ASCIA Annual Conference

ASCIA 2021 Conference Report

ASCIA2021 VIRTUAL Conference

Thank you for your participation in the ASCIA 2021 Conference, which was held as a highy successful virtual event from Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd September 2021.

Whilst we would prefer to have been together in person, our decision to host a Virtual Conference provided some much-needed certainty and change of routine during these challenging times.

The ASCIA 2021 Virtual Conference was the largest ASCIA Conference to date, with almost 700 registered delegates.

The Conference provided an international standard of CPD/CME for delegates, with 58 speakers in the main program, including 12 international experts, 71 poster presentations, 19 clinical grand rounds (CGR) presentations, 31 speakers in 17 sponsored sessions, and specific programs for Nurses, Dietitians and Associate Medical Days on the Friday. 

We are proud of what has been achieved and have received a lot of positive feedback about the content and platform from delegates. We hope you enjoyed the Conference and if you missed any sessions you can view the recordings until 3rd December 2021, including the Q&A.

Registration is still open at and the program can be viewed at

A total of 30 prizes of $500 each were awarded for ASCIA 2021 Conference CGR and Poster presentations. The standard of presentations was high and the scores were close. 

In 2022 our intention is to host a Hybrid ASCIA Conference by combining the best of the Virtual format with some face to face interaction. We hope that this will include an onsite Meeting and Exhibition Hall at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Preliminary details about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available now.

In the meantime the ASCIA team will continue to work with the ICMSA team, who successfully managed the Conference logistics and technology. We will be analysing the data and preparing reports, to determine what worked well and areas that can be improved.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the ASCIA 2022 Hybrid Conference, which will be held from 31st August to 2nd September 2022.

Kind regards,

Prof Michaela Lucas         Jill Smith 
ASCIA President and Chair, ASCIA 2021 Conference         ASCIA CEO

On behalf of the ASCIA 2021 Conference committee:

ASCIA 2021 Conference committee

Chair - Prof Michaela Lucas (WA) 


ASCIA Directors: Dr Theresa Cole (VIC), A/Prof Jane Peake (QLD), Dr Michael O'Sullivan (WA).

ASCIA Committee Chairs: Dr Karl Baumgart (NSW), Dr Lara Ford (NSW), Dr Katie Frith (NSW), Prof Connie Katelaris AM (NSW), Dr Kathryn Patchett (NSW),

ASCIA Associate Representatives: Kathy Beck (QLD), Dr Kathryn Heyworth (QLD), Dr Briony Tyquin (NSW).

Other members: Dr Tiffany Hughes (SA), Dr Preeti Joshi (NSW), Dr Dean Tey (VIC), Dr Brynn Wainstein (NSW), Dr Melanie Wong (NSW).

ASCIA Council Area Representatives: 
Dr Andrew Baker (NZ), A/Prof Katrina Randall (ACT), Dr Narinder Kaur (NSW), Dr Jovanka King (SA), Dr Alberto Pinzon (QLD), Dr Stephanie Richards (VIC), A/Prof Kristina Rueter (WA).

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