Wildlife Webinar Series

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment National Parks and Wildlife Service (DPIE NPWS), in collaboration with Wildlife Heroes, is working with the wildlife rehabilitation sector to improve standards in volunteer training and outcomes for animals in care. The work is part of the NPWS commitment to implementing its Strategy for the Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector in NSW and the NSW Koala Strategy.


NPWS, alongside Wildlife Heroes, are delivering a series of webinars for the volunteer wildlife rehabilitations sector across various topics on wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and wildlife health. The webinars provide an opportunity for volunteer wildlife rehabilitators to connect with professionals in the field and provide an update on developments and current best practice in wildlife health.


The webinars are scheduled from February through to June. Keep an eye on this page for information on upcoming webinars and registration details.

Upcoming webinars:



10th March 2022, 6:00 PM AEST

Brushtail possums: Stressors during rehabilitation and post-release outcomes.

Volunteer wildlife carers rescue and rehabilitate thousands of common brushtail possums every year in Australia. Yet, there is little data available on how this temporary period of captivity affects possum physiology, or of how factors such as release method, personality and habituation affect the likelihood of survival in the wild after release. A team of researchers from the University of Sydney have worked alongside wildlife rehabilitators in the Sydney region to try to answer these questions. In this seminar, Catherine Herbert and Holly Cope will discuss the outcomes of this research, focusing on the response of brushtail possums to potential stressors during rehabilitation and factors affecting short-term survival after release.




Previous webinars:

18th November 2021, 6:00 PM AEST / Post-release monitoring of rehabilitated koalas / Science for Wildlife     (Closed)


28th October 2021, 6:00 PM AEST / Q Fever Q&A    (Watch recording)


19th August 2021, 6:00 PM AEST / Echidna – the different mammal / Dr Peggy Rismiller     (Watch recording)


10th June 2021, 6:00 PM AEST / Q Fever and Wildlife / Katrina Bosward and Karen Mathews (University of Sydney)        (Closed)


27th May 2021, 6:00 PM AEDT / Wildlife Disease Management / Wildlife Health Australia and Australian Registry for Wildlife Health     (Watch recording)


21st May 2021, 6:00 PM AEDT / Recent and Emerging Disease in Australian Wildlife / Australian Registry of Wildlife Health    (Watch recording)


16th Apr 2021, 6:00 PM / Sarcoptic Mange in Wombats / Dr Scott Carver     (Watch recording)


26th Mar 2021, 6:00 PM / Initial Assessment and Critical Care of Reptiles / Jayde Crispo   (Closed)


23rd Mar 2021, 10.30 AM / Sea Turtle Health and Disease / Dr Duan March     (Closed)


4th Mar 2021 / Flying Fox initial treatment and assessment (Part 2) / Dr Tania Bishop     (Closed)


26th Feb 2021 / Flying Fox initial treatment and assessment (Part 1) / Dr Tania Bishop     (Closed)


12th Feb 2021 / Ethics and Wild Animal Welfare in Natural Disasters / Dr Michelle Campbell-Ward      (Closed)