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TRAINING and DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR 2017

Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) provides a broad range of training and development for its members to support the high standards of wildlife rehabilitation required under OEH’s Code of Practice for Injured & Orphaned Protected Fauna and to ensure the successful return of such fauna back to the wild environment.  Any member of an OEH licensed rehabilitation group is welcome to attend.  Download a summary of the  Training Calendar 2017 here

The venue fo03Active Members & Rescuers & vets 21 March 2017r all courses unless otherwise specified will be the Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland. Courses start at 9.00am and conclude at 3.30pm. CATERING : BYO lunch or purchase on site.  AM and PM tea provided unless otherwise stated. Please indicate any special requirements.

Registration Process: Enrolment in any training course, requires payment of course fees prior to attendance as acceptance of payments on the training day is not permitted.  There will be a maximum of 24 participants for each course (unless specified) after which registered members will be placed on a waiting list pending cancellation.

Cost:  Registration Fees are $25.00 for members unless otherwise indicated (ie Introduction Workshops are free to new members).  All members renewing membership are given one free refresher workshop per year for any course attended in the previous three years.

Members of other wildlife rehabilitation groups and vet nurses are welcome to attend these workshops and registration is $35.00.

Payment  can be done either on-line or by submitting your payment by mail (cheque or money order).
Online:  BSB 032-524; Account No 142209; Account name: Native Animal Trust Fund.  Please use your surname and course name as a reference ie JONES/Birds

Postal:   PO Box 17, SHORTLAND 2307

Once you have made your payment, please send your Hunter Wildlife Rescue TRAINING-Course-Registration-Form1 to either the above postal address OR  scan/attach   TRAINING-Course-Registration-Form1 and email  to  training@hunterwildlife.org.au

Training Calendar 2017.

Benny 2300gmAPRIL
Sunday 23rd VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm
Rehabilitation and Hand rearing of WOMBATS

PRESENTER Shirley Lack

Shirley is a Wildlife Educator who conducts Wombat Training courses across the state for wildlife groups. She is a Director on the Wombat Protection Society of Australia and has been rescuing and rehabbing wombats for over 30yrs. Shirley has studied wild wombats in their wild free range habitat for the past 20 years and is highly respected for her knowledge in wombat management and has extensive experience in hand rearing very young joey wombats through to release .

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 17th April 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
 
 naft-logo-solid-tailMAY Saturday 13th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm
 Introduction To HUNTER WILDLIFE RESCUE (NATF)

COURSE OVERVIEW: An informative one day course outlining: The NPWS wildlife rehabilitation licence conditions required to be an active rescuer or rehabilitator; Safety Induction; An overview of the broad range of activities members can become involved in to assist Hunter wildlife; and the knowledge and skills necessary to safely rescue and transport a wide range of injured or orphaned wildlife.

 
COST: No cost to new members of Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF), otherwise $35.00 per person for non-members wishing to find out more about volunteering for the Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF). REGISTRATION: By 9th February 2017 CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
 

 

 
 

 

 

 
001MAY
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Introduction to the Rescue and Rehabilitation and Hand Rearing of Possums

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover Identification; Rescue & Transportation considerations; Assessment and First Aid & Injury Management; Housing and best husbandry practices; Hand rearing orphaned young; and Release considerations.

PRESENTERS: Audrey Koosmen. Audrey is the senior possum-coordinator and brings over 40 years’ experience in the hand rearing and rehabilitation of possums. Audrey is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills to ensure rehabilitated possums are given the best chance to return to the wild.This course is aligned to the standards contained within the OEH Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna (2011)

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 21st May   2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
joey3aJUNE   Sunday 4th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Macropods

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover Identification; Rescue & transportation considerations; Assessment &stabilisation; Hand rearing of orphaned young; and Release considerations.

PRESENTERS: Anne Williams and the Macropod Team. Anne is the senior macropod-coordinator and has in excess of 45 years of experience in hand-raising and rehabilitating macropods both in the field as a researcher and as a licensed carer.  Anne co-authored with her late husband Ray, the internationally recognised “Caring for Kangaroos and Wallabies” (Kangaroo Press; available from Anne, 0498 040541).

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 28th May 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
Refresher Workshop available to members who have completed this workshop in the past three years. Please indicate Refresher Workshop on the Registration Form.
Jacky LizJULY Sunday 2nd

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

An Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Lizards and Turtles

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course is designed for beginners as well as advanced members covering housing of sick and injured reptiles, common injuries, diseases and illness found in reptiles and treatment of such animals and release considerations.

For beginners and advanced members.

PRESENTERS: Dr Peter Harlow and Reptile Team. Peter Harlow has been the Manager of Herpafauna, Taronga Zoo and has a lifelong passion for caring for reptiles.

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person
REGISTRATION: By 27th June 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
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Sunday 23rd

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

GLIDERS: The Care, Management & Hand Rearing of Orphaned and Injured Gliders

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover Identification of the five species found in the Hunter; Rescue & Transportation considerations; Assessment and First Aid & Injury Management; Housing and best husbandry practices; Hand rearing orphaned young; and Release Considerations.

