Past Conferences

13th ACLAPA Conference 27 and 28 October 2023, Pan Pacific Hotel, Melbourne.

12th ACLAPA Conference Sydney 4-6 May 2018

Registrations are now closed

Dear Attendees

Thank you for your interest and support for the conference.

We have had an overwhelming number of people register for the conference and advise a change in venue room, (still at the Jones Bay Wharf), to the Loft (level 3) for the day programme and meet the speakers session on Friday 4 May 2018. The welcome reception and the remainder of the conference will remain in the Soho (level 4).   Please refer to attached map.

Sessions and Location

Friday 4 May 2018

Day Programme                                 The Loft (level 3)

Meet the Speaker Session                  The Loft

Welcome Reception                           The Soho (level 4)

Saturday 5 May 2018

Breakfast Session (ticket required)    The Soho

Day Programme                                 The Soho

Conference Dinner (ticket required)  The Soho

Sunday 6 May 2018

Breakfast Session                                The Soho

Day Programme                                 The Soho

Doltone House –Jones Bay Wharf Level 3 and 4, 26/32 Pirrama Road Pyrmont.

Ph: (02) 8571 0622



ACLAPA 2018 – Invitation!

Our next conference will be in Sydney from 4-6 May 2018.

On behalf of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA) Executive, as part of this third and final call for abstracts you are invited to attend the 12th Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate  Association Conference, to be held at Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf, Sydney from 4 to 6 May 2018.

The ACLAPA Executive have organised what we hope will be a very enjoyable and stimulating educational programme with a theme of Quality and Team-based Care. There will be a focus on the essential contribution of dental practitioners in the care of individuals with cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies, a strong program of  presentations from highly regarded international plastic surgeons and for the first time a nursing/ burden of care session. A separate pre-conference speech meeting has been arranged on 3 May. Please contact David Fitzsimons for details.

Dedicated time for the Australasian Cleft Audit study (ANZCleft) has been set aside on 5 May and we give notice that we will be holding the ACLAPA AGM also on 5 May and that all current Committee positions will be available.

We are delighted to announce the following guest speakers and extra sessions.

Our International speakers include, Professors Brenda Louw and Linda Vallino who will present on the importance of transitioning our patients from     paediatric to adult facilities. Mr Brian Sommerlad and Mr Robert Mann will present the management of the cleft palate and velopharyngeal incompetence.     Professors Christopher Forrest and John Phillips from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto will discuss robotics in cleft surgery and cleft orthognathic surgery. We also have a special guest Dr Francis Smith who has a vested interest in craniofacial embryology.

Our national speakers include A/Professors Richard Widmer and John Winters, and Dr Albert Tan (dental specialties), Professor Clare Collins (physical activity and nutrition), David Fitzsimons (speech pathology) Professor Andrew Heggie and A/Professor Jocelyn Shand (oral-maxillofacial surgery), Dr Hayley Herbert (ENT), Dr Tony Roscioli (genetics), Dr Linda Campbell (psychology) and Ms Basia Hamden (speech and dysphagia).

Our extra sessions will be two breakfast sessions (please note change of date for the speakers) and two meet the speaker sessions. The extra cost for attending these sessions will cover catering and extra staff.

Parents and support groups are welcome to attend on 4 May—please advise your parent support groups.

Free Papers

Abstracts are invited for clinicians and researchers to present on all aspects of their work as both oral presentations and posters. Papers will be presented on all days throughout the conference. Please complete the attached abstract submission form and return to

Abstract submission will close 21 February 2018.

Conference Registration Details (see link below to book)

ACLAPA Members—Surgeons $650.00 Allied Health $350.00

Non-Members—Surgeons $750.00 Allied Health $450.00 (includes 1 year ACLAPA membership)

         (registration includes: attendance /catering at any session of the two and a half days & welcome reception)

Breakfast meetings / meet the speaker $50.00

Parent / Support Group $150.00 for Friday 4 May only (includes welcome reception)

Conference Dinner Registration Details (see link below to book)

ACLAPA Members $125

Non-members and partners dinner $135 cocktail reception $35

Venue: Doltone House JBW 7pm. Includes participation in the trivia night. Smart-casual dress code

Registration and Dinner Booking Link:

Abstract submission conditions


Please contact us below with any questions.

David Gillett

Wilma McBain

Wendy Nicholls


The accommodation booking site is featured below (please click on banner), with selected  accommodation options close to the venue with  reduced rates being offered.

Conference National have negotiated discounted meeting accommodation rates for delegates for the following sites:

The Parkroyal Hotel,

The Oaks Apartments, and

The Holiday Inn.

 BOOK NOW: Discounted Accommodation to attend the ACLAPA 12th Australasian Cleft Lip & Palate Association Conference 2018
ACLAPA have partnered with ConferenceNational and have negotiated discounted accommodation rates exclusive to conference attendees. To take advantage of the dedicated ACLAPA Accommodation Tool, please click here to book.


To view the draft conference program click ACLAP_Sydney_2018_Program.



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