Papa Pukatja Vet Program

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Veterinary services and education to reach remote Indigenous Community Pukatja

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How will the funding be spent?

Funding will pay for a much needed contracted veterinarian, veterinary equipment and patient medications. In addition it will allow for the provision of an Education Officer which will increase the uptake of veterinary services. This is essential given only short term chemical desexing has been offered to this community in the past. Expensive remote travel will be made possible as will some meal and travel support to hard working volunteers (veterinary nurse and data collection personnel).

How will the project be delivered?

In conjunction with Nganampa Health Council, AMRRIC will travel to remote Pukatja for one week to deliver an intensive surgical desexing and education service whilst conducting a much needed dog population census. An AMRRIC Education Officer will deliver the Be A Friend To Your Dog Program to school children and provide informal education to community members about the benefits of surgical desexing. Medicating dogs to treat problematic parasite infestations that impact people will also occur.

How many people will directly benefit from this project?

The population of Pukatja (close to 700 people).

How will you measure the impact of this project?

The following data will be collected:
Number of animals surgical desexed (Target: 60 dogs).
Number and type of veterinary services provided.
Number of community members engaged.
Number of students who participate in the Be A Friend To Your Dog School lessons.

Feedback from community members and partnering organisations such as Nganampa Health Council will provide a measure as to how well the project has been received. Anecdotal evidence will be collected and provided wherever possible. A survey to evaluate volunteer experience will also be conducted.

How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?

The project will BUILD health through the provision of veterinary surgical desexing services. It will GROW community resilience by delivering education that increases knowledge about how to care for dogs and understand behaviours to reduce biting incidents and in doing so will create a sense of BELONGing when community members can share common stories about caring for their dogs. CONNECTing with community members and service providers through active engagement is essential to success.

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Organisation details

Organisation Name

Nganampa Health Council

What does this organisation do?

AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) is a not-for-profit charity that uses a One Health approach to coordinate veterinary and education programs in Indigenous communities.

Our One Health approach recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and well being. By working with remote Indigenous communities to improve the health of their animals, we are helping to create healthier, safer and happier communities.


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Sue Roden

23 May 2017

All communities should have this service it is so essential so the health of the community and obviously the animals.

Helen Thomas

15 May 2017

A much needed project for the community. It will help improve the health and wellbeing of the whole community and not the least the dogs. They will have better, healthier lives and the community will be safer, (have sustained a dog bite whilst working in community). AMRIC do make a difference.

Deborah O'Neill

15 May 2017

AMRRIC not only improve the lives and health of animals, they improve the lives and the health of the whole community. I believe they are an essential service in remote communities for optimal health and wellbeing to all community members.

Sally Burton

15 May 2017

Please come to Puktja. AMRIC desexed 4 of the camp dogs I look after- I had to drive 3 hours each way to Mimili for this and take a days leave.
However my dogs who were extremely sick at the time with life threatening uterine infections are now happy well and not a risk to the community. Sick dogs can be aggressive to humans. The female dogs were also treated for transmissible cancers and -so far so good- seem to be completely cured. We have identified several dogs with this infection which is passed on when mating occurs. By encouraging community members to desex their dogs we can have fewer, but healthier happy dogs in community. Please please come to Pukatja. I will help in any way I can.

Meredith Clark

13 May 2017

This is a much needed program in this community. I spent a number of years living in Pukatja and sought help from AMRRIC to run a program in community however they were unable to due to lack of funds. The community would benefit from a desexing program and an education program to benefit the health of the dogs and community.

Linda Knill

13 May 2017

Good project for community and animals. Healthy outcomes, animals in better care and happier communities. Is it enough to have impact ongoing.