Virtual ADSW enhances value for network members

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A record number of Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) and National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostics Network (NPBDN) members registered to attend the Virtual ADSW 2024 that was held on Wednesday, 5 June 2024.

323 NPBDN and PSNAP members from across the Australasia-Pacific region registered to attend the two-and a-half-hour online event in what was a great opportunity for engaged surveillance and diagnostic professionals to present and discuss topical issues in the plant biosecurity space.

The members-only online event was delivered in two sessions, the first focusing on surveillance and the second on diagnostics. Highlights of the Virtual ADSW 2024 included:

  • the delivery of 11 presentations in the program by surveillance practitioners and diagnostics experts across Australia
  • three presentations delivered by invited speakers, including:
  • Jane Royer (DAFF) speaking about the “Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) initiatives and prioritization approaches”
  • Bill Crowe (DAFF) who addressed the topic of “Significant plant health border biosecurity detections”
  • Paul Campbell (QDAF) who provided an overview of the “Vegetable Industry Biosecurity and Business Continuity” project and its proposed activities
  • a record number of 323 registrations to attend Virtual ADSW 2024, with 232 people attending Session One and 209 people attending Session Two of the workshop.

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The Virtual ADSW 2024 was delivered by Plant Health Australia (PHA), with content and structure of the event led by the PSNWG and NIWG, and funded by DAFF as a part of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostics and Surveillance Professional Development and Protocols projects.