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About NABSnet

NABSnet enables SDI Network members to share key resources and information

What is NABS?

NABS is the Northern Australia Biosecurity Surveillance Framework. It was established through the Developing Northern Australia and Agricultural Competitiveness White Papers in 2016 to build effective and sustainable surveillance systems for the priority diseases of plants, animals and fisheries.

Why did NABS start the SDI Network?

The SDI Network is a NABS initiative to help ensure the veterinary response to significant disease events of cattle is timely and effective. Reactive  surveillance (SDIs) are a cornerstone of onshore biosecurity.

How does it work?

The SDI Network has three components:

What are its objectives?

SDIs are the pathway to early detection of disease incursions, management of production issues in cattle herds and continued market access.

What is the 2019 target?

The target for the SDI Network (including private and government) is 85  high quality disease investigations in Northern Australia in 2019.

Who governs the SDI Network?

The NABS Animal Working Group has oversight of the SDI Network. The group is funded by the Commonwealth Government and has biosecurity representatives from each of the state governments in the north (WA, NT and Queensland) and Animal Health Australia.

The SDI Network

The SDI Network has a membership of about 50 private practitioners, state lab veterinary pathologists and government field officers. The network is helping build the processes and resources to underpin Significant Disease Investigations of cattle in Northern Australia.

Kevin BellNABS Vet
Cass WittwerNABS
Amanda DunnKatherine Vet
Anthony KettleDPIR (NT)
Bill TranterTableland Veterinary
Brendan BrieffiesClermont Veterinary
Bryce MooringBroome Cattle
Callan SolariTropical Vet
Dave ForshawDDLS WA (lab)
Dave MorrellBroome Cattle
Derek LunauDAF Qld (field)
Emma BarrettCoral Coast
Graham MackerethDPIRD WA (field)
Greg StorieBSL (lab)
Hamish BrettVictoria River Veterinary ServicesHoward
Ian BraithwaiteVeterinarianMt
Ian LangstaffAHA (NABS Working Group)
Jack DanielsDaniels Veterinary
Joanne ConnollyBOS Vet &
John HosieTableland Veterinary
Jonathon O'
Justin LittleNorth West Veterinary ClinicMt
Libby HarrimanGreat Artesian Vet
Lil StedmanDPIR
Lorna MelvilleDPIR NT (lab)
Marion SeymourDPIRD WA (NABS Working Group)
Max WoodClermont Veterinary
Megan PickeringDPIR NT (field)
Nina KungDAF Qld (NABS Working Group)
Peter LetchfordPastoral Vet
Peter LynchLivestock Veterinary
Peter NugrohoKatherine Vet
Peter TrembathKatherine Vet
Regan LynchGreat Artesian Veterinary
Richard KnightPort Hedland VetsPort
Richard SandersSanders Veterinary
Rupert TrembathWass Veterinary
Ryan CockremTableland Veterinary
Sarah SimpsonAnimal Health
Shane BesierDDLS WA (lab)
Shirley TurnerDAF Qld (lab)
Sue FitzpatrickDPIR NT (NABS Working Group)
Toby WassWass Veterinary
Trevor SmithNorthern Australia Veterinary
Zak O'BrienTableland Veterinary SurgeryCharters
Zane SquarciTropical Vet