AMRRIC in partnership with the Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM) will hold our annual Conference in Alice Springs. AMRRIC and AIAM bring together an impressive line-up of animal health and environmental health experts to encourage further synergy across these often segregated fields. The conference is an opportunity for people working in the fields of animal management and education in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to come together at a national level to share their experiences, stimulate discussion, update research, and share hopes and plans for bettering outcomes for communities. It’s an opportunity to network, form partnerships and highlight the work of people new to the field.
All prices are quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD$) and include GST. Please contact On Q Conference Support if you have any problems with your registration via telephone: (02) 6288 3998.
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Session 1: Keynote Speaker
Session 2: Animal Health Promotion and Education in Indigenous Communities
9.45 am - One of the family, Norm Hewitt, NZ Public Speaker, Rugby star and Ambassador
10.15 am - Community Education in Remote Indigenous Communities: Promoting companion animal health and wellbeing in remote Indigenous communities, Dr Sophie Constable, Pritika Desai, Eileen Fletcher
10.35 am - Be a Friend to Your Dog School program - Introduction to the development and delivery of the school pack and a critical evaluation, Dr Sophie Constable, Eileen Fletcher, Dr Janice Lloyd
Session 3: Cross Cultural Animal Management Issues
11.20 am - Animal Management in Remote Indigenous Communities of QLD and the NT. A look at the differences and similarities between two models. What works and what doesn't work and what we can learn from both, John Skuja
11.40 am - Animal Health and Housing: An Integrated Indigenous Environmental Health Approach, Mr Frank O’Donahoo
12.00 pm - Observations of animal welfare and veterinary needs in the central Pacific nation of Kiribati, Dr Allison Crawley
12.20 pm - Exploring native and indigenous companion animals within traditional society and in early Euro - Australian settlements: a narrative and visual history, Ms Justine Philp
Stream 1 Veterinary Programs in remote and international communities - presentation plus open forum:
1.15 pm - A decade of the development of a Dog program in a remote Aboriginal community, Ms Gloria Morales & Di Bell
1.35 pm - Horse population control and Aboriginal communities, Dr Jude Mulholland
2.00 pm - Open Veterinary Forum Discussion ‘Remote Surgery’, Chair Jennie Churchill, Dr Stephen Cutter, Dr Bob Irving, Dr Judith Mulholland, Dr Ted Donelan, Canberra Vets
Stream 2 Animal Management Worker Forum and Workshops:
1.15 pm - By-Laws, trapping and behaviour, cheeky dogs and use of drugs, Willie Ase
1.35 pm - Impacts of feral cats on native wildlife and options for management, Graeme Gillespie
2.00 pm - AMRRIC Education resources workshop- Using and adapting resources to fit your community’, Dr Sophie Constable, Pritika Desai and Eileen Fletcher
Session 5: Research updates on dogs in remote communities
3.30 pm - Are dogs a source of streptococci in Aboriginal Australian communities? Ms Layla Schrieber
3.50 pm - Dog health for the human doctor visiting Aboriginal communities: A review of the literature, Dr Rosalie Schultz
4.15 pm - NAQS Animal Health surveillance in Remote Communities, Dr Joe Schmidt
8.45 am - Welcome/Opening - Dick murray, President AIAM
Alice Springs may be remote but it is accessible by daily flights from major cities, two services of the Ghan train each week and daily express coach services from Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane. Alice Springs Airport is located approximately 16km south of the Alice Springs town centre along the Stuart Highway, and is serviced by airport minibus, taxi and backpacker pick-up services.
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Thank you to David Darcy for the use of his Dingo at Uluru image.