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PWSA(NZ) has been involved with organising Asia-Pacific PWS Conferences alongside PWS Australia since the 1st Asia-Pacific conference was held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2008. These conferences are usually held every three years. In 2021, the PWS Associations of Australia and New Zealand joined with the PWS Associations of Malaysia and Thailand to co-organise a conference with wider reach – the beginnings of a vision for creating greater connectivity within our Asia Pacific region.


6th Asia Pacific PWS Conference – Sydney 2024

6th Asia Pacific PWS Conference – Sydney 2024


The 6th Asia Pacific PWS Conference is to be held at The Rydges Sydney Central Hotel, August 2024. This will be a 2 day conference incorporating both a scientific research focused day, plus sessions for healthcare professionals, those working in a support role for people living with PWS, and parents / families.…

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5th Asia Pacific PWS Conference 2021 – Kuala Lumpur

The 5th Asia Pacific conference was held virtually in October 2021, hosted by the PWS Association of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and co-organised by the PWS Associations of Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. Registered conference attendees can view presentations and slides here.

10th IPWSO Conference 2019 – Havana

This conference was held in Cuba in November 2019. It was attended by Dane and Julia Fuller (parents from New Zealand) who interviewed esteemed endocrinologist and PWS expert, Dr. Jennifer Miller. In their interview recording, Dr Miller provides answers to some key questions and offers very useful information for families. Christina Ford, a New Zealand behaviour specialist with Community Connections, gave a presentation at the conference, reflecting on the practice tools and techniques she uses to have conversations in behaviour support and education sessions with a person with PWS when there is a requirement to discuss difficult subject matter. Hayley Arnott, another parent who attended from NZ, has also forwarded the following conference report.

4th Asia-Pacific PWS Conference 2018 – Brisbane

The 4th Asia-Pacific PWS Conference was held in Brisbane, Australia, in October 2018.
Live-stream videos can now be viewed via one of our YouTube playlists.

3rd Asia-Pacific PWS Conference 2015 – Melbourne

The 3rd Asia-Pacific PWS Conference was held in Melbourne, Australia, in April 2015.
Click here to view all the video recordings of the presentations.

PWSA Ireland Conference 2014

Click here to view some of the video recordings from this conference. Dr Hubert Soyer and Dr Suzanne Blichfeldt both discuss healthcare and care services for adults with PWS; Dr Suzanne Cassidy discusses healthcare for children with PWS, and Georgina Loughnan presents on physical therapy.