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This section provides recent references compiled from our bibliographic database about animal management relating to Indigenous environmental health. This information is of particular relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners. References include journal articles, reports, theses and other literature. To access our complete database please use our bibliography.


Bombara C, Dürr S, Gongora J, Ward MP (2017)

Roaming of dogs in remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia and potential interaction between community and wild dogs.

Australian Veterinary Journal; 95(6): 182-188

Hudson EG, Brookes VJ, Dürr S, Ward MP (2017)

Domestic dog roaming patterns in remote northern Australian indigenous communities and implications for disease modelling.

Preventive Veterinary Medicine; 146(2017): 52-60

Molloy S, Burleigh A, Dürr S, Ward MP (2017)

Roaming behaviour of dogs in four remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, Australia: preliminary investigations.

Australian Veterinary Journal; 95(3): 55-63

Shapiro AJ, Brown G, Norris JM, Bosward KL, Marriot DJ, Balakrishnan N, Breitschwerdt EB, Malik R (2017)

Vector-borne and zoonotic diseases of dogs in North-west New South Wales and the Northern Territory, Australia.

BMC Veterinary Research; 13: 238

Retrieved 15 August 2017 from

Smout F, Schrieber L, Speare R, Skerratt LF (2017)

More bark than bite: comparative studies are needed to determine the importance of canine zoonoses in Aboriginal communities. A critical review of published research.

Zoonoses and Public Health; 64(7): 495-504

Smout FA, Skerratt LF, Butler JRA, Johnson CN, Congdon BC, Thompson RCA (2017)

The hookworm Ancylostoma ceylanicum: an emerging public health risk in Australian tropical rainforests and Indigenous communities.

One Health; 3: 66-69

Western Australian Department of Public Health (2017)

Aboriginal environmental health newsletter - Campfire.

Retrieved 2016 from

Campfire is an electronic newsletter produced by the Environmental Health Directorate of Western Australia (WA).

It showcases showcase the achievements and activities of Aboriginal environmental health practitioners and their colleagues in WA. Newsletter topics from previous editions include:

  • water management
  • trachoma education and training 
  • dog health training
  • community programs
  • training opportunities.

The Directorate invites submissions of articles for Campfire via the contacts below.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Hampton JO, Jones B, Perry AL, Miller CJ, Hart Q (2016)

Integrating animal welfare into wild herbivore management: lessons from the Australian Feral Camel Management Project.

Rangeland Journal; Online Early( 1-9

Hart Q, Edwards G (2016)

Outcomes of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project and the future of feral camel management in Australia.

Rangeland Journal; Online Early( 1-6

Hudson EG, Dhand N, Dürr S, Ward MP (2016)

A survey of dog owners in remote northern Australian Indigenous communities to inform rabies incursion planning.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 10(4): e0004649

Retrieved 26 April 2016 from

Lynar S, Baird R, Marr I, Boutlis C (2016)

Imported Zika virus infection in a woman returning from Fiji.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 23(2): 8-12

Melody SM, Bennett E, Clifford HD, Johnston FH, Shepherd CCJ, Alach Z, Lester M, Wood LJ, Franklin P, Zosky GR (2016)

A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

International Journal of Environmental Health Research; Latest articles( 1-12

Sly JL, Moore SE, Gore F, Brune MN, Neira M, Jagals P, Sly PD (2016)

Children's environmental health indicators in Australia.

Annals of Global Health; 82(1): 156-168


Burleigh A, McMahon S, Kiely S (2015)

Owned dog and cat populations in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory: a retrospective study.

Australian Veterinary Journal; 93(5): 145-150

McMullen C, Eastwood A, Ward J (2015)

Environmental attributable fractions in remote Australia: the potential of a new approach for local public health action.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; Early view(


Animal Management Worker Program: lessons and stories from animal management workers across the NT (2014)

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Asher AJ, Holt DC, Andrews RM, Power ML (2014)

Distribution of Giardia duodenalis assemblages A and B among children living in a remote Indigenous community of the Northern Territory, Australia.

PLOS ONE; 9(11): e112058

Durr S, Ward MP (2014)

Roaming behaviour and home range estimation of domestic dogs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern Australia using four different methods.

Preventive Veterinary Medicine; 117(2): 340–357

National Wild Dog Action Plan Development Project Steering Committee (2014)

National wild dog action plan.

