Key dates

Registration 
Now open

Registration Closes
23 November 2020

ABSANZ Summit 2020
24 - 26 November 2020    (11:00 - 15:00 AEDT)

Available On-Demand Until
31 March 2021

Enquiries

Association Professionals
Conference Managers

PO Box 7345
Beaumaris VIC 3193
conference@absanz.org.au
P: +61 3 9586 6033

Program

** This program is subject to change

All content including live sessions and webinars will be available on-demand until 31 March 2021

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Tuesday 24 November 2020 

Bringing biosafety to the community 

11:00am - 11:20am

Welcome to Country (not available on-demand)

 

Powhiri

 

ABSANZ Welcome

11:20am - 12:50pm

Community biosafety – challenges and triumphs

 

Plenary session with Q&A (live)

 

Dr Norman Swan, Health Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator (Australia)

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Chief Executive, Ministry of health (New Zealand)

12:50pm - 1:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

1:00pm - 1:50pm

How ABSANZ can bring biosafety to the community

 

Interactive session with Q&A (live)

 

Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center, ISAAA (Malaysia)

Dr Heather Bray, Lecturer in Science Communication, University of Western Australia (Australia)

1:50pm - 2:00pm

Wrap Up

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

Available anytime

Webinars

 

A day in the life of COVID-19 test swab

 

George Taiaroa, Research Fellow - Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Melbourne (Australia)

 

 

 

Behind the scenes: High containment facility tour

 

Presented by ACDP scientific and engineering staff, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (Australia)

 

 

 

PC4 Behind the scenes: High containment facility tour

 

Presented by ACDP scientific and engineering staff, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (Australia)

Wednesday 25 November 2020 

Protecting our health 

11:00am - 11:10am

ABSANZ Welcome

11:10am - 12:40pm

Regulating outbreaks – how can regulation hinder and help in a crisis?

 

Plenary session with Q&A (live)

 

Dr Heidi Mitchell, Director of the Contained Dealings Evaluation Section, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (Australia)

Derek Fitzgerald, Manager of Compliance, Medsafe (New Zealand)

Luke Johnson, Response Manager in the Incident Management Team, Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand)

Caroline Gibson, Director, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Australia)

12:40pm - 1:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

1:00pm - 1:50pm

Crop and Animal Health: Biosecurity and challenges in developing countries

 

Interactive session with Q&A (live)

 

Dr Vasant L. Patil, Director – Science & Regulatory Affairs, CropLife Asia (Singapore)

Dr Angel Manabat, Technical and Health Assurance Director, Pig Improvement Company (Philippines)

Prof Subha Bhassu, Professor, University of Malaya (Malaysia)

1:50pm - 2:00pm

Wrap Up

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

Available anytime

Webinars

 

Impacts of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases on indigenous populations

 

Prof James Ward, School of Public Health UQ and Director, UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (Australia)   

Stephanie Dijkstra, Māori Scientist, Ngāi Tahu HSNO Kōmiti (New Zealand)

 

 

 

Biosafety in the clinical setting

 

Dr Julie Wang, Practice Principal, Whitehorse Medical Clinic (Australia)

Dr Rosie Gentle, Advanced GP Registrar, Whitehorse Medical Clinic (Australia)

Dr Amy Wang, GP Registrar, Whitehorse Medical Clinic (Australia)

 

 

 

Biosafety in the workplace

 

June Freeland, Manager, Research Infrastructure and Biosafety, Victoria University (Australia)

Thursday 26 November 2020 

Preparing for what’s next 

11:00am - 11:10am

ABSANZ Welcome

11:10am - 12:40pm

Hypothetical panel discussion 'What’s next?'

 

Plenary session (live)

 

(Facilitator) Dr Julian Druce, Head of Virus Identification, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (Australia)

Dr Norman Swan, Health Journalist, Broadcaster and Commentator (Australia)

Dr Robert Ellis, Director Biosafety, Colorado State University Department of Microbiology (United States)

Prof Trevor Drew, Director, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (Australia)

12:40pm - 1:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

1:00pm - 1:50pm

Designing the future of containment

 

Interactive session with Q&A (live)

 

Stephen Coulter, Director, Coulter Advisory (Australia)

Richard Sale, Senior Laboratory Architect, Conrad Gargett (Australia)

1:50pm - 2:00pm

Wrap Up and Close

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Break and Virtual Exhibition Viewing

Available anytime

Webinars

 

What’s next in terms of changing people's behaviour

 

Sean Kaufman, CEO, Safer Behaviors (United States)

 

 

 

Measuring COVID-19 and antibiotic resistant bacteria in sewerage and the implications of finding them

 

Prof Erica Donner, Research Leader, University of South Australia (Australia)

Dr Barbara Drigo, Research Fellow, University of South Australia (Australia)

 

 

 

Decontamination of workplaces. Services for biocleaning

 

Brett Cole, Managing Director, BioSafety (Australia)