Lorraine was the Koala Care Community representative on the Koala Health Hub Advisory Committee during 2015. She served 15 terms as President of Friends of the Koala in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. She has been a great champion for koalas and Friends of the Koala and is in constant pursuit of ways to position the group to be a fighting force for koalas and their conservation.
CHEYNE FLANAGAN, KOALA PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA
Following decades of voluntary work in wildlife rehabilitation while working with cattle sheep and horses, Cheyne moved to full time wildlife work in the 90’s and has been employed by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for the last 18 years as the Clinical Director. Over that time Cheyne has provided us vital insights into koala care and rehabilitation, both as a collaborator in koala care projects and, more recently, as a member of our advisory committee.
VICKII LETT, WIRES
Vickii has been a member of the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) since 1987 and is currently the Koala Coordinator for the WIRES Large Mammal Team where she enjoys the opportunity to exchange information with carers, wildlife care groups and researchers. She completed koala care training with WIRES, Native Animal Trust, Friends of the Koala in Lismore, and more recently at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Vickii has had a longstanding career with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in Blue Mountains Region for 24 years and has also been involved in a number of bushcare groups, including Yellomundee Aboriginal Bush Care Group, Hawkesbury Rainforest Network, Meroo Reserve Bush Care, and Hawkesbury Environment Network.
DR TIGGY GRILLO, WILDLIFE HEALTH AUSTRALIA
Tiggy has been a member of the Koala Health Hub Advisory Committee since the inception of the Hub in 2014 and has been working for Wildlife Health Australia since May 2009. Tiggy obtained her veterinary degree in Glasgow, Scotland in 1999. She returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD in molecular parasitology in 2006. In 2006, Tiggy moved to Australia to work at the then new School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences where she lectured in parasitology and communication skills into the new veterinary course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Previously, Tiggy has been involved in population field surveys in the U.S.A. on raptors, compiling a sea turtle rehabilitation manual for the U.K., and reviewing sewage effects of harbour porpoise in Scotland. In 2016, Tiggy was the recipient of the Wildlife Diseases Association Australasian Section Barry Munday Award for her outstanding services to wildlife health in Australia. Tiggy is Australia’s World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Focal Point for Wildlife Health.