AAHL scientist undertaking diagnostic testing during the 2007 equine influenza outbreak in Australia.
Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response
The Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Group delivers CSIRO's national responsibilities in the area of emergency terrestrial animal and fish diseases, including diseases of wildlife and zoonotic diseases.
23 October 2009 | Updated 14 October 2011
CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) plays a vital role in maintaining the health of Australia's livestock, aquaculture species and wildlife and ensuring the competitiveness of Australian agriculture and trade.
AAHL is a national centre of excellence in disease diagnosis, research and policy advice in animal health. It is a major facility of CSIRO Livestock Industries.
The purpose of the Diagnosis Surveillance and Response Group (DSR) is to deliver on AAHL's key national facility responsibilities to the Australian community:
The DSR Group also manages AAHL's World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) designations as Reference Laboratories for a number of major animal diseases and OIE Collaborating Centres for New and Emerging Diseases and for Laboratory Capacity Building.
Provision of advice
AAHL provides Australian government and industry groups with advice on exotic and emerging disease issues.
This expertise is also used to assist countries in the region to deal with animal disease issues contributing to regional food security and biosecurity.
CSIRO is protecting Australia's billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries from exotic disease threats including foot and mouth disease.
DSR staff are involved in several animal health development programs overseas, particularly in Southeast Asia.
This support not only reduces the disease risks to the countries themselves but also assists the preparedness of Australian biosecurity through better threat assessment and preparedness.
AAHL regularly participates in significant international and national networks including the Laboratories for Emergency Animal Disease Diagnosis and Response (LEADDR) initiative.
LEADDR aims to develop as a national coordinated network of laboratories to assist each other with large-scale testing during an EAD outbreak in Australia's livestock industry.
DSR staff are also actively involved in the National Animal Health Laboratory Strategy (NAHLS), the National Animal Health Surveillance Strategy (NAHSS), the Sub-committee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards (SCAHLS) and AusVet Plan.
Training and education
More than 400 veterinarians from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Timor-Leste have completed exotic disease training at AAHL. AAHL also has a strong student training program.
The science streams within this Theme include:
Learn more about Dr Peter Daniels: Theme Leader - Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response.