Due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increasing social distancing measures and public gathering restrictions being implemented, the RNA has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) in the best interests of public health.
Ensuring the health and safety of the Ekka community and the general public is paramount. This is the biggest worldwide health crisis in generations, these are very challenging and unprecedented times, and nothing is more important than ensuring the best outcome for public health is achieved.
The RNA is dedicated to providing all the assistance and support it can to Government and the health authorities in these ever-changing and uncertain times.
We thank the people of Queensland for their support of Ekka, and we look forward to bringing the community together once again to celebrate the country coming to city as planning now starts on the 2021 Show.
Changes to DOGS NSW Office Hours -effective Wednesday 8 April
Members are advised that in response to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, Staff hours have been reduced. As such, effective Wednesday 8th April, the Office will operate from 9:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Members may experience longer than usual wait times. Email is the preferred form of communication with the office. Please send all enquiries to email@example.com
The Board of Directors and DOGS NSW Staff would like to thank you for your ongoing support and thank you for your patience during this time.
FURTHER CANCELLATION OF ALL DOGS NSW EVENTS AND CLOSURE OF GROUNDS UNTIL TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2020 INCLUSIVE
Although the number of new cases in New South Wales continues to stabilise and even decline, it is important for everyone to continue to practise social distancing, self-isolation and maintain good hygiene practices until the NSW Government advises that the social distancing policy has been lifted.
In accordance with the previous decision of the DOGS NSW Board of Directors, the cancellation of all DOGS NSW approved events as a result of COVID-19 has been reviewed.
Following that review, the Board of Directors has determined that all DOGS NSW approved events be cancelled until Tuesday 30 June 2020, inclusive, except in the case where the NSW Government rescinds the social distancing policy to the extent that events may resume prior to that date. In this eventuation, DOGS NSW will endeavour to assist all Affiliates to assume normal activities as soon as possible. In some instances, this may involve giving Affiliates exemption, to some regulations, in order to expedite normal activities.
Subsequently, and as DOGS NSW will not be producing a May Gazette as the production of the Gazette has been suspended until further notice, for those Affiliates who have paid for an Advertisement for the May Gazette, the Office will contact you to arrange a credit for both the Advertisement fee and the Draft Schedule fee.
For Affiliates who have paid for their Advertisement and Draft Schedules and their Advertisement has been published in a previous Gazette but their event has been cancelled, the Office will contact you shortly to discuss a 50% discount on your next Advertisement.
Affiliates are still required to continue to submit Draft Schedules for their future events, however, the Office will not take payment or process those Draft Schedules until the social distancing policy is rescinded.
Affiliates who opt to cancel events outside of this period MUST advise DOGS NSW in the first instance.
CANCELLATION OF ALL DOGS NSW EVENTS AND CLOSURE OF GROUNDS UNTIL TUESDAY 30 JUNE 2020 INCLUSIVE.
MAY GAZETTE CANCELLED - CREDITS APPLY FOR NEXT LODGED DRAFT SCHEDULE.
GAZETTE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
AFFILIATES TO CONTINUE TO SUBMIT DRAFT SCHEDULES FOR EVENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OUTSIDE OF 30 JUNE 2020.
DOGS NSW MUST BE ADVISED OF AFFILIATES VOLUNTARY EVENT CANCELLATIONS.
LATEST NEWS FROM DOGS QLD - Bush Fire Relief Charity Shows update - 31st March 2020
Recent events appear to have overtaken us but I can assure all Members that we have not forgotten about those affected by the devastating bush fires.
A big thank you once again to all those who contributed to the success of our recent Paws Aid Charity Shows and Queensland Dog Sports Virtual Trial.
The total raised now stands at $25,296.50.
We now provide the opportunity for those adversely affected by the fires to lodge an application for a grant. The attached application form is being sent to all State and Territory bodies, as well as being circulated to our members. Under our Office of Fair Trading permit, any funds remaining after this process will be donated for hay for drought affected farmers.
All requests will be reviewed and considered by the Board of Dogs Queensland. Applications can be sent to Rob Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than close of business on Wednesday 20th May.
Members are reminded that the 2020/21 Membership Renewals will be emailed from 1st April 2020. If you have not received your renewal email by Friday 3rd April, please check your SPAM / JUNK folder for the email invoice link.
Those Members that don’t have an email address will receive theirs by post during April. We value your Membership and payment is appreciated which is due by 1st July 2020. If you have any questions about your Membership renewal, please contact us at email@example.com or 02 9834 3022.
* Please note that call volumes may be high during the renewal period and wait times could be longer than usual. Enquiries via email are preferred.
