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We are excited to announce the 2nd Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference will take place Sunday 28 – Tuesday 30 April 2019 at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Pre-conference workshops are taking place on Sunday 28 April.

Conference theme: Communicating for safer diagnosis

Diagnosis involves the exchange of information aimed at understanding a patient’s health problem. Accurate diagnosis relies on clear communication between diagnostic teams including clinicians, laboratory and medical imaging staff, and patients and their families. Health information technology can provide tools to support the diagnostic process. Obstacles can break down the flow of information in health care and contribute to diagnostic error. This exciting interdisciplinary conference brings together national and international delegates, patient advocates and experts from a range of domains including medicine, health services, law, linguistics, psychology, pathology, and radiology. Together we will explore problems and solutions to diagnostic error in medicine, and break new ground towards Communicating for safer diagnosis.

At the forefront of improving diagnosis in medicine, the conference will feature practice innovations, advances in education and latest research in the field of diagnostic quality and safety.

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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission are now open. The guidelines and templates are available now to view, please refer to the below.


In order for your presentation to be considered the abstract guidelines must be followed. Please ensure that the presenting author completes the abstract submission. Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59pm, Sunday 3 February AEST.

If you have any questions please contact the conference secretariat.



Thank you for your interest. The program will commence at 9.00am on Monday 29 April 2018 and conclude at approximately 5.00pm on Tuesday 30 April 2019. Pre-conference workshops will be taking place in the afternoon of Sunday 28 April 2019.

The program will include presentations on the following:

  • Simulation
  • Coping with Medical Error
  • Cognitive biases
  • Testing
  • Expertise & Teaching Clinical Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Problems & Solutions



Registration now open!

*Registrations made after Sunday 14 April 2019 will incur a $100.00 late booking fee. All rates are in Australian Dollars.Please read the full registration Terms and Conditions and cancellation policy.


Registration Types

Medical Professionals: This registration category applies to healthcare personnel and clinicians, including: physicians, researchers, technology professionals, educators, risk managers, policy makers, liability insurers, nurses, laboratory staff, imaging staff and vendor

Trainees, Nurses, PhD students, Patients: This registration category applies to patients, patient advocates and medical students/trainees enrolled in school, residency/fellowship programs

Pre-Conference Workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be taking place in the afternoon of Sunday 28 April 2019. More information will be made available on this page as the workshops are finalised.



Carmel Crock, (Convenor), Director, Emergency Department, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Tracy Clarke, Deputy Director Governance and Assurance, Clinical Excellence Commission

Mary Dahm, Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Julia Harrison, Emergency Physician, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

Jill Klein, Melbourne Business School, Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Medical School

Art Nahill, MD, FRACP, Consultant, Auckland City Hospital, Clinical Educator, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Auckland University

Nicolas Szecket, General Internal Medicine, Auckland Hospital, IMreasoning Podcast, Auckland, New Zealand

Amanda Walker, Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare

Maureen Williams, Patient Advocate – 40 years experience, Australian College for Emergency Medicine, Behaviourworks - Monash University, Westmead Hospital

Roger Wilson, Chief Pathologist, NSW Health Pathology


Keynote Speakers

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, BA, MIR (Hons), MBA, DipLR, PhD, FIML, FCHSM, FFPHRCP (UK), FAcSS (UK), Hon FRACMA, FAHMS is Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has appointments at six other universities internationally, and he is a board member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO).

His research examines the changing nature of health systems, which has attracted funding of more than AUD $111 million. He is particularly interested in health care as a complex adaptive system, and applying complexity science to health care problems.

Professor Braithwaite has contributed over 450 refereed publications, and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 900 occasions, including 90 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as The BMJ, JAMA, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. He has received over 40 different national and international awards for his teaching and research.



Mary Dahm works as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University. She is the project lead for a NHMRC-funded partnership project on improving test result management run in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, NSW Pathology and Health Consumers NSW. Mary is driven by her commitment to conducting innovative, translational research at the nexus of applied linguistics and health services research. She received her PhD in applied linguistics and is particularly interested in studying the impact of health communication on diagnosis and patient safety. Her work also focuses on improving consumer engagement in health services research, drawing on her experience as a health consumer representative in Western Sydney where she was the first consumer representative dedicated to Women’s and Newborn Health at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.



Andrea Rita Horvath is Clinical Director of the Department of Clinical Chemistry and Endocrinology, conjoint professor of the University of New South Wales and honorary professor of the University of Sydney. Rita was president (2010-2011) and past president (2012-2013) of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and founder and past chair of the Test Evaluation Working Group of the Federation. For six years (2003-2008) she chaired the Committee on evidence-based laboratory medicine (EBLM) with The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). Rita was vice chair of the EBLM Committee of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Rita was a founding member of the Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemistry’s working party, on harmonization of critical laboratory results and member of the point-of-care Troponin working party. Rita is one of the senior editors of the 6th edition of the Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics.



Jill Klein is a Professorial Fellow in Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School and Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School. Jill received her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. She then joined the faculty in the Marketing Department at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. From 1997 through 2008 she was on the faculty at INSEAD. She joined Melbourne Business School in 2009, and Melbourne Medical School in 2015.

Jill teaches Clinical Decision Making, Leadership and Resilience. Her research interests are medical decision making, junior doctor resilience, and medical student well being. She has published widely, including in the British Medical Journal and Harvard Business Review. She authored the book, We Got the Water: Tracing My Family’s Path Through Auschwitz.

