2016 Advanced Course - Infections in the Immunocompromised Host

Advanced Course - Infections in the Immunocompromised Host

Course details

  • Date: Friday  - Saturday 14-15 October 2016
  • Time: 0900 - 1800
  • Venue: Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP), AMREP  Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC,  Australia, 3004.


  • Please click here for the most up to date program (438 kb, pdf)

Registration (Registrations close: Wednesday 31 September 2016)

  • Registration link
  • Cost
    • Early Bird (Until 31 August 2016
      • Registrars/Students/Pharmacists/Allied Health: $350.00 
      • Consultants: $450.00
    • After 31 Aug 2016
      • Registrars/Students/Pharmacists/Allied Health: $400.00
      • Consultants: $500.00


Advances in modern medicine continually expand the breadth, depth and complexity of immunosuppression in a wide range of patient groups. We are now faced with managing an array of solid-organ and stem cell transplant types, and new chemotherapeutics and biological agents for cancer and inflammatory conditions, all of which contributes to an increasing population with altered immune function. Infections remain one of the greatest threats to long term survival in these patients. Up-to-date knowledge on how to prevent, diagnose and treat such infections is crucially important to optimise outcomes in those who are immunosuppressed.


This advanced course will provide a comprehensive two-day program covering all the key topic areas related to infections in immunocompromised patients. The course is targeted not only to advanced trainees but also to specialist consultants, pharmacists and others who play a role in caring for immunocompromised patients across the areas of infectious diseases, microbiology, respiratory and renal medicine, cardiology, hepatology, haematology-oncology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, intensive care and general medicine. The course is targeted to those nationally and those within the Asia-Pacific region.

It will be structured around core lectures, case presentations, multiple choice questions and panel discussions, and will be delivered by national and international experts in the field. Educational course material will be provided to all registrants.


  • To understand the principles of infections in immunocompromised patients
  • To learn how to screen donors and recipients for infections prior to transplantation, and have an understanding of donor-derived infections
  • To update on immunosuppressant therapy and drug interactions
  • To gain knowledge on antimicrobial prophylaxis and non-pharmacological strategies to prevent infections
  • To understand immunisation and travel precautions in the immunocompromised
  • To know how to manage multidrug-resistant infections  
  • Update on classical opportunistic infections: clinical manifestations and treatment
  • Best treatment strategies for tuberculous and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections
  • To understand the impact and treatment of respiratory viruses
  • To have an understanding about HIV, malignancy and transplantation

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to have Prof. Jay Fishman MD as our international guest educator. Prof. Fishman is one of the world leaders in Transplant Infectious Diseases. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases and Compromised Host Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH, Boston), and Associate Director of the MGH Transplant Center. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications and is the past-president of the American Society of Transplantation and a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Immunocompromised Hosts. 

We also have leading national experts in the area of infections in immunocompromised hosts including those from interstate and locally.


The content has been developed by the scientific committee including:

  • Prof. Anton Peleg (Professor and Director, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health & Monash University),
  • Dr. Orla Morrissey (Infectious Diseases Physician, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Health & Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Monash University),
  • Prof. Monica Slavin (Head of Infectious Diseases, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Professor,  Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne).


The course has been endorsed by the

  • Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID)
  • Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (APSCMI)
  • Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

We are in the process of obtaining endorsement from the International Immunocompromised Host Society, the Transplant Infectious Diseases Society, and the Australasian Leukaemia Lymphoma Group.


We would like to extend our gratitute to the following organisations that have supported the Advanced Course on Infections in the Immunocompromised Host with their sponsorship.








Accommodation Options

Please find below a list of accommodation option near the Advanced Course venue.

Art Series Hotels
The Olsen
637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9040 1222

The Cullen
164 Commercial road, Prahran VIC 3181
+61 3 9098 1555

Punt Hill Serviced Apartments
Punt Hill – South Yarra
44 Davis Avenue, South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9863 0555

Punt Hill – South Yarra Grand
7 Yarra Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9916 8888

Quest Prahran
9 Balmoral St, South Yarra VIC 3141
+61 3 9823 8888

Mantra, St Kilda Road
568 St Kilda Road Prahran VIC 3004
+61 7 5665 4450

Bayview on the Park
52 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC 3004
+61 3 9243 9999