Emergency Animal Disease
Emergency animal disease (EAD) preparedness and response have been core activities for AHA since its inception in 1996, reflecting the importance of these activities to protect Australia’s animal health status.
AHA delivers strategic programs and projects to ensure that Australia is recognised by consumers and competitors as a world leader in EAD preparedness and response. Such programs and projects include:
- The Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA) is a unique contractual arrangement between Australia’s governments and industry groups to collectively reduce the risk of disease incursions, manage a response and provide adequate resourcing if an outbreak occurs.
- The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) outlines the nationally-agreed approach for the response to EAD incidents in Australia. The plan is captured in a series of manuals and supporting documents.
- EAD training is delivered regularly to government and livestock industry representatives on the National Management Group (NMG) and the Consultative Committee on Emergency Animal Diseases (CCEAD) to ensure that the relevant personnel are prepared to effectively play their nominated role/s during an EAD response. Industry liaison training is also delivered to livestock industry representatives.
- Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine management puts agreements and processes in place to ensure that Australia has access to FMD vaccines in the event of an outbreak.
- The FMD Ready Project aims to strengthen preparedness for an EAD outbreak, and facilitate an earlier return to trade for Australia following control of the EAD, using FMD as a model. This project will combine the expertise of research partners from several disciplines, working closely with animal industries to deliver approaches to enhance EAD preparedness and response in Australia.
- The anthrax vaccine bank provides a reservoir of vaccine for use locally and provides for a sudden increase in demand should a medium-to-large anthrax outbreak occur
- Biosecurity Emergency Response Training Australia (BERTA) is a nationally standardised training program aimed at ensuring all jurisdictions having common skillsets that allow their personnel to respond effectively to biosecurity incidents.
- The National Biosecurity Response Team (NBRT) is a group of government personnel with training and experience in responding to biosecurity incidents. Members of the NBRT may be deployed to assist jurisdictions during animal, plant, aquatic or environmental biosecurity incidents.