Brisbane is set to welcome the worldâ€™s leading posture and gait clinicians and researchers, following a successful bid to host the International Society of Posture & Gait Research (ISPGR) World Congress in 2021.
The congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 20-24, 2021. It is expected to draw more than 500 delegates from over 40 countries.
The congress covers conditions related to posture and gait span people of all demographics â€“ from a child who has trouble walking steadily to the elderly person whose mobility is impaired from a stroke or Parkinsonâ€™s disease. It aims to develop better assessment, treatment and rehabilitation techniques, which can drastically improve patient quality of life and associated public health costs.
â€œThis important congress is set to deliver a A$1.5 million (US$1.1 million) economic boost as Brisbane brings it back to the Asia-Pacific region following a number of years in the UK, North America and Europe,” commented Brisbane’s lord mayor Graham Quirk.
Quirk added that “bidding business events is a priority for Brisbane” as it generates more than A$257 million for the local economy every year.
ISPGR’s president and professor of movement neuroscience at Liverpool John Moores University, Mark Hollands, said a number of factors contributed to Brisbane being selected as the 2021 host destination.
â€œWe expect our Asia-based members to take advantage of Brisbaneâ€™s close proximity to the region, while access from across the globe is easy with direct flights from more than 80 destinations,” he elaborated.