Due to the concern for staff in respect of COVID-19, the Office at Orchard Hills, will be closed to members as at 2.00pm today Wednesday 18 March 2020 until further notice.
Your health and the health of our staff are a priority
Members are still able to drop off their applications/paperwork through the Reception Front Door Mail Chute. The preferred methods of contact are email at firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone on (02) 9834 3022.
Your co-operation during this difficult period is greatly appreciated.
URGENT NOTICE CANCELLATION OF ALL DOGS NSW EVENTS & CLOSURE OF GROUNDS UNTIL MONDAY 13 APRIL 2020 INCLUSIVE
Please be advised that from today, Monday 16 March 2020 until Monday 13 April 2020, inclusive - all DOGS NSW events are to be cancelled or postponed and DOGS NSW grounds are to be closed for all meetings or gatherings of more than five (5) people.
Further, the situation regarding COVID-19 will be reviewed in twenty one days (21 days), ie, on Monday 6 April 2020.
The health and well-being of all DOG NSW Members and Staff is our priority. In view of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statement of 13 March 2020.
DOGS NSW advises that all DOGS NSW events scheduled for the next twenty eight days (28 days), from Monday 16 March 2020 until Monday 13 April 2020 inclusive, are to be cancelled or postponed and that DOGS NSW grounds are closed for all meetings or gatherings of more than five (5) people.
DOGS NSW further advises that the situation regarding COVID-19 will be reviewed in twenty one days (21 days), ie, on Monday 6 April 2020, when further advice will be issued.
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The COVID 19 pandemic is now moving extremely rapidly with infections increasing throughout the community, ie, community transmission is now becoming more common. The at risk group is 60+ years, especially for those with other health issues, a group that many of our members belong to.
People are being advised not to be in groups of over 500, but if one is in a high risk group, they should not attend any non-essential meetings or gatherings.
Regular attendees at DOGS NSW events could prove to be ideal vectors, ie, spreaders of this type of disease, as they may attend multiple events across the country, possibly being repeatedly exposed, thereby potentially repeatedly exposing others.
All Agricultural shows have been cancelled and, therefore, the DOGS NSW Board of Directors believe the only option for us is to take a similar step to cancel all events for the next 28 days with a review of the position we are in 21 days.
We could be considered grossly negligent if we fail to be proactive in this rapidly developing pandemic. We do not need to lose any of our members to this serious condition.
If you need to cancel or change your booking of an event or camping, please email the Office at email@example.com
FURTHER TO THE COVID-19 NOTICE
The definition of all DOGS NSW events relates to:
Dances with Dogs
Gundogs & Retrieving
All Dog Training
Meetings (only ones held at Orchid Hills)
Conducted by DOGS NSW Affiliates, Associate Affiliates and any Members of DOGS NSW.
Calling dogs with lymphoma for promising anti-cancer drug clinical trial
PharmAust is calling out for dogs with B cell lymphoma to help evaluate a newly formulated anti-cancer drug shown to be safe, effective and tasty for dogs. This comes following a successful compassionate use trial of the same drug, Monepantel (MPL). Lymphoma is a common cancer diagnosed in dogs. Symptoms can include swellings (enlarged lymph nodes), lethargy, weight loss and loss of appetite.
“Currently, there is no cure for B cell lymphoma,” said Dr Richard Mollard, Chief Scientific Officer of PharmAust. “Usually, only 50% of dogs with B cell lymphoma will survive without treatment for 30 days and the other half will have progressive disease¹.”
Five veterinary trial centres are set up in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia to evaluate MPL in dogs that have been newly diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma and have not started any other treatment. MPL is already approved for veterinary use for a different indication and species. PharmAust is aiming to repurpose MPL as a safe and effective cancer treatment.
“The initial trial in pet owner's dogs with cancer was very successful,” said Dr Mollard. “We were pleased to see that six of seven dogs achieved stable disease over the prescribed 14-day trial period, with six of seven dogs also showing reductions in their tumour sizes. Furthermore, no safety issues were encountered by the use of Monepantel as an anti-cancer therapeutic agent in these dogs.”
The original formulation used to dissolve the drug, however, had a very poor taste, which made it difficult for pet owners to administer the capsules to their dogs. PharmAust is now conducting a repeat of the same trial with a better formulation, for a longer time period and in more trial centres.
“Currently, the best indicated treatment option is chemotherapy, which is a very aggressive therapy, and relapse can occur within six to 12 months. Monepantel is comparatively very gentle and we would like to see dogs doing well over the first 28-day period, then three and six months, and longer,” said Dr Mollard.
