The World Lupus Federation is having it's 2017 conference here in Australia, and it includes a Patient Education Conference, which looks really good.
When I say "here" it's in Melbourne, I'm in Ipswich (just near Brisbane). So that means flights and accommodation, and I am going to have to look hard to find the funds for those. Right now, I'm looking at bank accounts, under the mattress, etc, because this looks like a great opportunity, if I can get there.
On the other hand, registration for patients is only $50, (oops, looked again, that's US dollars, so a bit more than $50) and once registered, patients are allowed to attend all of the scientific conference as well.
If you happen to be closer to Melbourne than me, or have the funds available to get there, here is the link for more information: http://www.lupus2017.org/program-information/lupus-2017-patient-education-conference#.WKa0eRJ95-U