Brisbane Secures Major International Medical Congress for the First Time in Australia

5th July 2024

Brisbane will host the World Congress of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (WCPGHAN) for the first time in Australia in 2028.

Expected to attract over 2,000 delegates, the event will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from June 6 to 10.

The successful bid, led by Professor Nikhil Thapar from Queensland Children’s Hospital, was supported by BCEC, Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, and the Brisbane Economic Development Agency.

Professor Thapar said: “This World Congress is designed to assist countries that really need it, specifically in terms of education, and there are many in the Asia Pacific that will benefit. We believe that this is really an opportunity to drive up the quality of care that is currently available.”

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre General Manager, Kym Guesdon, said the BCEC had been working on securing WCPGHAN 2028 since 2018. “The Centre’s team works closely with medical, research and scientific leaders to secure major sector meetings of this calibre, which are an endorsement of Queensland’s strengths in the key science and research sectors.

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