AMRRIC Program Management supports and organises veterinary programs in remote Indigenous communities. These programs improve health, safety and well-being in remote Indigenous communities by working from the ground up – empowering local communities through local employment, training and mentoring. AMRRIC assists veterinary programs to become sustainable through the development of trust and relationships.
"It is a great privilege to be able to work in remote Indigenous communities and a great joy to experience so many different communities in beautiful remote Australia." Dr Jan Allen AMRRIC Program Manager
Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation WA
AMRRIC has partnered with the Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation (Port Hedland WA) for the past seven years. The surgical desexing programs we facilitate complement the injectable programs the local environmental health workers are undertaking year round in the Pilbara. Fifteen AMRRIC volunteers travelled thousands of kilometres to enhance the outcomes of five weeks of programs in extremely remote areas of WA. These communities included Junjuwa, Darlgunya, Buruwa, Bungardi, Nullagine, Punmu, Jigalong, Warralong, Yandeyarra, Goodabinya, Irrungadji, Strelly and Tkalka Boorda.
Extending into the North West Kimberley to assist the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley and Nindilingarri Cultural Health Services, AMRRIC members delivered the first ever surgical desexing programs in these areas.
Kakadu Outstations – managing the Potential Invasive Species Overflow
Through a Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Grant 2013-2014, AMRRIC has again been funded to deliver animal management programs in the eight outstations of Kakadu National Park. The first visit in June 2014 involved the desexing of 76 animals, with enthusiastic support from four AMRRIC volunteers. AMRRIC worked in partnership with Warnbi Aboriginal Corporation, Gundjheimi Aboriginal Corporation, and Parks Australia. Visiting quoll researcher Jonathon Webb, seeing AMRRIC’s programs in action, was very complimentary of our efforts.
Following concern about the dog situation in Maningrida, AMRRIC funded a census and Ivermectin treatment visit to this West Arnhem Land community in November 2013. In the space of one week, Dr Ted Donelan and AMRRIC One Health Program Manager Dr Jan Allen, with the invaluable assistance of the local Indigenous Animal Management Worker Frank Cooper, recorded the skin and body score of the almost 800 canine inhabitants of Maningrida. Thanks to funding from NT Environmental Health and philanthropic and local support, a dog health program took place in June 2014.