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Annual WDA-A Conference: Where to Next?

A Joint Conference of the Asian Society of Conservation Medicine (ASCM) and the Wildlife Disease Association Australasia (WDAA) is being held in Bali, Indonesia from the 27th October until the 5th November 2018.

Please put these preliminary dates and schedule in your diary, and check ASCM and this website for updates.

Conference Venue: Inna Grand Bali Beach hotel, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. Sanur is less than 20km from Bali’s international airport, however traffic can be congested. Sanur is east of Denpasar, Bali’s capital and where Udayana University and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is located. Boats leave Sanur beach for Pulau (island) Lembongan and other places and it’s a good place to watch sunrise.

The Asian Society of Conservation Medicine will host the initial two days, and WDAA the later two days with a workshop or tour day between. You will need to register separately for both parts via their websites (not available yet).

There is also an optional four day post-conference tour to West Bali National Park (Bali Barat NP) near Permuteran in north west Bali, open to all. This region has lower rainfall, includes savannah and other ecosystems and is also popular for snorkelling and diving. The tour cost will include bus travel, some visits and lunch both ways, and National Park entry on two days. At the meeting in Sanur you will need to book for the early morning wildlife walk, and/or snorkel near Menjangan Island, and/or the afternoon mangrove boat trip. You will pay the operators directly. If you wish, you can organise your own dive or diving lesson.

For this joint meeting you will need to book your own accommodation (discounts will be available at Inna Grand Bali Beach hotel), and there are many options in Sanur and the Permuteran area, near Bali Barat NP.

You will also need to organise your own travel and health insurance and be responsible for any vaccinations or medical health advice. Please bring a hat, sun lotion and mosquito repellent as precautions. For wildlife walks, please consider shoes and long pants (gaiters if you wish for extra walks in the savannah area). There are vipers, cobras and many other wildlife in Bali Barat NP.

For more information about this conference or WDAA please contact

The Conference Flyer includes a Preliminary Program.

General WDA-A Conference and Meeting Information

A highlight of the Australasian section is its Annual Conference. These are typically held away from capital cities, at wilderness locations of major interest to members. Biologists and conservationists working in the local area are invited to share in the meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to present a talk on anything related to wildlife health - e.g. wildlife disease, biology, ecology, management, whether cutting edge science, case studies or interesting stories. Past conference proceedings are available for WDA-A members.

In addition to the scientific programme there are field trips, bush walks, and a friendly atmosphere that encourages the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Camping and informal accommodation is usual, and families and friends are welcome.

Previous Conference Proceedings are available to WDA members. Follow link to Login (Once you login you will be directed to the member resources area).

Previous WDA-A Conference Locations

2017  Falls Creek, Vic 2016 Christchurch, NZ
2015 Sunshine Coast, Qld (International WDA) 2014  Tidbinbillla Nature Reserve, ACT
2013 Grampians National Park, Vic 2012 North Stradbroke Island, Qld
2011 Coorong Camp, Meningie, SA 2010 South Wilderness Lodge, Tas
2009 Catlins, South Otago, NZ 2008 Kioloa, NSW 
2007 Dryandra Woodland, WA 2006 Naracoorte, SA
2005 Cairns, Qld (International WDA) 2004 Kinchega National Park, NSW
2003 Healesville, Vic 2002 Darwin, NT
2001 Sydney, NSW 2000 New Zealand
1999 Jervis Bay, NSW
1998 Calperum Station, SA
1997 Flinders Island, Tas 1996 Central Australia, NT
1995 Kangaroo Island, SA 1994 Western Plains Zoo, NSW
1993 North Stradbroke Is, Qld
1992 Warrumbungle National Park, NSW
1991 Mallacoota, Vic 1990 Little Desert National Park, Vic
1989 Lake Eucumben, NSW 1988 Sydney, NSW
1987 Flinders Ranges, SA 1986  Tamborine Mountain, Qld
1985 Maria Island, Tas 1984 Kinhega National Park, NSW
1983 Melbourne, Vic 1981  Sydney, NSW (International WDA)