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

Thursday 16th November 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops | Nearby offsite locations (as per below)
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 Multiplex IHC Workshop
Biocare_300x200When: 1430-1730 Thursday 16th November
Presenters: Mike Verney, International Sales Manager – Asia Pacific Region, Biocare Medical
Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart
Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)


Friday 17th November 2017

 0800 Workshop Registration Open | Hotel Grand Chancellor
 0800-1800 Exhibition Bump In | Federation Ballroom
 0900 Pre-Conference Workshops | Nearby offsite locations (as per below)
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Tissue Recognition – The Basics Pathology of the surgical cut-up: What you need to know before making the cut
When: 0930 – 1200 Friday 17th November
Presenters: Dr Tayiba Tayiba, Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Royal Hobart Hospital
Venue: Keith Milligen Lecture Theatre, Basement Level Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart
Cost: $95 (including morning tea)

When: 1000 – 1230 Friday 17th November
Presenters: Dr Ros Malley, Senior Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Royal Hobart Hospital
Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart
Cost: $95 (including morning tea)

Tissue Recognition – The Weird, The Wonderful and The Wacky Perfecting the Gram Stain
When: 1430 – 1700 Friday 17th November
Presenters: Dr Nada Dickinson, Senior Anatomical Pathology Registrar, Launceston General Hospital
Venue: Keith Milligen Lecture Theatre, Basement Level Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart
Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)
When: 1330 – 1630 Friday 17th November
Presenters: Members of the Anatomical Pathology Quality Assurance Program and Technical Committee Members; Zenobia Haffajee, Neeta Lal, Martyn Peck, Julia Pagliuso
Venue: Surgical Skills Laboratory, Level 1, Clinical School, 43 Collins Street Hobart
Cost: $95 (including afternoon tea)

 1300/1315 MONA_ cropped_300Catch the ferry to MONA ($22 return ticket, book during registration) | Brook St Pier
Boarding 1300 / Departure 1315 – Don’t be late the ferry won’t wait!

We have a catamaran. It’s camouflaged. If you can find it in these photos, you ride for free.*

A direct trip between Brooke Street Pier and Mona takes around twenty-five minutes. The ferry is undercover and sails in rain, hail or shine.  $22 gets you the standard ticket to sit on sheep, frequent our onboard bars and admire the spunky staff in their spunky boiler suits.

Sheep_300Alternatively, upgrade to the Posh Pit (book direct with the ferry for Posh Pit tickets) and escape the riff-raff. Enjoy complimentary drinks, canapés and inflated egos in our exclusive lounge, bar and private deck. There’s table service too; rattle your jewellery for attention.

*Not true
 1345-1700 Self tour of MONA | Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)
 1700 Catch ferry back to CBD | MONA Wharf

Friday Night Trade Opening | Federation Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Welcome to the 2017 National Histology Conference! This is the first social opportunity to catch up with your interstate colleagues and sponsors and exhibitors of the conference.  The Trade Opening also provides a great opportunity to meet delegates who are attending the conference for the first time. Make sure you take advantage of being right on the wharf and embark on a culinary tour of Salamanca after the function.  There are many exceptional restaurants within walking distance to sample.

