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International Symposium on ALS/MND, Perth 2019

MND Austalia, in partnership with MND WA, is proud to host the 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND and affiliated meetings at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia from 1 to 6 December 2019. 


About the International Meetings 

The Annual International ALS/MND meetings are organised by the MND Association of England, Wales and Northern Ireland in partnership with the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations. A member of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations acts as the host association.

Experts from research and medical communities as well as ALS/MND associations and people living with ALS/MND come together each year to share new understandings about ALS/MND. All share a common goal to move us closer to finding effective treatments and ultimately a cure. The Symposium is preceded by the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations annual meeting, an Ask the Experts session and the Allied Professionals Forum. For an overview of the 2018 meetings hosted by MND Scotland and links to recordings of presentations click here.  


The 27th Annual Alliance meeting will be held on Sunday 1 and the morning of Monday 2 December. More information available here.  


A lunch event for people living with MND and their carer will take place at the PCEC at lunchtime on Monday 2 December. There is no charge to attend but numbers are strictly limited. Registration opens soon. More information available on the website of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations

Ask the Experts 

This session for people living with MND and the wider MND community will be held on Monday 2 December from 2 to 4.30pm. Attendance is free of charge. Registrations and program will be available in the coming months. 

Allied Professionals Forum

The 17th Allied Professionals Forum (APF) will be held on Tuesday 3 December from 8.30am to 5pm. Registration will be £100. 

The Allied Professionals Forum is an opportunity for health and community care professionals to share their experiences, knowledge and strategies of caring for people with ALS/MND with their international peers. The aim of this program is to promote the exchange of information on good practice and to enable health and social care professionals from all parts of the world to provide the highest quality care possible for people with ALS/MND through education and application.

Key themes are outlined here. 

Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN. Abstract submission closing date is 13 May 2019. 

Abstracts on a variety of topics are welcome, but the following themes will be emphasised:
  1. Sex and Intimacy 
  2. Assistive Technology/Improving Communication
  3. Nutrition and Respiratory
  4. Therapeutic Interventions and Rehabilitation
  5. Managing Cognitive Change
  6. Psychosocial and Emotional Support Models of Care 
  7. Genetic Counseling
People living with MND are welcome to attend and can register one carer free of charge.  

30th International Symposium on ALS/MND 

Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 December. Registration will open in May

Learn more about the Symposium on the MND Association’s website.

Symposium rates are based on date. The early bird rate (through 27 August) is £400. Registration includes lunch and refreshments.

Contact if you need information on registration for people living with MND and their carer.

First announcement and call for papers available here.

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations now accepted - deadline for submission is Wednesday 5 June at 23.59hrs UK time 


All meetings will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Details regarding rooms for each meeting will be available later in the year. 

Learn more about the fabulous city of Perth.


Information on hotels close to the PCEC is available here.

The closest hotel to PCEC is the Adina Apartment Hotel. Most hotels have a number of accessible rooms available. If you need an accessible room we advise booking well in advance and calling the hotel to confirm facilities available. 


Most people visiting Australia from overseas to attend these meetings will require a visa to enter the country. More information on how to apply for a visa is available on the Australian Government website

Grants available to assist Australians to attend the  APF and symposium 

Nina Buscombe Award

Applications for MND Victoria Nina Buscombe Awards are now open - closing date 10 May 2019

Australian residents with an interest in motor neurone disease may apply.
Priority will be given to:
  • final year PhD students and early post doc researchers.
  • health and allied health professionals working with people living with MND, including palliative care

Susie Harris Travel Grant 

MNDRIA Susie Harris grants will be available to assist MND researchers with the cost of attendance at the International Symposium. Call for applications and guidelines will be announced in late May. 

ALS/MND Patient Fellows 

The ALS/MND Patient Fellows effort was created in 2016 to enhance the opportunities for people with ALS/MND, care providers to people with ALS/MND and their families to participate in important scientific conferences and meetings about ALS/MND. Applications are not yet open but more information is available here.

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