WDA - Australasian Section 2022 Conference in Kinglake, Victoria


Welcome to the 2022 Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Section's annual conference - our first since 2019. This year the conference returns to the Australian bush in the forests of Kinglake, Victoria.


Read on for some more details on the conference below or SIGN UP HERE for even more information and to register interest or to submit an abstract - wdaa2022.exordo.com/

Early pricing ends on the 31st of October, two weeks after the abstract submission on the 16th of October.

Our first post-pandemic conference will bring us all together for an exciting scientific program, allowing us to reconnect with friends and colleagues and explore the beautiful surrounds of a forest that has regenerated since the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009. This year we aim to have our first carbon neutral WDAA conference. You can find the preliminary agenda and costs below, a full schedule will be released closer to the dates.


Sunday Nov 27th:
Registration from Midday
Dinner at Bellbird Picnic Area (Yarra Bend bat colony)

Monday Nov 28th:
Welcome to Country
All Day Talks
Student Mixer and Trivia Night

Tuesday Nov 29th:
Healesville Sanctuary Field Trip
Evening Spotlighting

Wednesday Nov 30th:
Morning Talks
Afternoon Climate Workshop
Optional Outdoor Activities
Dinner and Auction

Thursday Dec 1st:
Morning and Afternoon Talks
Special Speakers and Discussions

Friday Dec 2nd:
Morning Talks
Midday Finish


Prices as below - all are inclusive of accommodation and catering onsite. As we are hiring the entire venue there is no difference in cost for those staying off-site or camping. Accommodation is in shared rooms within the Leadership Centre or in self-contained cabins, and camping is also available on-site. You can view the layout here: Accommodation Layout. Once you have registered you will be able to choose from the available accommodation options.

Field trips may incur an additional cost to be confirmed. Activities are an optional extra and require a minimum number of people to go ahead- you will be reimbursed if they do not occur.

WDA membership prices can be found here: Join WDA Prices. Please note prices are in USD and there is currently no additional cost to join the Australasian section. We have received confirmation from the WDA executive that if Australasians join WDA now they will get the discount for the upcoming conference and then receive membership benefits for all of 2023.


  • Early Full Registration- $625

  • Regular Full Registration- $750

  • One Day- $200

  • Two Day- $400

  • Three Day- $600

Student Members:

  • Early Full Registration- $425

  • Regular Full Registration- $500


  • Early Full Registration- $825

  • Regular Full Registration- $950

  • Students Early Full Registration- $525

  • Students Regular Full Registration- $600

  • One Day- $250

  • Two Day- $475

  • Three Day- $700

Guests: $515 Adults, $445 Children

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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. 

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. To access these, 
click on Resources & Links in the navigation panel and select Member Only Resources.

Previous WDA-A Conference Locations


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