The Companion-Animal Multi-Species Risk Management Tool (CAMSRMT)
Lead Researcher: Dr Janette Young, University of South Australia
Through 2020 and 2021 an Australian team of human and animal experts, academics, researchers, community consultants and veterinarians worked together to develop the Companion-Animal Multi-Species Risk Management Tool (CAMSRMT). This is a risk management tool aimed at supporting the safe inclusion of personal pets (that is, those that people have pre-residential relationships with) in communal residential aged care.
The framework enables users to assess the risks that both humans and animals may encounter in these settings. It encompasses the major species groups kept as pets: dogs, cats, birds, fish, small mammals). The level and impact of these risks and methods to reduce them to acceptable levels is detailed. Very few risks are unmanageable and CAMSRMT offers the opportunity to carefully explore the potential for co-residence when this is desired or appropriate for both human and animal members of these relationships.