Past Conferences

2022 National Conference

Covid saw to the postponement of the 2021 event, with contractual arrangements committing us to the August 2022 event, even though Covid was still influencing a large part of our lives. We talk a lot about the need for resilience in overcoming challenges, but the conference committee needed a super dose of that to survive as they planned a really successful event under trying circumstances. (Thanks to Julie, Glenn, Annette, Ted, Kieran and Ian) Fortunately Covid behaved reasonably well, to see 100 people in attendance! Thank you to the Australian Government for grant funding under Australia’s Disability Strategy (National Disability Conference Initiative 2022-2023) and Guide Dogs Australia for grant funding under the Connected Together program. Also thank you to the anonymous donor who made our children’s programs possible!

2019 National Conference

“Leading the Way”, Adelaide, SA. Over 100 people met at the Mercure Grosvenor hotel in Adelaide over a weekend in August to laugh, cry, be inspired, eat, drink, laugh again and learn.  Dr Murray Brilliant, geneticist from the US, and A/Professor Celia Chen , Neuro-Ophthalmologist gave us great insights into their work and albinism. Meanwhile the primary and youth program attendees were kept busy with self defence, Bollywood dancing, excursions to the chocolate factory, central markets, the Adelaide Museum, Virtual Reality  etc.

2017 National Conference

“Celebrating Albinism” Melbourne, VIC – 7th National Conference was held on Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August 2017 at the Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, VIC. Our guest speaker from Austin Texas, Karen Wolffe, challenged our thinking on successful workplace participation and raising children’s expectations on work. Ophthalmologist Dr Wendy Marshman spoke about the latest in surgery and Andrew Fuller had us laughing as we explored how to remain resilient. Most importantly we had a wonderful group of members share their stories and wisdom, with over 200 people involved in the conference

2015 National Conference

“Breaking Barriers by the Reef” Cairns, QLD – 6th National Conference of the Albinism Fellowship of Australia was held on Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2015 at the Hilton, Cairns, QLD. At the conference there was a great range of speakers and topics to meet the needs of professionals, families and singles. A creche was arranged for children under 16 years and a busy social program for those attending including a gala dinner on the Saturday night.

2013 National Conference 

“Fair Go” Sydney, NSW – 5th National Conference of the Albinism Fellowship of Australia was held on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th October 2011 at Rydges World Square Hotel Sydney, NSW. Conference statistics: 260 people involved, 76 people with albinism, 27 kids in the youth program, 24 kids in the crèche, 30 dedicated volunteers, 50 presenters, 40 professionals, at least 1000 teardrops, 5000 smiles, 7000 episodes of laughter, and 10,000 moments of shared understanding.

2011 National Conference

“SPF2011: Spectacular Platinum Festival” Melbourne, VIC – 4th National Conference of the Albinism Fellowship of Australia was held on Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September 2011 at the Novotel on Collins, Melbourne, VIC.

2009 National Conference

“Shining The Light On Albinism” Brisbane, QLD – 3rd National Conference of the Albinism Fellowship of Australia was held on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September 2009 at the Chifley at Lennons Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland. Event specifics: 156 Attendees = 128 registrants (including 49 people with albinism); 3 Keynote Speakers; 10 Professional Speakers; 7 Workshop Coordinators; 8 Crèche/Youth workers; 8 Personal Stories (included in registrants total).

2008 National Conference

“Platinum Reflections – Beyond the Stereotype” Adelaide, SA. The 2008 AFA conference was held at the Stamford Grand Hotel, waterside at Glenelg, Adelaide from 4-6 April 2010. Keynote speakers at the conference included: The Fabulous Rick Guidotti, founder of Positive Exposure in the USA, Dr Brian Evans with his user friendly guide the albino eye,  Margaret Mary Campbell from the USA who spoke on Bully-proofing your child. A crèche was run for our younger members. We enjoyed a Conference dinner on the Friday night, Saturday evening was a relaxed waterside picnic. At our second conference, we had 118 attendees, including 42 people with albinism.

2006 First National Conference

“Bringing Together Australians with Albinism”, Sydney, NSW. The first Australasian Albinism Conference was an enormous success, more so than we could ever have imagined!!! We had 101 registrations from people all over the country, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea. Almost half of those registered were people with albinism. This was the first time that a lot of us had ever been with this many people with the same condition in one room. The presentations covered a wide spectrum of albinism related issues, with well supported social events in the evenings and a fun childcare group during the daytime.