November a big month of meetings for AHA
29 Nov 2016
AHA hosted a number of meetings and events this month, from a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) workshop to the final Members’ Forum for 2016. Various government and industry Member representatives attended the events and participated in discussion on some important topics, including proposed movement controls for vaccinated animals in an FMD response and emerging animal disease strategies. However, it wasn’t all work and no play, with AHA staff and Members celebrating another successful year of collaboration at the Christmas function.
Below is a brief summary of each meeting:
FMD workshop – This workshop brought together four of the five research partners (CSIRO, Charles Sturt University, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Meat and Livestock Australia – Bureau of Meteorology were absent) and representatives of FMD-susceptible livestock industries, as part of a project under the Rural Research and Development for Profit program. The workshop aimed to inform the livestock industry representatives about the four subprojects of the research project, enable participants to discuss how livestock industry members and producers can participate in some aspects of the research and discuss how the research outcomes can make a real difference to livestock industries.
Industry Forum FMD meeting – Industry Forum members gathered to discuss the proposed movement controls for vaccinated animals if vaccination is used in the response to an outbreak of FMD in Australia. Australia had previously viewed vaccination for FMD as a measure of last resort but will now consider the potential role of vaccination as part of the response strategy. There was very constructive discussion that identified some key areas for further consideration before the proposed controls are finalised and incorporated into AUSVETPLAN.
Joint Industry Forum – Representatives of approximately 30 livestock and plant industries met for their annual forum to receive a briefing from the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity review team on progress of the review and future actions, discuss Property Identification Codes and the need for industry to be involved in further work as it is undertaken by governments and receive an update on the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework and the collaboration being undertaken by the research development corporations.
Members’ Forum – Representatives from AHA’s Member organisations gathered to discuss government emerging animal disease strategies, the National Animal Health and Biosecurity Review, Australian Pork Limited’s biosecurity initiatives, changes underway in the National Livestock Identification Scheme, Members’ survey results and AHA’s AOP 2017-18 development.
AHA would like to thank everyone who attended these meetings and looks forward to another year of collaborating with Members and stakeholders to strengthen Australia’s animal health system.