Standardising koala disease research

Currently there is no agreed national process for a structured and systematic approach to koala disease research in Australia.

Project name Standardising koala disease research

Species name

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

Location

Sydney

Project description

Currently there is no agreed national process for a structured and systematic approach to koala disease research in Australia. Koala disease data are stored across a range of organisations in different formats and systems giving little visibility of what’s available. Additionally, curation of existing koala disease samples is not centralised nor coordinated. There is limited support for laboratory diagnostics of koala disease samples and limited consideration of disease studies in planning phases of field-based surveys.

Although SoS commissioned the Sydney University Koala Health Hub to develop recommendations to address these problems, more support is needed.

This project extends the existing investigation to build the initial framework and facilitate key stakeholder discussions to determine best practice methods and identify a process that works for everyone.

Partners

University of Sydney Koala Health Hub

Funds or contribution

$30,000 to build a research framework and facilitate stakeholder engagement

Desired outcomes

Agree a national process for a structured and systematic approach to koala disease research.