Brisbane set to host 1500 dental hygienists from around the globe
Hosted by the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) under the auspices of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), the three day symposium, originally set for Seoul, was relocated to Australia following concern around increased political tension. The event is set to return to Seoul in 2024.
With 17 of the 34 member countries based in Europe the majority of international delegates are expected to come from Europe and the US with strong representation from Australia, India, Korea, Japan, South Africa and Singapore.
The team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in collaboration with the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and supported by Brisbane Marketing secured the conference for Brisbane for the first time.
Queensland Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said continuing to grow the business sector by securing international conferences and business events is a key part of the government’s tourism strategy.
“I look forward to welcoming these world-leading health professionals in 2019,” she said.
During a recent visit to Brisbane, IFDH president Robyn Watson said the Queensland capital was chosen to host the 2019 event after a formal decision process by the IFDH Board.
“We are delighted that it is to be hosted in Australia and many overseas colleagues that I speak to express a desire to visit Australia,” she said.
“It is a safe city, it has a world class convention centre, it is the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef, it is easy to get to from international destinations – Brisbane encompasses the true Australian experience.”
Dr Melanie Hayes, CEO of the local host organisation Dental Hygienists Association of Australia, says the conference’s program will focus on opportunities for leadership, empowerment, advancement and diversity.
“We wanted the program to have a broader framework and not just a purely clinical one,” she said. “We believe it needs to include clinicians, researchers, educators, advocates and tackle diversity; we work with a whole lot of different communities in society.”