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Wildlife Health Australia staff at Head Office.
Rupe has been with Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) from its beginnings as the Australian Wildlife Health Network in 2002. His main activity involves supporting the WHA Management Committee, staff and a diversity of stakeholders in their efforts to further develop and improve Australia’s animal health system with an emphasis on improving Australia’s overall national surveillance capability to support the protection of the natural environment. The priority is for a good general wildlife health surveillance system that can be used to protect Australia's trade and animal health industries, human health, biodiversity and tourism. A second priority is in improving Australia’s emergency disease preparedness and response capability by focussing on any wildlife component. Rupe is interested in Australia, its systems and how they organise. His PhD was in elephant seal anaesthesia and he assited Larry Vogelnest in editing the Medicine of Australian Mammals. Rupe is a member of the International Association for Public Participation, Governance Institue of Australia and the Australian Institue of Company Directors. View Rupe’s profile on LinkedIn.
Andrea is a veterinarian who joined Wildlife Health Australia as a part time project officer in January 2016. After graduating from Sydney University, Andrea completed a veterinary residency at Melbourne Zoo, gaining a Masters in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Andrea has over 17 years experience working as a clinical vet in Australia’s major zoos, including Perth, Taronga and Melbourne Zoos and is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine of Australasian Wildlife. She has been involved in a wide variety of wildlife and conservation programs both within Australia and overseas, including in situ conservation programs for the endangered northern hairy nosed wombat, brush-tailed bettong, eastern barred bandicoot and African painted dog. Andrea recently lead a collaborative research project to investigate the potential role of disease in small mammal population declines in Northern Australia.