Registrations are now open for the 2017 Turtle Health and Rehabilitation Symposium Townsville, Queensland.

"Connecting For Conservation"

This biennial event provides an opportunity for researchers, vets, rehabilitation groups, policy makers and Indigenous land managers from across Australia to come together to share the latest information about sea turtle health, rehabilitation and management. Together we hope to build and strengthen existing partnerships and foster new ones to protect sea turtles and ultimately increase populations for future generations to enjoy.

The Symposium will consist of two days of presentations and workshops at Rydges at Southbank, followed by a day-trip to Magnetic Island for a picnic and to learn about field research of sea turtles.

Costs and Registration

The cost for the three-day symposium is $330, which includes the optional Symposium dinner on Tuesday the 5th of September and the field trip to Magnetic Island on Thursday the 7th of September.

Registrations close Friday 11th August, 2017

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Program Overview

Days 1 and 2 will be held at Rydges in South Townsville. The agenda will include presentations and mini-workshops across 4 broad themes:

  • Research
  • Turtle Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Wildlife Management


Registration to participate for the three days is $330 (Full Price), which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day and a buffet dinner on Tuesday 5th of September. Also included is a field trip to Magnetic Island on Day 3 (Thursday 7th of September).

Student Pricing available on request. Please contact for an access code.

For further information you can also call Sea Turtle Foundation on 0431 259 129

Call for Presentations

If you would like to submit an abstract for a presentation  or submit a poster to showcase the results of your research or programs at this Symposium, select the Presenting or Submit a Poster tab above 

The deadline for receiving Abstracts is 4th of August

Special Dietary Requirements

Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we will endeavour to cater to your needs.


Rydges have offered us a special rate for our symposium goers. For $540 all symposium goers can get a queen single occupancy room for the 4 nights of symposium.

All of the queen rooms at Rydges Southbank Townsville have been refurbished with stylish carpet and modern technologies. Guests will appreciate the queen-sized Rydges Dream beds in our Townsville hotel accommodation, where interconnecting rooms are available on request.


The following activities are included in your registration price. To ensure that we cater for the correct number, please let us know if you will be attending each of these events when you register:

  • Dinner Tuesday 5th of September
  • Field Trip to Magnetic Island – returning approximately 3pm


Present at the Symposium

Submit Your Abstract

The deadline for receiving Abstracts is 4th of August

We would like to invite individuals and organisations to submit an abstract for presentations at the 2017 Turtle Health and Rehabilitation Symposium. We encourage you to take this opportunity to showcase your work to others working to protect and increase our understanding of sea turtles. 

The four broad themes for the workshop are:

  • Research
  • Health
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Wildlife Management

Abstracts should be up to 250 words and provide details of the authors, their associated organisations and the name/s of those presenting.

Oral paper presentations will have 15-minute time slots. The symposium organisers will group oral presentations by theme into sessions that will include three individual presentations and time for questions and discussions from the audience.

Submit a Poster

Poster Presentations

For those who would like to show their work to Symposium participants but do not wish to give an oral presentation, you may want to submit a poster.  A poster promoting your research or program work can be displayed at the Symposium facilities throughout Day 1 and 2. Presenters will have an opportunity to discuss and explain their research in direct contact to the audience.

During the Symposium, participants will be able to vote for their favourite poster and a winner will be announced at the end of Day 2.

Submit your abstract below

Poster requirements

  • Portrait style
  • Preferred size: A1 (594mm x 841mm) but B1 (707mm x 1000mm) and AO (841mm x 1189mm) accepted


If you are a business or individual interested in supporting the symposium and promoting yourself to this gathering of research and natural resource management professionals there are sponsorship opportunities still available. Head to our sponsorship page for more information

The 2017 Turtle Health and Rehabilitation Symposium is a collaborative event by the following organisations