Australia Government to Offer Visa Fast-Track to 5,000

August 23, 2019

Australia Government to Offer Visa Fast-Track to 5,000

Australia’s federal government will establish a new, high-skilled migration stream that will fast-track visas for 5,000 of the world’s best and brightest every year with the aim of entrenching high-tech industries in the country.

Immigration Minister David Coleman announced the Global Talent Independent Program earlier this month: it will seek the advice of a small panel of Australia’s high achievers in the fields of academia and business over which industries to pursue.

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August 9, 2019

Cairns Convention Centre to be Expanded

Cairns Convention Centre, which has been operated by AEG Ogden since it opened in 1996 and twice named winner of the World’s Best Congress Centre (2004 and 2014), will undergo a refurbishment of existing facilities and an expansion providing an additional 3,000 square metres of meeting, banquet  and exhibition space.

Work is due to commence in June 2020 with the refurbishment to be completed by November 2020 and expansion by 2021/22.

AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said: “One of the main selling points going forward will be the ability of the Cairns Convention Centre to host multiple events at the same time, ie a basketball game and a convention or two conventions. Conference growth in Tropical North Queensland has been constrained as a result of the Centre not being able to accommodate two large conventions simultaneously during the convention season. This expansion by Government will largely resolve those constraints, opening up additional economic benefits and tourism opportunities for Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.”

August 5, 2019

Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Introduces New Networking Platform

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the launch of a new series of special interest forums that will provide greater opportunity for year round engagement for members to exchange valuable industry knowledge and address the key issues facing the industry.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said the forum series will deliver a new targeted communication platform for EEAA member categories to share industry knowledge across a range of issues of common professional interest. “The special interest forums will provide an opportunity for members of our community to drill down into the key issues and opportunities facing the industry. In addition to our major annual headline events, the forums will serve as an additional platform for greater year round engagement within the member community,” she commented.

July 19, 2019

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons to Head to Brisbane

Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (AO ORL-HNS) 2023, the major ear, nose and throat scientific event in Asia-Oceania, is returning to Australia for the first time in 40 years. The five day conference will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in March 2023 and is expected to attract some 1,500 clinicians and specialist surgeons working with the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.

The main driver of the successful bid for the 15th Asia Oceania ORL–HNS Congress is world leading ear nose and throat surgeon, Associate Professor Bernard Lyons worked with Professor Ben Panizza and Dr. Phil Fisher, President of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in collaboration with Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the prestigious surgical conference for Brisbane.

“This meeting is potentially the largest meeting to be held in the field of otolaryngology head and neck surgery in Australia. It is a unique opportunity for Australia to interact on a scientific basis with our neighbouring countries in the Asia Oceania region,” Associate Professor Lyons said.

July 10, 2019

Australia Unites to Win Math Congress

 

With the full support of Australia’s scientific best – such as Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO; one of Australia’s leading mathematicians, Professor Nalini Joshi; and the 2018 Top 10 Global Teacher Prize Winner and YouTube sensation, Eddie Woo – Sydney will host the International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME15) for 2024.

It will be the largest international conference on mathematics education attended by some 2,800 mathematics educators, mathematicians, researchers, teachers and resource producers over eight days.

ICME15 was won by a consortium of eight peak Australian bodies in mathematics education, comprising of Australia’s leading STEM societies endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science, and supported by strategic bidding organisation, BESydney, together with the NSW Government and Tourism Australia.

July 4, 2019

Brisbane to Host Paediatric Hearing and Speech Symposium

A US-headquartered paediatric health symposium has chosen Brisbane as its first-ever Asia Pacific host city, with 500 global experts to meet in March 2021. The successful bid for the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium was led by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in partnership with Hear and Say, a local non-for-profit providing early intervention services for children with hearing loss.

