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The One Health SIG aims to support policy and strategy development and implementation leading to an increased use of one health approach wherever possible by those providing services and support to the environment, animal and human health sectors.

One Health has been defined as 'the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines' working locally, nationally and globally 'to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment' (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2008).

The One Health movement has had a focus on infectious diseases and particularly on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. About 75% of emerging infectious diseases arise in animals, including wildlife. Understanding and responding to these diseases requires contributions from the medical profession, from animal health experts, from wildlife specialists and ecologists, and from environmentalists, economists and social scientists. The One Health approach is also applicable to non-infectious diseases and in addressing broader issues such as food safety and food security. Using a One Health approach is relevant to research, to operational activities (such as prevention, preparedness and response), and to policy development.

The One Health SIG aims to:
  • Increase awareness and understanding of One Health concepts across Australia;
  • Incorporate awareness of One Health approaches in undergraduate and post graduate education in a wide range of relevant disciplines at tertiary institutions

One Health SIG Committee:

Co-Convenor: Dr Andrea Britton

Committee: Peter Black, Sandra Steele, Bonny Cumming, Cecilia Li, Ximena Tolosa, Simon Reid, Babatunde Balogun

Interested in getting involved? Become a member and start contributing to policies and position papers, participate in advocacy activities, attend an event and share ideas or network on the discussion forum.

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Presentation - Peter Daszak (President, EcoHealth Alliance, October 2020) The science and politics of predicting and preventing the next Disease X