Together Achieving Better Health
Virtual Hybrid Conference 2021

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 March 2021

Nepean Clinical School
62 Derby Street, Kingswood NSW 2747

Join us for the hybrid conference

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.

We have moved to a hybrid conference for 2021. The conference will be held on 25-26 March and both an interactive online format and some face-to face attendance opportunities will be available.

By registering as a face-to-face delegate, you will be able to view live keynote and concurrent session presentations. In addition to the face-to-face benefits, you will also have access to all of the virtual conference content.

By registering as a virtual attendee, you will have access to live streamed keynote presentations, and pre-recorded session and abstract presentations. Interaction will be encouraged through Q&A sessions and you will also be able to connect with other delegates in virtual networking sessions.

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 you take the opportunity to be involved.

Key Dates

  • 14 December 2020 — Conference registration opens

  • 14 December 2020 — Call for abstracts opens

  • 28 February 2021 — Abstract submissions close

  • 8 March 2021 – Notification to authors

  • 25 March 2021 – Conference Day 1 (2pm to 5pm)

  • 25 March 2021 – In Conversation with Annabel Crabb cocktail event – Ticketed (5pm to 6pm)

  • 26 March 2021 – Conference Day 2 (9am to 11:30am)


Below are summaries about just some of the ideas that will be discussed and on show during the sessions.


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?


The role of technology in healthcare continues to be a strong focus for healthcare professionals. What impact might artificial intelligence and machine learning have on the way we deliver healthcare in the near future?


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

Thursday 25 March:
Innovation at the Edge
  • 13:30 – 14:00

    Online Registration Opens

  • 14:00 – 16:00

    Plenary, Keynote Speakers

  • 16:00 – 17:00

    Breakout Sessions and Abstract Presentations

  • 17:00 – 18:00

    In Conversation with Annabel Crabb Cocktail Event

Friday 26 March:
Coming of Age – The Life Cycle
  • 08:30 – 09:00

    Online Registration Opens

  • 09:00 – 10:10

    Plenary, Keynote Speakers

  • 10:40 – 11:25

    Breakout Sessions and Abstract Presentations

  • 11:25 – 11:30

    Closing Address



Keynote Speakers


Industry Speakers


Abstract Presentations

What's Next?

If you haven't registered for the event, you can do that by clicking on the buttons below.


What is a hybrid conference?

A hybrid conference combines a ‘live’ in-person event with a ‘virtual’ online component.

Keynote speakers will present live at the venue and plenary sessions will be broadcast through the virtual platform and enable virtual and face-to-face delegates to ask questions directly to the keynote speakers. Plenary sessions will also be recorded and made available on demand through the virtual portal.

Abstract presenters that have been accepted will present live at either Nepean Clinical School or Intensive Care Education & Training studios (restrictions permitting). A pre-recorded session will also be made available on the virtual portal.

The virtual portal will be available to you for an extended time following the conference dates, to catch up on any presentations you may have missed.

How do I register?

To register for the Together Achieving Better Health Conference, click on the following link to be directed to the registration site. You must register in order to attend the face-to-face conference or receive access to the virtual conference platform. Register Now.

What is included in the face to face conference registration?

We will be providing you with a two half-day conference format, which includes in-person plenary and concurrent sessions. Delegates will also be able to network and visit exhibition booths (pending availability). In addition to the face-to-face components you will also have access to the online on demand content for viewing at your leisure.

What is included in the virtual conference registration?

We will be providing you with a two half-day conference format, broken down into pre-recorded and live video sessions. These will be made available for viewing both live during the conference program and will be available for a limited time after the official conference has concluded. You can also connect with other delegates via our virtual networking sessions, and ask questions to presenters through the conference platform.

What is the cost to ‘attend’ the conference?

Both virtual and in-person registrations have no fee associated. There is a fee to attend the Cocktail Function on Day 1, featuring Annabel Crabb. You can purchase tickets as you progress through the Registration process.

Where is the face-to-face conference being held?

The majority of the conference sessions will be held at the Nepean Clinical School, 62 Derby Street, Kingswood. Adjacent to Nepean Hospital.

Where is the cocktail event with Annabel Crabb being held?

The cocktail event will be held at Intensive Care Education & Training studios, Level 3 West Block, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood.

Are you having sponsors or exhibitors at the conference?

There are limited amount of sponsorship packages available that suits the hybrid conference model, while providing great exposure for our partners. Read more about sponsorship options.

I can no longer attend the Conference. Can I give my login to a colleague?

Should you no longer be able to participate in the Conference we ask you to contact our conference organisers ID Events so your registration can be transferred. We do not recommend sharing your login information with anyone as this contains the personal information you provided upon registering.

How do I make an abstract submission?

With the new hybrid format, we have had to change the traditional abstract submission format. In submitting an abstract you are agreeing to provide a pre-recorded presentation as well as presenting face-to-face at the conference.

The pre-recorded presentation is required to be sent by the deadline, so it can be uploaded to the online conference platform and made available for the virtual conference delegates in an on demand format. The pre-recorded presentations are also required if the conference has to pivot to a full virtual only conference due to changes in restrictions.

I would like to submit an abstract. What do I do?

Click on the 'Abstracts' tab. There you will be directed to a portal to submit your abstract. If your abstract is accepted into the Conference program you will receive full instructions on how to prepare and upload your presentation.

I need to make a change to my abstract. How do I do this?

Please contact our conference organisers ID Events for any changes to your abstract. Closer to the Conference we will advise all presenters a cut-off date for changes permitted.

Do I need to download anything to view the virtual conference?

No. Once you have registered, you will be sent information to access the online Conference site. Our sessions use integrated software where sessions and videos will play automatically in your browser. You can use your Laptop or PC (tablets and smartphones are not recommended, due to screen size). For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you join the conference using a supported internet browser, which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Please also remember a stable broadband or wi-fi connection is recommended.

Can I watch from multiple devices at the same time?

You can use any device to watch the Conference (computer, smart phone, tablet). The recommended device is a computer or laptop. Please note, only one device can access your account at any one time. Please do not share your registration login with anyone.