In February 2015, the KHH hosted a stakeholder workshop of 40 attendees from key koala care groups, universities, state and local government bodies and non-government organisations. The workshop identified key issues for the management of hospitalised, captive and free-ranging koalas including; evidence base for koala care and management, risk assessment for re-release, further facilitation of research through optimal communication and standardization of sampling and secure storage. The outcomes of the workshop were instrumental in forming our strategic plan.
Our second, larger, national workshop in 2016 was focused on the issue of koala release and translocation, which is becoming a topical but complex aspect of management of koalas as habitats are increasingly threatened and fragmented. The workshop highlighted the diverse range of issues facing koalas and their managers nationally, as well as the diversity of approaches being taken. The unique opportunity to bring together koala care groups, researchers, NGOs, the zoo community and representatives from local and state governments across Australia sparked new collaborations, and paved the way for coordinated input of collective expertise to state and federal koala management plans and policy.