Invitation to submit Symposium Proposals

Planning is already underway, and as such the TSANZ Conference Committee is calling for proposals for symposia, either from a single SIG or multiple SIGs. We are excited to be coming together again in what will be our first face to face conference since 2019.

In 2023 the theme is ‘disparities in lung health’. To guide you in developing your symposium proposal(s) a background to the theme is summarised below.

“The theme of the conference is to promote the excellent clinical care and research that underpins all that we do both in the global and local practice of respiratory health. The intent is to showcase concepts that highlight differences in lung health across any domain. While areas such as lung health in First Nations communities or differences in lung health due to access to clinical care (for example urban versus regional and remote or socioeconomic differences) immediately spring to mind we would like SIG convenors to be considering any facet of research or clinical care that could align with this theme. Topics highlighting factors associated with improved lung health and not exclusively focussing on deficits would be warmly welcomed. All topics including but not limited to, new drugs that change the outcome of disease, innovative research that is translated to clinical care, safety and policy that improve the patient’s experience of care, cohort and epidemiological studies that describe risk factors of disease, use of multidisciplinary teams to enhance efficiency of diagnostics and treatment methods. The theme of the conference is understandably broad to capture the areas of research and clinical care within your SIG.”

We encourage a variety of submissions from SIGs to engage all disciplines within the Society, with Symposia demonstrating relevance to the theme. Symposiums should incorporate clinical care as well basic science and clinical research. Some ideas include putting the patient at the centre of healthcare; eliminating socioeconomical disparities; the potential for eliminating race based diagnostic algorithms; breakthroughs in science and clinical practice; transformative teaching and clinical or research education; research holy grails … the scope is limited only by your imagination!

We ask you to consider whether a consumer perspective would enhance your symposium by putting the patient at the centre of clinical care and research.

ACTION REQUIRED - If your SIG would like to submit one or more proposals, please complete the online Symposia Proposal 2022 Form by noon AEDT Monday 10 October

Proposal(s) from SIG(s) will be reviewed by the Conference Committee, using the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the meeting theme
  • Quality of proposed content and speakers
  • Relevance to broad interests of attendees
  • Commitment to TSANZ Diversity and Inclusion Criteria which are: diversity of gender, professional groups, career stage and geography.

Proposals that span more than one SIG are actively encouraged.

We will provide updates with other TSANZ invited international speakers once confirmed. If you are aware of international key opinion leaders who will be in Australia or New Zealand around the time of the conference, and you feel they can be included in the program please reach out to us at

IMPORTANT: Please do not approach sponsors for alternative funding sources or make any offers to potential speakers regarding funding either in advance of acceptance or after acceptance of your proposal. These details will be managed by TCC and the Conference Committee within the TSANZ Board approved budget for the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact us at