Animal Health Australia has been involved with a number of simulation exercises for Members, either through the Rapid Response Team (RRT) program (now the National Biosecurity Response Team) or as specially funded projects.
Previous exercises with Animal Health Australia involvement include:
- Exercise Fintan was a discussion exercise based on a fictional outbreak of viral ganglioneuritis in abalone in Tasmania. The exercise was held in Launceston with the support of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and industry.
- Exercise Athena was an international functional exercise held to test the International Animal Health Emergency Reserve (IAHER) agreement, which allows signatory countries to share government personnel in the event of an emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreak.
- Exercise Apollo was a functional exercise based on a fictional outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) in Western Australia. This was an extension of the same scenario used for Exercise Odysseus and Exercise Slapstick. The aim of the exercise was to assess the preparedness of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia’s preparedness to a major biosecurity incident.
- Exercise Slapstick was based on a fictional outbreak of FMD in Queensland, with the aim of practicing the application of FMD vaccination strategy, policy and procedures for a specific scenario in south east Queensland.
- Exercise Odysseus was a program of more than 40 activities conducted in 2014–15 by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, livestock and allied industries and AHA. The program assessed aspects of Australia’s preparedness to implement a national livestock standstill in response to an outbreak of FMD. The RRT participated in regional exercises held in Victoria, discussion exercises in Queensland, and in the Victorian state level exercise in Melbourne.
- Exercise Control Freak was a professional development activity aimed at enhancing the RRT members’ knowledge and application of contemporary control/coordination centre functions, using a workshop format based on a FMD scenario.
- Exercise Phantom Fox simulated a response to an outbreak of clinical bluetongue disease in South Australia.