Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: Strengthen & Sustain National Conference 2019



Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) at the University of Melbourne and co-host Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), are pleased to invite you to register for the Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: Strengthen & Sustain – National Conference 2019 which will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March 2019 in the Northern Territory. This conference is also supported by our partners, Vision 2020 Australia, Optometry Australia and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

The 2019 conference, themed ‘Strengthen & Sustain’ will provide opportunity to highlight the very real advances being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait eye health. It will explore successes and opportunities to strengthen eye care and initiatives and challenges to sustain progress towards the goal of equitable eye care by 2020. To this end, the conference will include plenary speakers, panel discussions and presentations as well as upskilling 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

A number of upskilling workshops are scheduled from 9am – 12.30pm on Thursday 14 March. The workshops will run concurrently during two session times for 90 minutes and topics areas include:

  • Regional Implementation
  • Outreach Services
  • Cultural Safety
  • Health Promotion
  • Leadership
  • Retinal Photography
  • MBS Items

Further details about the workshops, including opportunity for delegates to select workshops, will follow in February 2019.

Please Note: The Opening Session (Session 1) of the Conference will begin at 1.30pm on Thursday 14 March.

Welcome Reception Function, Conference Dinner and 2019 Leaky Pipe Awards

A Welcome Reception is planned at 5pm on the first afternoon of the conference, Thursday 14 March in the Courtyard at the Convention Centre (same venue as the conference).

A Conference Dinner and the 2019 Leaky Pipe Awards is scheduled for 6pm on the second evening of the conference, Friday 15 March at the ‘Helipad’ of the Double Tree Hotel – so please plan your travel accordingly.




Key Dates:

key dates for conference


Registration (including workshops, welcome reception and conference dinner) is now open.



Full Conference Program (Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March 2019 including all presentations, workshops, Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner) $250
Day 1 (Thursday 14 March 2019 including all presentations, workshops and Welcome Reception) $125
Day 2 (Friday 15 March 2019 including all presentations and Conference Dinner) $125
Conference Dinner only (Friday 15 March 2019) $80

Please share and forward this information with colleagues and refer people to this conference webpage where the conference program and additional information will become available in the lead up to the conference. Note: Please use the conference hashtag #CTGV19.

We look forward to you joining us in the Territory in 2019 for learning and sharing within the unique beauty and cultural significance of Central Australia.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us at or contact IEH staff Carol Wynne (; 03 8344 3984 email) or Mitchell Anjou (; 03 8344 9324)