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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 28th October until the 5th November 2018. 

Registrations and abstract submission for the 2018 Bali WDAA and ASCM are now open.

The ASCM 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 website below. 

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


To register for the Asian Society for Conservation Medicine (ASCM) part of the conference (including the workshops on Tuesday 30th October) from Sunday 28th October, please follow the link to ASCM Bali 2018.

To register for the WDA Australasia part of the conference on Wednesday 31st October and Thursday 1st November and for the optional field trip between Friday 2nd and Monday 5th November, please follow the link to the WDAA 2018. [Note: You will need to make an account and follow the prompts to register, previous New Zealand or Fall's Creek members will have used ex-ordo and may already have a login.]

Travel: Delegates are responsible for their own travel, travel insurance (which is highly recommended) and medical prophylaxis. Delegates travel to Bali at their own risk and travel advice can be found at the Australian Government Smart Traveller site for Indonesia. Please check your Visa requirements to enter Indonesia. WDAA cannot be responsible for any aspects of your visit to Bali including the WDAA and ASCM conferences, workshops, tours, accommodation, post-conference tours and activities (boat trips, wildlife walks etc).

There is accommodation available (booked independently) at the conference venue Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, and there are many options in Sanur and the Permuteran area, near Bali Barat NP.

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, monkeys, deer, and many other wildlife in Bali Barat NP.

Field Trip: 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 and dinner on three nights. 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. (Please use PADI etc certified dive groups). 

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)