Together Achieving Better Health
Conference 2021

25-26 March 2021, Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment

123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW 2750


The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is excited to announce the return of the Together Achieving Better Health Conference for 2021.

You are invited to connect, learn and share quality health improvements to patient care and the patient experience through innovation, collaboration and research.

Our strong commitment to research and education has helped define us as leaders in developing innovative health care solutions, both nationally and internationally.

Together with our clinicians and researchers we continue to build upon our reputation to deliver high quality, accessible and efficient health services.

This year the conference will be held on 25-26 March 2021 at Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment in Penrith, in Sydney’s west.

The spotlight on health has never been greater as we work towards recovery and minimise the impact of COVID-19. You will hear from thought leaders and clinical innovators who are pushing the boundaries of health care and improving the patient experience. We hope to see you there.

Key Dates

  • 18 August 2020 — Call for abstract submissions open

  • 18 August 2020 — Conference registration open

  • 18 August 2020 — Preliminary program

  • 15 January 2021 – Abstract submissions close

  • 31 January 2021 — Notification to authors

Call For Abstracts!

Call for abstracts for the Together Achieving Better Health Conference 2021 are now open.

Our 2021 conference topics reflect the current issues and roles affecting health care and the patient journey. We welcome submissions of abstracts for presentations relevant to the conference topics. Priority will be given to submissions that reflect critical thinking, research, or reflective policy and practice.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically using the submission portal link below.


Below are summaries about just some of the ideas that will be discussed and on show during the sessions. Abstract entrants with a clinical specialty focus are encouraged to think about how their ideas touch across disciplines and professions to make positive impacts to patient care. Registrants are encouraged to experience a range of topics because all will have a role in the patient’s journey at some stage and at every point in that journey we can make a difference.


More and more the environment has a huge impact on the way we care for people. Recently challenges such as bushfire, flood and novel coronavirus have required us to think differently about how we deliver healthcare. Climate change, population and industry growth also can have negative effects on our health and wellbeing. What can we learn from recent events that challenge our capacities?


While the expansion of truly integrated care should put less stress on our emergency departments and ICU units, population growth, an ageing population and the economic landscape throw up continued challenges. How do we innovate new models and technologies and how do cultural, religious and political pressures add to these challenges?


Culturally sensitive and appropriate healthcare is a must, but what challenges must we overcome and what new opportunities are there to provide better health for our diverse communities?


From conception to age five children learn and experience more growth than any other time of life. How can we as healthcare providers support children and their families to give them the best start in life?


As our population grows, people are living longer and want to stay and be treated at home in their community. How do we develop new models of care across the lifespan so that people can be well in their own home and communities?


At some time in everyone’s life they will need acute hospital care. The prevalence of chronic disease, cancer and lifestyle challenges will continue to pose risks to patients’ health where treatments for disease and medical intervention are required. How do we move from a treatment focus to a recovery model that prevents longer stays in hospital, reduces deconditioning, eradicates clinical error and provides better health outcomes?


Death and dying is a topic not often talked about but a ‘good death’ can make a huge difference to quality of life for the patient and the experience of losing a loved one for families. As healthcare professionals can we challenge societal norms and spiritual beliefs and what role do these ideas have in treatment options?

Program at a Glance

25 March 2021
  • 08:30 - 09:00


  • 09:00 - 16:40

    Plenary, Workshops and Abstract Presentations

  • 16:40 - 17:10

    Poster Presentations and Awards

  • 18:30 - 22:00

    Conference Dinner

26 March 2021
  • 08:30 - 09:00


  • 09:00 - 15:40

    Plenary, Workshops and Abstract Presentations

  • 15:40 - 16:10

    Poster Presentations and Awards

  • 16:10 - 16:20

    Closing Address



Keynote Speakers


Industry Speakers




Poster Presentations

What's Next?

If you haven't registered for the event or would like to submit an abstract, you can do that by clicking on the buttons below.


How do I register for the Conference?

We welcome registrations online, click here to register now.

What is included in my registration?

A Full Registration includes attendance to all sessions over 2 days, 25 and 26 March 2021. Full registration also includes, satchel, lanyard, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and entry to the Gala Dinner. You may purchase additional tickets to the dinner.

A Day Registration includes attendance at sessions on the nominated day of attendance (either 25 March or 26 March), satchel, lanyard, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments on the day of attendance. Day registration does not include entry to the Gala Dinner. Tickets to attend the dinner will need to be purchased separately.

