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:


9th June 2022, 6:00 PM AEST

Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chlamydiosis in Koalas

Chlamydiosis is the most serious disease affecting koalas throughout Australia, threatening the future of koala populations in many parts of the country. Chlamydial infections can cause conjunctivitis, cystitis, infertility and considerable pain and discomfort in affected individuals. Treatment can be effective, when implemented early, though serious and irreversible pathology can occur with chronic disease, leading to considerable welfare implications. This presentation will discuss basic pathophysiology, clinical signs, treatment options and rehabilitation of koalas with chlamydiosis.

Presented by – Dr Amber Gillett

Amber has been a wildlife veterinarian since 2006 and is well known for her specialty in the treatment and rehabilitation of koalas. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in the field of koala medicine, disease, ecology, and genetics and regularly presents on these topics at conferences and veterinary and wildlife associated events. Outside her veterinary career Amber is also a wildlife artist, and gains much of the inspiration for her art from the patients she treats, using her art to reach people and educate them about Australian native wildlife.



Previous webinars:

9th June 2022, 6:00 PM AEST /Pathogenesis and Treatment of Chlamydiosis in Koalas / Dr Amber Gillett (Watch recording)

10th March 2022 6:00 PM AEST/ Brushtail possums: Stressors during rehabilitation and post-release outcomes / Dr Holly Cope  (Watch recording)

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)