“This conference will significantly boost Hear and Say’s profile, enhancing our reputation as specialists on an international scale, and showcasing our Brisbane HQ as a centre of excellence for paediatric hearing healthcare, research and training,” said Hear and Say’s Clinical Director, Emma Rushbrooke. “We are doing some great research here in Australia and now we are being recognised internationally for our excellent level of service for children with hearing loss.”

June 10, 2019

Adelaide Adds Cancer Unit to Its Medical Facilities

Adelaide is planning the construction of Australia’s first and only proton therapy unit. The unit will treat about 800 patients a year, destroying cancer cells with radiation and avoiding causing damage to healthy tissues by delivering powerful proton beams precisely where needed. Site work on the SAHMRI 2 building is expected to start this year and be completed by 2022.

The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research will be in a bunker, next to the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute “cheesegrater” building on North Tce. SAHMRI has begun a training plan to prepare the future professionals, including clinicians from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, and is working with other global centres of excellence such as Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in the UK to develop the expertise required.

 

June 3, 2019

ICC Sydney Emerges As ‘More Than A Venue’

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched a new multi-platform marketing campaign – More Than a Venue – during IMEX Frankfurt. The campaign has been designed to showcase ICC Sydney’s pledge to provide clients with More Than a Venue – from its Legacy Program, which provides clients with a platform to give back while enriching delegate engagement, to its Feeding Your Performance culinary philosophy, its collection of artworks and its reach into the creative, education and innovation hubs of the city.

New photography and a sizzle video anchor the campaign, featuring a day in the life of a delegate, an external event planner and an ICC Sydney chef, each experiencing the ways in which ICC Sydney is More Than a Venue.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said More Than a Venue is an articulation of ICC Sydney’s vision to deliver value for its clients and demonstrate leadership through actions. “We launched this campaign to shine a light on the stories, and the people, that help drive success at ICC Sydney each and every day. It uncovers the unexpected, the undiscovered, and the unique ways in which our people and our place offer so much More Than a Venue for our clients and their delegates.”

As part of the launch, ICC Sydney has also revealed the next iteration of its self-published magazine, transitioning to a new annual collectible format entitled Sydney InView. Published in print and with content available online through an ongoing digital strategy, the first volume invites readers to discover more about the people behind ICC Sydney, its connections and stories.

May 29, 2019

Gold Coast Welcomes Congress for Suicide Prevention

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) has announced the Gold Coast has been selected to host its 31st World Congress in 2021The event will be held from 21- 24 September 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreThe Congress will bring together around 800 mental health professionals, academics, crisis workers, teachers and suicide survivors from around the world.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said: “It’s encouraging to see more associations and multi-disciplinary medical and health conferences, choosing to align with the Gold Coast and its burgeoning reputation as Australia’s progressive hub for medicine, health and innovation.” 

The Congress returns to Australia for the first time since 1997, with the organisation citing the appeal of the Gold Coast to international delegates as a major drawcard in the decision. “As a host city, the Gold Coast bid offered an intimate and holistic approach to accommodating our Congress, which is highly valued by our organisation. The bid was a collaborative effort, with strong local support from Griffith University, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), as well as the backing of Tourism and Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre”, said Professor Jane Pirkis, a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia and one of IASP’s Vice Presidents.

May 6, 2019

Experts Keep an Eagle Eye on Brisbane in 2024

In June 2024 the focus will be on global eye health care at the recently confirmed Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). The IOA Congress – currently considered to be the most important orthoptic meeting in the world, promises to be a catalyst for driving improvements in eye health care across Australia and the Asia Pacific Region and is expected to be attended by 23 IOA membership countries from around the world.

On behalf of the host organisation, Orthoptics Australia, President, Marion Rivers said: “The Congress will provide us with the opportunity to showcase the work of our Australian orthoptists and global colleagues as well as demonstrate the strength and importance of this niche field in Queensland where there is a high demand for qualified professionals precipitating an increase in higher education and research in the sector.”

The team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre worked closely with the local national association, Orthoptics Australia, in collaboration with Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the conference for Queensland and Brisbane.