Welcome to the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health

The Australian Registry of Wildlife Health is committed to the preservation of Australia’s biodiversity through increased understanding of the interaction among animals, the environment, and disease causing agents.

The Australian Registry of Wildlife Health improves Australia's ability to detect and diagnose endemic, emerging and exotic diseases of wildlife that could have negative impacts on Australia's trade/economy, biodiversity, tourism and human health. To report a notifiable wildlife disease or mass mortality event please call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or if you suspect that the event may be the result of pollution or intoxication please call the Environment Line on 131 555. If the event is suitable for the Registry’s involvement we will be contacted via the relevant agencies to investigate.

What we do

Diagnostic Pathology Services

For state conservation and welfare services, species recovery programs, researchers and wildlife rehabilitators.

Information and Advice

Regarding diseases affecting free-living and captive wildlife in Australia to support species conservation and research endeavours.

Provide Archival Materials

Archive materials and information on wildlife diseases for future reference and research.

Education and Workshops

Educate and train through externships, graduate student training, mentoring, and the organisation of wildlife pathology workshops.

Latest Articles

Project Profile: Amphibian Mortality Event

Since June 2021, the Registry has been receiving reports of mass mortalities in various frog species spanning across all of Australia, but most prominently QLD, NSW, and VIC. We’ve been working with the amazing team at the Australian Museum to get a handle on how big this event is and as of November 2021 we […]

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Project Profile: Lorikeet paralysis syndrome NSW & Qld

Lorikeet paralysis syndrome is a seasonal syndrome which has been occurring in eastern Australia for a number of years. This summer there has been a particularly high number of cases in northern NSW and southern Qld. The syndrome primarily affects rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) but has also been reported in scaly-breasted lorikeets (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus). Affected […]

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View useful contacts and links with organisations that may be able to assist with information or help with problem solving in wildlife management.

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