Eliminating Cervical Cancer Conference 2023

On Friday, 17th November 2023, the ACPCC will convene its 1st* Eliminating Cervical Cancer Conference (ECC2023), in conjunction with the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control (C4).
The theme of the 2023 conference is From Prevention to Elimination – this year’s event building on the six highly successful Preventing Cervical Cancer Conferences that have been held since 2009.
The new name – Eliminating Cervical Cancer – reflects our expanded scope which now includes treatment as well as prevention.

*Since 2009, there have been six annual events named “Preventing Cervical Cancer Conference”. The move from prevention to elimination has resulted in the change of name. 



Dr Claire Nightingale

Dr Claire Nightingale is a senior research fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Dr Nightingale obtained her PhD at the…

Associate Professor Megan Smith

A/Prof Megan Smith leads high-income country projects in the Cervical Cancer/HPV Stream at the Daffodil Centre. She is an epidemiologist and simulation modeller with extensive experience in policy evaluations…
Vanessa Price

Vanessa Price

Vanessa Price is a public health professional and Program Manager at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney. Vanessa is experienced in managing complex multi-stakeholder programs in Australian and international settings….
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Claire Zammit

Claire is an early career researcher and PhD candidate whose work primarily focuses on implementation science and evaluation with a focus on improving participation across Australia’s National cancer screening…

Panel Members

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Professor Deborah Bateson AM

Deborah is a Professor of Practice at The Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between The University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, and co-lead of the Cervical Cancer and…
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Dr Tamara Butler

Dr Tamara Butler is an Aboriginal woman of the Undumbi people from the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland, Australia and a NHMRC Emerging Research Fellow at the University of…
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Dr Margaret Tarere Lehi

Dr Lehi hails from the island of Pentecost. Graduated back in 2009 with Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery and attained her Masters of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology (MMED…

Dr. Anu Oommen

Dr. Oommen is a Professor, Department of Community Health, Christian Medical College, Vellore, and also a PhD scholar, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Public Health, University of…
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Scott Walsberger

Scott Walsberger (he/him) is Cancer Programs Manager at ACON. He leads programs to raise awareness of cancer risks and screening among LGBTQ communities and improve inclusivity among health services….
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Dr Paulus Ripa

Dr Paulus Ripa, head of clinical services, Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority…

Enriquito Lu

Enriquito Lu is an obstetrician/gynecologist and public health practitioner who has dedicated his career to improving reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) outcomes in low and middle-income countries. He…
Aime Powell

Dr Aime Powell

Dr Aime Powell completed her PhD at Curtin University in April 2016 and received the Rising Stars award from the University of Western Australia. She is member of the Australia and…

Ngaire Sparkes

Ngaire Kereru Sparkes is a wahine Māori (Māori woman) from the Iwi (tribe) of Ngāi Tūhoe.  Ngaire is a community-based researcher and PhD candidate for Te Tātai Hauora o…


All sessions will be held via Zoom

Friday 16th November 2023

1:30- 1:45     Welcome and opening

1:45- 2:55pm    Session 1: Achieving Equity in Cervical Screening in Australia & New Zealand

Join our expert panellists as they discuss the challenges with achieving cervical cancer elimination equitably across Australia and New Zealand. Panel members include:

Dr Aime Powell from Australian National University, Dr Tamara Butler from the University of Queensland, Professor Deborah Bateson from The Daffodil Centre, and Scott Walsberger from ACON.

Facilitated by Claire Zammit and Associate Professor Megan Smith

2:55 – 3:05pm    Break

3:05 – 4:15pm    Session 2: Successfully Implementing HPV Testing in LMICs

Join our expert panelists as they discuss strategies for the implementation of HPV testing in low-and-middle-income countries. Panel members include:

Dr Margaret Tarere (ECCWP Vanuatu) , Dr Paulus Ripa (ECCWP PNG), Dr Ricky Lu (Micronesia), Dr Anu Oommen (SHE-CAN project, India) and Dr Safina Yuma (Ministry of Health, Tanzania).

Facilitated by Vanessa Price and Dr Claire Nightingale.

4:15 – 4:30pm    Closing remarks

Program subject to change without notice. Timings to be used as a guide only.