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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Capacity building for Indigenous animal management workers

Date posted: 23 June 2014

Last month, six Indigenous animal management workers (AMWs), trained by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC), from East Arnhem and Barkly travelled to Sydney to undertake additional training in humane and safe dog handling, provided probono by the International Dog Academy.

Training provided for the Indigenous AMWs aimed to ensure the maximum level of skill in regards to the safe handling of dogs for transport and around surgery, including skills to recognise and respond to dog behaviour. Although AMRRIC provides this training in the field, the International Dog Academy enabled AMWs to broaden their skills in the Academy’s specialist facilities and also gain recognised certified qualifications for future vocational development.

AMRRIC staff attended the training to give tailored guidance in the practical components of the course, contextualizing training material for the AMWs’ unique working environment. This first ever collaboration received positive responses from Indigenous AMWs. 'It was great see the dog body language demonstrated because we come across that every day at work. Those dog handling techniques are really good to know.' said Scott Spurling, animal management worker from Barkly.

Source: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities


Last updated: 23 June 2014
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