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About the Conference

The Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA) Conference is the premier interdisciplinary meeting for healthcare professionals from Australia and New Zealand involved in the treatment and management of individuals with cleft lip and palate and related craniofacial anomalies. The 2023 - 13th ACLAPA Conference in Melbourne will bring together healthcare professionals from both countries, as well as our colleagues and friends from the Asia-Pacific region and guests from well-beyond.

This conference will showcase an exciting contribution of local and regional expertise, through oral and poster presentations, keynote lectures and stimulating panel discussions. It will be a welcome return to face to meetings, the chance to meet with new and established friends and foster networking opportunities. Please register for the meeting and pre-conference meetings which will be held Thursday 26 October 2023. Details to follow. Please note that registration includes free entry to the social events for members. Please select an entry ticket for each social event.

Our social program includes:

Welcome BBQ Reception Friday 27 October 2023

This event will require transport to the venue. Buses will leave from the Pan Pacific Hotel at 6:00pm . Entry ticket includes a BBQ Reception dinner and there will be a bar to purchase beverages. 

Conference Dinner Event Saturday 28 October 2023 (80's Night Theme)

This event will be held at the Hot Sauce Laneway at the QT Melbourne Complex at 7pm. Entry ticket includes great food, beverages, and entertainment. Both events have been subsidised with compliments of ACLAPA.

Abstract Dates:

Abstracts may be submitted via the following link:

Abstracts open date: Monday 27 March 2023

Abstracts close date: Friday 30 June 2023

Notifications by Monday 09 July 2023


Please use this site to register for the scientific and social programmes for the conference. 


The Pan Pacific Melbourne is the only 5-star hotel directly connected to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The hotel offers guests 396 sophisticated and spacious rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and unrestricted views of Melbourne city or bay. Situated on the banks of the Yarra River in the iconic South Wharf precinct, the hotel is the perfect base to discover the vibrant city of Melbourne, with premium shopping, dining, and entertainment options all located on the doorstep. We appreciate that the Pan Pacific has offered our conference a heavily discounted rate. 

Accommodation can be booked directly with the Pan Pacific Melbourne Hotel at the following link:

Important Dates:
Abstracts open date: Monday 27 March 2023
Abstracts close date: Friday 30 June 2023
Notifications to authors: Monday 07 July 2023
Early Bird rates available: until Friday 09 Jul7 2023
Preconference meeting dates**: Thursday 26 October 2023
Conference Dates: Friday 27 to Sunday (midday) 29 October 2023

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before the event, Full refund up to 60 days prior to conference. No refunds after that time due to vendor commitment.

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Pan Pacific Melbourne 2 Convention Centre Place South Wharf Melbourne 3006 Australia

Organiser Information

Wendy Nicholls
ACLAPA ABN: 59 665 583 905

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