OIE Focal Point Activities
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwid. Australia’s OIE Focal Point for Wildlife sits within WHA and provides support to Australia's OIE Delegate on matters relating to wildlife. The OIE recognizes the threats to public, animal, and environmental health from wildlife diseases, and encourages all countries to increase capacity to conduct surveillance, early detection, and initiate appropriate responses to outbreaks and spread of diseases in wildlife. The OIE Working Group on Wildlife informs and advises the OIE on all health problems relating to wildlife animals. WHA also provides representation to the OIE WGW, Find out more about the OIE Wildlife Health Framework and activities globally and in the Asia and Pacific region.
WHA activities include recording and interpreting wildlife disease information from official and non-official sources into the national electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS). The information allows us to meet our responsibilities to report wildlife health information to the OIE. WHA provides a weekly digest of information to OIE Focal Points for Wildlife in our region.
We link with the National Animal Health Information Program (NAHIP) managed by Animal Health Australia (AHA) . WHA engages in regional and national wildlife health issues, and provides advice on wildlife issues to state, territory and Australian government agricultural, human health and environment agencies.
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