The 2019 TAMS Conference will focus on support and dealing with your mast cell disease.

The conference will feature a number of medical specialists including:

  • Professor Connie Katelaris AM
  • Professor Pete Smith
  • Associate Professor, Dr Katrina Randall – Staff Specialist, Immunology, Canberra Hospital

  • Dr Anne Swain – Head Dietician, Royal Prince Alfred Allergy Unit

  • and many others…

to help give us a greater understanding of how to live with our mast cells; medications that can assist us; how to eat the foods that work for us; and how to get the best from working with our medical team.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Welcome from TAMS Chair David Mayne
  • Mastocytosis: diagnostic criteria, symptomology and manifestations
  • Coping toolbox
  • Exercise physiology
  • Managing surgery
  • Paediatrics mastocytosis
  • Mindfulness and chronic illness
  • Chronic path
  • Bone pain and bone loss
  • Epi pen usage

But by far, the greatest outcome from all our past conferences has been the strength we gain from meeting together face to face, connecting with others also walking their mast cell management journey and offering each other the encouragement we need to keep going and get the best from each day.

The Conference will be held at Animal Health Australia in Canberra from 10am Friday, 27 September – 1pm Sunday, 29 September 2019.


Suggested Conference Accommodation

We tried to find the ‘perfect’ deal for you to stay in Canberra, but it seems this wasn’t to be the case. Canberra has many options for places to stay and it’s an easy city to navigate and get around. Canberra is a lovely city really – you have all the facilities you expect in a big city yet it’s greenery and treescapes make you feel like you’re in the relaxed countryside. 

Below are some suggestions for possible discounts. These are all very close to the conference facilities… many within walking distance. 

Pavilion on Northbourne
Book thru their website pavillioncanberra.com.au for online discounts. Book every 2nd Monday and there’s a 25% discount on room rates. 

Canberra Parklands Central Hotel Apartments – Dickson 
Comfortable, clean and onsite parking. Approximately 10 minutes drive from the conference venue. To book, call direct, mention TAMS and see if it gets you a good deal and service. ((02) 6262 7000

Adina Serviced Apartments – James Court
Closeby. Phone (02) 6240 1234

Adina Serviced Apartments – Dickson
Mention TAMS for a possible discount. Phone (02) 6279 7000

Alivio Tourist Park
(02) 6247 5466

These are simply suggestions for you to check out. Please don’t wait too long to book your accommodation as it is FLORIADE flower festival over the surrounding weeks. So accommodation will disappear fast!!  One benefit of this is that you might get to add a visit to this beautiful floral festival around the weekend of the conference and make your trip a mini-vacation.




27-29 September 2019



27 Sept: 10am – 5pm
28 Sept: 9am – 5pm
28 Sept: optional dinner
29 Sept: 9am – 1pm



Animal Health Australia
95 Northbourne Ave
Canberra, ACT 2601

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