PRESENTERS: Audrey Koosmen and Jill Dean. Audrey brings her invaluable experience of rehabilitating gliders for in excess of 40 years and has raised and rehabilitated all five species of glider including yellow-bellied and greater gliders. Jill is senior glider-coordinator and has extensive experience in raising and rehabilitating gliders, with a particular passion for squirrel gliders and feathertail gliders.

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person
REGISTRATION: By 17th July 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
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Sunday 6th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

An Introduction to the Rehabilitation of BANDICOOTS, DASYURIDS (quolls, phascogales, antechinus and dunnarts) & NATIVE RODENTS

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover safety & handling considerations; identification, rescue, transportation; assessment and monitoring; common injuries & diseases; best rehabilitation husbandry practices; intensive care & facilities; assessment, stabilisation and diet & nutrition and release considerations.

PRESENTERS Jill Dean & Anne Williams each bring in excess of twenty years of rehabilitation experience of our carnivorous marsupials.

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person
REGISTRATION: By 31st July 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
naft-logo-solid-tailAUGUST
Saturday 12
th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Introduction To HUNTER WILDLIFE RESCUE (NATF)

COURSE OVERVIEW: An informative one day course outlining: The NPWS wildlife rehabilitation licence conditions required to be an active rescuer or rehabilitator; Safety Induction; An overview of the broad range of activities members can become involved in to assist Hunter wildlife; and the knowledge and skills necessary to safely rescue and transport a wide range of injured or orphaned wildlife.

COST: No cost to new members of Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF), otherwise $35.00 per person for non-members wishing to find out more about volunteering for the Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF). REGISTRATION: By 7th August 2017 CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
naft-logo-solid-tailAUGUST
Sunday 22nd

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland. 10.00am – 12.00pm

NEW PHONE OPERATORS TRAINING COURSE

OVERVIEW: An introduction to becoming a Phone Operator to assist with responding to calls from the public from the 24hr Rescue Hotline.  The course covers how the Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) 24hr Rescue Hotline supports injured, sick and orphaned wildlife; type of calls received and how to respond. Phone Operator Support Manual and member contacts sheet are available. Phone operators can elect to volunteer to cover a shift from their homes or from the Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre. Members and interested non-members welcome.

 

COST: No Cost.
REGISTRATION: Please contact jilldean04@gmail.com directly. No registration form required.
CATERING: Morning tea provided
babyBowerBirdSEPTEMBER Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

BIRDS: The Introduction to Captive Management and Rehabilitation of Injured (Saturday) and Hand Rearing and Rehabilitation of Orphaned Birds (Sunday)

COURSE OVERVIEW: This first day will cover Safety & Handling Considerations; Identification, Legal Requirements:  OEH Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna (2011); Rescue, handling & transportation; Health and monitoring; Common injuries & diseases; Best rehabilitation husbandry practices; Intensive care & facilities; Assessment, stabilisation and intensive care practices; Facilities; Food & nutrition; Release considerations; and Data recording responsibilities. The second day will cover hand rearing or orphaned nestlings and fledglings including Identification; Legal Requirements: Code of Practice; Records: Assessment Care; Rescue or Reunite considerations; Assessment & Stabilisation; Imprinting: (Filial Imprinting, Auditory Imprinting, Sexual Imprinting, Habitat Imprinting); Basic care of precocial chicks (housing, husbandry, water, food & nutrition); Basic care of altrical chicks (housing chicks & fledglings, warmth, companionship, water, diet & nutrition, feeding techniques); Hand rearing diseases; Release considerations.

PRESENTERS: Anne Williams, Jill Dean Audrey Koosmen, Pauline Buckman, Fiona Brennan, and Graham Wellsman. The training team combined bring a vast wealth of knowledge, skills and for some, a life-long passion for birds. This course covers best rehabilitation practice as outlined in the OEH standards in the Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna (2011)

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 3rd September 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
IMG_0030SEPTEMBER Sunday 24th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Advance Rehabilitation-

Post-Mortem Necropsy: Understanding Wildlife Rehabilitation from the Inside

COURSE OVERVIEW: The course is designed to assist members understand the anatomy and physiology of wildlife and to use this knowledge to better recognise the impact of injury and disease to assist in the assessment and rehabilitation of native fauna.

 

PRESENTER: Dr Robin Chrisman,

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 19th September 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
001OCTOBER Saturday 21st &
Sunday 22nd

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Introduction to the Rescue and Rehabilitation and Hand Rearing of Possums

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover Identification; Rescue & Transportation considerations; Assessment and First Aid & Injury Management; Housing and best husbandry practices; Hand rearing orphaned young; and Release considerations.

