The 2009 Communicable Disease Control Conference

The document provides the program for the 2009 conference.

Page last updated: 28 January 2009

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The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) and the Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) will host a 3 day Communicable Diseases Control Conference (CDC 2009) from Monday 4 to Wednesday 6 May 2009 in Canberra at the Hotel Realm.

CDC 2009 aims to promote evidence-based discussion around communicable disease control themes, including:

  • communicable diseases considered to be under control;
  • communicable diseases that are poorly controlled, re-emerging or newly emerging;
  • communicable disease issues of importance to indigenous peoples, and
  • the impact of communicable disease locally, regionally and globally.

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Keynote and invited speakers

The following noted experts will draw on their experiences to provide keynote addresses introducing each theme to conference participants, from an international perspective:

  • Prof. David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation, Department of Health, London
  • Assoc. Prof. Julie Hall, Team Leader Emerging Infectious Disease, WHO Western Pacific Office, Manila; and
  • Prof. Rick Speare, Director, Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University.
  • The inaugural Aileen Plant Oration will be presented by Professor John McKenzie, Australian Biosecurity CRC, Curtin University of Technology.
  • Various research leaders will also provide plenary addresses on each day of the conference. These include:
  • Dr Graham Tallis, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response Team Leader, WHO Indonesia;
  • Dr Naomi Pomat, Paediatrician Daru Hospital, Papua New Guinea;
  • Prof. Bart Currie, Professor of Medicine, Northern Territory Clinical School, Flinders University;
  • Prof. Cindy Shannon, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health, University of Queensland; and
  • Dr Vicki Krause, Program Director, Disease Control Program, Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.

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  • Pre-conference workshops – Sunday 3 May
  • Public health nurses and public health officers workshop
  • Zoonoses – presented by Prof. Rick Speare
  • Threats to our regional area – presented by Assoc. Prof. Julie Hall
  • How to sell vaccination programs – presented by Prof. David Salisbury

Plenary sessions

  • Regional issues in infectious diseases
  • Infectious diseases in Indigenous health
  • Old infectious diseases

Concurrent sessions

  • International and globally mobile populations
  • Lessons from a mass gathering
  • Pandemic flu
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Indigenous health
  • Vaccines
  • Laboratory aspects of public health
  • Modelling and seasonal flu
  • Zoonoses and arboviruses
  • Infections in aged care
  • Foodborne diseases
  • Surveillance methods
  • Bloodborne and sexually transmitted infections
  • Respiratory diseases

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