Given the proximity and recent spread of rabies in Indonesia, effective rabies surveillance in dogs is a priority in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Reporting of potential cases requires community engagement; therefore, the value and acceptability of the system is critical to ensure sustainable surveillance. We used qualitative research methods – semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis– to identify factors that influence the acceptability and value of community-based rabies surveillance. Common themes included the importance of verbal communication and the high value of dogs to community members. However, lack of veterinary services in these regions was identified as a major barrier to reporting of clinical signs in dogs. The findings from this study will be used to design sustainable rabies surveillance in northern Australia and PNG by utilising traditional communication channels and existing, valued, animal-management services. The methods and findings of this study complement previous quantitative research to target surveillance to high-risk areas within these regions.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance|
|Subtitle of host publication||Beyond animal health survelliance|
|Publisher||New Zealand Veterinary Association|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand|
Duration: 30 Apr 2017 → 04 May 2017
http://www.animalhealthsurveillance.org/sites/default/files/domain-56/ICAHS3_programme_FINAL.pdf (conference program)
http://www.sciquest.org.nz/elibrary/edition/7613 (conference proceedings)
|Conference||3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance|
|Abbreviated title||Beyond animal health surveillance|
|Period||30/04/17 → 04/05/17|
Brookes, V., Kennedy, E., Dhagapan, P., & Ward, M. (2017). ‘Pass on the message’: Qualitative research to design sustainable community-based surveillance for rabies in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Animal Health Surveillance: Beyond animal health survelliance (331 ed., pp. 81-83). New Zealand Veterinary Association.