion about company business and any issues raised in the separate government and industry forums. As with the separate forums, the October National Biosecurity Forum was a large focus for this meeting.