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Latest updates (4th Fortnightly/4th Monthly)

In Fortnightly,Ideas,Monthly,Updates on April 23, 2007 by Jim

I owe all of you big time as I missed on my fortnightly (I think 2 or 3) and monthly (one) updates.

Following are the development on my side.

Research/work Progress

The KAP survey data have been re-encoded making it possible for a more detailed analysis. I’ve submitted a first draft to Subhash for his comments and I’ll make a copy of the report available to all ASAP. I’m still doing some cleaning of the data analysis and graph/table presentation but the major results are already included in the draft report I’ve submitted.

I’m satisfied with the data that I have and the results that we’ve achieved.

Literature Review

I got sidetracked by the KAP survey data encoding and report writing that I set aside writing the review of litereature. However, I was thinking much about the research proposal.

After much contemplation, a few research and comments solicitations, I’ve realized that my goal to establish an animal health communication theory is not possible. A former supervisor and professor commented that theory building in communication should transcend message sectors such as agriculture. Another one noted that what I should focus on is building a theory in communication strategy for animal health.

I was close to considering these as setbacks but I think I’m still on track about establishing the importance of communication in animal health programs. It might just a matter of how I logically defend my thesis but I think for now I would have to drop the goal of establishing an animal health communication theory.

Given the comments, I’m looking at a possible strategy of documenting how GMS countries, specifically Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam, initiate and implement communications programs on animal health specifically on TADs control. I will also review communication strategies and communication theories to relate findings on the GMS countries. What is needed at this point is establishing that there is a difference in communicating animal health as opposed to public health communication. This would entail long debate and I believe I can defend my strategy/thesis.

Subhash assured me that there is some funding for communication activities for the first one year extension of the project. I’m racing against time to draft a communication plan for the following year that would contribute to my research goals.


I’ve received the scholarship documentation from AB-CRC by email, first, then by post. I’ve returned the papers/forms that needed to be returned like the acceptance letter and finance form. I’ve also sent you the professional development plan. I’ve put in a, hopefully, manageable and logical plan for the first year. I do hope that you’ll all find time to look into it and suggest other things that you deem I should take for the first year.  

Visa Developments

I’ve previoulsy informed all of you of the favorable assessment of my pre-visa requirements. The Australian Embassy, however, cautioned me not to make final arrangements as the visa application is not yet complete. I’m just awaiting the issuance of the electronic certificate of enrollment from Murdoch University then we (my family and I) will proceed to medical examination.

After submitting the eCOE, medical exam results, OSHC proof of payment (again), passports, it would be another waiting game as to when they will return the visa with or without the visa stamp. But I’m quite confident that, at this point, it will be a favorable one.



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In Monthly,Updates on March 2, 2007 by Jim

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2nd Monthly Update

In Monthly,Updates on February 23, 2007 by Jim

Following are the meeting highlights of our recent teleconference, many thanks for your active participation:


  • Dr. John Edwards
  • Dr. Anne Surma
  • Dr. Kate Fitch
  • Elaine Llarena
  • Jim Caro


  • Subhash Morzaria


  • Updates (J. Edwards/J. Caro) and next steps
  • Next steps

Updates and Next steps 

John updated the group re his meeting with Jim. The meeting resulted to a more focused objective of the study. One of the goals being considered now is building a communication model on communicating TADs. The initial idea is to test various communication strategies and come up with a communication model for animal health programs.

The challenge is to justify the methodology that would strengthen the model for animal health communication. Jim also informed the group that he’s to submit a communication proposal to the ADB consultant, which would include budget for activities in the coming months. There was also a minor discussion on the visa requirements. Elaine briefed Jim on the process that she had to go through in Manila.

Following are action points:

  • Jim to finish the process documentation of the Project’s KAP survey
  • First draft of literature review to be submitted by March

Recent developments, etc.

  • The concept notes and communication plan that I previously written were submitted to the ADB consultant, however, no feedback has been received. No definite concept note and work plan for the animal health communication activities for the Project’s Phase II was submitted though. However, I was able to indicate that it might take around US$30,000 for communication activities for two years.
  • I’ve already submitted our visa application. I’m waiting for the pre-visa assessment. As most of you know, the PVA is the pre-requisite for the eCOE, which I should submit to the Oz Embassy here in Thailand, then I can be issued a visa stamp.


1st Monthly Update

In Monthly,Updates on February 23, 2007 by Jim


·         Dr. John Edwards

·         Dr. Anne Surma

·         Dr. Kate Fitch

·         Dr. Subhash Morzaria

·         Jim Caro


·         Introductions

·         Project Overview (J. Edwards)

·         Work Updates (J. Caro/S. Morzaria)

·         Next steps


The first meeting of stakeholders to the proposed PhD work of Jim Caro. The Project is a collaboration among the Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases in the Greater Mekong Subregion Project, the Australian Biosecurity-Centre for Research Cooperation and Murdoch University. Participating in the first teleconference to discuss the arrangements among other things regarding the study are John Edwards, Anne Surma, Kate Fitch, Subhash Morzaria and Jim Caro.

Anne and Kate are from Murdoch University . Anne specializes on publication, professional and public communication among others. Kate is a specialist in media communications culture among others and interested in evaluation of communication campaigns. Subhash is the Project CTA, scientist in profession with a background on epidemiology and virology. His affiliation with Murdoch University was currently formalized with his accreditation as adjunct professor. Jim is a development communication professional with interest in information materials development and communications evaluation.

Project Overview

John briefed the participants on the development of the proposal and to the proposed work. He said that the proposal has been modified and the Project would closely be coordinated with AB-CRC and the FAO-ADB Project. It was underscored that Jim could use current data gathered in the Project for possible use in the dissertation development. He also pointed out that one of the possible methodologies that the study could explore is an action research approach, wherein methodologies are built along the way.

It was pointed out that the participation of Murdoch colleagues is initiated early to strengthen the academic defensibility of the study.  

Work Updates

Jim updated the group about the current development in the Project-initiated work on the knowledge, attitudes and practices survey. The survey was initially aimed at gathering baseline data. Further discussions led to the agreement of integrating other related studies to save effort and money. So, the KAP survey instrument includes questions not only on KAP but also seen to produce socio-economic and serological survey related data. Jim explained to the group the challenges that were encountered and steps undertaken to address these challenges. Another KAP survey is planned and would hopefully be considered in the Second Phase of the FAO ADB Project.

Jim has already paid the OSHC (Health Insurance for international students) and is expecting the certificate of enrolment to be released within the month. He will lodge his visa application by January 2007. His current contract with FAO finishes in July 2007 and he’s expected to start work in Murdoch right after that.

John mentioned the work of Ms. Elaine Llarena. Elaine is currently working on her PhD work also with the same arrangement, i.e., AB-CRC/FAO/Murdoch collaboration. Dr. Carolyn Benigno is also acting as one of her supervisors. John noted that good progress of Elaine’s work and noted that Jim and Elaine could closely work together in building each other’s dissertations.

Next Steps

  • Jim will write a process documentation of the current KAP survey citing challenges and remedies made among others.
  • Jim to start working on the review of literatures.
  • John to meet with Subhash and Jim to further discuss the work project.
  • Jim/Subhash to visit Murdoch sometime early next year. Subhash to possibly deliver technical seminar/lecture while Jim to initially work on the proposal among other things.
  • Prior to Jim’s arrival in Australia , a once a month telephone conference will be held to discuss work developments among others (regardless who is available) and a fortnightly group email update would be broadcasted.