Support for the Asian region

CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) supports Southeast Asian countries in their efforts to control and eradicate infectious animal diseases.

The Challenge

Diseases don’t respect borders

AAHL has an important role to play in the Asia Pacific region consistent with Australia's International Policy. In our role as an OIE Reference Laboratory and FAO Collaborating Center, AAHL provides diagnostic expertise and training to animal health laboratories across the region.

We help solve some of the most serious infectious disease challenges affecting the world

Our Response

Assisting our neighbours and enhancing pre-border security

Our support not only reduces disease risk to the countries themselves, but better threat assessment and management of the viruses circulating in our nearest neighbours also assists Australia’s own pre-border biosecurity.

Our many regional programs focus predominantly on high impact diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV), classical swine fever (CSF), rabies virus and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

This work enhances the region’s capacity for disease diagnosis and emergency outbreak response all within a framework of Australian standards of biosafety and bioseurity.

As the only high-containment animal health laboratory in the Asia-Pacific region, our expertise is also sought after to assist countries in a variety of other ways, including on matters of food security.

Case studies

  • Foot and mouth disease preparedness

    We're working to protect Australia and its neighbours from foot and mouth disease, one of the most serious biosecurity threats facing Australian agriculture.

  • Avian Influenza in Indonesia

    Our team at AAHL is helping track avian influenza in Indonesia using molecular mapping.

  • Aquatic animal health in Vietnam

    Our scientists at AAHL are working with a number of veterinary laboratories in Vietnam to protect and enhance aquatic animal health in the country.


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