The 19th Australian Conference on Haemophilia, VWD and rare Bleeding Disorders will be held in Sydney from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th October 2019. The venue is the Novotel Sydney Pacific, Manly. The theme for the conference is Challenging the Status Quo
The conference will bring together people with bleeding disorders and their families and carers, as well as health professionals, policy makers and industry representatives. It will provide a great opportunity to learn more about care and treatment in Australia, New Zealand and around the world, and to plan for the future.
Full details of the conference, including the programme and registration, can be found on the Haemophilia Foundation Australia web site on the 2019 Conference Page
HFACT is keen to have as many of its members attend the conference as possible. Therefore, HFACT is subsidising some of the cost of attending the conference for its members. At a minimum, HFACT will cover the costs of conference registration. Please note subsidies are only available to members who are currently financial (i.e. their membership fees are paid up) for the 2019-20 financial year.
**Please note that the closing date for conference subsidies has been extended.**
Funds permitting, there is the likelihood of providing assistance with travel and conference accommodation. A Conference Application for Subsidy Form is attached below for those members who are considering attending the conference. The HFACT committee requests that this form be filled out as soon as possible to enable the committee to determine indicative funding available for each applicant.
2019 Conference - Application for Subsidy Form [ 687 kB, PDF]
There is an expectation that members seeking a financial subsidy will make a direct contribution to HFACT in some way - for example, helping with fundraising, attending Women’s Wisdom or Men's Business gatherings, or contributing to the HFACT newsletter (such as writing up a conference session). HFACT sees this as an important step in helping to build a stronger haemophilia community in the ACT and surrounding regions.
If you have never attended one of these events before, here is a brief outline of the structure of the conference which may help you decide whether you want to attend.
Update: The full conference program has now been published and is available from https://www.haemophilia.org.au/conferences/2019-conference/program
So if you are considering attending the conference, but are constrained by time or travel costs, you can get a lot out of the conference by attending the Friday and Saturday and just staying the one night.
Your registration fee covers the cost of the reception on Thursday night then lunches, morning and afternoon breaks on the Friday and Saturday. The conference dinner and breakfasts are at additional cost.
If you are unsure, feel free to contact a committee member to discuss their conference experiences.