Our third Lipoedema Australia Conference “Be the Best You Can Be” provided a great opportunity for those affected by lipoedema to come together and share experiences, hear the latest research from experts and presentations from our international keynote speakers. It was held at the Mantra on View Hotel, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 160 metres from the beach. 

“Be the Best You Can Be”, provided a great opportunity for patients, partners, and professionals working with Lipoedema to come together and learn more about best practice in Lipoedema management and treatment. Conference delegates heard the latest research from experts, and presentations from international and national speakers. The full program is available here.

We will share the outcomes of this conference in the coming weeks!

We thank our Gold Sponsor:

Gold sponsor

Silver Sponsors:

bsn LOGO.jpg
Silver sponsor

Key Note Speakers


Joanna E. Dudek is a psychologist, psychotherapist and nutritionist from Poland, currently PhD Candidate at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. In her research she is interested in psychological aspects of quality of life in women with Lipedema. In 2015 she published the research paper, “Quality of life in women with lipoedema: a contextual behavioural approach”.

Joanne was a speaker at the 2017 FDRS Conference in USA.



Dr Tara Karnezis completed her PhD on carbohydrate biosynthesis in 2002 at the Department of Biochemistry, La Trobe University. Following her successful PhD, Tara was offered a post-doctoral position at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University. She published a key paper demonstrating that the damage to the brain can be reversed by targeted therapy against an inhibitor of axonal regeneration, called Nogo A.

Dr Karnezis then returned home to Melbourne after being offered a research fellow position at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and then the Peter Mac Cancer Centre on the role of lymphatics in cancer spread. During that time, Dr Karnezis discovered that lymphatics remodel during cancer spread that can be reversed by treatment with NSAIDS.

In 2016, Dr Karnezis was offered a Group Leader position at O'Brien Institute, St Vincent's Institute for Medical Research which she co- heads with Dr Ramin Shayan, a Melbourne plastic surgeon. Together in late 2016 they set up the first Australian Lipoedema research laboratory and commenced work on “finding the lipoedema gene”. A new approach to Lipoedema research is possible given the laboratory was able to establish a lipoedema tissue bank at the same time. Tara is passionate about finding the Lipoedema gene and loves meeting Lipoedema patients which form the reason for her work.



Mr Ramin Shayan is a Melbourne trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with public hospital appointments at St Vincent’s, Alfred and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. Ramin also consults and operates at St Vincent’s Private, East Melbourne and at Brighton Plastic Surgery.

Mr Shayan received his medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed his PhD in the molecular biology of cancer spread and lymphedema.

Since 2015, he has been Director of the O'Brien Institute, St Vincent's Institute for Medical Research and co-heads a Lipoedema research lab at the O'Brien Institute, investigating lipoedema, radiation injury, lymphoedema and tissue regeneration.

He is trained in all facets of reconstructive plastic surgery, but has particular clinical interests in lipoedema, lymphoedema, vascular malformations, melanoma and skin cancer.  Lipoedema surgery (liposuction and tissue excision) forms 30% of Ramin's practice since he commenced operating on Lipoedema patients in 2015. He has a passion to assist his patients with Lipoedema lead a mobile and healthy life.

FAQs - Frequently asked questions

Will meals be provided?

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided on Saturday. Saturday night at the Conference Dinner your meal will be included however a bar will operate for drinks at your own cost. Morning tea and lunch will be provided on Sunday and there is a coffee shop and restaurant located in the hotel.

What does full social functions involve?

Full social functions includes the Welcome on Friday evening, the Conference dinner Saturday night and participation in exercise opportunities. For partners there will be an opportunity for partners activities. 

Can I bring a friend/spouse/family member?

Partners/Carers/Family members are welcome. We have a special Partner Program Ticket which includes, Friday Night Welcome, Saturday Conference Dinner and Saturday afternoon Partner sessions. If you wish to attend  all Conference sessions and meals please buy a "Patient Ticket" instead.

Will there be special workshops for professionals working with Lipoedema patients?

Lipoedema Australia welcomes professionals to the conference. Special workshops have been designed to meet the demand for Lipoedema education of professionals.

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

The Gold Coast Light Rail
Gold Coast Light Rail runs from Helensvale to Broadbeach South. It’s a great way to travel around Gold Coast with Cyress Avenue Station close by and accessible to all levels of mobility. 

Arriving at Brisbane Airport
You can catch the train from Brisbane Airport to Gold Coast. Airtrain services travel between Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast every 15 minutes during the peak (30 minutes during off-peak), making Airtrain the frequent and easy airport transfer.

Travelling from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Airtrain stops at all Gold Coast stations. If you require an airport transfer direct to your Gold Coast accommodation or address consider Airtrain's Train & Transfer (AirtrainConnect) a door to door service. 

Arriving at Gold Coast Airport
The Tourist Shuttle offers a shuttle service in modern buses from the airport to your accomodation.

Taxi Service
Gold Coast Cabs offer a fixed price service from  airport to your accommodating.
Black Label Transfers 1300 255 522  WAT (Wheelchair accessible taxis) Ph: 131 008 or 07 5588 1234

Uber Service
Uber operates from the Airport to your accommodation. 

The Mantra View Hotel is located in View Ave, not far from the Gold Coast Highway. Parking is easy with your choice of valet parking at a cost of $15 per night per car, undercover secure parking which is available in the adjacent public car park and can be paid direct to the hotel at $8 per night per car and has a height restriction of 1.90m for hotel guests.

If you are a day Conference attender you can access the public car park directly opposite the hotel in View Ave, or use street parking

Where can I contact the organiser with my questions?

Conference Committee