Haemochromatosis Australia is proud to announce the 2nd Australasian Biennial Haemochromatosis Conference will be held at the QIMR Berghofer Institute, Brisbane on 6 and 7 August 2016.

Quick links:
Programdownload the latest conference program.
Guest speakerssee a full list here.
Professional Development Workshop (2 hours) : Haemochromatosis and Hyperferitinaemia for Health Professionals
Registration and fees – NOW OPEN. Click here to find out more.
Abstracts – Deadline extended to 10 June. Instructions for submission of abstracts for conference papers.
The Venue – QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane Queensland, Australia. How to find it.
Accommodation Optionsclick here for help finding accommodation.
Conference News & Updates – sign up for email updates and view previous conference newsletters here.

The conference will enable the exchange of the latest ideas and knowledge between people concerned with inherited iron overload. Parallel professional and consumer streams and joint plenary sessions will bring together clinical researchers and scientists specialising in iron metabolism, clinicians and primary health care workers, as well as people affected by haemochromatosis and health policy managers. We will seek sponsorship to assist medical students and young scientists to attend.

The theme of the conference will be ‘the future of iron overload: linking research and life’. The conference will be challenging, stimulating and informative– exploring the future of iron overload and making real links between research and the lives of those working with or impacted by haemochromatosis. It will mark another significant step towards Haemochromatosis Australia’s vision that no one should suffer harm from this condition.

Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce two international keynote speakers will headline our conference.

Professor John Crowe

Profile image of Professor John CroweNewman Professor, University College Dublin and Consultant in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, Mater Private Hospital, Dublin. Professor Crowe is a distinguished gastroenterologist who has had an interest in haemochromatosis and liver disease since 1980. He has published over 200 international papers and presentations. Professor Crowe’s attendance has been made possible by generous sponsorship and support from the Australian Liver Foundation.

Professor Pierre Brissot

Brissot2Professor of Hepatology, and former head of the French Reference Center for Rare Genetic Iron Overload Diseases, at University Hospital Pontchaillou, Rennes (France). He has acted as visiting professor of medicine at University of California San Francisco and Harvard Medical School (Boston). His research interests include iron and the liver, with special focus on genetic hemochromatosis. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is Past-President of the French Association for Study of Liver Diseases (AFEF) and of the International BioIron Society (IBIS). He received the Marcel Simon award in 2013.

Other Confirmed Speakers

Speakers include many of the leading figures in research, clinical treatment and support of haemochromatosis in Australia.

See a full list here.

Conference Streams

Much of the conference will be held in plenary sessions. There will be special sessions on both days for Professional and Scientific Stream and General (Patients, Health Professionals and others).

General Stream

Topics covered will include haemochromatosis related arthritis, health and nutrition, sexual dysfunction, fatigue, metabolism of iron. Our keynote speakers Professors Crowe and Brissot will lead a haemochromatosis question and answer session for those of us at the conference living with the condition.  There will be updates on the activities, aims and plans for Haemochromatosis Australia and Haemochromatosis International associations and a chance for you to offer your views on how we can best support and improve the health outcomes for everyone at risk of inherited iron overload.

Professional and Scientific Stream

Topics covered will include submitted papers, research and latest scientific developments.

Professional Development Workshop (2 hours)
: Haemochromatosis and Hyperferitinaemia for Health Professionals

Target Audience: General Practitioners, doctors, nurses, venesection staff

A two-hour health professionals’ workshop will be conducted on the Saturday afternoon. GPs, doctors, nurses and venesection staff can register for this workshop as a stand-alone session or elect to include the workshop in their full conference registration. The workshop will be conducted by Dr Katie Goot, (Haemochromatosis Australia GP Liaison), Dr Sim-Yee Ong (gastroenterologist and researcher) and Cindy Bryant (Clinical Nurse Specialist).

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Haemochromatosis Australia wishes to acknowledge invaluable support for the conference from:







Conference Organising Committee

  • Conference convenor: Ben Marris OAM, BA (Soc Work), President, Haemochromatosis Australia
  • Project manager: Tony Moorhead
  • Event Organiser: Tariya Hyde
  • Karin Calford, B Soc Sc  and Dr Dan Johnstone PhD

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