The ACFC extends a warm welcome to all attendees for the 2024 conference in Brisbane. The event is scheduled from the 2nd to the 4th of August at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, encompassing both the Medical sessions on the 2nd and 3rd and the Non-Medical sessions on the 3rd and 4th, providing attendees with opportunities to participate throughout the entire conference.

The theme for the 15th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference in 2024 is "Connect and Conquer: Advancing CF Care." This theme holds special significance as it marks our first in-person conference since 2019. We eagerly anticipate reconnecting and collectively advancing CF care to conquer challenges for our community. 


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 15th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference. After a long wait, since 2019, this will be our first face-to-face conference in 5 years! It has been a tough couple of years with our last conference being digital and Cystic Fibrosis Australia has been working tirelessly to ensure a valuable conference is delivered for the CF community. This has been challenging post-Covid, especially with inflation and increasing costs. However, I believe you will find this a very beneficial time. Many thanks to our respective Lay and Medical committees who have been working hard to ensure an informative and compact program is delivered. 

As with all of our events, the health and wellbeing of all delegates is a priority for us at the conference. This is especially important regarding COVID-19 and for the risk of cross-infection for people living with cystic fibrosis. For more information on your safety at the conference please find additional information here.

I am excited to welcome you to Brisbane!

See you soon.

Jo Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer, Cystic Fibrosis Australia

Infection control at the 

Australian Cystic Fibrosis Conference 2024

People living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) are at a higher risk from respiratory infections. The lungs of people with CF have thick, sticky mucus that provides an environment for potentially dangerous organisms to grow. This can occur even for people on new therapies such as Kalydeko and Trikafta. While some people with CF who have had a lung transplant will be taking medications that reduce the ability of their immune systems to fight infections.

Dangerous organisms that can infect the lungs include respiratory viruses, such as; COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, but also many others including the common cold virus. There are also many bacteria that can be spread; including Pseudomonas,  Burkholderia Cepacia and Mycobacterium Abscessus along with many others.

These organisms are spread in the air and sometimes on surfaces, by coughing, sneezing, even talking and through physical contact.

They may cause devastating chest infections for people with CF.

There are some important things we can do to protect people with CF, our families and friends.

1.    If you are unwell or feel you have a flu like illness or common cold, with symptoms that include, cough, runny nose, sore throat or fevers, please DO NOT attend the conference.

2.    All people attending the conference should ensure they are up to date with their influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations. This reduces the risk of infection as well as the chance you will spread the virus.

3.    Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or antimicrobial soap and water. Hand sanitiser will be available at the venue.

4.    People with CF may consider wearing a mask to protect themselves from infection. Consider this when you are indoors and in rooms/areas where it is hard to maintain social distancing. Masks will be freely available at the conference.

5.    Try and maintain social distancing where feasible, that is approximately 1 to 1.5m from another person. We understand this can be difficult at a conference. People with CF should attempt to do at least maintain this between each other.

Certain infections, especially with Pseudomonas, Burkholderia cepacia and Mycobacterium Abscessus can lead to severe chest infections and carriage of these organisms for life. If you have an infection with these organisms, please consider whether you should be attending the conference in person. The lay plenary sessions will be available to watch after the conference.

Cystic Fibrosis Australia will take all possible steps to minimise the risk of infection while at the conference, however we cannot guarantee that transmission of infections will not occur for delegates while in attendance. Please consider this and the risk to your health.

Thank you for considering this advice. Your application of these steps will help ensure a safe and enjoyable conference for everyone.

The 15th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference will be held on the 2 - 4 August 2024 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland.

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