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Animal management worker program



The Animal management worker program (AMW) gives local Aboriginal people in three shires of the Northern Territory - East Arnhem, West Arnhem, MacDonnell and Tiwi Islands, the skills and knowledge to deal with the issues that arise from dog management in remote Indigenous communities.

The Northern Territory Aboriginal benefit account provided $2.89 million in funding for the project which is managed by Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC). The project will run for three years and assist in the creation of 14 positions for Aboriginal animal management (AMW) or environmental health workers. AMRRIC will give training and support to the AMWs over the three years of the project and is working to have the positions created on a permanent basis across the Northern Territory.

The AMW project aims to shift responsibility and capability back into the hands of the local community. Indigenous AMW's will play an important role in communicating the benefits of desexing and encouraging participation in the dog health program to community members.

Abstract adapted from Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC)


Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC)
PO Box 1464
Nightcliff NT 0814
Ph: (08) 8948 1768
Fax: (08) 8948 1768
Mobile: 0428 485 436


Last updated: 5 September 2014
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