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Cystic Fibrosis Australia's Conference schedule is packed full of fantastic speakers, brilliant destinations and the most up to date information in CF research

In 1988 the first International Cystic Fibrosis Conference in the southern hemisphere was held in Sydney and in 1994 CFA organised the inaugural Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference (ACFC).  This allowed medical, scientific, allied health and lay communities to come together for knowledge gathering, information sharing and understanding of new trends from overseas.  The 13th ACFC will be held in Perth in August 2019.

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13th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference

The 13th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference (ACFC) provides a collaborative and educational forum for the CF community and CF professionals to help advance CF research and care. In 2019 our biennial conference brings together health professionals and members of the CF community from around the world to discuss and share ideas on the latest advances in CF research, care and drug development and to exchange ideas about ways to improve the health and quality of life for people with CF.

In 2019: 

Both Conferences will be held at the Crown Towers, Perth. 

The planning is well underway with both the Lay and Medical organising committees working together to bring you the most up to date and current information from the best speakers both locally and from around the world. 


Meet your Committees

The 2019 Conference Medical & Lay Committees have representatives from all over Australia and New Zealand and are busily working on finalising the conference programs.  

Lay Committee
Nigel Barker WA CEO CFWA - Chair
Nettie Burke NSW CEO, CFA
Liz Kellaway NSW Programs Manager, CFA
Katherine Pekin WA Services Manager, CFWA
Cassie Jones NSW Parent of child with CF
Kirsten O'Shea QLD Has CF
Shannon Malone-Brierley QLD Parent of a child with CF
Jane Drumm NZ Parent of two adults with CF
Caz Boyd WA Has CF, lung transplant recipient 1994
Wendy Enderbrock-Brown WA Parent of a child with CF
Craig Woodrick QLD Has CF
Tess Farrelly VIC Has a partner with CF
Tania Minogue ACT Parent of three children (8-15 years), two have CF
Paula Wallace WA Minutes Secretary, CFWA


Medical Committee
André Schultz WA Chair, ACFC
Nettie Burke NSW CEO, CFA
Melanie Smith NSW National Partnerships Manager, CFA
Anna Tai WA Adult CF Physician
Siobhain Mulrennan WA Adult CF Physician
Peter Wark NSW Adult CF Physician
Jamie Wood WA CF Physiotherapist
Natalia Popowicz WA CF Pharmacist
Natalie van der Haak SA CF Dietitian
Judith Glazner VIC CF Clinical Nurse Consultant
Heather Hugo WA CF Social Worker
Andrea Barrett WA Senior Clinical Psychologist
Stephen Stick WA Paediatric CF Physician
Adam Jaffe NSW Paediatric CF Physician
Anthony Kicic WA CF Scientist
Nigel Barker WA CEO, CFWA


The Location

Perth, Western Australia

  • Crown Perth officially opened its doors to the public 1985, bringing a fully-integrated entertainment precinct to Western Australia. Crown is located on the eastern banks of the Swan River. It is approximatley a 10 minute drive from Perth city centre and a 20 minute drive from Perth International Airport.

    Find out more
  • Address

    Great Eastern Highway

    Perth, Western Australia, 6100

    1800 776 460



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City of Perth provide the following brochure to assist visitors in easily getting around Perth. Download the brochure>

Train.jpg By train

Transperth provide public transport services for
the Perth Metro area.

Smart Rider cards are the best value for money
when using public transport. Alternatively, you
can buy cash tickets from ticket machines at train
stations and ferry jetties, and from bus drivers.

Plan your trip here>

taxi.jpg By taxi/cab

Designated taxi ranks are located around the
central city for safe and convenient travel.
Supervised taxi ranks operate on Friday and
Saturday night on William Street in the CBD
and Milligan Street in Northbridge. 

Perth’s major taxi companies include:

  • Swan Taxis – 13 13 30
  • Black & White Taxis – 13 10 08
  • Yellow Cabs – 13 19 24
  • Tricolour – 13 22 27
  • LCAB – 13 52 22
  • UBER –

A taxi service is available for passengers with
disabilities. This service operates 24 hours a
day and it is recommended to book 24 hours
in advance to avoid delays. The service can be
booked on 08 9333 3377.

bus.jpg By bus

A free transit zone (FTZ) also operates within the
City of Perth boundaries. You can travel on any
bus with the City of Perth for free. FTZ signposts
are displayed on the route limits. For travel outside
the FTZ, purchase a ticket from the driver or
purchase a SmartRider from Perth Station or
selected outlets.

