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AMRRIC supports and partners with researchers working in the fields of animal and human health

AMRRIC recognises that ethical, culturally sensitive research can result in significant and tangible benefits for both Indigenous communities and their companion animals. Additionally, AMRRIC recognises the benefits of the involvement of Indigenous people as full partners in research projects. Such collaboration builds capacity both within communities and of Indigenous researchers, institutions and organisations, and is a model that AMRRIC strongly supports.

In its work, AMRRIC seeks to base its policies and strategies on factual information and ethical research findings. AMRRIC is therefore interested in engaging with Indigenous communities and researchers to assist in the development and implementation of projects that align with AMRRIC’s strategy and objectives. As Australia’s only independent organisation focusing on all areas of companion animal management in rural and remote Indigenous communities, AMRRIC is in a unique position to facilitate effective and appropriate research collaborations.

Download the AMRRIC Research Policy (PDF, 395kb) 

Current projects include:

  • AMRRIC was a partner in the University of Sydney Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (ARC) project “Healthy Dogs, Healthy Communities”, chaired by the late Professor Robert Dixon. The program is completed and the research currently being collated.
  • Australian researcher Dr Elizabeth Murchison, of the Cancer Genome Project, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, is working on the genome of the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour. The only other transmissible tumour in existence is the Canin Transmissible Venereal Tumour, common in dogs inremote communities, and Dr Murchison is working with AMRRIC to access samples of the dog tumour in the field.
  • AMRRIC is linked to research projects at the Menzies School of Health Research, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide and Adelaide Zoo, University of New England and James Cook University.
  • Initial meetings have been held with Charles Darwin University postgraduate students regarding studies on the links between human and dog health.
  • Flinders University medical students are currently developing areas of focus for a clinical audit project that would align with AMRRIC objectives.

AMRRIC Research Priorities

  • Links between animal, human and environmental health, including best-practice management of interdependent animal and human health and welfare issues promoting trans-disciplinary approaches.
  • Animal health and welfare education priorities
  • Animal behaviour and community safety
  • Capacity building in regards to One Health knowledge
  • Links between animal abuse and human abuse
  • Program evaluation and policy development and analysis

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