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Members of the Wildlife Health Australia team (below) are located in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. Head office is based in Sydney, NSW.
Rupe is CEO of WHA. He is a member of the International Association for Public Participation, Governance Institute of Australia, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rupe is interested in Australia, people and how good decisions are made. View Rupe’s profile on LinkedIn.
Lisa is a communications professional who has worked in public and private practice, for NGOs, not-for-profits and state and federal governments. She has tertiary qualifications in professional communications and Australian history and politics. Her early work with the Australian Defence Force enabled public information activities to be supported from national and overseas deployments, United Nations missions and conflict zones. Her more recent work has highlighted the plight of threatened species in Australia and around the world, and engendered public understanding and support. Lisa has provided services to Wildlife Health Australia for several years, and was proud to join the team officially in August 2019.
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.
Silvia is a veterinarian from Brazil who has joined Wildlife Health Australia in the end of May 2016. After graduating, she has coordinated an array of database projects and has also a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following her interest in wildlife health and conservation, she concluded a Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management at The University of Sydney. Her research project was on coccidiosis in green turtles. Silvia has also consolidated risks and mitigation strategies of feeding wild birds in Australia, and she is thrilled to work in a multi-stakeholder environment that improves wildlife disease management.
Claire is a veterinarian who has recently joined Wildlife Health Australia on secondment in April 2022. She is a University of Sydney vet graduate and has also completed a Bachelor of Science and Master of Applied Science (Wildlife Health & Population Management). Claire began her wildlife career as part of local and international in-situ conservation programs and has spent the last 5 years in state government animal biosecurity with a focus on wildlife, surveillance and emergency response.