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SiREN Symposium: Connect, Learn, Apply
17-18 May 2018
Bentley, Western Australia



The third biennial SiREN Symposium will bring together West Australian practitioners, clinicians, researchers and policy makers with an interest in sexual health and blood borne virus (SHBBV) issues. The Symposium will provide opportunities to:

  • Connect with others in the SHBBV sector;
  • Learn about the latest projects and research; and
  • Build skills in research, evaluation and knowledge translation.

Registration now open!

Registrations for the Symposium are now open. The registration prices are as follows:

  • Full-time student/unwaged registration: $60
  • Early bird registration (prior to Thursday March 29, 2018): $120
  • Full registration (from Friday March, 30 2018): $150

To register please click here and follow the link to the 2018 SiREN Symposium event registration.  


Our invited keynote speakers have now been confirmed: 

  • Associate Professor James Ward, Head of Infectious Diseases Research Program- Aboriginal Health, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
  • Dr Joseph Doyle, Deputy Program Director, Disease Elimination, Burnet Institute. 
  • Professor Rebecca Guy, Program Head, Surveillance Evaluation & Research Program, Kirby Institute. 
  • Professor Martin Holt, Research Coordinator, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales.

Watch this space for more program updates and workshop announcements soon. 

Satellite Events

An "After-School Seminar" satellite event is being presented by the Relationships and Sexuality Education Project. This free event is aimed at teachers and anyone delivering sexuality and relationships education within schools and to young people.

This event will be held from 4:30 -6:00pm (with refreshments from 4:00pm) on Thursday 17 May at Technology Park, so any SiREN Symposium attendees can register for free and move straight to the seminar at the close of Symposium proceedings. Please see the After-School Seminar flyer and for registration details please visit the Eventbrite page to register.

Abstract submissions 

Submissions for presenting an original oral abstract are now closed, however we will still be accepting poster submissions.

POSTERS: While we are not requesting submissions for original poster abstracts, the Symposium will have space available for posters presented at other conferences and symposiums in the past 18 months. If you would like to submit a poster to present at the SiREN Symposium 2018, please email the abstract used for that poster to before Thursday 29 March 2019.

Download the abstract submission guidelines. Download the abstract submission form. Abstracts can be in a traditional abstract format, or as a "Story from the Field". Download example abstracts.

Regional and remote travel grants

SiREN is offering regional and remote travel grants to attend our 2018 Symposium. These grants have been kindly funded by the WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program to increase the accessibility of the Symposium to people from regional and remote areas of Western Australia. The grants program is open to anyone in regional and remote Western Australia who works or volunteers in the sexual health and blood-borne virus sector. The program provides some financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

To see if you are eligible to apply for a grant please download the application form here. UPDATE: Travel grant applications have now closed. 

Keep me updated

To sign up to the SiREN Network email with SUBSCRIBE in the heading for regular Symposium and other updates from the SiREN Team. 


If you have any questions on abstract submissions, travel grants, registrations or anything else about the Symposium please email or phone Myra Robinson on (08) 9266 1814 (in office Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

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