MND Australia

The National MND Australia Care Conference is a one-day biennial event for healthcare professionals and service providers who support people living with motor neurone disease. People living with MND and their carers are welcome to attend.

In 2023, the Conference will be held on Monday, 28 August 2023 from 10am–5.30pm at the The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne and will be co-hosted by MND Australia and MND Victoria. The theme of the conference is: Caring in a complex environment.

Registrations open

Registrations are now open for the 11th National MND Australia Care Conference.

General registration is $250 for the one-day conference, but for a limited time an early bird price of $200 is available until Friday 16th June 2023. Simply use the discount code EARLYBIRD when registering.

Registration is free-of-charge for people with MND and their carers. Please contact to arrange registration.

Conference registration includes all sessions, access to the trade display and catering.

The conference program will be available soon.


The 27th annual Nina Buscombe Awards or "Nina's" support attendance at MND-related conferences and training events through funding attendance costs such as registration fees and travel. The awards are administered through MND VictoriaApplications close 31 May 2023.

All people with an interest in motor neurone disease are encouraged to apply for a Nina award, with priority given to:

  • health and allied health professionals working with people living with MND, including palliative care
  • final year PhD students and early post doc researchers.

Learn more >


The Conference has a number of sponsorship options available as well as a trade display.
Please download our Sponsorship Package and contact if your organisation is interested in sponsorship or a trade display.

The Conference will be held at The Florey's Parkville/University of Melbourne location at 30 Royal Parade, Parkville.

Public transport options include Tram 19 and the 505 and 546 buses. Very limited paid parking options are available.

The following accommodation options have easy public transport access to the Conference venue, via Tram 19.

Mercure Melbourne
43 Therry Street, Melbourne
Exclusive conference rate: $140 p/n.
Email to book using booking code 11MND

Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartment
15/21Therry Street, Melbourne
Standard rooms @$170 p/n incl breakfast. Book here.

Best Western Queen Victoria Market Hotel
77-79 Capel Street, West Melbourne. Book here.

Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
Standard rooms @ $170p/n and $216p/n incl breakfast. Book here.

MND Australia requires notice of registration cancellation in writing via at least 30 days prior to the event before a full refund is to be given.

Any cancellations of registration made less than 30 days (that is after 29 July 2023) will be refunded the ticket price less administration and catering costs. In the event that you test positive to COVID-19 within 7 days of the event you can apply in writing for a refund. You are required to provide supporting documents to prove your positive test. You will be refunded your ticket price less catering costs.

If I am unable to attend, can someone else go in my place?
If a registrant is unable to attend the event, the registration can be transferred to another person, no later than one (1) clear business day prior to the event. To do this, please notify MND Australia via including details of the current person registered, as well as the replacement attendee’s name, title, organisation, email address and mobile number. MND Australia will endeavour to accommodate special dietary requirements for late substitute registrants, but unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed.

Being COVID-safe is a shared responsibility, and we want you to enjoy and make the most of MND Care Conference in a safe way. Masks will be available at registration desk for those who would like to wear them. Hand sanitiser will be available at various points throughout the venue. Attendees are reminded not to attend if they are feeling unwell and displaying COVID-19 symptoms (loss or change in sense of smell or taste, fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and runny nose).

Registrants at MND Australia events may have their photo taken. In attending this event you agree to the following:

By attending the conference, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed or videotaped and you hereby give MND Australia the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to use your likeness, image and photo (collectively “image”) without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium and to put the finished pictures/recordings to any legitimate use without limitation or reservation. You hereby waive, release and forever discharge MND Australia from and against any and all claims or actions arising out of or resulting from any use of your image. MND Australia shall not be obligated to use, and may elect not to use your image.”

Please contact MND Australia via to prevent any future use of images you are identified in.

MND Australia team is happy to discuss anything about the conference. Please email us at or call (02) 8287 4980.