The Executive of the 2013 Australasian Tuberculosis Conference committee is convening an Australasian Tuberculosis Conference from 28th - 29th November 2013 at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand.

This conference follows on from the previous successful event five years ago, with an expanded, multinational and multidisciplinary programme. It is intended to attract health professionals from all disciplines involved with TB throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Western Pacific. The theme of the conference is Tuberculosis - Facing the Challenges.

The goals of the conference are

  • To bring together health professionals involved in TB, to network and share knowledge
  • To disseminate new knowledge and information about all aspects of TB
  • To integrate new knowledge and research concepts into current and future improved practice and research

Invited international keynote speakers include:
  • Dr Tauhid Islam, Medical Officer, rGLC Secretariat, Stop TB, WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, Philippines
  • Dr Richard Lumb, Principal Medical Scientist, Mycobacterium Reference Laboratory, Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Dr Richard Stapledon, Consultant, South Australia Tuberculosis Services, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia.
  • Kerri Viney, Acting TB advisor, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), New Caledonia.
  • Dr Karen Bissell, Coordinator, Health Policy Research Unit, Deputy Director, Centre for Operational Research, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Planned plenary sessions include TB in the western Pacific, TB and comorbidities, TB laboratory diagnostic techniques, drug resistant TB and research advances. Other session formats will include pro-con debates, panel discussions, smaller case-based discussion groups and breakout sessions. Participants will be invited to submit abstracts for presentation in both poster discussion and oral formats, and will also be encouaged to submit clinical cases for presentation. There will be awards for the best abstract presentation and best clinical case presentation. There will be a conference dinner on the Thursday evening, featuring live music and entertainment with a local flavour.

A separate multidisciplinary TB advanced course is also planned at Auckland City Hospital on Wednesday 27th November.

Auckland has breathtaking scenery, world- class food and wine, sparkling harbours, island retreats, eclectic cultures, great shopping and spectacular arts and events - it’s all here for you to discover before and after the conference.