Checking the health of a kiwi
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Introduction

The National Wildlife Health Database is used to share wildlife disease testing results.

We also monitor the data to detect new diseases so we can take action to protect our wildlife if required.

Data is contributed by anyone who wants to provide disease testing results. Data can be accessed only by registered users who agree to the confidentiality terms of the database.

What's it for?

The Database is for storing and sharing wildlife disease testing results so that we can make disease testing easier, cheaper and better for everyone.

How will it help?

We want everyone to share information so we can reduce the amount of disease testing being done wherever possible.

For translocations, the database will provide all the information needed to do a risk assessment. This will make it easier to make decisions and in many cases this will lead to less disease testing for your next translocation!

The database gets the data out of people’s heads or filing cabinets and into an electronic form that can be easily shared.

We will also monitor the data to detect new diseases so we can take action to protect our wildlife if required.

National Wildlife Health Database brochure (PDF, 200K)

How do I contribute data?

It's easy to contribute to this project:

  • Use the Data submission form to tell us what the project was e.g. what species were tested and where they were from.
  • Fill in the Confidentiality Agreement.
  • Make copies of disease testing results from your files, attach the Data submission form and Confidentiality Agreement and send them to Kate McInnes at the address on the right of this page.

We'll use the project information to link to your testing results so we know the 'big picture' background to each result. We may come back and ask you some questions to make sure the database is accurate and has the correct background information.

Future test results

In the future, plan to send us the project details and test results as soon as you receive them.

This will keep the database up-to-date and stop the results getting lost.

You could even ask the lab to cc a copy via email to us.

What else can I do?

Tell everyone about this database. The more people who use it, the bigger the collection of data, and the more value we all get out of being a part of it.

Forms

What happens to my data?

Data (test results) are entered onto a DOC database administered at Auckland Zoo New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM). The test results are linked to the project that collected them.

We will create summaries for different species, e.g., disease results from all the hihi in the database. We will also summarise the results from locations, e.g., Tiritiri Matangi Island. These will be posted in the Reports section for easy access and use.

Who can use the data?

We protect your data through a confidentiality agreement. Anyone who wants access to the data has to be a registered user and sign the confidentiality agreement. Because this project is all about sharing, you won’t be consulted if they are just using the data to decide what tests they need to do.

You will be consulted if someone wants to use your data in research or in a publication. You can then discuss with the author how the collaboration might proceed (co-authorship or acknowledgements etc). You have the right to decline the use of your data.

This is all clearly set out in the Confidentiality Agreement.

How do I get access to the data?

Results summaries and other useful information will be posted in the reports section of this site.

You can request a specific search by contacting Kate McInnes. You must be a registered user to receive search results.

To register fill in the Confidentiality Agreement form (PDF, 95K) and send to:

Kate McInnes, DOC Veterinarian
Department of Conservation
PO Box 10420
Wellington 6143
kmcinnes@doc.govt.nz
+64 27 480 3365

Reports

View project information and data summary reports.

Acknowledgements

This database was developed by Paul Prosée for DOC. This project was made possible by financial assistance of the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme. The TFBIS Programme is funded by the government to help to achieve the goals of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, and is administered by DOC.

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