New medical and research facilities spur Adelaide’s courtship of related conferences

THE Adelaide Convention Bureau is making moves to lure major health and medical association conferences to the city’s Riverbank Precinct which is being redeveloped with several new medical infrastructure on site.

The Royal Adelaide Hospital, the University of Adelaide Clinical Health School and the University of South Australia Health Innovation Building (home to the Centre for Cancer Biology) are all set to open in 2016. These are in addition to the A$350 million (US$252 million) upgrade of the Adelaide Convention Centre, due for completion in 2017.

These developments will accompany the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), which opened in 2013, to make up what Adelaide Convention Bureau’s CEO, Damien Kitto, is touting as the “Southern Hemisphere’s largest health and biomedical precinct”.

Kitto said the Bureau is already working with SAHMRI to successfully identify opportunities to bring health, science and medical conventions to the city.

He said: “The material and research emanating from SAHMRI is being noted globally so that certainly assists our efforts to bring events to Adelaide. We’re working with key personnel at the top level of their respective fields to identify the opportunities.”

International conferences secured for Adelaide include the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer in June 2016 for 1,500 delegates, and the 9th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity in October 2017 for 800 delegates.

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