The program overview below is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Please check this page regularly.

Saturday 22nd September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

 0800 Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open

Clinical Ethics workshop

Afternoon workshop including afternoon tea.  $80 per person.  Book during registration for the AABHL conference; non-delegates are welcome.

This workshop is designed for those involved in the provision of clinical ethics support within organisations (such as clinical ethics committee members, clinical ethicists and clinicians).  Sessions will explore various aspects of clinical ethics support including advocacy, resource allocation, and the skills of conducting effective case consultations.

Sunday 23rd September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open
0900-1200 Student/Early Career Researcher Stream Workshop
Morning workshop including morning tea.  Attendance at this workshop by students (delegates and non-delegates welcome) and Early Career Researchers, fully subsidised by AABHL.  Numbers are limited and registration essential.
1100 AABHL Conference Registration Open
1130 Committee Meeting
Opening Plenary | Raffles
Chair: Lynn Woodward
1300-1315 Welcome to Delegates | AABHL 2018 Chair Lynn Woodward
Welcome to Country
President’s Welcome

Kirby Oration

Sponsored by The Australian Centre for Health Law Research

1430-1500 Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Concurrent Session A
  Savoy Kingston Raffles

Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor | Townsville Yacht Club

The Welcome Drinks is the first social function of the conference. The ‘Ice-Breaker’. Don’t miss this opportunity to chance to catch up with colleagues and to meet other delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Monday 24th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Registration Open
Concurrent Session B
  Savoy Kingston Raffles
1010-1020 Changeover Break
1105-1130 Morning Tea | Foyer
Plenary Session | Raffles
1130-1215 Invited Speaker
1215-1300 Invited Speaker
1300-1430 Lunch | Foyer
1330 -1415 AABHL AGM – All Members Welcome 
Concurrent Session C
Savoy Kingston Raffles
1535-1600 Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Concurrent Session D
Savoy Kingston Raffles
1735 Sessions end
1800 Empirical Bioethics Stream Networking Meeting
Free evening

Tuesday 25th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Registration Open
Concurrent Session E
  Savoy Kingston Raffles
1035-1100 Morning Tea | Foyer
Plenary Session | Raffles
1100-1200 Invited Speaker
1200-1300 Lunch | Foyer
Concurrent Session F
Savoy Kingston Raffles
1410-1425 Changeover Break
Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Closing Plenary Session | Raffles 
1540-1620 Invited Speaker
1620-1630 Close

Conference Dinner | Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island

Catch the ferry to the gorgeous Magnetic Island for a 3 course dinner and drinks to remember.  Tickets no charge for full registrations and $120 for guests and day registrations.  Book during registration.

Wednesday 26th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville


A selection of workshops will be held at the venue as part of the incoming AEN conference on Wednesday 26th September and AABHL Delegates are welcome to attend. 

Workshop fees are an additional cost to both AABHL and AEN delegates.  To book click HERE

0730-0830 Registration
Room Savoy Room Kingston Room Raffles Room
0830-1230 Consent in research

Facilitators: Professor Ian Kerridge and Professor Paul Komesaroff
This workshop will cover: Capacity to consent: Own consent; substitute decision maker for adults consent; parental / legal guardian consent. Approaches to consent: full consent; opt out; waiver of consent. Ascertaining level of risk and consent. Consent in different situations, e.g online research. Further information will be advised when available.
Research integrity

Facilitators: Dr Jillian Barr and Ms Anne Walsh
This workshop will cover: Update on Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Managing misconduct – how to address problems that arise. How to facilitate adequate monitoring of studies. Further information will be advised when available.
1230-1300 Break
Room Savoy Room Kingston Room Raffles Room
1300-1700 HREC members training

Facilitators: Dr Conor Brophy and Ms Sara Potts
The purpose of the workshop is to provide Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members, HREC Administrators and those involved with the planning, conduct and review of research involving humans with a deeper understanding of the purpose and function of an HREC and their role within these committees. The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with facilitators experienced in ethical deliberation on research and their peers in a supportive learning environment. The workshop will focus on the National Statement and other relevant guidance by means of practical consideration of research ethics application and the role of the HREC and researchers in applying this guidance.
Ethics Goverance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics

Facilitators: A/Professor Andrew Crowden and Dr Richard Roylance
It is reasonable to expect that contemporary genomic data governance arrangements should be developed to respect humans and non-human animals, promote fair distribution of benefits, foster trust, reciprocity and integrity while offering support to the advancement of research and scientific knowledge. If governance is inclusive, sustainable and responsive to current and future scientific developments then it is likely to be practically useful and ethical. Many will benefit. In this workshop, key challenges associated with the ethical governance of new [global] hybrid genomic data infrastructures (including genomic biobanks) will be identified and briefly discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to consider cases and make suggestions in response to practical examples. The Australian context is used as an initial focus for discussion. However, the claims and suggestions are applicable anywhere. They are particularly pertinent to situations where the scientific reliance on new hybrid genomic data infrastructures is outpacing considered ethical analysis.
Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Facilitators: TBC
This workshop will cover: How to conduct consumer engagement. Reflecting on different population sizes in research depending on research location . Ethical consideration when conducting research with First Nations peoples. Update on revised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines document.
1800 AEN Civic Reception hosted by the Townsville Mayor (AEN Delegates only)


About the Association

The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

Members come from all the contributing humanities, social science and science disciplines that make up contemporary bioethics.

Many members have cross-disciplinary interests and all seek to broaden the dialogues in which all members of the wider community ultimately have an interest.

The AABHL is a supportive, creative and challenging community that provides a rich source of continuing academic refreshment and renewal.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.