AUSTRALASIA – The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has led a winning bid for the 9th World Congress of Melanoma, which will be held at the centre in October 2017 and attract 1,500 melanoma and skin cancer expert delegates.
This is the second time the conference will be held in the Australian state in 20 years.
Queensland has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world; every year skin cancers account for 80 per cent of all newly-diagnosed cancers, with medical practitioners providing more than one million patient consultations resulting in a significant burden on the state’s health care system.
Brisbane’s key convention partners, led by the BCEC, joined with Cancer Council Queensland and two of Brisbane’s melanoma specialists to bid for the conference which is expected to deliver a AU$3.6m (US$3.5m) boost to the Queensland economy.
Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing also played significant roles in securing the four-day conference for Brisbane.
The main architects of the world congress bid, co-convenors and BCEC Convention Advocates, Professor H. Peter Soyer and Associate Professor Mark Smithers, believe the high calibre of the multidisciplinary Australian Steering Committee and the recent successful hosting of the Dermoscopy World Congress at the Centre in 2012 were factors in the success of the Brisbane bid.
He is also confident that the highly regarded international event will assist in creating further funding opportunities for new and ongoing research in the fight against skin cancer which affects many Australians.
Brisbane will also play host to cancer experts from around the world this November at the first ever Global Skin Cancer Conference, hosted by Cancer Council Queensland.
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