AB-CRC Biodiversity forum: program

Biosecurity CRC

9.30 am Session 1: Current biosecurity issues for Australia

Chair: Mal Nairn, Australian Biosecurity CRC

What are the current threats to us, our livestock industries and our native fauna? What are the lessons from recent outbreaks – equine influenza, Hendra virus and others?

The current threats to Australia’s livestock industries – foot and mouth disease and others.

What are the lessons from the equine influenza outbreak? The benefits of disease freedom (BSE and Japan)

Nigel Perkins, AusVet and Australian Biosecurity CRC
Emerging diseases: lessons from Hendra virus and other emerging disease threats… we were lucky with Hendra and Menangle given the damage that Nipah has wrought Ron Glanville, Biosecurity Queensland
How can we identify and deal with disease threats to native wildlife: chytrid fungus, cane toads, blind kangaroos, abalone, Tassie devils Karrie Rose, Taronga Conservation Society
The bugs within: the continuing threat of antimicrobial resistance; the role of health authorities; the role of livestock industries Peter Collignon, ANU and Canberra Hospital

10.15 am Session 2: Future threats to Australia

Chair: Warwick Anderson, National Health and Medical Research Council

What are the emerging threats to Australia: climate change, bioterrorism, and how do we balance trade with disease threats?

Climate change and risk to livestock health and trade including lessons from bluetongue in Europe Martyn Jeggo, Australian Animal Health Laboratory
Climate change and the increasing risks of insect-borne disease to humans (including Chickungunya). Moira McKinnon, Australian Biosecurity CRC
The nature of risk – balancing trade and threat Mark Burgman, Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis
Bioterrorism – the real threats Lyn Gilbert, Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead Hospital

11.30 am Biosecurity Risk Intelligence Scanning Committee (BRISC) launch

Stephen Prowse and Mal Nairn, Australian Biosecurity CRC

11.45 am Session 3: Pushing back the barriers – issues in our region and their potential impact on Australia

Chair: Peter Core, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

What are the issues in our region? How could they impact on Australia? And what can we do to reduce the risks and impact of disease in our region?

Quarantine and the likely threats, role of NAQS in pushing back the barrier Tom Aldred, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

NB. Andy Carroll, DAFF, stood in for Tom Aldred

Australia’s role in SE Asia in protecting livestock industries, improving living standards and reducing the risk for Australia, SEAFMD John Edwards, Murdoch University
The Coming Plague: emerging diseases in developing countries, what’s happening, why, and how do we prepare for the unknown Peter Daszak, Consortium for Conservation Medicine, USA
Human health issues in SE Asia Julie Hall, WHO

12.30 pm Closing comments

Stephen Prowse recaps the day
Mal Nairn outlines the plans for the next CRC.

Organised by

Stephen Prowse, CEO
Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging and Infectious Disease

Assisted by

Niall Byrne, Science in Public,