Canberra: WoolProducers Australia

Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (2014)

The West Australian Indigenous storybook : celebrating and sharing good news stories: the Kimberley edition.

5th ed. Perth, WA: Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA

This is the fifth edition of the West Australian Indigenous storybook, showcasing the achievements of Indigenous communities and people across Western Australia (WA). These stories are from the Kimberley region of WA. This edition features stories that describe eco-tourism and cultural tours, media facilities, environmental stewardship, healthy communities and social programs. The storybook aims to:

  • Provide skills to Indigenous professionals across WA through the facilitation of writing workshops and by providing the opportunity to match Indigenous storytellers with local mentors who can provide further guidance in writing individual stories.
  • Embrace a holistic view of health. Stories are drawn from the health sector but also from many sectors outside of health - such as education, employment, housing, environment, transport, animal management, sport and recreation, alcohol and drugs and many others.
  • Showcase community based programs that could be replicated in other communities to improve or influence the many social determinants of health. Many stories highlight that local solutions are often the most effective.

The book features 14 stories, all of which focus on individuals or programs. They outline how these people and projects are making a difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people in Indigenous communities.

Abstract adapted from Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia

Regina Hill Effective Consulting (2014)

Animal Management Worker Program evaluation.

Darwin: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Schrieber L, Towers R, Muscatello G, Speare R (2014)

Transmission of streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis between child and dog in an Aboriginal Australian community.

Zoonoses and Public Health; 61(2): 145–148

Thompson K, Every D, Rainbird S, Cornell V, Smith B, Trigg J (2014)

No pet or their person left behind: increasing the disaster resilience of vulnerable groups through animal attachment, activities and networks.

Animals; 4(2): 214-240


Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (2013)

AMRRIC annual report 2012 - 2013.

Darwin: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Living with dogs in remote communities - how to stay safe and get your job done: an information sheet for community workers (2013)

Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

This fact sheet, produced by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities, discusses how to recognise dog behaviours and dangerous situations.

Based on extensive work with dogs in remote communities, the resource also provides advice on ways to deal with aggressive dogs, and reduce the risk of being attacked.

The resource covers content such as

  • understanding the dog's perspective
  • identifying a dogs temperaments through behaviour
  • assertive/dominant behaviour
  • submissive behaviour
  • speaking in dog
  • rules of engagement.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Beebe NW, Ambrose L, Hill LA, Davis JB, Hapgood G, Cooper RD, Russell RC, Ritchie SC, Reimer LJ, Lobo NF, Syafruddin D, van den Hurk AF (2013)

Tracing the tiger: population genetics provides valuable insights into the aedes (stegomyia) albopictus invasion of the Australasian region.

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 7(8): e2361

Retrieved 8 August 2013 from

Constable SE, Dixon RM, Dixon RJ (2013)

Education resources in remote Australian Indigenous community dog health programs: a comparison of community and extra-community-produced resources.

Health Promotion International; 28(3): 333-344

Constable SE, Dixon RM, Dixon RJ, Toribio JA (2013)

Approaches to dog health education programs in Australian rural and remote Indigenous communities: four case studies.

Health Promotion International; 28(3): 322-332

Gough N, Oates S, Grillet S, Pholeros P (2013)

Infectious disease management for Aboriginal children of Far West NSW.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 24(2): 95

Knope K, Whelan P, Smith D, Nicholson J, Moran R, Doggett S, Sly A, Hobby M, Kurucz N, Wright P (2013)

Arboviral diseases and malaria in Australia, 2010-11: annual report of the National Arbovirus and Malaria Advisory Committee.

Communicable Diseases Intelligence; 37(1): E1-E20

Schrieber L (2013)

Are dogs a source of streptococci in Aboriginal Australian communities?.

: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities


Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (2012)

AMRRIC annual report 2011 - 2012.

Darwin: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities

Constable SE (2012)

Knowledge-sharing education and training to enhance dog health initiatives in remote and rural indigenous communities in Australia.

Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Sydney: Sydney

Whelan P, Pettit W, Krause V (2012)

Dengue mosquito incursion into Tennant Creek 2011.

Northern Territory Disease Control Bulletin; 19(1): 16-21

Last updated: 16 November 2017
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