How do I know If I am registered for the Gala Dinner?

Please check your latest registration confirmation email. If you have misplaced this, you can request a new copy by emailing

When and where is the Gala Dinner?

The Gala Dinner is on the evening of Day 1 of the Conference - Thursday 25 March 2021, 6.30pm.

The Gala Dinner will be held in the Fernhill Room, Panthers – Penrith.

What is the Gala Dinner dress code?

Cocktail wear

Can I purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner?

Additional guest tickets are priced at $100 and can be purchased during registration.

How do I become a Conference Sponsor?

This conference will showcase research and quality initiatives from across the health sector providing a fantastic opportunity for quality sponsors to connect, learn and share.

Reach approximately 200 delegates with a number of unique sponsorship options including platinum partner, gala dinner partner, exhibition stalls, and satchel inserts.

For more information, download the prospectus here

Where is the conference Venue?

The Together Achieving Better Health Conference 2021 will be held at Panthers World of Entertainment – Penrith, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750.

If you are entering via the front entrance, please approach the reception desk on your right-hand side. Behind reception is an escalator and lift that will take you to Level 3 where the conference is held.

Is there parking available?

There are over 2000 free parking spaces onsite at Panthers World of Entertainment - Penrith.

Where do I check-in on the day of the Conference?

The Conference Registration Desk is located at Panthers on Level Three. It is open from 8am each day of the conference.

What COVID-19 protocols will you be implementing?

  • All Guests are to sign into Panthers – Penrith upon entry, including phone number (for tracing purposes)
  • Hand Sanitiser is located throughout the venue
  • Rooms will be set with a safe distance between delegates, or in line with safe distancing protocols
  • Individually packaged food items
  • Individual Soft Drinks/Water Bottles offered
  • All furniture/service points continually sanitised throughout the day

Do not attend the Conference if you:

  • Feel unwell or have flu-like symptoms
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID – 19

Current COVID-19 screening criteria will apply at the time of the conference.

Is WiFi available at the conference venue?

Delegates have access to complimentary WIFI for the duration of the conference.

Select network: Panthers-Functions-WiFi

Password: ecpinternet

Please note that movies, music or illicit downloads are restricted.

Is there a Conference App?

A conference app will be available for download the week prior to conference.

How do I know if there have been any changes to the program?

Any changes to the conference program will be updated via the conference app and announced during housekeeping each morning during the first plenary session. You may also check with ID Events Australia staff at the registration desk.

How do I book my accommodation?

You can book your accommodation through the online registration form or by emailing You will be asked to provide your check-in and check-out date as well as your credit card details to secure the booking. Payment for your accommodation will not be taken until you check out of the Hotel. Delegates are encouraged to book in advance as availability closer to the Conference date is not guaranteed.

Can I change my accommodation booking?

Please contact ID Events Australia to cancel your accommodation prior to the Conference. If you need to cancel your accommodation booking within 30 days of your arrival date any cancellation fees will be subject to the hotel cancellation policy. If you need to alter your accommodation booking once you have checked in, please deal directly with the hotel.

I am presenting a poster, what should I do?

Posters will be displayed in the Foyer for the duration of the conference. There will be a dedicated poster session daily during the scheduled lunch breaks.

Presenters need to bring their printed poster in A0 size to the Registration Desk where they will be directed to their allocated poster board. Authors should be available on either one of the days at lunchtime to discuss the poster with delegates. Presenters need to adhere the poster to the poster board by morning tea time on Thursday 25 March and retrieve their poster after the last session on Friday 26 March. Uncollected posters will be disposed of.

Please use strong double-sided tape on both sides of the Velcro to display the poster.

I am a chairperson, what should I do?

If you are a chairperson, you will receive chairpersons’ guidelines when you register at the registration desk. If you have additional questions, please contact ID Events Australia.

I need to cancel my registration, what do I do?

Cancellations must be received in writing via email to Cancellations will not be deemed to be received until you receive a written confirmation from ID Events Australia. If you have not received an acknowledgement email within two business days, please contact Dani Grainger on (02) 9965 4322.

No refunds will be made for cancellations received within 30 days of the Conference commencing; however, registration transfers will be accepted up to 7 days prior with no penalties.

Is there security at the conference?

Please protect your personal property while at the Conference. Do not leave valuable items unsecured. The members of the conference organising committee and ID Events Australia accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party.