Free evening

Saturday 18th November 2017

 Molecular Breakfast Workshop
Dako_200x100When: 0700 – 0830 Saturday 18th November
Presenters: Scott Reed, Applications Specialist, Agilent Technologies
Venue: Grand Ballroom 3, Hotel Grand Chancellor
Cost: $70 (including breakfast snack, tea and coffee)
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 0800 Registration Open
  Opening Session 1 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Alistair Townsend (TAS)
0900-0930 Official Opening – Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania
Welcome to Delegates – Conference Convenor Alistair Townsend
0930-0945 RCPAQAP update
Julia Pagliuso
0945-1000 Climate science in Antarctica with histotech roots
Stacy Deppeler
1000-1030 Role of percutaneous renal biopsy in kidney transplant recipient management
Dr Karen Whale, Tony Van Galen
1030-1100   trajan_300x200Morning Tea – sponsored by TRAJAN | Federation Ballroom
Session 2 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Sharin Prakash (SA)
1100-1125 A guide on how to get a scientific article published
Alex Laslowski
1130-1230 Diagnostic and clinical utility of liquid biopsy: An exploration spanning CTCs to ctDNA
Professor Kevin Spring
1230-1330 Lunch | Federation Ballroom
Session 3 | Grand Ballroom
Chair:Kerrie Scott (VIC)
1330-1415 Circulating tumor DNA analysis: What is the limit?
Professor Allen Chan
1415-1445 Electron microscopy in pathology: current status and the impact of new technology going forward
Murray C. Killingsworth
1445-1500 Using Pathology (RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TESTS) to empower communities in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Lisa Davidson
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea | Federation Ballroom
Session 4 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Trevor Hinwood (NSW)
1530-1600 The use of diagnostic FFPE material in cancer epidemiology research
Neil O’Callaghan
1605-1625 A histology scientist in molecular world
Siok Chang
1630-1700 The names of the stains; histology history Part 1
Jean Mitchell, Jane Parr
1700 Sessions Close
1830 Board coaches for dinner | Campbell St side of the Hotel Grand Chancellor
1900 till late

Conference Dinner (optional, book during registration) | Glen Albyn Estate

Dramatically perched above the shores of the Derwent River with a backdrop of the Historic Shot Tower, Glen Albyn’s views span Storm Bay, Bruny Island and beyond. Feel a world away whilst being only 12 minutes drive from Hobart’s CBD, at a property that has nestled itself in as one of Tasmania’s most unique venue experiences.

Join other delegates in celebrating what we know will be another fantastic National Histology Conference Dinner, proudly sponsored by Dako.  The dinner includes a 3 course meal with drinks, entertainment and return bus transfers from the conference venue.  

The conference dinner is proudly sponsored by Dako

Sunday 19th November 2017

 0800 Registration Open
  Plenary Session 5 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Debbie Plunkett (NT)
0900-0930 The names of the stains; histology history Part 2
Jean Mitchell, Jane Parr
0935-0955 Liver Adenoma IHC
Patrick Martin
0955-1025 Renewed national cervical screening program: From cytology to human papillomavirus nucleic acid testing
Grace Tan
1030-1100 trajan_300x200Morning Tea sponsored by TRAJAN | Federation Ballroom
Plenary Session 6 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Amanda Marsden (QLD) 
1100-1120 Working in the multi-generational lab space
Kellie Madigan
1120-1205 How to get away with murder
Dr Chris Lawrence
1205-1220 NSCLC FISH panel
Meghan Leo
1220-1320 Lunch | Federation Ballroom
  Closing Session 7 | Grand Ballroom
Chair: Mark Bromley (VIC)
1320-1335 An improved test for the diagnosis of Rabies for resource poor laboratories
Jean Payne
1340-1400 Tasmanian aquatic animal health surveillance programs – histology of common submissions and diseases
Dane Hayes
1405-1435 MODERNIZING HISTOPATHOLOGY – The challenge of designing and commissioning a state-of-the-art histopathology laboratory in a large, private pathology laboratory facility
Ted Ditchmen
1435-1445 Conference closing statement | Kellie Madigan
1445 Conference closed

About the National Conference

The National Histology Conference in Australia commenced in 2003. Talks between the Victorian and New South Wales histology groups primarily led to the inaugural conference in Sydney. Since that first conference, the states with organised histology groups notionally agreed to hold the conference every two years rotating through those states.

2003 Sydney, NSW
2005 Melbourne, VIC
2006 Gold Coast, QLD
2009 Adelaide, SA
2011 Sydney, NSW
2013 Melbourne, VIC
2015 Brisbane, QLD

The event has grown in stature and professionalism with the venues, presenters and social engagements continuing to drive the conference to new levels of sophistication and probity.

This conference explores the potential for the histology groups to venture to states currently without organised histology groups. This provides one further step in the evolution of histology meetings by broadening to yet to be explored states and territories on a national level.

The Histology Group of Victoria will be the host of the conference, but unlike other National Histology Conferences will be joined by all states to create a more national approach to the first neutral location.

Conference Managers

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