CAAF 2019 Brisbane

Saturday 1 & Sunday 1 June, 2019

The CDH Australia Annual Forum (CAAF) is a national conference designed to provide the CDH community with an opportunity to come together to connect, support, and grow.


“It’s the one space where we can just be “us”, no hiding how hard this can be to deal with. No guilt over still struggling at times. You can just let it all out, and everyone else just gets it.”

past CAAF attendee.



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Who should attend?

If you have a connection to congenital diaphragmatic hernia, you will benefit from attending. We encourage parents, children, siblings, extended family, friends, and health professionals to join us. CAAF is a child-friendly event. Complimentary child-minding is available for selected sessions.



Doors open at 8:30 AM both mornings, with official the official program from 9:00 AM.

Keynote speakers include Head of the Mater Mothers’ Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit Dr Glenn Gardener; specialist paediatric surgeon Dr Craig McBride; and The Ritchie Centre’s Aidan Kashyap, as well as CEO of Rare Voices Australia Nicole Millis.

And announcing our special guest speaker: CDH Australia Ambassador, CDH survivor, Olympian, Commonwealth Games medallist and international Ninja Warrior Olivia Vivian!


Don’t miss

Saturday’s information sessions, including a research update and medical speakers.

Sunday’s inspirational session with Olivia Vivian and the Family Fun Day.



Free bookings are being taken online through TryBooking.

Plan Your Journey here.



Mantra on Queen is offering CAAF attendees a special rate:

Hotel Room – includes buffet breakfast for up to 2 guests, and Wifi – $159 per night

1 Bedroom Apartment – includes buffet breakfast for up to 2 guests, and Wifi – $175 per night

2 Bedroom Apartment – includes buffet breakfast for up to 4 guests, and Wifi – $299 per night

Delegates must contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. Phone: 13 15 17 or Email:

T&Cs apply


Other accommodation options:

Hotels or

House-letting or


See you in Brisbane!