“If this trial is a success, it means that going forward, owners of pet dogs with B cell lymphoma will be given a greater choice of treatment options for their dogs. PharmAust would like to see dogs feeling considerably better, with tumours either disappearing or stabilised.”
Which dogs with lymphoma are eligible?
Leading the Australia-wide trial is University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital where small animal veterinary oncologist Dr Claire Cannon and her team will evaluate MPL in dogs that have been newly diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma and have not started any treatment.
“Dogs can have any stage of lymphoma but must be feeling generally well,” said Dr Cannon. “Ultimately the patient will only be given the treatment if they have B cell lymphoma but immunophenotyping (analysis of heterogeneous populations of cancer cells) is covered as part of the initial screening.
Program entry criteria The dog entry criteria for the new clinical trial program are: ● Any stage of lymphoma (based on physical exam) ● Substage A (feeling well) ● Immunophenotype can be pending but must be submitted, and needs to be B-cell based on clinical characteristics ● No previous treatment, including corticosteroids (prednisolone) ● No other significant concurrent medical problems ● Good quality of life.
The MPL program involves consultations/treatments at the dog’s nearest trial centre: ● U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital (University of Melbourne) in Werribee VIC ● Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Sydney NSW ● Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney, Homebush NSW ● Western Australian Veterinary Emergency and Specialty, Perth WA ● Animal Referral Hospital in Brisbane, Sinnamon Park QLD
Owners would have to transport their dogs to the centre and pay the cost for initial consultation for diagnosis. Once your pet is diagnosed with lymphoma, PharmAust will cover all clinical trial costs, including travel expenses to and from the trial centre as well as post trial maintenance treatment if both pet owners and vets consider this might be beneficial.
Pet owners interested in enrolling their dog in the MPL trial need to contact their veterinarian for a referral to their nearest trial centre. Veterinarians - to refer patients to a trial centre, please contact your nearest centre below. Veterinarians - to refer patients to a trial centre, please contact your nearest centre below:
University of Sydney, Sydney - Dr Peter Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Katrina Cheng Katrina.email@example.com (02) 9351 3437
PAA is a clinical-stage company developing targeted cancer therapeutics for both humans and animals. The company specialises in repurposing marketed drugs lowering the risks and costs of development. These efforts are support by PAA’s subsidiary, Epichem, a highly successful contract synthetic drug manufacturer. PAA’s lead drug candidate is monepantel (MPL), a novel, potent and safe inhibitor of the mTOR pathway - a key driver of cancer. MPL has been evaluated in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans and dogs. MPL treatment was well-tolerated and produced a significant reduction in key prognostic biomarkers. PAA is uniquely positioned to commercialise MPL for treatment of human and veterinary cancers as it advances the drug into Phase 2 clinical trial.
DOGS NSW Announcement about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic
DOGS NSW Announcement about the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic
DOGS NSW is aware of the Corona Virus pandemic which is causing serious consequences in daily lives and serious damage worldwide.
ATTENTION: Affiliates, Judges, Exhibitors
Everyone who takes part in DOGS NSW are advised to frequently wash their hand with disinfectant, preferably provided by the Club conducting the event. The usual interpersonal body contacts, such as shaking hands and any other superficial contact between competitors, exhibitors and Judges, must be avoided and should not be taken as an unfriendly attitude.
DOGS NSW Insurance Broker has advised that no loss of income/cancellation expenses will be covered in respect of the Coronavirus for shows/events.
DOGS NSW also recommends that Judges should not check the teeth of the dogs by themselves, but instead ask exhibitors for their help. Judges are also advised to disinfect their hands more frequently.
ATTENTION: All Members
DOGS NSW does not plan any general action related to the Corona Virus as the handling of the current situation strictly depends on the local status. Nevertheless, DOGS NSW wishes to draw attention to the fact that the local authorities have the right and responsibility to implement local regulations related to public events, whenever needed.
To avoid any inconvenient situations, DOGS NSW recommends to check the updated respective news sources, via the following links:-
DOGS NSW Media & Government Legislation Committee Press Release: COUNCILS AND PLANNING LAWS
Press Release: DOGS NSW Media and Government Legislation Committee
Re: Councils and Planning Laws
At a recent meeting of the DOGS NSW Media and Government Legislation Committee, concern was raised at the sudden proliferation of Local Council proposals to limit dog ownership.
Past experience has indicated that some of these propositions have been predicated on flawed interpretations of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
DOGS NSW have had some success in mediating with Councils who were contemplating actions, that would have resulted in the compulsory reduction of dogs kept on a property.
Subsequently, the Committee has obtained expert professional advice on the unsound interpretation of the DCP (Development Control Plans) that may be of assistance to members who are threatened by proposed Council Legislation enforcement.