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21 October 2013

WA Mosquito Management Course 2013

The Department of Health is holding the biennial Mosquito Management Course in Mandurah this week.

Department of Health Medical Entomologist, Dr Peter Neville said "This is a highly regarded week-long, live-in course, and is currently the only mosquito management training available in Western Australia".

The course includes theoretical and practical components, and will provide participants with knowledge and skills required to develop and implement mosquito management program in their own jurisdictions.

Topics covered include mosquito biology, mosquito-borne diseases, methods of controlling mosquitoes and combining these to develop sustainable, integrated management programs.

Participants will also gain hands-on experience during practical demonstrations of surveillance and control equipment, field site visits to collect mosquito specimens, mosquito identification, and group work on specific mosquito management scenarios.

The course is presented by mosquito experts from the WA Department of Health; the University of Western Australia, the University of Sydney; the Northern Territory; Local Government, and the pest control industry.

Fifty three people from across Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New Zealand will be attending the course and include staff from local and state governments, AQIS, the defence force, chemical and pest control companies, Aboriginal corporations, the mining industry and environmental consulting firms, as well as students from Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities.

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