Workshop attendance for delegates not attending the conference is available. Please register as Single Workshop attendee through the online process.
Alternatively, if you wish to attend more than one workshop, select Single Day Registration and this will then provide you access to the Sunday session and Welcome Function of the Conference. 

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Workshop map

The Grand Chancellor (GC) and the Medical Sciences Building are marked on the map. Entry to the Medical Sciences building is via the main doors on Liverpool Street.

Delegates will have to sign in and out as they enter and leave the building, there will be a registration desk just inside the doors and there will be someone to direct delegates to the appropriate rooms.



Time Location/Room Workshop Contact Conference Delegates Workshop ONLY
Medical Sciences Building
Room 158/159
Antimicrobials SIG Workshop - "Multidrug Resistant Bacteria: Phenotypic and Molecular Methods in Detecting unusual Antibiotic Resistance"

This workshop reviews and focuses on current phenotypic and molecular methods used by Australian laboratories to detect unusual antimicrobial resistance in both Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria. 

Dr John Merlino
Review and update of current EUCAST and CLSI Phenotypic methods in detecting unusual Antibiotic Resistance in Routine Laboratory Practice
Diane Rafferty
Update and review of the CDS method in detecting unusual Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr Peter Taylor
Molecular laboratory methods in detecting multidrug resistant bacteria

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12pm-12:30pm Antimicrobial SIG AGM

John Merlino




Medical Sciences Building
Room 206
Virology SIG Workshop -

Dr Natalie Prow
A new replication-defective, vaccinia-derived, CHO-manufactured, vaccine vector system (SCV) co-expressing chikungunya and Zika virus structural genes is effective in preclinical studies
Dr Julio Rodriguez
Mosquito immune responses against Alphaviruses
Dr Adam Taylor 
Mutation of the N-Terminal Region of Chikungunya Virus Capsid Protein: Implications for Vaccine Design
Dr Ali Zaid 
Dissecting Innate Immune Responses to Alphavirus Infection: Potential for Therapeutic Solutions
Prof Nicholas King
Dr Francesca Frentiu
Dr Prasad Paradkar 
Zika neuropathology: a mosquito-centric view 

Suresh Mahalingam $30.00 $100.00
Medical Sciences Building
Room 207
Mycobacteria SIG Workshop - "Tips & tricks of mycobacteria in the routine microbiology lab"

8:00am - 10:00am
Lisa Shephard
TB Biosafety
Mycobacterial Cultures
ZN Staining and Reporting

Laboratory Practical - Wetlab
10:30am - 11:30am - Group 1 -
ZN Staining and Reporting

Identification of Isolates
11:30am - 12:30am - Group 2 - 
ZN Staining and Reporting
Identification of Isolates

2:00pm - 2:30pm - Andrea Bustamante
NTM Suceptibilities
2:30 - 3:30pm - Lisa Sheaphard & Andrea Bustamante
3:00pm - 3:30pm - Ronan O'Toole & Andrea Bustamante
WGS Analysis

Lisa Shephard $60.00 $150.00
Medical Sciences Building
Room 205
Biofilms SIG Workshop - 

The faculty will take registrants through a journey from basic aspects of biofilms, to their clinical significance, to demonstrating them in clinical samples, and finishing with a demonstration of how to propagate biofilms artificially and to analyse them with sophisticated microscopy techniques. 

Iain Gosbell
Medically Important Biofilms

Laboratory Practical - Confocal Microscopy, Analysis of Biofilms

About the Biofilm Workshop

Biofilm Workshop Faculty

Biofilm Program

Iain Gosbell $60.00 $150.00
Hotel Grand Chancellor - Chancellor 6
Clinical Serology & Molecular Biology SIG Workshop - "The Great Debate – The Changing Face of Microbiology"

Dr Roger Wilson, Chief Pathologist NSW Health Pathology
The Changing Face of Microbiology – what microbes can teach us about change in microbiology
Prof Dominic Dwyer, Director of Public Health, NSW Health Pathology 
The Changing Face of Microbiology – the implications for Public Health.
Mark Van Asten, Managing Director, Diagnostic Technology
The Changing Face of Microbiology – the implications for industry and the workforce

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Linda Heuston $30.00 $100.00
Hotel Grand Chancellor - Chancellor 6
Writers Corner

Dr Greg Crocetti  
Scale Free network, Children's books where microbes are the heroes (Zobi and the Zoox, The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon and The Invisible War)
Sarah Lloyd 
Slime moulds specialist (Where the slime mould creeps) 
Dr Genevieve Gates
A field guide to Tasmanian Fungi

Cheryl Power $30.00 $100.00