Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: The Gap and Beyond National Conference 2020


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Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) at the University of Melbourne and co-host Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) are pleased to invite you to register for the Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: The Gap and Beyond National Conference 2020 which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2020 in Adelaide, South Australia. This conference is also supported by our partners Optometry Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and Vision 2020 Australia.

The 2020 conference provides opportunity to highlight the shared progress and advances being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health. It will explore successes and achievements being made to close the gap for vision by 2020 and the opportunities to sustain and continue this progress towards the elimination of avoidable blindness and vision loss by 2025. The conference will include plenary speakers, panel discussions and presentations as well as workshops and cultural experiences.

Who should attend?

The conference is designed to bring people together and connect people involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care from local communities, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, health services, non-government organisations, professional bodies and government departments from across the country. We would like to invite everyone who is working on or interested in improving eye health and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Conference Dinner, 2020 Leaky Pipe Awards and Eyes in Action

The Conference Dinner, including the 2020 Leaky Pipe Awards, is scheduled in the evening of the first day of the conference, Wednesday 18 March (venue to be advised).

The Eyes in Action photography competition will again be held during the conference– see opening and closing dates below.

Please watch the Conference updates for additional information.

Call for abstracts

The 2020 Close the Gap for Vision National Conference includes opportunities for delegates to present papers related to their efforts to improve eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Papers can be presented in a number of formats:

  • Oral presentations: up to 20 minute podium talk;
  • Table Top presentations: no more than 10 minutes to be presented multiple times to a small audience;
  • Workshops: up to 90 minutes to be presented to no more than 60 people; and
  • Poster presentations: for display during the conference.

Abstract submission instructions:

  • Please submit an abstract of up to 200 words, and a title;
  • Please include a short bio for each presenting author (no more than 50 words). Preference will be given to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander presenters;
  • Please indicate whether you prefer to deliver your paper as an oral presentation, a table top presentation, a workshop or a poster. Please note that there are limited spaces available for each type of presentation, and organisers reserve the right to accept a proposed presentation in a different format than proposed by the authors;
  • The deadline for abstracts is 17 January 2020.

Contact us

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us at or contact IEH staff Guy Gillor ( or Nick Wilson (; 03 8344 8675)


Leaky Pipe Award Nominations

'Eyes in Action' Photo Competition

Abstract Information


Other Meetings

Key Dates



Opens 18 November 2019 (close 6 March 2020)

Abstract Submissions

Opens 18 November 2019 (close 17 January 2020)

Leaky Pipe Award nominations

Open 17 December 2019 (close 28 February 2020)

‘Eyes in Action’ Photography Competition

Open 17 December 2019 (close 28 February 2020)

Registration Costs


Full Conference Program (Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2020; including all presentations and Conference Dinner) $350
Full Conference Program community member* (Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2020; including all presentations and Conference Dinner) $200
Day 1 (Wednesday 18 March 2020; including all presentations and Conference Dinner) $200
Day 2 (Thursday 19 March 2020 including all presentations and Farewell Function) $200
Conference Dinner only (Wednesday 18 March 2020) $80

*Community member registration applies to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those staff attending from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations.

Please share and forward this information with colleagues and refer people to this conference page. The conference program and additional information will become available in the lead up to the conference. Note: Please use the conference hashtag #CTGV20.twitter handle #CTGV20

We look forward to you joining us on Kaurna country in 2020 for learning and sharing in the wonderful city of Adelaide.

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