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Melbourne, VIC, Australia


24-25 May 2017

2017 Australasian Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Conference |
National; VIC |
It is thought that about 1 in 10 diagnoses made by doctors is incorrect. The Institute of Medicine 2016 report, ‘Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare ‘, concludes that “It is likely that most people will experience at least one diagnostic error in their lifetime, sometimes with devastating consequences.”

Improving diagnosis is a patient safety imperative that requires a team effort.  In this conference, researchers, clinicians, cognitive psychologists, medical educators and patients will come together to explore this rapidly expanding, often puzzling and exciting field of patient safety.

This conference will bring together world and local leaders in diagnostic error, the safety sciences, health IT, medical indemnity providers and clinicians passionate about making diagnosis more accurate, timely and safe. The patient voice will be a focus of attention.  The language of diagnosis will be explored and the contribution that medical culture makes to diagnostic error (both in the positive and negative) will be examined.

Attendees will come away with the latest research and innovation in the field, as well as practical tools to use at the bedside and in clinical teaching to make diagnosis safer.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat at

Conference Theme

Diagnosis is difficult. With the increasing complexity of medicine, teamwork is crucial.

The team includes the patient (and their family), nurses, doctors and allied health. Good relationships and communication between team members is vital to safer diagnosis for our patients.

Key deadlines

Registration NOW OPEN
Abstract submission NOW OPEN
Abstract submission deadline: Friday February 17, 2017
Early bird Registration deadline: Sunday March 19, 2017
Accommodation deadline: Thursday April 13, 2017
Standard registration deadline: Sunday May 14, 2017

Committee Members

  • Dr Carmel Crock, Convenor, Director, Emergency Department, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 
  • Tracy Clarke, Deputy Director Governance and Assurance, Clinical Excellence Commission
  • Julia Harrison, Emergency Physician, Senior Lecturer, Monash University 
  • A/Prof Dinesh Varma, Acting Director of Radiology, Head of Emergency & Trauma Radiology, The Alfred & Monash University 
  • A/Prof Amanda Walker, Senior Clinical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
  • Maureen Williams, Patient Advocate
  • Roger Wilson, Chief Pathologist, NSW Health Pathology

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