Sponsored Symposia

Sunday, 24 March 2024

Reshaping respiratory health with mRNA medicines: RSV and beyond

Speakers: Professor Grant Waterer - Welcome and Introduction 

Professor Tony Cunningham (15mins)- mRNA medicines – what’s the big deal?

A/Prof Angela Branche (30 mins)- RSV Unveiled: burden, impact and prevention in Older Adults

Time: 7.15 -8.15am (breakfast served at 6.45am)


Exploration of Barriers and Opportunities to Attain On-treatment Clinical Remission for Paediatric and Adult Patients with Severe Uncontrolled Asthma

Time: 7.15 -8.15am (breakfast served at 6.45am)

Speakers: Prof. John Upham (Chair)

Prof. Liam Heaney and Dr. Geshani Jayasuriya - Practical guidance for accessing opportunities and barriers to the attainment of on-treatment clinical remission for paediatric and adult severe uncontrolled asthma

Synopsis: Although the term remission is rarely used in the current management of asthma, it is well defined in other chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Remission in adults with asthma is a relatively new and less researched area that has, however, recently gained attention. Since remission is possible as part of the natural history of the disease (e.g., childhood asthma remission), it might also be possible to induce remission with treatments. Developing or identifying treatments that can induce remission in asthma will be a paradigm shift in the asthma management goals.


Call to action: impact of oscillometry in addressing small airways disease

Speakers: Professor Dave Singh, Professor Bruce Thompson, Dr Li Ping Chung, Associate Professor Claude Farah, Professor Greg King

Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm (food served at 5.00pm)

Synopsis: Small airways disease (SAD) is a fundamental concept in both asthma and COPD, unequivocally linked to risk of exacerbations, symptom control, airway hyperresponsiveness, spirometric abnormalities and inflammation. SAD is evident across all severities in both asthma and COPD, present many years prior to spirometric alterations and amplified in more severe disease.

As such, interest in SAD as a treatable trait has expanded with the ability to assess SAD being key to identifying early stages and distinct phenotypes in both asthma and COPD. Combining validated small airways measures such as oscillometry with the current industry standard spirometry is an innovative approach in obtaining valuable information which can improve disease diagnosis, management and identify phenotypes currently missed by spirometry. This addresses a current unmet need and advances the future of healthcare by improving patient centred outcomes through individualised targeted management approaches.


Monday, 25 March 2024

Conversation with CF experts on treating pre-school children with CFTR modulators:  What have we learnt so far?

Synopsis: The first CFTR (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) modulator, KALYDECO® (ivacaftor), was TGA approved in July 2013. Since then, multiple CFTR modulators have been approved: ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor and ivacaftor), SYMDEKO® (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) and TRIKAFTA® (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor). With the demonstration of safety and efficacy, these modulators have been expanded to broader and younger age groups. 

There is much to be learned from the clinical experience to date with these CFTR modulators that can be applied to treating children with cystic fibrosis (CF). This one-hour educational meeting will be conducted in panel discussion format where Australian CF experts will share their clinical experience, discuss how they apply their learnings to treating younger patients as soon as treatment is available and address topical questions related to initiating CFTR modulators in pre-school children. 


Lung Cancer. The evolving role Respiratory Physician 

Time: 7.15 -8.15am (breakfast served at 6.45am)


COPD Management – Challenging the status quo with a new perspective 

Speakers: Dr Richard Russell, Prof Atifur Rahman, Dr Shyamali Dharmage, Dr Anita Sharma

Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm (food served at 5.00pm)

Synopsis: COPD is the number one cause of potentially preventable hospital admissions and is a leading cause of death in Australia.1 In 2022, COPD was the 4th leading cause of total disease burden (DALY), accounting for 3.7% of total DALY, and in 2021, COPD was the leading underlying cause of death in Australia, representing 4.1% of all deaths.2

The long term goals of COPD management are exacerbation risk reduction and symptom control. The GOLD 2023 strategy update specifically notes mortality risk reduction is an achievable treatment goal, alongside recognising the importance of assessing the impact of symptoms and future risk for an individual patient in deciding appropriate and individualised treatments that reflect the patient’s own goals and needs. The overall objective is to reduce the burden to the patient, reduce the risk of serious exacerbations, disease progression and the risk of COPD-related death.2 In 2023, GOLD published a briefing update for practicing cardiologists recognising the burden of COPD exacerbations on cardiovascular outcomes and the need for optimal treatment of COPD patients.


Tuesday, 26 March 2024

Towards RSV Illness Prevention: An Australian Perspective

Speakers: Dr Cedric "Jamie" Rutland, Professor Christine Jenkins, Dr Kerry Hancock

Time: 7.15 -8.15am (breakfast served at 6.45am)

Synopsis: After over 60 years of research, vaccines against RSV-related lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) mark a new era in health care and is a major step towards protecting older adults*. Older adults have higher rates of serious complications with RSV infection,^1-3 partly due to age-related decline in immunity reducing an effective immune response.4-6 This symposium will focus on the burden of RSV and prevention of lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in adults aged 60 years and over.

^RSV-associated hospitalisation1,2 and mortality3 rates increase with age.



1.               Saravanos GL et al. Med J Aust 2019;210(10):447–53.

2.               Branche AR et al. Clin Infect Dis 2022;74(6):1004–11.

3.               Tseng HF et al. J Infect Dis 2020;222(8):1298–1310. 

4.               Kaler J et al. Cureus 2023;15(3):e36342. 

5.               Ascough S et al. Lancet Healthy Longev 2022;3(6):e405–16. 

6.               Stephens LM et al. Vaccines (Basel) 2021;9(6):624.



The changing landscape of cystic fibrosis: Overcoming adherence challenges in the post modulator era

Time: 7.15 -8.15am (breakfast served at 6.45am)


Key Dates

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22 - 26 March 2024