2019 Conference Subsidy Applications Open

1 Jun - 1 Oct 2019

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.

  • Thursday - Welcome & Exhibition Opening - Come to see the exhibition and meet people before the conference. This social activity is free for all registered delegates.

  • Friday - The first of two days of formal conference sessions goes all day from 8.30am to 5.00pm. At around 6.00pm, after the formal programme, there is a short non-religious remembrance service to remember those in our community who have passed away. This is followed by the conference dinner, which is a great way to make, and catch up with, friends from far afield. It is also the event where HFA makes recurring and lifetime awards to recognise people who have made significant contributions to the bleeding disorders community.
  • Saturday - An early start for some at 7.00am, with optional men's and women's breakfasts prior to the start of the conference sessions. The second day of formal conference sessions starts at 8.30am and concludes with a final plenary session at around 5.00pm on the Saturday.
  • Sunday - For most people the conference ends on the Saturday night, but the state and territory delegates on HFA Council have their annual general meeting after the conference.
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.

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