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Time Monday 8 July 2024
Tuesday 9 July 2024
Wednesday 10 July 2024
Day 1
Thursday 11 July 2024
Day 2
Friday 12 July 2024
Day 3
9:00AM-9:30AM Health Professionals & Researchers Day Meeting
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Opening Ceremony Keynote Session

Ms Cindy Johns in memory of Sir Robert Martin
Ms Charlotte Woodward
Mr Andrew Boys
Ms Bridget Snedden
Mr Andrew Domahidy
Keynote Session
Making society more inclusive for disabled people: what needs to change?

Mr Alastair McEwin AM

Panel Session
Hearing from Adults with Down Syndrome

Chair: Prof Roy McConkey
10:00AM-10:30AM Pre-Congress Self-Advocates Forum
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:30AM-11:00AM Morning tea
11:00AM-11:30AM Keynote Session
Health and Epidemmiology

Dr Brian Skotko MD, MPP
Choice of Concurrent Sessions Choice of Concurrent Sessions
12:00PM-12:30PM Choice of Concurrent Sessions
1:00PM-1:30PM Lunch with poster and art display viewing
2:00PM-2:30PM Pre-Congress Self Advocates – Meet & Greet
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Choice of Concurrent Sessions Choice of Concurrent Sessions Choice of Concurrent Sessions
3:00PM-3:30PM Afternoon tea
3:30PM-4:00PM Afternoon tea Afternoon tea Keynote Session
Josephine Mills
Memorial Lecture

Prof Nora Shields
4:00PM-4:30PM Plenary Session
Dr Catherine Franklin
Prof Ernst Wolvetang
Dr Kathy Cologon
Prof Iva Strnadova
Plenary Session
A/Prof Jasneek Chawla
MIT Alana Down Syndrome
Dr Katie Novak
Prof Cameron Parsell
4:30PM-5:00PM Closing Ceremony
Evening Welcome Reception
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Poster and Film Reception
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Congress Dinner
6:30 PM - Late

*In each part of the program, there will be activities and sessions relevant for adults with Down syndrome to attend.

Congress Theme

Theme: Together we can: celebrating diversity and inclusion.


  1. Health and therapeutic advances: This stream focuses on the latest research and clinical developments related to Down syndrome, including new therapies, global health equity and approaches that can improve the health and quality of life of people with Down syndrome across the lifespan.
  2. Education and employment: This stream highlights innovative approaches to education and ways to promote inclusion of learners with Down syndrome in all aspects of learning, from early childhood through to adulthood. This stream also considers transitions within and beyond education settings and ways to foster successful careers.
    Stream sponsored by
  3. Advocacy and social inclusion: This stream addresses issues related to disability rights (such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), public policy, inclusion in all aspects of community life and approaches to effective self-advocacy. It also includes leadership and governance within our organisations.
    Stream sponsored by
  4. Family life: This stream explores family quality of life, including strategies for providing emotional and practical support; sibling interests; accessing community resources; and supporting families locally and globally.
  5. Personal development: This stream focuses on the social and emotional development of individuals with Down syndrome across the lifespan. This stream includes involvement in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport; strategies for building self-esteem, fostering relationships, healthy ageing and developing self-reliance.
    Stream sponsored by

Abstract Topics

  • Health and well-being
  • Advocacy
  • Inclusive research
  • Employment
  • Accommodation
  • Literacy
  • Maths Inclusive education
  • Immigration
  • Arts

Childcare Facilities & Program for School Aged Children

During the online registration process, registrants will be asked whether they would require additional childcare facilities for persons not attending the Congress as a registered delegate. Childcare facilities and a program for school-aged children may be available, based on interest.