Conference Program

We are pulling together a program of top speakers who will not only inform you through their presentations, but will also be available to take questions from families during each session.

This page will be updated as details of speakers are confirmed.

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Time

Session

Speakers

0830

Registration Opens

 

0900

Conference Opens

 

0915

Australia - Leading the Way in Paediatric Liver Transplant

Overview of the recent leaps forward in paediatric liver transplant surgeries, world leading techniques and the increased number of successful transplants and outcomes.

Mr Graham Starkey
Consultant Surgeon 
Austin Hospital and The Royal Children's Hospital

Chair: Professor Winita Hardikar
Director Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition
The Royal Childrens Hospital

0945

Helping Children through Medical Procedures

Children with liver disease and those who have had a transplant require regular invasive tests which can become very stressful for both the patient and their parents. An expert speaker and liver parent will discuss real life strategies which families can implement to assist children cope better with regular medical procedures.

Dr Angela Mackenzie
Consultant, Pain Management
The Royal Children's Hospital

www.everybodystaycalm.com

Claire Leonard
Founder, Liver Kids Australia

Chair: Professor Winita Hardikar
Director Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition
The Royal Childrens Hospital

1015

Building Resilience in Your Liver Kid

An expert speaker will introduce strategies for the family that will help build confidence and emotional resilience in your Liver Kid to prepare them for their teen years and adulthood.

Dr Judith Locke
Clinical Psychologist
Author of The Bonsai Child

Chair: Professor Winita Hardikar
Director Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition
The Royal Childrens Hospital

1100 Morning Tea Break  

1130

My Journey with Childhood Liver Disease and Transplant

A liver transplant recipient and two parents will talk about their very different journeys from childhood liver disease through transplant and beyond. Covering live donation, managing twins through liver disease and transplant from a remote location, and growing up post liver transplant.

Vanja Joannidis

Kylie Wilson

Libby Mutimer

Chair: TBC

1240

Paediatric Liver Disease: The Future

The speaker will provide an overview of what might lie in the future for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood liver diseases and metabolic conditions which impact the liver as well as ongoing theoretical advances in transplant technologies.

TBC

1310

Closing Comments and Conference Close

 

1320

BBQ Lunch - rejoined by children following Zoo activities

 

1430 Lunch service concludes, all delegates welcome to continue conversations and/or enjoy the afternoon at the Zoo