Program Overview

Day 1: Grass roots - people working at the community level. This will be at HMRI and will feature presentations form some of our Indigenous guests. A bus will be running from the Crowne Plaza Newcastle to HMRI. After the welcome to country and opening ceremony, the Director of Hunter New England Aboriginal Health, Tony Martin, will speak about otitis media health services in our local health district. We will also have speakers from the goldfields around WA, including Geraldine Hogarth, an Indigenous recipient of the Order of Australia for her community work in ear health. Our international guest, Dr Mahmood Bhutta, from the United Kingdom, will be speaking about his work in Cambodia. Day 1 will finish with a drinks and nibbles session at 4pm

Day 2: At Newcastle City Hall, the focus will be on clinical trials and clinical practice. Presentations will be from people in various states talking about how they manage clinical treatments and clinical trial interventions.The conference presentations will finish at lunch time so that we can board buses to go to Birubi Point SLSC thanks to Port Stephens Council, for some relaxation and networking at the beach and a barbecue at 4.30. Buses will return to Newcastle at 7.30. 

Day 3: At Newcastle City Hall, the focus will shift to basic science (infection, genetics and immunity) with a parallel session in the middle of the day on the collection of quality research data - again hearing from a variety of people running different programs.