Effective surveillance is essential for early detection of new and exotic diseases, management of disease outbreaks and endemic disease control. Our researchers will address critical gaps in Australia’s surveillance capacity by providing disease control authorities with improved tools for better decision-making.
This program stream focuses on systematically capturing, organising and linking surveillance data from different sources, and developing new decision support tools and systems using spatial analysis and computer modelling.
Hernández-Jover M, Wu M, Schembri N, Holyoake PK and Toribio J-ALML (2008) Technical Note: Evaluation of the official identification system for pigs for sale in New South Wales. Journal of Animal Science 86: 472-475.
Mak D and Watkins RE (2008) Improving the accuracy of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal disease notification rates using data linkage. BMC Health Services Research 8:118
Martin PAJ (2008) Current value of historical and ongoing surveillance for disease freedom: Surveillance for bovine Johne’s disease in Western Australia. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 84: 291-309.
Map of the Australasian region
Van Hennekeler K, Skerratt L, Fitzpatrick L, Reid S, Bellis G and Jones R (2008) A comparison of trapping methods for Tabanidae (Diptera) in north Queensland, Australia. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 22: 26-31.
Dailey L, Watkins RE, Riley T and Plant AJ (2007) The potential of pre-diagnostic data sources for influenza surveillance. Australian Infection Control 12: 9-12.
Ritchie S, van den Hurk AF, Zborowski P, Kerlin TJ, Banks D, Walker JA, Lee JM, Montgomery BL, Smith GA, Pyke AT and Smith IL (2007) Operational trials of remote mosquito trap systems for Japanese Encephalitis virus surveillance in the Torres Strait, Australia. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases 7(4):497-506.
Schembri N, Sithole F, Toribio J-ALML, Hernández-Jover M and Holyoake PK (2007) Lifetime traceability of weaner pigs in concrete-based and deep-litter production systems in Australia. Journal of Animal Science 85: 3123-3130.
Schembri N, Toribio J-ALML, Sithole F and Holyoake PK (2007) Review of identification and traceability legislation for pigs in Australia. Australian Veterinary Journal 85: 255-60.
Watkins RE, Cooke FC, Donovan RJ, MacIntyre CR, Itzwerth R and Plant AJ (2007) Influenza pandemic preparedness: motivation for protection among small and medium businesses in Australia. BMC Public Health 7: 157.
Useful web sites
Veterinary Surveillance Strategy - UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2004) - World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)