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Tuesday, May 24

16:00 ACST

Companion animal Staphylococcus: how is Australia faring with antimicrobial resistance?
Resistance to antimicrobial agents and biocides in Staphylococcus species causes increased morbidity and mortality in animals and humans but their prevalence in the Australian veterinary setting is unknown. Australia is in a unique position globally due to differences in regulation of antimicrobial agents so analysis of the Australian context is important. Our studies have characterised staphylococcal infections in Australian companion animals, with a focus on resistant infections. Sample populations included clinical isolates submitted to 1) Australian veterinary diagnostic laboratories during 2013, 2) Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Service, University of Sydney(USYD)(2010 onward); and 3) an historical freeze dried collection in USYD since 1956. Isolates characterised to date show low numbers of MRSA isolates, many of which were clones commonly identified in human health care associated MRSA infections. MRSP isolates were a more important cause of disease in dogs with many demonstrating multidrug resistance. Further work is examining biocide resistance (genetic and phenotypic) of isolates to inform infection control practices and resistance epidemiology.


Jacqui Norris

Associate Professor in Veterinary Microbiology, University of Sydney
Jacqui is a registered practicing veterinarian and veterinary microbiologist at University of Sydney. She is passionate about providing clinically relevant infectious disease courses for veterinary students, practitioners and breeders. She is heavily involved in developing the new... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre

16:30 ACST

Humans, cats, seagulls and carbapenemases: a microbiological enigma
Carbapenem resistance is a growing issue in human health and an emerging issue in Veterinary Medicine. This presentation will use a recent companion animal case study to illustrate the importance of a One Health approach to the emergence of multidrug-resistant superbugs in Australian animals.


Dr Darren Trott

Professor Darren Trott is a veterinarian and microbiologist with research interests including zoonotic, companion and production animal bacterial diseases, focusing on population genetics, molecular epidemiology, microbial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and development of new... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 16:30 - 17:00 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre

17:00 ACST

Global elimination of dog-mediated rabies - is the One-Health approach working and the role of NGO’s
The tripartite approach with WHO and OIE in collaboration with FAO and supported by Global Alliance for Rabies Control are on a mission to eliminate dog-mediated rabies globally. Workshops have been conducted involving human public health and animal health sectors to develop road maps to assist in achieving the elimination of rabies, a 100% preventable zoonotic disease which still causes tens of thousands of human deaths annually. Over the past year we have seen rabies outbreaks close to Australia in Bali and Malaysia, with governments still responding to control these outbreaks with mass culling of dogs. Vets Beyond Borders has successfully assisted in eliminating rabies from the state of Sikkim, in India, by having local champions and addressing key stakeholder needs. By assessing this state wide Animal Birth Control and Antirabies program and comparing this program with the response to the rabies outbreaks in Malaysia and Bali much can be learnt for rabies contingency planning.


Dr Andrea Britton

Dr Andrea Britton is an independent veterinary consultant who is passionate about animal welfare and public health. Her upbringing on a sheep/beef cattle property in the central west of NSW and studying public health in India lead to her taking up a Director role with Vets Beyond... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 17:00 - 17:30 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre

17:30 ACST

Camp dogs, communities and collaboration
Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are often a hive of activity with swarms of fly-in-fly-out service providers – including veterinarians – delivering a suite of essential services. Whilst these service providers all do important and essential work, from a One Health perspective, there is seldom collaboration both within and between disciplines. In achieving optimal health and wellbeing for people, animals and the environment, the benefits of a collaborative One Health approach have been well documented. In this presentation, AMRRIC makes a case for improved collaboration between service providers in rural and remote Indigenous communities, so that there can be improved benefits to the health and wellbeing of people, animals and their environment.

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Dr Bonny Cumming

Veterinarian and Project Coordinator, AMRRIC
AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) is a national not-for-profit charity that uses a One Health approach to coordinate integrated veterinary and education programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Our One Health approach recognises... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 17:30 - 18:00 ACST
Hall M Adelaide Convention Centre
Wednesday, May 25

14:30 ACST

Food security, emerging infectious disease and our increasingly small planet
Delivering sufficient, safe, ethical and nutritious food in a sustainable manner to meet the requirements of future generations is one of the world’s greatest challenges. Over the past 10,000 years, the growing human and companion animal population has been sustained through the domestication of plant and animal species for use as food sources and the industrialisation of agricultural systems, without taking natural capital into account. A review of this strategy suggests that our modern systems are not necessarily optimal and, in some instances, are undermining the long-term food security and health of people and the planet. Intensification of livestock production systems has steadily increased since the mid-1880s and now dominates our global livestock food systems. It has contributed to the emergence, spread and maintenance of new disease agents through shifting ecological immunology, and increased interaction and movement of both people and their livestock. Simultaneously the diets of people and animals have changed leading to the double burden of under and over nutrition in people and companion animals.

