World Congress win strengthens Australia’s lead in global public health policy
Australia’s world-first achievements in Rehabilitation Medicine and public health policy have been recognised with Sydney winning hosting rights for the 16th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Congress in 2022 – the first time the event will be held in Australia.
New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, said the win highlights the life-changing work of Australia’s leading specialists in a variety of fields from stroke rehabilitation, amputee care to disaster relief and provides our local talent with an opportunity to learn from their global peers.
“Global meetings like this not only grow the local economy (A$9.6 million for the State in direct expenditure) but also showcase our expertise on a global stage and attract inward investment and talent.”
NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Brad Hazzard, said Australian expertise in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine had already attracted researchers from Japan, China, Vietnam, Europe and the Americas.
“By bringing together the best minds from around the globe at ISPRM 2022, we will learn from each other how to create better health services to improve the lives of people with disability globally,” Mr Hazzard said.
The flagship Congress was won for Sydney by business events bidding specialists BESydney and the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ), and will attract more than 1,800 delegates from around the world over five days.
“The time is right for ISPRM to visit Australia’s shores – we welcome the opportunity to showcase our expertise and to collaborate and learn from the international community,” said ISPRM 2022 Bid Leader; NSW Chair of RMSANZ; and Director of the Departments of Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, Associate Professor Steven Faux. “The win is a culmination of many years of teamwork to secure an important meeting for our sector, and the Australian Rehabilitation community is passionate about the legacies to result from hosting the Congress here.”
RMSANZ President, Dr Lee Laycock added, “RMSANZ is looking forward to working with the ISPRM to make the 2022 World Congress a uniquely Australian opportunity for global Rehabilitation team members to network and showcase their developments and challenges in the management of people with a disability.”
The Congress’ international decision-making body was impressed by Australia’s bi-partisan commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the world’s first taxpayer-funded scheme run exclusively by and for people with a disability. By the time the Congress is in Sydney, the nationwide rollout of the NDIS will be five years in, and the Government and industry will have a wealth of data and learnings to share with their global peers.
BESydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith said, “Australians are the go-to experts to help solve global issues in public health policy, and the fact that more than 1,800 professionals will meet in Sydney demonstrates a desire to learn from Australia’s experts, practitioners and Government. Holding a successful ISPRM World Congress will not only influence government policy, it will also facilitate the sharing of innovation and encourage collaboration.”
Australia’s Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham said, “Attracting large-scale international events such as this one, with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, is a crucial component of our national tourism strategy with business events delivering $5 billion to the national economy in the last year alone.”
ISPRM 2022 will be held at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), Australia's premier and first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.
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Since 1969 BESydney has been Sydney’s strategic bidding organisation responsible for attracting global meetings to the city: local experts with remarkable connections, growing Australia’s international reputation as one of the world’s most business and tech-friendly hosts. Financially supported and backed by the NSW State Government and the private sector, it is a not-for-profit company with a focus on value creation. BESydney was recently named an ABA100 Winner for business innovation in The Australian Business Awards 2019.
The RMSANZ is the peak professional body for Rehabilitation Physicians and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.