GBADs Australian Workshop

February 21st 2023, Professor Jonathan Rushton, University of Liverpool and GBADs director held meetings with GBADs Australian and Indonesian Partners at the CSIRO Black Mountain site, Canberra. On 22nd February a GBADs workshop was held with representatives of the Australian and New Zealand government and from the Australian private sector where information was shared on the progress of GBADs globally and with the Indonesian case study (supported by ACIAR). This was followed with a discussion on how to strengthen work on the burden of animal diseases in Australia building on existing data collection and analysis efforts, and how partnerships can be developed to create GBADs network with activities in the Asia and Pacific region. GBADs recognise and acknowledge the support of Mark Schipp (Australian CVO), Anna Okello (ACIAR), Andy Sheppard (CSIRO) and Mary van Endel (New Zealand CVO) in their roles to ensure the workshop was a success and for guiding the discussion how GBADs can strengthen activities in the region.

As we entered the second day, more of our partners and collaborators joined us at CSIRO and attended the workshop. The agenda points were as followed:

10:00 – 10:10

Overview of GBADs program objectives and approach 

Prof. Jonathan Rushton (GBADs director)

10:10 – 10:15

Objectives and agenda of the workshop

Dr Di Mayberry

10:15 – 10:30

Setting the context of the livestock sector – population and biomass and economic value

Dr Yin Li

10.30 -10.45

Setting the context of the livestock sector – economic value of the livestock and their output

Dr Peggy Schrobback


Gap due to disease and health problems – animal health loss envelope

Prof. Jonathan Rushton

11:00 -11:15

Disease burden attribution framework and preliminary results

Dr Mieghan Bruce

11:15 – 11:30

Using the farm-level burden estimates in economy and trade models

Professor Tom Marsh, Washington State University and Professor Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University USA (online)

12.00 – 12.15

Introduction to the Indonesia GBADs case study

Dr Di Mayberry and Prof. Indi Dharmayanti

12.15 – 12.30

Policy context

Dr Dom Smith

12.30 – 12.55

Discussion on:

·       Opportunities for an Australian cases

·       GBADs centre for Asia/Pacific region

Prof. Jonathan Rushton, Dr. Di Mayberry and Dr. Mieghan Bruce

A plan of action was agreed on developing a proposal on Australia based work that will be led by CSIRO. Further discussions will be held on how the Asia and Pacific activities can be strengthened.

Christine Middlemiss, UK CVO, quoted from The Australian Workshop “I think this is a fantastic and TBH a globally critical programme”

We would like to thank all organisations who were involved across the 2 day workshop. You can find a full list below:

  • University of Liverpool
  • Murdoch University
  • Griffith University
  • BRIN
  • PT Mitra Asia Lestari
  • DAFF
  • MPI
  • Melbourne University
  • Herd Health
  • Weaver Consulting International
  • AHA
  • MLA
  • Chatham House
  • Gemini R&D Services
  • DFAT
  • University of Sydney
  • Washington State University
  • Kanas State University

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