Jill plays soccer regularly and plans to continue to do so until her knees give out.



David E. Newman-Toker, MD PhD is an internationally-recognized leader in neuro-otology, acute stroke diagnosis, and the study of diagnostic errors. He is Professor of Neurology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He leads the Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence whose mission is to catalyze efforts to improve diagnostic performance, develop the science of diagnostic safety, and enhance diagnostic research. Dr. Newman-Toker is a bedside-to-populations translational researcher and has held multiple NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. He has published over 100 journal articles and given more than 200 invited lectures on dizziness and diagnostic errors. He currently serves as President-Elect of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and as well as Chair of SIDM’s Policy Committee.



 Lisa Sanders is an internist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and teaches in the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program there. She created and writes the biweekly Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine. Her column was the inspiration for the hit television series House MD and she was an advisor for the show. These days she is working on a documentary series based on her column to be aired on Netflix in 2019. Lisa is also the author of the New York Times best seller, Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. Before Sanders came to medical school she was an Emmy award winning producer for CBS News.



Gordon Schiff is a practicing general internist and Associate Director of Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Quality and Safety Director for the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Primary Care and Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS.

He has published widely in the areas of medication and diagnosis safety and was a reviewer and contributor to the 2015 National Academy of Medicine (IOM) Report Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. He is PI of a recently completed 2 year project studying both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic pitfalls. He was recently awarded a grant from the Gordon and Betty More Foundation to create a multifaceted research learning network PRIDE (Primary-care Research in Diagnosis Errors) to study and improve diagnosis and develop principles for more appropriate and cost- effective diagnosis.

More speakers to be confirmed!


Venue & Location

Grand Hyatt Melbourne
123 Collins Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
P: (03) 9653 4518

Getting to the Venue
Melbourne has two airports, Tullamarine (MEL) and Avalon (AVV). Tullamarine is about 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD, and Avalon is about 1 hour away.

The easiest way to reach the city from either airport is by Skybus. The cost is $19 - $22 each way. Skybus pull up outside the terminal at both domestic and international terminals. Buses run approximately every 30 minutes and match up with flight arrival/departure times.
Buy your ticket at the booth outside the terminal, or else book ahead at

Whether you are traveling from Tullamarine or Avalon, you will be dropped at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne’s CBD. From here you can get a train to Prahran Station which is just over a kilometre walk from the hotel.

Starbus runs for 6am – 7pm each day and will transfer you from Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne Central. The cost is $25 per person one way. For more information and to book, please check their website

Melbourne’s airport terminals each have a taxi rank that is supervised during peak times of the day. Airport supervisors can organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.

The approximate cost from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Grand Hyatt Melbourne is $60 one way.

The approximate cost from Melbourne Avalon Airport to Grand Hyatt Melbourne is $140 one way.

Valet Parking is available through the hotel at the rate of $55.00 per 24 hours. The general car park located beneath the hotel is operated by Wilson Parking. If you would like to pre-pay for your guests parking, a minimum of five days' notice is required.

We invite you to visit the website to view Wilson Parking's most current rates and discounts available when pre-booking.

For more information view the Map, Parking & Transportation page of the Grand Hyatt website.



Accommodation at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne will be available to book via the online conference registration system.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne: $260 per night, room only

Breakfast: $35.00 per person


Location Attractions

Whether you have an hour or a week to spare, why not make the most of your time in Melbourne and visit one of the many local attractions. For more information on visit

Melbourne is a food lovers' paradise. From fine dining restaurants, swish eateries to chic rooftop bars, the city thrives on its cafe culture and bustling bar scene. With an array of restaurants, cafes, bars and world famous wine regions within easy access of the city, come and be immersed in a journey of culinary discoveries.

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Melbourne’s culture is vibrant and alive. Scratch the surface and discover a thriving arts and culture scene. The city is home to over 100 galleries, an array of live music and performing arts venues, world class theatre performances, various museums and unique outdoor public art. View Australian artwork collections and Indigenous culture at the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Melbourne is Australia’s style capital. From high end fashion labels to well-known Australian designers and individual finds, the city is a premier retail destination. Uncover shopping secrets in the city’s famed laneways, indulge in retail therapy at the major department stores and shopping centres, or explore the myriad of markets to find a unique gift or souvenir.

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Spend time browsing Melbourne’s famous Queen Victoria Market with a range of eclectic products and an exciting mix of global cuisine on offer. Look out for the weekly farmer markets, art and craft and night markets for fabulous food, souvenirs and entertainment.

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If you’re short on time or simply want a local to give you the inside scoop, choose from a range of tours that can take you around the city, through the laneways or along the Yarra River or further afield to regional Victoria including along the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

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Cosy eateries, bohemian bars and eclectic boutiques are just some of the hidden gems you’ll find in Melbourne’s beloved laneways and arcades.

No street is the same, and each arcade has its own individual character and charm steeped in history and culture.

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Melbourne’s pleasant all-year-round weather makes it ideal for exploring the city’s many historic and picturesque parks and lush gardens.

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Conference Sponsors & Supporters 



The Conference Organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous support provided by the following organisations:

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ASHM Conference & Events Division
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T: +61 2 8204 0770
F: +61 2 8204 0782

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