An ANZSHM conference is held on a biennial basis. The conference usually spans 3-5 days at venues around Australia and New Zealand. The program includes keynote addresses, a varied program of research papers and other intellectual and social activities. Financial assistance in the form of Ben Haneman Memorial Conference Grants for Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers is available on a competitive basis for students to attend the conference.

2021 Conference:

The 17th Biennial Conference of the ANZSHM will be held in Newcastle, Australia, between 1-4 December 2021. Click here for further details about the program and registration.

Information about the Ben Haneman Memorial Conference Grants for Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers can be accessed here. If you require further information, please contact Dr Louella McCarthy: For an application form click on following links depending on if you are a postgraduate student or Early Career Researcher. A list of previous grant recipients is available here.

Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt 

Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Willem van der Meer, 1716

Previous Biennial Conferences


1. New Perspectives on the History of Medicine, Sydney, 1989


2. Impact of the Past upon the Present, Perth, 1991


3. Outpost Medicine - Australian Studies on the History of Medicine, Hobart, 1993


4. History, Heritage and Health, Norfolk Island, 1995


5. Migration to Mining, Darwin, 1997


6. Individuals & Institutions in the History of Medicine, Sydney, 1999


7. ASHM Biennial Conference, Adelaide, 2001


8. Exploring the Boundaries of Medicine, Melbourne, 2003


9. Health and History: International Perspectives, Auckland, New Zealand, 2005


10. Medicine in Context, Canberra, 2007


11. Health and History at the Frontier, Perth, 2009


12. Public Health, Private Healers, Brisbane, 2011


13. Antipodean Health: People, Places, Perceptions, Darwin, 2013

14. Missions, Methods and Management, Sydney, 2015

15. Health, Medicine and Society: Challenge and Change, Melbourne, 2017

16. Beyond Borders: Health and Medicine in Historical Context, Auckland, 2019



Other conferences involving the ANZSHM


Launceston Bicentenary Conference, 2006