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The Koala Health Hub (KHH) is an initiative of the University of Sydney to benefit koala welfare and conservation by connecting researchers across the country with people on the coalface of koala care and management. Through communication and collaboration, and provision of essential services and expertise, we aim to create an inclusive, diverse and innovative source of support for koala health management in Australia.

Koalas are part of Australia’s national identity, but koala numbers have been in severe decline for many years. Koalas are listed as “vulnerable” over most of their range, based on a dramatic decline in koala numbers over the past 5-10 years. The threat facing koala populations today is complex and based on numerous challenges including habitat loss, widespread and serious disease, urbanization, domestic dog attacks, motor vehicle collisions and climatic extremes.
Without assistance to overcome these issues the long-term outlook for koalas in Australia is bleak. Since 2014 the Koala Health Hub has been working to improve koala health thanks to the generous support of Koala Sanctuary (West Pennant Hills), Koala Conservation Australia (Port Macquarie Koala Hospital) and, most recently, Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service NSW (WIRES).
National Koala Disease Risk Assessment

The Koala Health Hub (in collaboration with Wildlife Health Australia and the IUCN) has recently completed a national Koala Disease Risk Assessment (KDRA). This is the first disease risk analysis to examine disease risk for an Australian wildlife speci … Continue reading National Koala Disease Risk Assessment

Vale Jo Griffith

It is with great sadness that we report that one of our alumni, Dr Jo Griffith, passed away this week from cancer. Jo completed her PhD in 2010 in the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney with Damien Higgins, Paul Canfield, Mark Krockenb … Continue reading Vale Jo Griffith


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