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Robyn Alders

Principal Research Fellow, University of Sydney
Robyn Alders is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Faculty of Veterinary Science within the University of Sydney. For over 20 years, she has worked closely with smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia as a veterinarian, researcher and colleague... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre
Thursday, May 26

08:00 ACST

Building One Health partnerships
One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. Collaboration or working together to achieve shared goals is essential to the concept of One Health. While there was a time when cross-sectoral collaboration was promoted primarily to address zoonoses (specifically highly pathogenic avian influenza), this presentation outlines how international regulations promoting agreed mechanisms for cross-sectoral collaboration now lend support to wider, practical applications of One Health.
FAO/OIE/WHO Guidelines outline a process to establish effective collaboration mechanisms based on recognised key supporting and operational elements which include; high-level commitment, common priorities, early involvement of all relevant partners, well defined roles, coordinated activity planning, routine communication, data sharing and joint training and exercises. This development of collaboration between government ministries is explored using country-specific examples. While appropriate mechanisms depend on country/cultural context, they are essential to sustainability of collaborative linkages beyond individual relationships
The importance of identifying shared goals and mutual benefits as well as addressing data confidentiality concerns are highlighted. You will be interested in this presentation if you are keen to share experiences and wish to see One Health embedded in your organisation’s culture


Dr Francette Geraghty-Dusan

Francette is an agricultural graduate and a veterinary epidemiologist. She feels privileged to have had an interesting and varied career spanning rural mixed-animal practice, urban small animal clinics, welfare work, work with the World Health Organisation in China, Laos and Fiji... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 08:00 - 08:30 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

08:30 ACST

Clinical One Health: A formal role for veterinarians in medicine?

Thursday May 26, 2016 08:30 - 09:00 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

09:00 ACST

Getting One Health to work: A public health perspective
Love it or hate it the One Health movement is gaining momentum and likely to be here to stay, for at least the remainder of my working life. There are a plethora of One Health courses and programs at universities around the world and the concept is even embedded as a core principle in future planning for veterinary education in the US. However, in the rush to embrace One Health have we lost some clarity about what it is we are pursuing and where it fits amongst other competing concepts? This presentation will provide a real-life example of how the principles of One Health have been applied to assist the development of a national strategy to control leptospirosis in Fiji. The successful process taken in Fiji has shaped our thinking on what One Health is and how to apply it in practice. It also clearly showed us the need to go beyond the traditional “Venn diagram” definition if we are going to get it beyond an academic exercise

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Simon Reid

University of Queensland
Associate Professor Simon Reid is a keen advocate of One Health, which is an emerging international field of research and practice integrating human, animal and ecosystem health to address health hazards at the human-animal-ecosystem interface. His formal training was in Veterinary... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 09:00 - 09:30 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

09:30 ACST

One Health - A medical perspective
In Queensland, the formation of the Queensland One Health Group (QOHG), including veterinarians, environmental officers, industry representatives and medical staff, has enhanced communication between disciplines and improved understanding between the specialties with the aim of early recognition of threats to health. Although One Health is not a new concept, it is not often considered in medical practice. Six interlinked cases of canine and human Brucella suis infection highlight the use of One Health principles in medical practice. Other examples of One Health in practice include the impact of the 2011 Queensland floods on health, recognition of the importance of vector distributions in Queensland and consideration of the environment in the transmission of multi-resistant organisms


Dr Kathryn Wilks

Dr Kathryn Wilks started her career as a Veterinary Science graduate with an interest in the concept of “One Health”. This interest led to her undertaking a project in the Kimberley region investigating the dynamics of dogs in Aboriginal communities and the effect of a canine... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 09:30 - 10:00 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

10:30 ACST

The centre for biosecurity (CEBRA) and animal disease risk
CEBRA began as a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the federal Department of Agriculture in 2006 to develop tools and techniques for biosecurity risk analysis. Initially, it functioned as a typical CoE, with marginal success. In 2009, the relationship was revised to better integrate with Departmental priorities. This move precipitated a range of new projects that have challenged the Centre's participants and generated novel and practical solutions to some long standing problems in biosecurity risk analysis. This presentation describes the developing relationship, outlines some technical developments that have useful applications in animal biosecurity, and finally, describes some of the things that statisticians, economists and botanists may contribute when working with animal biosecurity research specialists.


