Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities, or AMRRIC, has received a prestigious award for managing companion animal health in Indigenous communities.
“We are a partnership organisation and we’re proud to share this recognition with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their people, and with our other program partners,” said Dr. Brooke Rankmore, the CEO of AMRRIC, an NT-based not-for-profit organisation.
“This award is also a testament to our dedicated staff, volunteers and veterinary program partners, who travel to some of the most remote corners of Australia, working in what are sometimes very challenging conditions,” added Dr. Rankmore.
AMRRIC received the honour on 12 September at the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards ceremony held at the Gold Coast in Queensland. The awards attracted more than 1,000 entries—twice as many as the previous year.
AMRRIC’s award was in the Innovation in Rescue category, identifying their One Health program model which recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing. In the area of rescue and re-homing, AMRRIC works to stem the flow of unwanted animals through increased desexing. The key elements of AMRRIC’s One Health program include:
- Facilitation and access to veterinary services
- Building local knowledge and capacity in communities
- Providing strategic planning and support
- Advocacy and promotion of community driven change
In 2018–19, AMRRIC desexed 2,840 dogs and 203 cats through its veterinary programs. School programs were delivered to 667 students, and 4,299 community members were engaged in door-to-door and community event education.
AMRRIC is a key knowledge broker for local government and municipal service providers, including facilitating on-ground veterinary services, enhancing programs through increased capacity, and the delivery of educational programs. AMRRIC creates tools which support communities and councils to monitor and evaluate animal management programs, such as the AMRRIC App and data analysis services, assisting with strategic planning and support services.
AMRRIC is proudly supported by the Australian Government. AMRRIC is also grateful for the many years of support from its dedicated members, donors and project partners.
The Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards 2019 acknowledges the efforts of those who give tirelessly of their time to rescue groups and animal shelters. Values include compassion for animals and their guardians, commitment, dedication, caring, respect, innovation, and integrity.
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