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 competitive grants for postgraduate research students is available - please click here to download an application form. Please click here for a list of the most recent student bursary recipients.

The ANZSHM is also involved in other historical conferences from time to time.

2017 Conference

The 15th Biennial Conference of the ANZSHM 'Health, Medicine, and Society: Challenge and Change' will be held in Melbourne from 11-14 July 2017, with a Witness Seminar to follow on Saturday 15 July. The venue is the Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy Campus).
For program details, please check the conference website:

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

Other conferences involving the ANZSHM

Launceston Bicentenary Conference, 2006