As apart of the Australian Aid Agency (AusAid) Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF) program fourteen veterinarians from Indonesia are learning how to track and stop the spread of animal borne diseases in a three-week training program hosted by the University of Sydney. The aim if the program is to equip Indonesian veterinary epidemiologists with important skills to improve surveillance, detection and monitoring of animal borne diseases.
While in Australia, they will learn about the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in Camden before heading to Canberra to visit the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry. They will then travel to the Gold Coast for the Science Week conference of the Epidemiology Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and finally to Orange to be hosted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and trained in risk management in animal health. This training adds to our ability to identify disease and also to look at methods for managing animal disease. As an NGO working in this field, it is believed they can be the bridge between Government and the community by training people at home in Indonesia to learn these skills.
To learn more about this study, please view this link: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20090707/Vets-learn-how-to-track-disease.aspx
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