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It’s time to start planning how your team can get involved in this year’s event, with key messages around accountability, self-management, education and utilisation of skills, advocacy of self and profession and goal setting.
The AVA is contributing to the Animal Health Committee taskforce which is reviewing the National framework for the engagement of private veterinarians during an emergency animal disease response. We will continue to advocate for education fee relief and engage with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to enhance veterinarian attraction and retention strategies. 
As we face another potentially severe bushfire season, consider registering to be part of an effective, coordinated veterinary response in the event of a natural disaster.
You don’t have to be an expert to reach out and support someone who is struggling with their mental health. Starting a conversation can be challenging but there are many practical tips and resources available to help. Read more about what you can do.
Comprehensive resources are now available for those impacted by incivility in the workplace – whether it occurs during interactions with clients, co-workers or senior colleagues.
Whether it’s a regular occurrence or you’re just experiencing a particularly busy period, stress from overwork can have significant short- and long-term consequences. Making decisions, controlling anger and getting enough sleep can be real challenges, whilst physically we are more susceptible to colds and flu and even heart disease.
Public consultation is being sought by the TGA on the rescheduling of Meloxicam and animal blood products, with individual feedback required by 29th September 2023. The AVA is considering a brief submission.
Dr Jocelyn Birch Baker won the Veterinary Business Group’s (VBG) Veterinary Business Thought Leader award last year. Ahead of the VBG Summit next week, she talks about the impact of receiving the award, addressing the veterinary workforce shortage and how to run a sustainable practice.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (ACCI) Annual WHS Business Survey will be open until Wednesday 27th September. Take part to ensure veterinary businesses are taken into account.
The AVA took part in the public hearings for the NSW parliamentary committee inquiry into and report on the veterinary workforce shortage in NSW held on 29 and 30 August 2023. Read our overview of the key themes discussed during the hearings.
The SA Government is working on new biosecurity legislation in South Australia and has released a draft bill for consultation.

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