Managing the risk of a rabies incursion in Papua New Guinea and northern Australia: Phase 1 report

Michael P. Ward, Victoria Brookes

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report (non-public)


Canine-rabies continues to spread through the eastern Indonesian archipelago, most recently to the Tanimbar and Babar Islands (2010 and 2011 respectively) and Kisar Island (2013) in southern Maluku Province. Trade and cultural links provide an opportunity for the introduction of rabies into the Oceanic region. The current project aimed to investigate management of the risks of a rabies incursion in northern Australia and PNG.

The project comprised three sections:
1. Investigation of the value of dog-bite data for rabies surveillance (Part I).
(a) Summary of literature review: section 1.1.
(b) Summary of analysis of dog-bite data from northern Australia: section 2.4.
2. Risk assessment of the introduction of rabies into PNG (Part II).
(a) Summary of risk assessment findings: section 4.3.
3. Development of messages to enhance rabies surveillance and response strategies in northern Australia and PNG (Part III).
(a) Summary and list of messages: section 9.1.
Table 1 shows milestones associated with the project, and Table 2 shows original project requirements (activities) and modifications that were made throughout the project.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCamden, NSW
PublisherUniversity of Sydney
Commissioning bodyDepartment of Agriculture and Water Resources
Number of pages223
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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