Professor Mark Burgman

Mark A. Burgman is Managing Director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conservation Biology. He works on ecological modelling, conservation... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 10:30 - 11:30 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

14:00 ACST

Why vets should be aware of Ebolaviruses
Over the past 18 months we have experience the largest recorded Ebola virus outbreak. The source of this virus in humans for this outbreak is thought to be bats, however domestic and wild animals have been associated with previous outbreaks of filoviruses. Pigs have been associated with Reston virus in the Philippines and hypothesised by several groups to be a potential source of Ebola virus in African outbreaks. Interestingly, although these viruses do not cause disease in pigs, infected animals shed virus from the respiratory tract and efficiently transmit the virus to other animals and potentially humans. Due to this it is important that veterinarians as well as doctors are aware of Ebolaviruses.

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Dr Glenn Marsh

Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
Dr Glenn Marsh is a senior research scientist at AAHL and Team leader for the Dangerous pathogens team. His major research interests are focused on the pathogenesis of emerging infectious disease threats including henipaviruses, ebolaviruses, coronaviruses and influenza virus. His... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 14:00 - 14:30 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

14:30 ACST

An update on Australia's veterinary emergency plan (AUSVETPLAN)
AUSVETPLAN – the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan – is a comprehensive series of manuals that sets out the various roles, responsibilities and policy guidelines for agencies and organisations involved in an emergency animal disease (EAD) response. AUSVETPLAN manuals are also used for training purposes and during exercises to ensure the plans will be effective and that personnel are trained in advance of an EAD outbreak
The availability of agreed AUSVETPLAN manuals ensures that informed decisions about the policies and procedures needed to manage an EAD incident in Australia are immediately at hand and there is no time lost in mounting the response.
Since 2002, Animal Health Australia (AHA) (http://www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/) has worked with Members to prepare and review AUSVETPLAN manuals and supporting documents to ensure their accuracy and currency.
The first AUSVETPLAN manuals were written in 1986 – 25 years on they remain world-class. Recent updates to AUSVETPLAN resources will be presented. These include the publication of new and revised manuals, as well as the development of MasterDocs (www.masterdocs.com.au) – an innovative online collaborative software that has brought significant improvements to the process of editing of AUSVETPLAN manuals.


Dr Francette Geraghty-Dusan

Francette is an agricultural graduate and a veterinary epidemiologist. She feels privileged to have had an interesting and varied career spanning rural mixed-animal practice, urban small animal clinics, welfare work, work with the World Health Organisation in China, Laos and Fiji... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 14:30 - 15:00 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

15:00 ACST

Longevity of immunity following Q fever vaccination
Over 300 vets (n=341) have participated in a longevity of immunity study. Serology was collected at national Veterinary conference and vet faculties at Sydney and Charles Sturt University. Demographic details, exposure history, vaccination status, and results of pre-vaccination screening (confirmed with the provider who administered the vaccine or via university health records) were collected for each individual enrolled in the study. Q fever serology was performed by the Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory, Victoria using standard immunofluorescence methods (phase 1 and 2 IgG, IgM) to measure a wider variety of antibody responses compared to CFT and allow correlation with accurate vaccine history. 208 vets reported a history of Q fever vaccine and most (87-90%) were seronegative to phase 1 IgG and IgM. Cell mediated immunity (CMI) results are pending. Despite negative serology it is expected that immunity to Q fever remains given the known effectiveness of Q fever vaccine and likely role of CMI in protection


Dr Nicholas Wood

Dr Nicholas Wood is a staff specialist paediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance. He leads an NHMRC project grant titled: Q fever: How common is it and how can we best prevent it? Research to inform vaccine... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 15:00 - 15:30 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre

15:30 ACST

MRSA in Australia in humans and animals
Antimicrobial resistance is a complex issue and the effect of MRSA in humans and animals is different in different species and countries. This presentation will help describe the issues associated with MRSA globally and particularly in Australia and discuss what we can do to limit the problem associated with this pathogen


Jane Heller

After graduation, Jane worked initially in small animal medicine in private practice, before undertaking an internship and then a Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Sydney, where she was ‘switched on’ to Veterinary Epidemiology. Jane then went to the University... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 15:30 - 16:00 ACST
Room L2 Adelaide Convention Centre