Meet the team

Associate Professor Andrew Peters

Project Lead

Andrew’s research background includes studies on wildlife disease as well as community participation in wildlife health.

He is particularly interested in translational research frameworks and the integration of sociological and anthropological knowledge into animal health problem solving.

He is an enthusiastic undergraduate teacher and science communicator.

Dr Nicola Wunderlich

Project Manager

Nicola began her career as a plant pathologist conducting laboratory and field based research but subsequently has focused on capacity building in crop protection and disease identification, consultation in capacity building projects, extending scientific outcomes to end-users, and searching for the best knowledge transfer pathways and tools to facilitate adoption to improve livelihoods and to minimise the spread and impact of disease.

She is particularly interested in innovative approaches to capacity building and knowledge transfer in complex settings.

Dr Victoria Brookes

Lead Content Developer

Victoria is a veterinary epidemiologist with research background in neglected and emerging infectious diseases, and transboundary disease spread.

Currently, she spends most of her time developing educational material focussing on animal health and epidemiology. She really enjoys integrating research output into a wide spectrum of learning environments, including primary schools, communities and post-graduate workshops.

Dr Tania Areori

Project Officer

Tania is from Papua New Guinea and has just completed a Veterinary Science degree at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

She has a background in wildlife conservation and biological research in Papua New Guinea, and has worked with local communities.

She is interested in contributing to local capacity building of the animal health workforce in the country, especially in response and preparedness against emerging infectious diseases. She is currently contributing to biosecurity and surveillance in PNG.

Steering committee

The PPTP is fortunate to have a steering committee composed of stakeholders from the

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
  • Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • World Organisation for Animal Health
  • Charles Sturt University

Co-investigators

Associate Professor Gaye Krebs

Co-Investigator

Dr. Gaye Krebs, who is an Associate Professor in animal metabolism and nutrition. When she completed her PhD, she was involved in lecturing and research at the University of Technology at Lae in Papua New Guinea. Her major research interests include the use of agro-industrial by-products as feed resources for livestock and non-invasive animal techniques to determine the nutritional status of grazing animals.

She says, "I have a particular interest in assisting the region in developing their para-veterinary workforce which will ultimately have a flow-on effect on animal health, production and welfare".

Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover

Co-Investigator

We would like to introduce Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover who is a Co-investigator with the Pacific Paravet Training Project. Marta has extensive experience in Epidemiology and Veterinary Public Health, and teaches epidemiology, public health and food safety to veterinary and animal science students.

Her main interests and current research focus on biosecurity in the livestock industries and epidemiology and risk analysis methods applied to infectious animal diseases and public health.

Marta says "Supporting capacity building in animal health in our neighbours is crucial for helping these countries being better prepared for managing outbreaks of significant diseases that could impact animal and public health and as such support peoples’ livelihoods. Better animal health management in these countries will also minimise the risk of introduction of exotic diseases into Australia"

Associate Professor Rob Woodgate

Co-Investigator

Associate Professor Rob Woodgate is a Co-investigator with the Paravet Training project. He is the current Head of the School for Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW.

His expertise include parasitology and production animal health and communications. He worked as a veterinarian, having more than 25 years' experience in livestock health, production and research involving production systems in different environments.

He has more than 20 years' experience in field and laboratory parasitology of livestock in several states across Australia, including considerable experience in the diagnosis and treatment of parasites of livestock and companion animals.

Rob also has extensive skills and experience facilitating communication and practice change at all levels of the livestock industries.

He says," I am very interested in contributing to strong and sustainable regional animal health and production, through helping local capacity building."

Dr Dave Hall

Co-Investigator

Dr. Dave Hall who is another Co-investigator with the Pacific Paravet Training project. Dave has worked as a Vet for 42 years in private, government and overseas capacities. For the past 30 years, he has operated a mixed practice in the Upper Murray region of NE Victoria and Southern Slopes of NSW. He has also provided veterinary service at Tennant Creek, in the NT, providing services in town, town camps, stations and remote communities of the Barkly Region.

He has spent years working with Timor-Lestes which has become his second home. He has been involved with implementing various small veterinary and village projects, collaborating with, and mentoring, the vets, paravets and Animal Health Diploma students.

He states that from his experience "Most agriculture and animal health development projects have failed, or had little impact at village household level."

He says, "I would like to see the Pacific Paravet Training project have lasting impact. Long term commitment and perseverance is critical. Some lateral thinking within the criteria of the PPT project will be necessary in the context of Timor-Leste."

Dr David Jenkins

Co-Investigator

Dr. David Jenkins, is a Co-investigator with the Pacific Paravet Training project. He is a parasitologist and is involved with the research of different parasite species in wildlife and livestock, in Australia.

His research also included zoonotic hook worm infections in humans in Java Indonesia and India. His main research is currently on the epidemiology and control of Echincoccus granulosus (the hydatid tapeworm) and other related taeniid cestodes in Australia and Kenya. In addition to his research, he has extensive teaching experience, and is currently teaching parasitology to animal and vet science students.

He says, "I have an interest in the parasitology of the region especially zoonoses. I also have an interest in disease transmission to Australia particularly via island hopping from PNG and Timor."

Dr Jane Heller

Co-Investigator

Associate Professor Jane Heller is involved with the Pacific Paravet Training project as a Co-investigator. She has vast experience in the field of veterinary epidemiology, veterinary public health, and years of teaching experience.

'I am motivated to be part of this project by the opportunity to contribute to development of capacity and response capabilities with respect to animal disease in the pacific and also to support the use of a One Health approach in doing so, which will ultimately support both animal and human health." said Dr. Heller.

Dr Marie Bhanugopan

Co-Investigator

Dr. Marie Bhanugopan who is a Co-investigator with the Pacific Paravet Training Project. Marie's first job as an academic started in Lae, PNG where she had the opportunity to live and work for 2.5 years. She has years of teaching experience and has been immensely involved in the development of veterinary teaching resources.

Marie says, "As an educator, transferring knowledge and building capacity in a region where I have lived and worked is what motivated her to be a part of the project.

Dr Michael Campbell

Co-Investigator

Dr Shubhagata Das

Co-Investigator

Shubho worked as a full time academic and pathologist at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Bangladesh, before starting his research career at CSU in 2014. His doctoral and postdoctoral research was focused on molecular virology and developing vaccine for Psittacine Beak and feather disease (PBFD), a key threatening process for the endangered and vulnerable avian species of Australia.

Shubho has comprehensive teaching and research experience in veterinary pathobiology and molecular virology.

He says, "The multidisciplinary nature of this project has intrigued me to be a part of this project and I am interested in the diversity and dynamics of animal pathogens in these geographically secluded island nations."

Professor Shane Raidal

Co-Investigator

Professor Shane Raidal. Shane first visited PNG in 2013 when conducting a "Wildlife Health training course" in Goroka.

He is an experienced Veterinary pathologist with years of research and extensive teaching experience.

Shane says " There is a great need in the pacific region to improve animal health and welfare as well as disease diagnosis and surveillance".

info@pptp.net.au

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The Pacific Paravet Training Project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security

The Pacific Paravet Training Project would like to acknowledge the input of all its Pacific partners contributing to the project outcomes

We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.