Plan your journey>

bike.jpg By bike

Perth has a comprehensive network of cycle and
dual use paths, as well as u-rails for locking your
bike. One of the most popular routes for cyclists
and walkers is around the Swan River
(approximately 10km). All riverside routes are
clearly signposted and detailed cycle maps can
be obtained from most metropolitan bicycle

Plane.jpg By plane

Perth airport is an international and domestic
airport. It is the fourth busiest airport in Australia
in terms of passenger traffic, and operates 24
hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year.

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Travel Grants

Cystic Fibrosis Australia is offering travel grants to encourage eligible registrants of the 13th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference to attend and enrich the conference through active participation.

Travel grants are to the amount of $150 per person. There will be 75 grants available for lay registrations and 75 available for nurses, allied health and PhD student registrations. Travel grants will be awarded on a first in first served basis and only apply to single registrations.

To be eligible for the travel grants, you must:

  • Be one of the first 75 people to register in your category
  • Have booked and paid for your flights to Perth that covers the dates of the 2019 Conference
  • Provide your flight itinerary/flight confirmation to the Conference Secretariat by 1 March, 2019

Travel grants will be distributed to successful registrants starting from the end of March 2019 and will be refunded via event booking platform Eventbrite.

CFA reserve the right to roll over travel grants to the 'next inline' if sufficient flight itinerary/documentation is not provided by the due date.

Booked and paid for your conference registration? Confirmed and paid for your flights? Finalise your Travel Grant Submission now>



Contact Information

Conference Secretariat

person.jpg Melanie Smith, Programs Manager
Phone-(1).jpg +61 2 9889 5171
email.jpg [email protected]


General Enquiries

Phone.jpg +61 2 9889 5171
email.jpg [email protected]


Sponsors and Exhibitors

We are currently in the process of securing sponsors and exhibitors for the 2019  conference. We have a range of sponsorship levels to cater to business size. 

The 13th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference provides an excellent opportunity to promote your business to the CF medical professionals and/or cf community if appropriate. 

 Download the Sponsorship Prospectus



Maintaining the integrity and confidence of information presented at the 13th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference, recording, photography and taping of any kind, on any device is strictly prohibited. 

Some sessions at the conference will be professionally filmed and shared publically. CFA will have obtained prior approval from presenters concerned. 

To reduce the risk of cross-infection, CFA recommend that only one person with CF attend each day/or session of the Conference. 

Please be aware that others with CF might choose to attend the Conference and Conference related activities. While we strongly discourage this, other individuals with CF may still choose to attend despite our recommendation stated above.

We also want to stress that good infection prevention and control measures apply to all attendees. To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs we ask that everyone follow basic best practices:

  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel. Hand gels are provided for your convenience throughout the conference. For specific locations, please visit the registration desk.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth,
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from those with a respiratory infection. 
  • Do not attend the conference if you are, or have recently been sick. 

Thank you for your cooperation in helping to safeguard the health of those who attend our conference.

Refund requests will be considered on a case by case basis in the lead up to the event, up until COB Wednesday 24 July 2019. 

If successful, an administration fee of $50 per registration will be charged. 

If you have applied for and received a travel grant, this money will also come out of your refund as the money would have already been transferred.

CFA invites all who are unable to attend the conference in person to register (for free) for Consumer Connect. Closer to the conference, we will be putting up sessions which will be:

  • Live-streamed
  • Filmed live and interactive ie: you can be involved from the comfort of your own home.

In addition to this, we will be looking at securing one on one interviews with some of our presenters, also to be held on Consumer Connect, of which you can register to participate and chat live with the guest presenter. 

To ensure you are eligible to receive a travel grant from CFA, you simply need to book your conference ticket now and check the box that you would like to be considered for a travel grant. The booking system effectively time stamps your booking so we know who the first 75 people are and then you have until March 1 next year, to provide us with your flight itinerary that shows booked and paid flights to Perth according to the terms and conditions.

The conference countdown has officially begun, we can't wait to see you there!


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