AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) is a national not for profit organisation that uses a One Health approach to bring about integrated animal health, education and community development programs in Indigenous communities.
Our One Health approach recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing. By working with remote Indigenous communities to improve the health of their companion animals we are helping to create healthier, safer and happier communities.
AMRRIC variously delivers, facilitates, coordinates and supports culturally sensitive programs in Indigenous communities across Australia, collaborating with the communities to develop programs that meet their needs.
The immediate objective of our approach is to close the gap regarding the health, wellbeing and behaviour of companion animal populations in Indigenous communities. The longer term objectives of our model are sustainability and capacity building, so that ultimately communities can confidently and effectively manage their own companion animal populations.
AMRRIC seeks to base its policies and strategies on factual information, and recognises that ethical, culturally sensitive research can result in tangible benefits for both Indigenous communities and their companion animals. Additionally, AMRRIC recognises the capacity building benefits of the involvement of Indigenous people as full partners in research projects and strongly supports such collaborations.
Advocacy is an integral part of AMRRIC’s work in seeking to promote and facilitate the health and wellbeing of companion animals and the associated interests of Indigenous communities. AMRRIC constantly and consistently advocates for the legitimate needs and interests of community animals and their human companions at all levels of society, but particularly with national, state and local governments with regard to resource allocation.
Integrated Animal Health and Community Development programs.
Veterinary animal health programs which include parasite treatments, population control by de-sexing and the treatment of sick or injured animals.
Health and wellbeing focused education programs which are implemented in many community groups including schools, men’s groups and women’s groups.
Capacity building programs, such as the Animal Management Worker program which trains and mentors community members to facilitate and help deliver companion animal management in their communities.
Our programs are designed in collaboration with communities, with inbuilt monitoring and evaluation.
Community and stakeholders inform current program practice and future program design.
We employ current industry standards in our veterinary and education programs.
Our Best Practice Guidelines have been recognised by the Australian Federal Government.
We have strong relationships and engagement with Indigenous communities across Australia.
We have well established networks across Australia and internationally, encompassing veterinary, health, education and academic professionals and service providers.
Our relationships with all levels of government allow us to advocate for, and to assist with, improved animal management in Indigenous communities.
We have highly skilled staff and volunteers who are culturally aware and committed to reconciliation in their work.
All of our staff and volunteers are dedicated to improving animal health and wellbeing.
We have a highly committed voluntary Board of Management with a wide range of relevant experience to bring to the governance of the organisation.
AMRRIC's RAP is an action plan to create meaningful relationships and sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. AMRRIC recognises the importance of reconciliation to Australia’s future and works every day to implement the process of reconciliation.
Please see the AMRRIC Reconciliation Action Plan