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& Speakers

Our speakers come from around the wider Asia Pacific region, together with several guests from the Northern Hemisphere, and are recognised as leaders in their fields.

Each has a particular interest in Prader-Willi syndrome and in-depth experience in this area.

The conference will be held in person and with live streaming of some sessions, making the conference easily accessible for audiences in Australia and across the Asia Pacific. As a result of this, we are expecting to attract a diverse range of speakers and the opportunity to extend our reach to the wider PWS community.

Scroll down to view the conference programme.

Click on pdf's to view more detailed preliminary daily programmes.


Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions for oral presentations on the Research Day (30th August) have now closed.  We will continue to accept abstracts for posters until all space has been allocated. Please submit your abstract using the link below.  Your abstract must include: Title, authors & affiliations, and the main text should be less than 250 words.  If you have any questions, please contact; 

Diane Webster, PWRFA’s Research Director

Abstracts for poster presentations are now closed.


2 Day Program

Asia Pacific PWS Conference | 30 Aug, 8:00 am AEST – 31 Aug, 5:00 pm AEST
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Day 1: Friday 30th August

Stream 1: The Research Day

Brings together international and Australian researchers, students, and families. In addition to leading international research, we will showcase Australian PWS research, which is making a significant contribution to the global progress towards finding a treatment. The programme aims to:

  • Identify and address emerging issues and debates.

  • Strengthen research and practice.

  • Explore potential collaborations & partnerships across boundaries of disciplines and sectors.

Stream 2: Adults Living with PWS Programme

This programme is to give adults living with PWS the opportunity to “have a voice”. Presentations will be made by people living with PWS, for people with PWS. All people with PWS who join this programme will need to attend with either a family member or support person.

* All attendees and their support people will need to register for the day’s attendance. Please go to the registration page to complete your registration. This programme will run from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Day 2: Saturday 31st August

Stream 1: The Family, Allied Health and Support Providers Day 

This day will deliver latest insights on the care and therapies critical to supporting someone living with PWS, both within the family home, in a supported residential service and in the community. Topics covered include clinical support, treatments, nutrition, behaviour, sleep, mental health, carer wellbeing.

Stream 2: Support Providers Programme

This programme is specifically for people providing support for people living with PWS. Presentations and workshops facilitated by international and national experts will maximise teaching and learning opportunities. Topics covered will include Friendships & Relationships; Positive Behavioural Support & Restrictive Practices; Avoiding Arguments & Managing Meltdowns; Support Across Life Stages – Adolescence, Adulthood, Ageing. Highlights from the 2024 International Professional Providers and Caregivers Conference will be shared with plenty of networking opportunities.


Special PWS Conference Support Offering

Liorn Support and Care Services specialise in supporting those living with Prader-Willi Syndrome. With more than 20% of our client base living with PWS, we are experienced in supporting those facing this challenging syndrome. We provide a range of services including in home self-care support, community access, short term accommodation, independent living options (ILO) and support coordination. 


For the Asia Pacific conference, Liorn is offering our services to conference attendees who are interested in having their PWS loved one supported so parents and caregivers can focus on the conference. This may take form in community access or short-term accommodation.


Booking Liorn services is essential and will involve pre-conference consultation with limited capacity. Each booking would be treated as an individual 1:1 support engagement to ensure a PWS person centred approach. Services can be funded by NDIS plans (for Australian conference delegates) or via private arrangements for international delegates.For further information please contact Liorn’s General Manager: Brendan Bostock on, or by calling 1-300-LIORNS, via our website: or via our socials … 

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