Past Conferences

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

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

About the Conference

The Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA) Conference is the premier interdisciplinary meeting for healthcare professionals from Australia and New Zealand involved in the treatment and management of individuals with cleft lip and palate and related craniofacial anomalies. The 2023 – 13th ACLAPA Conference in Melbourne will bring together healthcare professionals from both countries, as well as our colleagues and friends from the Asia-Pacific region and guests from well-beyond.

This conference will showcase an exciting contribution of local and regional expertise, through oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures and stimulating panel discussions. It will be a welcome return to face to meetings, the chance to meet with new and established friends and foster networking opportunities.

Guest speakers:

Stephanie van Eeden (Speech and Language Therapist) UK.

Stephanie has worked at the Regional Cleft Lip and Palate Service, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for 17 years and has led the speech and language service since 2009. Her research includes speech and language disorders related to cleft palate and velopharyngeal dysfunction. Stephanie is currently undertaking a PhD researching development of language problems in children with cleft palate and her special interests include speech therapy outcomes in younger children and Pierre Robin sequence.

Craig Russell (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon) UK.

Craig is a Consultant Cleft, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon for the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Clinical Project Lead CRANE The Cleft Registry and Audit Network. The Cleft Registry and Audit Network (CRANE) is a national clinical audit run by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CE and U) of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS). The registry has been instrumental in improving communication, research endeavours and standardisation in the UK

Simon van Eeden (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon) UK.

Simon is a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon, having completed training programmes in South Africa and Oxford (UK) and a fellowship at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Simon has been a consultant specialising in cleft lip and palate at Alder Hey and Aintree University hospitals since 2006. He is the chair of the Cleft Development Group in the UK and will share with us lessons learnt from his role.


Abstracts may be submitted via the following link:

Important Dates:
Abstracts open date Monday 27 March 2023
Abstracts close date: Friday 30 June 2023
Notifications to authors: Friday 07 July 2023
Early Bird rates available: until Sunday 09 July 2023
PALS Course run by Operation Smile**: Thursday 26 October 2023
Preconference meeting dates**: Thursday 26 October 2023
Conference Dates: Friday 27 to midday Sunday 29 October 2023

**Prior to the Conference there will be a PALS Course run by Operation Smile and Speech and Cleft Nursing Preconference Meetings on 26 October. Contact details to follow.


Early bird rates have been extended to Sunday 9 July 2023.

Please use the following link to register for the scientific and social programs:



Accommodation may be booked direct with the Pan Pacific Hotel on the following link:

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Social Program:

In addition to a comprehensive scientific programme, our two social events are:

Welcome BBQ Reception Friday 27 October 2023

This event will be held offsite with buses leaving from outside the Pan Pacific Hotel foyer at 6:00pm.  Entry ticket includes a BBQ with cash bar beverages. This event is subsidised with compliments of ACLAPA and free for registered members.

Conference Dinner Event Saturday 28 October 2023 (80’s Night)

This event will be held at the Hot Sauce Laneway at the QT Melbourne Complex at 7pm. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of great music and fun. If you have ever dreamed of doing a takeover of a Melbourne laneway bar – this is the night! Entry ticket includes great food, beverages, and entertainment. This event is subsidised with compliments of ACLAPA and free for registered members.

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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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8th Asia Pacific Cleft Lip & Palate/ Craniofacial Congress Penang, Malaysia

Welcome to the conference page for the 8th Asia Pacific Cleft Lip & Palate/ Craniofacial Congress in Penang, Malaysia. We will update this page as information comes available so be sure to check back regularly.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Address: PenangMalaysia

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ACLAPA 2011 – Perth Western Australia

The combined Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association and 7th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip and Palate Craniofacial Congress is an important event for those wanting to share innovative surgical and management practices and concepts from around the world.

It presents an exciting range of experts and leaders in cleft lip and palate/craniofacial practice, management, research and education.

Confirmed Keynote Presenters include:

  • Dr Fiona Wood
  • Dr Mark Ferguson
  • Dr Michael Mars
  • Anette Lohmander (PHD)
  • Dr David Precious
  • Dr Jean-Claude Talmant
  • Dr Peter Mossey
  • Dr Court Cutting

The Congress also provides opportunities for professional networking with a view to presenting and generating new ideas and projects for collaborative research. The theme of the Congress allows for presentation of results from individual and collaborative research and matters of management and patient care.

To register your expression of interest as a delegate, sponsor or trade exhibitor, or for information regarding the Call for Abstracts please visit the Congress website:
Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011 to Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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10th Asia Pacific Craniofacial Conference / ACLAPA Meeting Adelaide 3 – 5 October 2014

Submit An Abstract Download Registration Form Download Oral & Poster Presentation Guidelines Oral & Poster Presentation Guidelines

Preliminary Presentations:
Keynote 1: Economic consequences of delivering cleft
services in a developing country.

Mr Mark Moore AM

Keynote 2: The search for genes involved in Clefts
Prof Stephen Jane/ Dr Seb Dworkin, (Monash)

Invited speaker:Role of Ophthalmology.
Dr Michael Hammerton.(Ophthamology)

Invited speaker: Management of Hearing.
Dr David Wabinitz(Otolaryngology)

Invited speaker:
Social integration of cleft teenagers, can we do more?
Ms Amanda Gieriesch (Psychology)

Plenary: Establishing Centers of Expertise – The Dutch Experience
Irene Mathissjen(Rotterdam)

Sagittal synostosis: A meta analysis of Strip craniectomy vs Cranial Remodelling
Dr May Thwin

Recurrent raised intracranial pressure in single suture craniosynostosis: Are there predictive factors?
Dr Xenia Doorenborsch

Scientific Update Using Nanotechnology for Delivery Systems for drug delivery in craniosynostosis.
A/Prof Losic/Manpreet Barina (Chemical Engineering)

Dental Anomalies in Craniofacial Syndromes
T Surman,/M Packman(Adelaide Dental School)

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014 to Sunday, October 5, 2014
Address: Adelaide SA, Australia
Official URL:

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