Speaking out at the Hendra vaccine inquiry hearings

21 July 2016

More than twenty veterinarians gave evidence earlier this month to the Queensland parliament’s inquiry into the Hendra virus vaccine.

Private practitioners told their personal experiences with the vaccine and the issues surrounding Hendra virus. Others gave evidence in their professional capacity representing their employers. The AVA was represented by Equine Veterinarians Australia members, Nathan Anthony and Peter Reid, along with AVA’s National Public Affairs Manager, Marcia Balzer.

Questions for the AVA and EVA included topics raised in other submissions such as the development of a so-called ‘stall-side test’, and how Work Health and Safety requirements have affected the veterinary profession.

At the start of the inquiry, AVA and EVA were invited to provide an initial briefing to the committee, along with Biosecurity Queensland and Work Health and Safety Queensland.

The inquiry received nearly 300 submissions, and you can read these along with the transcripts of the public hearings on the inquiry website. The inquiry is due to report to parliament by 22 August.

Read the AVA submission



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