Date & Time: 
Thursday 29 November 2018

[Latest summit program available here (340 Kb) - Updated 20 Nov 2018]

The Safe Water Summit is an initiative of the UQ Safe Water Collaboration, supported by the Global Change Institute Flagship Program.

You're invited to attend this important summit and/or submit an abstract to present at the 1.5-day forum, beginning Thursday 29 Nov 2018 at UQ Herston (part of the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital campus).

The summit is designed promote discussion about the quality of drinking water in remote and semi-remote areas, with a particular focus on areas with known contamination and an emphasis on strategies to optimise provision of safe water.

This issue came to our attention in the context of remote Indigenous communities in WA, but the general findings and principles of advocacy and remediation will likely be more generalisable.


The Safe Water Collaboration at The University of Queensland was established by Professor Wendy Hoy, Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease and the NHMRC Chronic Kidney Disease Centre of Research Excellence; and Dr Nina Hall, UQ School of Public Health.

The collaboration includes several internal and external partners (more details here).

We hope to assemble a variety of people with knowledge or concerns about this issue in various locations, and to form an ongoing collaboration for more detailed studies, proactive advocacy and development of strategies to promote safe water provision.

Participants are also invited to submit an abstract (details below).

Participation in the Safe Water Summit only requires registration.

We encourage you to extend this notification to others who might be interested, as we aim to establish a network of potential collaborators and welcome everyone with insights and opinions.

You’re invited to submit a short abstract outlining the points you wish to share (150 words or fewer).

  • Your abstract must include a title, author names, author affiliations/institutions, be no more than 150 words long, have no sub-headings
  • You will have the opportunity to present your abstract at the summit. PowerPoint presentations should be limited to no more than seven slides, running for no more than five minutes – with two additional minutes allowed for questions.
  • Deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday, 14 Oct 2018
  • Submit abstracts to the Safe Water Summit secretariat.

All abstracts will be considered for inclusion in the summit program.

Assistance with formatting of abstracts and presentations will be given to those who request it.


As well as complimentary morning/afternoon tea and lunch, attendees will be exposed to a wide range of speakers and topics, followed by summation of all related themes, and a roundtable discussion to identify future steps.

Please note, the 1.5 day summit will take place in two different rooms of the Mayne Medical Building at UQ Herston.

Day 1. Thursday, 29 November (full day)
ES Meyer Tiered Theatre (Room 0881-416)

Day 2. Friday, 30 November (half day)
Collaborative Room (0881-325)

Download summit program (Updated 20 Nov 2018)

REGISTER: online via Eventbrite


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