ENT specialists to meet in 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.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The 15th AO ORL-HNS Congress is expected to deliver A$4.5 million (US$3.1 million) directly into the Brisbane and Queensland economies while fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, and optimising healthcare across the region.

The main driver of the successful bid for the event is ear, nose and throat surgeon, Bernard Lyons, past secretary-general of The Asia-Oceania Association of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Societies, and now president-elect.

Lyons worked with Ben Panizza and 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 conference for the city.

“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. We are very excited to have been successful in our bid to hold the meeting, beating spirited challenges from (South) Korea and Vietnam,” Lyons said in a statement.

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