PRESENTERS: Audrey Koosmen. Audrey is the senior possum-coordinator and brings over 40 years’ experience in the hand rearing and rehabilitation of possums. Audrey is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills to ensure rehabilitated possums are given the best chance to return to the wild.This course is aligned to the standards contained within the OEH Code of Practice for Injured, Sick and Orphaned Protected Fauna (2011)

 

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 15th October 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
GHFF bubNOVEMBER Sunday 5th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm

Introduction to the Rehabilitation and Hand Rearing of Flying Foxes

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will cover Identification; Legal and vaccination requirements; Rescue & transportation considerations; Assessment & stabilisation; and Hand rearing techniques for orphaned young.

PRESENTERS: Sandra Penman, John Penman and Anne Williams. Sandra is the species coordinator for adult flying-foxes and shares her passion for their rescue and rehabilitation with the support of her husband John. Anne is the Senior Coordinator for micro-bats and orphaned flying-foxes and brings over 40 years’ experience both in the field as a researcher and as a licensed carer to ensuring best practice in micro-bat rehabilitation and hand-rearing of all orphaned bats. A formidable training team that bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and passion to share with other interested rehabilitators.

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 21st May 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
naft-logo-solid-tailNOVEMBER Saturday 11th

VENUE: Hunter Wildlife Rescue Centre, Shortland Wetlands. 1 Wetlands Place Shortland.9.00am – 3.30pm
 

Introduction To HUNTER WILDLIFE RESCUE (NATF)

COURSE OVERVIEW: An informative one day course outlining: The NPWS wildlife rehabilitation licence conditions required to be an active rescuer or rehabilitator; Safety Induction; An overview of the broad range of activities members can become involved in to assist Hunter wildlife; and the knowledge and skills necessary to safely rescue and transport a wide range of injured or orphaned wildlife.

COST: No cost to new members of Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF), otherwise $35.00 per person for non-members wishing to find out more about volunteering for the Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF). REGISTRATION: By 3rd November 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or purchase on site. AM and PM tea provided.
Date to be confirmed

Habitat and Flora Identification

 

 
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Date to be confirmed
VENUE: VRA Centre, South Avenue, Cessnock.  (The big yellow building across from the TAFE).
Safe Handling of Venomous and Non-venomous Snakes

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will equip members to safely handle venomous and non-venomous snakes and reptiles. Suitable for beginners and advanced rescuers requiring refresher training accreditation. Must attend both days and reach minimum standards and be deemed proficient in handling venomous snakes to receive accreditation.  Only members of licensed wildlife rehabilitation groups may attend.

PRESENTER: John Mostyn.   John has been head of the venomous department at the Australian Reptile Park.  He has rescued and cared for reptiles for over 20 years and is a qualified trainer.  John conducts reptile training for rehabilitation groups and emergency services. SAFETY and PPE. There will be a STRICT dress code of long pants, long sleeved shirt and hard closed in shoes. Those not dressed appropriately will not be handling snakes. Authorised snake handlers completing refresher training, are requested to bring along any snake rescue equipment for inspection. If you do not have any equipment yet the presenter will give you information on where you can purchase it. PLEASE NOTE: no equipment will be sold on the day.

COST: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) member $25.00; Other wildlife rehabilitation groups $35.00 per person REGISTRATION: By 15th October 2017 and forward to training@hunterwildlife.org.au CATERING: BYO lunch or lunch orders can be taken on the day so please bring change if you wish to purchase lunch. Water and cool drinks will also be available to purchase on the day.

 



 

 

 Courses held in 2017

Introduction To HUNTER WILDLIFE RESCUE (NATF) (Feb)
Capture Techniques for Injured Pelicans
 

 

 

Courses held in 2016
Introduction To HUNTER WILDLIFE RESCUE (NATF) 
NEW PHONE OPERATORS TRAINING
The Care, Management & Hand Rearing of Orphaned and Injured Gliders
Introduction to the Rehabilitation of Macropods
Advanced & Basic Care & Rehabilitation of Birds of Prey
Introduction to the Rehabilitation and Hand Rearing of Micro-bats and Flying Foxes
The Introduction to Captive Management and Rehabilitation of Injured (Saturday) and Hand Rearing and Rehabilitation of Orphaned Birds (Sunday)
Wildlife Management in Emergency Incidents
Introduction to the Rescue and Rehabilitation and Release of the Echidna and Platypus
Introduction to the Rescue and Rehabilitation and Hand Rearing of Possums
Safe Handling of Venomous and Non-Venomous Snakes
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 


 

 

   
   
   

Other Training Courses for 2015

 

 

 

 

F A Q s

What do you do if you find a Baby Bird?
The best chance for a baby bird is to leave it with its parents. Found a Baby Bird  If it has all its feathers, and is not injured, put it in a nearby tree. Wait and watch quietly and out of sight to see if the parent birds come back to it before removing it from the area.  If it is in imminent danger or injured (droopy wing, open wound,  limping etc), then call the Hunter Wildlife Rescue.  For young chicks, see how to reunite them with their parents using an artificial nest   Baby Bird Pamphlet

What impact do Cats have on our wildlife ?

What to do if you find a Snake in your house?


 

Native Animal Trust Fund - Sea Eagle
Young sea eagle – released at Galgabba