One Health

Our node provides a collaborative forum for research on zoonotic and other infectious diseases, their impacts on human and animal health and their social, ecological and environmental determinants

We bring together experts in veterinary epidemiology, public health, microbiology, social sciences, ecology and environmental sciences to:

  1. Conduct research on social and ecological determinants of zoonotic and other diseases
  2. Investigate drivers of emerging and AMR infections and their impact on humans, animals and food
  3. Develop measures for preventing and predicting emerging zoonoses and their impacts
  4. Advance surveillance and veterinary epidemiology training in Australia and globally

Veterinary epidemiology

Associate Professor Navneet Dhand is a leader in veterinary epidemiology and One Health initiatives at the University of Sydney.  He devotes his time to leading exciting global One Health initiatives, including development of veterinary epidemiology training programs as well as major collaborative animal and human health research projects in the Asia-Pacific region.  In 2019 he signed an agreement with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop technical guidelines for in-service applied veterinary epidemiology training, vital for diagnosing, preventing and controlling infectious diseases. The guidelines will enable the FAO member countries to establish new programs in epidemiology training and to strengthen the existing ones.

Human pathogen surveillance

Dr Michael Walsh is leading several research projects in India, incorporating the expertise and spheres of influence of state veterinary, forest management and human health services. This evidence-based work is advancing surveillance capabilities and training in South India, demonstrating the benefits of a One Health approach to prevention and control of zoonotic and vector-borne infectious diseases threats in high burden regions.

Professor Ruth Zadoks
Professor of Production Animal Health, School of Veterinary Science. She uses the tools of molecular epidemiology to understand sources and transmission routes of bacterial infections and antimicrobial resistance across host species, and a has strong record of developing disease control programs to support human, animal health and food security.