The Communicable Disease Control Conference 2019 is convened by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Public Health Laboratory Network and the Public Health Association of Australia and has been held in Australia approximately every two years. The conference is an important vehicle for highlighting successes and challenges relating to communicable disease control in Australia and the region.

In 2019 the Conference theme of Controlling communicable diseases – mobilising evidence, action and partnerships will cover persistent and emerging issues for infectious disease control in Australia and the region. These issues include emergence or re-emergence of infectious agents, complex outbreaks, resistant microorganisms, genomics, and effective interventions, along with high rates of disease in rural and remote Australia. The theme highlights the importance of the generation and transfer of evidence into policy and practice and invites an exploration of alternative forms of western scientific evidence, such as Indigenous knowledge systems.

At the Conference, renowned international and Australian experts will present on this rapidly moving and exciting era of communicable disease control. The conference will have a focus on improving communicable disease control in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and other high risk groups.

The Communicable Diseases Control Conference 2019 is targeted at professionals engaged in infectious disease epidemiology, microbiology and control from laboratory bench to clinic, from academia to the public service setting.

We hope that you can be a part of this vibrant scientific program showcasing exciting and innovative work in communicable disease control.


The Conference objectives are to:

  • Create an environment for knowledge sharing, collaboration and relationship building;

  • Highlight activities that nationally-funded Centres of Research Excellence have undertaken that demonstrate collaboration across sectors and disciplines to achieve better health outcomes for Australians;

  • Engage professionals across multiples sectors and disciplines in communicable disease control;

  • Provide guidance and insight into capacity building and strengthening communicable disease control, especially among high-risk populations;

  • Provide conference delegates with new and innovative ideas that can be applied to local settings and systems to help create and improve health systems for local and diverse communities.


The conference will aim to facilitate conversations on improving effectiveness and efficiencies of communicable disease control through knowledge sharing and relationship building.

The target audience will be stakeholders able to effect and/or influence change at the systems and/or practice level including:

  • Infectious disease epidemiology;

  • Microbiology;

  • Academia;

  • Commonwealth, state and local government – Ministers/ministerial staff, and health and social sector department representatives;

  • Non-government organisations/community and social sector provider and advocacy organisations; and

  • Health care professionals – doctors, nurses, allied health, dentistry, pharmacy, health promotion etc.

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