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On behalf of AIMS, I would like to invite members, students, trade and colleagues to join us for the National Scientific Meeting in Adelaide, South Australia from 21st-23rd August 2024. This will be our first face to face national scientific meeting post pandemic to allow more interaction, networking and collaboration. By listening to talks, viewing posters and discussing new ideas can improve your knowledge and awareness of advances in medical laboratory science. The face to face interaction offers exchange of experiences with other colleagues helping you to improve practice in your own laboratory. We will welcome back our trade partners to display up to date technology to allow conference participants to learn the new advances and initiatives. This will also be an excellent continuing educational opportunity to obtain CPD points towards your APACE certificate and certification. There will also be opportunity for touring destinations in South Australia to appreciate its natural landscapes.

Professor Denise Jackson
President, AIMS.


Registration AIMS Member Non-Member/Corporate Student Retired Day (no social events)
Earlybird $960 $1,160 $650 $750 $350
Full Registrations includes attendance to Conference Sessions, Catering, Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.
Day Registrations do not include Social Functions.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Shephard

Founding Director of the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing at Flinders University.

Christopher McCudden


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George Harrison


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Ringo Starr


Local Organising Committee

Sarah Just

Sarah Just


Denise Jackson

Denise Jackson


Brian Dale

Brian Dale


Neil Horton

Neil Horton

Committee Member

Donna Rudd

Donna Rudd

Committee Member

Robyn Wells

Robyn Wells

Committee Member

Interested in Sponsoring?

There will be a number of opportunities for organisational branding and recognition both in the lead up to and during the Conference.

For further information, please contact Rebecca Gabriel (Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales Manager) via

Principal Partners


The Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC). The ACC is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre and nestled within the beauty of the Riverbank Precinct, just 15 minutes’ drive from Adelaide Airport.

The Adelaide Riverbank Precinct is a hive of activity and where the city’s cultural, sporting, education, medical, conference and entertainment zones merge, making it Australia’s best connected business events precinct. It is also a short walk to international and boutique hotels and accommodation. Public transport, the Adelaide Railway Station and taxi ramps are also at the Centre’s doorstep.

For more information, please visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website here.

Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide Convention Centre


Adelaide offers all of the benefits of a large international metropolis without the problems of a huge city. Add its Mediterranean climate, ease of access, affordability, quality accommodation, excellent shopping options, and it’s easy to see why conference delegates refer to Adelaide as “the perfect conference city”.

Adelaide is the perfect opportunity to relax and play. Discover the local gourmet food and famed regional wines. Enjoy fun social events and adventurous outings.

The unique wildlife parks, clean beautiful beaches, vibrant cafés, great dining, riverboats and dolphin cruises make Adelaide a great family holiday destination.


Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Grosvenor Hotel

Oaks Embassy

Oaks Horizons

Playford Hotel

Sofitel Hotel

Oval Hotel

Chateau Tanunda is offering a complimentary small group tour of the Chateau and tasting a long with a small cheese plate for $35pp for groups of 12-25pax.

Wirra Wirra are pleased to offer 20% discount on individual orders placed, when booking a Tour and tasting. Ironstone Cellars tasting $30pp normally $40pp 10-40 guests. 20% discount on wines purchased Free freight within Australia

Yalumba offers an Unlocked Tour for guests to book and experience Yalumba's on-site Cooperage where Yalumba makes barrels and walk past the historitc Clocktower.

The Beresford Tasting Pavilion are offering -15% off all tastings, food and bottle purchases as well as -15% off accommodation during August 2024 by direct booking only.

We invite you to visit our historic Estate located in the heart of the Barossa, just under one hour’s drive from Adelaide.

St Hugo is located at Rowland Flat in the heart of Australia’s premier wine region the Barossa Valley. Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

50% off general admission bookings including: The d’Arenberg Cube General Admission Salvador Dali at the d’Arenberg Cube Group Tasting (5-10 people) This is redeemable with the promo code EVENTGuest for online reservations, or by quoting the promo code when booking over the phone or email. 25% off The Blending Bench This is redeemable with the promo code BLENDGuest for online reservations, or by quoting the promo code when booking over the phone or email.

Escape to the Adelaide Hills and try wines & Fig Gin at Glen Ewin Estate with their Signature Tasting Flight for only $15pp (usually $25). This 180-heritage listed property is a South Australian ‘must-see’ destination, only 25 minutes from the CBD. Formally a jam factory, the Estate now boasts two event venues, a restaurant, private temperature-controlled cellars, commercial storage and a 12,000 fig tree orchard. Groups welcome, bookings required, nibbles available if pre-arranged. Use code AIMSDEAL24 when booking!

"Our Farm is where everything began over 40 years ago. And, humble though it is – I never tire of the surprise and delight I see on peoples faces as they come through the front doors and reslise we are sitting on the side of a dam. Everyday, when I walk in, its like coming home – and I know I will never lose that feeling. The Farm will always remain in our family as our special place that we love to share with visitors. Visitors can see the vast array of delicious products all under one roof. A stroll in the fresh are with our ‘Farm Walk’ that begins around the dam that is such a haven for local birdlife, or catching sight of the native turtles in the dam. Enjoy one of the many farm experiences in the Farm Shop, take part in a cooking class with Executive Chef, Tim Bourke and lunch in my daughter’s ever popular The Eatery Restaurant. Enjoy your visit" - Maggie Beer

Professor Mark Shephard

Mark brings over 25 years of experience involving pioneering and innovative translational research of POC testing models for chronic, acute and infectious diseases into rural and remote First Nations health services at both national and international levels; he also has significant expertise in POC testing device evaluation and training and quality management systems, as well as leadership in the development of university teaching programs on POC testing at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Mark’s International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing was formally designated as WHO Collaborating Centre in January 2017 and redesignated for a further four-year term in January 2021.

Mark has authored over 100 peer-reviewed published papers, book chapters and Government reports in the national and international literature and is principal author and editor of the book A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing (published in November 2016).

Mark is a Founding Fellow in the Faculty of Science of Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University in 2009 for ‘significant contributions to the improvement of Aboriginal health in Australia and for services to the University’. Mark is a dual recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) (2006) and an Australian of the Year Award (2004), with both awards recognising his contribution to medical research through POC testing. In 2022, he was awarded the title of Matthew Flinders Professor at Flinders University.

Christopher McCudden

Dr. McCudden is a Clinical Biochemist at the Ottawa Hospital in Ontario, Canada.  He is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Scientific Officer and Medical Director of Informatics and Information Technology for the Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association.  He serves as Board Secretary for the Association for Diagnostics and Laboratory Medicine.  Dr. McCudden’s academic interests include automated chemistry, data analytics & machine learning, quality improvement, plasma cell dyscrasias, and audit and feedback for laboratory stewardship.