Biosecurity, health, environment and science authorities have formed a cross-border alliance to fight Hendra virus.
In 2011, there was an unprecedented cluster of Hendra virus (HeV) infections in horses in multiple separate incidents in Queensland and New South Wales. To facilitate a coordinated response, biosecurity, health, environment and science authorities formed a cross-border alliance to fight HeV.
On 10 July 2011, the Queensland and New South Wales premiers initiated the Intergovernmental Hendra Virus Taskforce. The Taskforce was soon expanded to include representatives from Victoria and the Australian Government.
The taskforce shared information and discussed the issues arising from the HeV incidents to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach in responding to the disease.
Representatives on the taskforce included the respective heads of biosecurity agencies in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Government, chief veterinary officers, chief health officers, chief scientists and senior environmental representatives from Queensland and New South Wales, as well as the Australian Chief Veterinary Officer and head of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory CSIRO.
Working together, the taskforce identified areas for further collaboration and undertook longer-term planning for managing the disease and its impacts.
With the establishment of the $9 million National Hendra Virus Research Program, the taskforce led identification of priority areas of HeV research.
See the links below for more information about the taskforce: