The ‘Outbreak Decision Support Tools’ project builds on an existing computer simulation model (Australian Animal Disease Spread – AADIS). This project will enhance and use the AADIS model to better inform strategic decision-making around managing a foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) outbreak.
Researchers will work with government and industry stakeholders to design and test response strategies for FMD through simulations and interactive workshops.
The project aims to provide robust guidelines for responding to an FMD outbreak, including approaches to post-outbreak surveillance and management options for vaccinated animals, to support proof-of-freedom and a faster return to trade.
|Dr Tim Capon
|Dr Shuang Liu
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
|Tim Capon is an agricultural and natural resources economist with CSIRO Land and Water based in Canberra. Tim’s research interests include the application of insights from behavioural and experimental economics to help understand decision-making and market behaviour under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Recent applications include work on economic resilience, disaster mitigation, and the economics of plant and animal biosecurity.||Shuang Liu is a research scientist at the CSIRO, Australia’s science agency. She is an ecological economist with a general research interest in facilitating collective environmental decision-making under uncertainty. Her transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address policy-relevant issues at multiple scales. Shuang’s expertise includes risk assessment, impact evaluation, participatory decision-making, ecological economic modelling, and ecosystem services valuation.||Andrew’s current role involves leading and managing projects in animal disease surveillance and epidemiology. He worked in mixed-animal veterinary practice in Australia and the UK before completing an MSc in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College and then a PhD on the epidemiology of Hendra and Nipah viruses at the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine and specialist in Wildlife Population Health. He has published widely on the epidemiology and ecology of viral pathogens, is a member of the IUCN’s Wildlife Health Specialist Group, and editor for the journals EcoHealth and Epidemiology & Infection.|
University of Melbourne
|Dr Graeme Garner
CSIRO and FAO EuFMD Epidemiology/modelling
|Richard is a Research Fellow in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis. He is interested in computational modelling of the spread and control of emergency animal diseases. Richard collaborates with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, ANU, CSIRO and the EuFMD Commission within the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. Previously, he spent over 20 years as a software/firmware engineer on large mission/life critical projects in both Australia and North America.||Graeme Garner is a veterinary epidemiologist who recently retired from full time work after almost 30 years with the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Prior to his retirement he was a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Director of the Department’s Epidemiology and One Health Program. This role involved providing technical support to national disease surveillance and reporting programs, veterinary public health, wildlife disease issues, managing studies on endemic and foreign animal diseases, and providing technical advice to address regional, national and international animal health issues. He currently holds a position as visiting scientist with the CSIRO and is working under contract to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) at the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD). Research interests include simulation modelling of infectious diseases, analysis of disease information, and use of computer mapping and geographical information systems in epidemiological studies.|