POC 23: Australian Conference on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases

Conference Overview

ASHM and the RAPID Point of Care Research Consortium for infectious disease in the Asia Pacific are excited to announce the 1st Australasian Conference on Point of Care Testing for Infectious Diseases (POC 2023) will be taking place in Sydney, Australia from 14 – 15 March 2023.

The World Health Organization has set ambitious global targets for the control of a range of infectious diseases, including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, sexually transmitted infections, human papillomavirus, tuberculosis, and others. These global targets can only be attained if people at risk have access to accurate testing. However, for many communities at risk of these infections, timely testing is unavailable or difficult to access because it requires centralised, sophisticated laboratories.

The recent advances in point-of-care testing have the potential to be transformative by decentralising accurate diagnostic testing in community settings, but in many contexts this potential remains unrealised.

To accelerate access to new point-of-care technology, we need research in all these areas to provide the most effective implementation pathways. To respond to this evolving challenge, ASHM and the RAPID Point of Care Research Consortium for infectious disease in the Asia Pacific made the decision to run this two-day conference. The conference will collaborate with leading scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders to develop a program on the ever-evolving landscape of point-of-care testing for infectious diseases and provide time to discuss challenges and solutions to scaling up point-of-care testing in this setting.

Key Deadlines

Abstract Submission: 6th November 2022
Early Bird Registration: 5th February 2023
Standard Registration: 5th March 2023
Accommodation: 5th February 2023

Location

Sydney, New South Wales