Animal Health Australia (AHA) works in consultation with its members to develop and maintain the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN).
Effective responses to emergency animal diseases (EADs) require planning at national, state/territory and district levels, as well as the involvement of animal health authorities, livestock and affiliated industries, organisations in affected communities, and emergency management organisations.
AUSVETPLAN documents the nationally-agreed roles, responsibilities, coordination arrangements, policies, strategies and procedures for the response to EAD incidents in Australia.
It has been developed and agreed upon by governments and relevant industries in non-outbreak times to ensure that a fast, efficient and effective EAD response can be implemented consistently across Australia with minimal delay.
The plan is documented in disease-specific response policies and strategies, operational, enterprise and management manuals. Additional supporting information is available through guidance and resource documents.
Why AUSVETPLAN is important
For each disease listed in the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA), a disease-specific response policy brief or strategy has been developed and agreed upon by governments and relevant industries. These contain the agreed policy (and supporting technical information) for the response to an incident of the disease in Australia and facilitate rapid responses to disease incidents.
The value of AUSVETPLAN was demonstrated by successful responses to, and eradication of, equine influenza following the outbreak in 2007; and, separate incidents of avian influenza in poultry in 2012 and 2013. Lessons learnt from the responses have since been incorporated into revised strategies for these diseases.
Chairperson, AUSVETPLAN Technical Review Group
Animal Health Australia
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