30th Annual Conference 2019 ~  Celebrating 30 years

Conference Information

The PANDDA Committee is delighted to invite you to come and join us for our 30th Annual National PANDDA Conference and our 30th Anniversary. The Conference will be held on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October 2019 at the Novotel Hotel Parramatta.

Conference Theme

The Best is yet to come: - dream – believe – act – achieve

In this PANDDA’s 30th Anniversary year acknowledging our past and looking forward towards our future; indeed the Best is yet to come. So come Celebrate bring your stories your passion and your commitment to people, their families and PANDDA; much has changed in 30 years and there are many stories to be told.

You will discover that the work of Keynote, Invited and Program Speakers is both inspiring and extraordinary. You will hear from families, nurses, health care professionals and disability specialist who dare to dream – believe - act and achieve in advocating the abilities of people with intellectual developmental disabilities.

The Conference will offer a variety of plenary and concurrent sessions, keynote and invited speakers. Place the PANDDA Conference date in your diary, and keep up to date by visiting this website. So come along, be passionate and experience what is new, interesting and the Best as we learn and share together.

Please Join Us

As always, you will have the opportunity to debate, contribute and discuss the topics being presented and there will be ample opportunities to catch up with familiar faces and make new connections during the conference. You may even recognise someone from 30th years ago.

Our sponsors have once again been generous and willing partners in this our 30th Anniversary year. We look forward to meeting with you at the 30th Annual National PANDDA Conference and Annual General Meeting.

I look forward to greeting you.

Warm regards

Bob Weaver OAM, on behalf of the Conference Committee

Conference Information


Seven (7) points will be awarded for each day attended.


The registration fee includes entry to conference sessions, conference materials, tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and welcome drinks.


Presenters at the Conference are entitled to be considered for the PANDDA Awards.

The Chris Atkins PANDDA Award $500.00

The Bob Weaver PANDDA Award $500.00


Do you or someone you know fulfil the requirements to be awarded PANDDA highest honour of Life Membership, then contact Louise Hedges at or download the application form


Undercover parking is available at the hotel for a flat rate of $10.00

per day.


Take a train to Parramatta railway station. The conference venue is a short walk from the station.


Why not stay the night before and beat the traffic or stay and relax after the Conference. For a special conference room rate contact, Novotel Parramatta. To make a booking contact Novotel Sydney Parramatta Reservations Team and quote the reference PANDDA Conference 2019. Phone 02 9890 0850.

Rates include full buffet breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. Please note, the above accommodation rates are only available until 30 days prior to the event.

The hotel is not able guarantee rooms/type and all rooms will be subject to availability at the time of booking.


Welcome to Country and Welcome Drinks reception. In addition, there are trade displays, the PANDDA Annual General Meeting and the opportunity to network with 300 conference delegates from around Australia and abroad. We trust you can join us and we look forward to seeing you at the 30th PANDDA Conference.

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