2017 Melbourne Conference

Conference Program

The conference will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne located on Flinders Street.  The hotel is a three-minute walk from Flinders Street Station overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure with many of the city’s top attractions within walking distance.

The Conference Program has being created by our enthusiastic and hardworking conference committee consisting of two people with Oculocutaneous Albinism, three people with Ocular Albinism, partner of adult with albinism and three parents and one grandparent of children with albinism.

 

Friday 18 August 2017

Registration opens

Afternoon workshop – Albinism 101 for those new to albinism and information for teachers and health care workers

Informal welcome drinks

 

Saturday 19 August 2017

Registration

Full Day Conference – General program in the morning with a choice of workshops targeted at adults with albinism or parents of children with albinism in the afternoon

Children and youth program will run all day

Conference Dinner

 

Sunday 20 August 2017

Full Day Conference – General program in the morning with a choice of workshops targeted at adults with albinism or parents of children with albinism in the afternoon

Children and youth program will run all day

Informal post conference drinks

 

Speakers

We are excited to announce that we have secured some great speakers for our 2017 Conference in Melbourne, now only 4 months away.

Our guest from Austin Texas, Karen Wolffe, will challenge our thinking on successful workplace participation and raising children’s expectations on work. Ophthalmologist Dr Wendy Marshman will speak about the latest in surgery and other options for both children and adults and Andrew Fuller will have us laughing as we explore how to remain resilient through the transitions of life.

The major technology suppliers will display the latest gadgets and software, including the new OrCam My Eye, while other experts tell us how they use them with success. Most importantly we have a wonderful group of members who will share their stories and wisdom, including Liz Beales, Shari Parker, Chad Perris (paralympian), Emina Hubanic, Kieran O’Brien and many others.

 

Social Program

The social program will include an informal gathering for drinks, dinner and coffee on the Friday and Sunday evenings.

On Saturday night there will be a dinner at the venue with music for listening or dancing with the Bushwahzee band.  There will be an early dinner for the littlies, followed by fun with Bushwahzee music before the main dinner.

There will be plenty of opportunity to relax and chat with others in the bar, coffee lounge or small sitting areas at the venue.

Questions? Contact Sandra George, Conference Convenor conference2017@albinismaustralia.org