Pre-conference workshops are being held on Tuesday 19 November. Workshop registration is in addition to the conference registration. The workshop information will continue to update as information is confirmed.

Planning for Research Impact - CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Start Time: 10:00am

Finish Time: 4:00pm

Hosted by: Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security


Planning for Research Impact happens before, during and after your research project.

Based on the Framework for Exploring Research in Development Impact (FERDI), this workshop aims to enhance research engagement and knowledge exchange activities.  Whilst designed for a development context, both overseas and within Australia, this work is of benefit to all researchers. We explore the different stages of a research project life cycle and show how different tools can be useful to public health professionals and academics seeking greater research impact.

This “hands-on” workshop involves short presentations by health experts such as Peter Annear (Nossal Institute for Global Health) and Joshua Francis (Menzies School of Health Research) on how they have planned and achieved research impact.  This will be followed by active small group sessions using tools designed to enhance the research impact of your own projects. We show how stakeholder analysis can be used to tailor specifically designed knowledge outputs for different audiences, as well as the importance of lasting engagement with communities for research impact.

We will use your ideas and your current projects to demonstrate how to use Enhancing Research Impact in International Development (ERIID), a practical guide soon to be released by Research for Development Impact Network.


The workshop is being convened by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security in association with Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou, Director, Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI) at Western Sydney University (WSU), and Dr Charles Hawksley, Politics and International Studies, University of Wollongong.

Capacity Building Workshop - Public communication during a Communicable Disease outbreak - NEW

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Start Time: 4:30pm

Finish Time: 5:30pm

Limited numbers

Hosted by: Public Health Association of Australia


Break out!: Risk communication and weighing up context when a communicable disease strikes.

This workshop will explore a changing media landscape and how not to press the public panic button.

Strengthening Field Epidemiology in Australia

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Start Time: 9:00am

Finish Time: 12:30pm

Hosted by: MAE Program


The highly successful MAE program was born in 1991 and has produced some of Australia’s best epidemiologists who have gone on to become leaders in population health in Australia and Globally. We want to ensure MAE scholars and graduates continue to meet the expectations of field placements and potential employers in Australia, to ensure their skills are relevant to the changing demands in population health in Australia and beyond.


Workshop overview

In this workshop we seek the input of MAE field supervisors on what you look for in a MAE scholar and what you need in your epidemiological workforce. Some of the questions we will be asking: What are the skills and knowledge that you expect an MAE scholar to have on entry to the program and exit from the program? What types of projects should MAE scholars be doing? How can the program best support supervisors and field placements to ensure that scholar projects have maximum public health impact and scholars are best equipped to meet the future needs of Australia’s public health workforce? How can the MAE program better support field supervisors?


Who should attend?

This workshop is targeted at current MAE field placements and field supervisors and prospective field placements intending on submitting and expression of interest to host an MAE scholar in future. This workshop is a rare opportunity for field supervisors and MAE program staff to come together and share in the quality improvement of the program.



  • Professor Ross Andrews, Director MAE Program, Australian National University

  • Dr Tambri Housen, Curriculum Convenor on MAE Program, Australian National University

  • Dr Ben Polkinghorne, Program Convenor MAE Program, Australian National University

  • Associate Professor Stephen Lambert, MAE program staff and field supervisor, Queensland Health


Emerging Methods in Situational Assessment for Decision Support

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Start Time: 9:30am

Finish Time: 3:45pm

Hosted by: PRISM

Situational assessment – gaining awareness of the current and/or potential impact of an infectious disease – is a critical component of decision support. Researchers have been developing methods for interpreting situational information, and in partnership with policy-makers, translating these methods to best support national and regional decision-making. This interactive workshop will be in two parts, where participants will be actively engaged in decision-making for a range of epidemic and endemic disease management scenarios, through the use of outputs from existing research methods and tools that incorporate situational assessment.

Who should attend?
The workshop is targeted at a broad range of participants including epidemiologists, clinicians and public health professionals. It provides an excellent opportunity for students, researchers and practitioners to explore infectious disease management activities, including situational assessment and the translation of research and policy information into visual and interactive formats that support decision-making.
The workshop aims to demonstrate to participants the capabilities of existing research methods and tools, and to invite them to contribute feedback and insights to improve the public health utility of these tools.

Part 1 – Epidemic disease scenario: pandemic influenza. At the onset of a pandemic, much will be unknown about the causative pathogen. Public health practitioners will need to make decisions under rapidly evolving, uncertain conditions. A key priority will be gathering situational information as quickly as possible. This part of the workshop will involve an interactive pandemic response exercise where participants will be asked to make critical decisions on possible control options for a hypothetical influenza pandemic. Emerging situational evidence will be provided, along with outputs from decision support tools. Participants will be able to compare the recommendations from these tools with their own interpretation of the available evidence.

Part 2 – Endemic disease scenario: tuberculosis. TB control program leaders and policy makers now have a number of options available to them, for developing activities beyond passive case finding and treatment. These include active case finding, treatment of latent TB, a variety of testing algorithms and targeting of high risk groups. We will provide different country level scenarios and show how these may lead to different choices for programmatic interventions.


  • Jodie McVernon, University of Melbourne

  • James McCaw, University of Melbourne

  • Freya Sheaer, University of Melbourne

  • Emma McBryde, James Cook University

  • Ross Moss, University of Melbourne



Whole Genome Sequencing for Public Health

Date: Tuesday 19 November 2019

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Start Time: 1:00pm

Finish Time: 5:00pm

Hosted by: CDGN, CREID & ISER


Dr Meru Sheel, Australia National University

Dr Danielle Ingle, Australia National University /Doherty Institute

Dr Rebecca Rockett, University of Sydney

Dr Verlaine Timms, University of Sydney/ Institute for Clinical Pathology and Medical Research (ICPMR)

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Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is transforming surveillance and investigation of infectious diseases globally. Data arising from WGS of infectious organisms result in unparalleled information on relatedness to other strains, virulence, and resistance to drugs. The amount of information generated through WGS is immense, which is challenging to analyse and requires new means of interpretation. In addition, the field is fast moving meaning that new methods of analysis are in a state of constant evolution. It is essential that public health staff understand how the data are generated, visualised and interpreted. A key success is close working partnerships between public health laboratories who are on the frontiers of WGS and public health staff who routinely conduct surveillance and investigation.


Workshop overview

In this workshop, we will use a variety of presentation formats to go through usage of WGS for public health practice. The workshop will include regional leaders in WGS development and translation for public health purposes. We will follow this with paired presentations from epidemiologists and laboratory staff around specific pathogen surveillance issues. The emphasis will focus on improved interpretation and presentation of results. We will conclude the session with ‘You can’t ask that’ of public health laboratory leaders.


Who should attend?

This workshop will suit a broad audience from public health physicians and nurses, epidemiologists, clinicians, and laboratory staff. The workshop will make an excellent opportunity for students, researchers and practitioners to learn more about WGS and its implementation in public health surveillance and investigation. Workshop participants will be able to provide feedback and insights on improving training and capacity-building in this area.


About the organisers

This is a joint initiative of the Communicable Disease Genomics Network, and two National Health & Medical Research Council funded Centres of Research Excellence—Centre for Research on Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID) and the Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER).


  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Steven Djordjevic

  • Ms Keira Glasgow

  • Associate Professor Amy Jennison

  • Ms Ellen Donnan

  • Dr Elena Martinez

  • Dr Phil Britton

  • Dr Sacha Stelzer-Braid

  • Associate Professor Torsten Seemann

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