Protecting Australia’s biosecurity

Animal Health Australia; Australian Government Department of Health

Biosecurity is about how we manage biological threats to our people, industries or environment. 

Biosecurity plays a critical role in reducing risk and ensuring that Australia is one of the few countries in the world to remain free from the world’s most severe pests and diseases. Biotext provides expert writing and editing for many of Australia’s key biosecurity guidelines and reports.

Since 1995, we have been the scientific editors for AUSVETPLAN – a series of more than 40 manuals outlining Australia’s emergency response plans for animal disease outbreaks – for Animal Health Australia.

We also worked on Australia’s national self-assessment report about our biosecurity. International Health Regulations (IHR) lay out the requirements for countries to achieve good biosecurity. Compliance with IHR is assessed by the United Nations through a comprehensive self-assessment across 19 core capacities, followed by external evaluation by international experts.

Because Australia’s self-assessment report was to be read by an international evaluation team, it needed to be clear, thorough and – above all – easy to read. Biotext worked with the Australian Government Department of Health to develop the report. We condensed diverse information from different government departments and authors about Australia’s health security and biosecurity into a logical and engaging structure.

Our role:

Writing and editing we review, write and edit content; check the literature; and liaise with authors; to create clear and comprehensive content for this important area of public health