We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations, table top and rapid fire at the Communicable Diseases Control Conference 2019, to be held in Canberra from Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 November 2019.

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.

With these and many other issues to consider, we invite you to the Communicable Diseases Control Conference 2019.

Abstract submission closed on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11:59pm AEST
Abstract Submission

We welcome submission of abstracts for presentations relevant to one of the Conference themes.

Priority will be given to presentations that offer critical or reflective comment rather than purely program or descriptive papers.

Papers that have clear public health significance in line  with the Conference theme  will be considered and accepted.

Presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health are particularly welcome.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the online facility on the Communicable Diseases Control Conference 2019 website.

Select the Abstract Submission tab and follow the prompts.

It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the abstract uploaded to the server is the correct version. Online abstract document loading is completed via browsing your selected computer drive. Abstracts submitted for presentation will be published exactly as received and should be checked for spelling and grammar prior to submission.

All presenters must register at the time of confirming their acceptance presentation offer and pay the Conference registration fee.

Conference Topics

The program has been designed to provide lively and productive discussions and contributions from all professionals engaged in communicable disease control. We invite you to submit abstracts under the following topic areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations and other high risk groups for communicable diseases;

  • Emerging infectious diseases;

  • Emerging technologies for the clinical microbiology laboratory;

  • The role of technology, ‘big data’ and genomics in surveillance and response to communicable diseases;

  • Antimicrobial resistance surveillance and response;

  • Sexually transmissible and bloodborne infections;

  • Food and waterborne diseases;

  • Vaccine preventable diseases;

  • Influenza and other respiratory diseases;

  • Public health surveillance;

  • Outbreak investigations; and

  • Communicable diseases control in the Asia-Pacific region.

Conference objectives
  • 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.

Target audience

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.

Presentation Type

Long Oral Presentations

Presenters have a total of 15 minutes to present. There will be up to 6 speakers per session. The session will have a nominated chair.

Abstract submitted must have clear learning objectives and outcomes from the presentation.


Places are limited.

Rapid Fire (Short Oral)
There will be a concurrent session for short oral presentations. Presenters have a total of 6 minutes’ presentation time using up to three power point slides. The session will have a nominated chair.

Table Top
Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table Tops involve multiple presenters at multiple tables with each presentation made at a round table of up-to 9 participants. Presenters have 10 minutes – 5 minutes for presenting and 5 minutes for questions. A bell is rung after 5 minutes, indicating when questions commence.

Once the 10 minutes is up, music will play and the presenter will move to the next table and repeat their presentation.

Table Top Feedback

Public Health Prevention Conference 2018

  • “Loved the table top presentations - great opportunity to network with others and provide feedback and learning to the presenters -- love this idea!! Much more dynamic than the usual conference proceedings.”

  • I particularly enjoyed the table top presentations”

Australian Public Health Conference 2018

  • “I liked the table top presentations as we could ask more questions than you normally could if the presentation was made to an entire room.”

  • “This was my first experience of the Table Top presentations and I found the session informative and interactive.”

Abstract Requirements

  • All intended presentations require the submission of an abstract. All abstracts will be subject to peer review

  • Refer to the online abstract submission form or manual abstract submission form for requirements

  • The abstract title should be no longer than 12 words

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words in simple text paragraphs without images or tables

  • The abstract should include sub-headings in relation to the chosen domain, suggested headings are below:

    • Research: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion

    • Clinical Practice / Service Delivery: Clear context, process, analysis, outcomes

  • Maximum of 2 presenters per long oral, maximum of 1 presenter for short oral and table tops. All correspondence will be sent to the person whose name and email address is entered with the abstract


Abstract submission closed on Sunday 30 June 2019 at 11:59pm AEST


Presentation offers will be advised in July 2019.


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