Australian Healthcare Week returned to ICC Sydney in March marking the first major business exhibition to run in a COVID safe environment in the venue’s Exhibition Centre since the onset of the pandemic.
The event attracted 4,500 in person attendees engaging with over 150 exhibitors at the trade exhibition with a further 400 delegates registered to attend the conference sessions over the course of the two-day event.
ICC Sydney’s event planning and operational teams supported organiser International Quality & Productivity Centre for 12 months to meticulously plan Australian Healthcare Week’s event program which was presented in person in theatre spaces set up across the exhibition show floor spanning three halls of ICC Sydney’s Exhibition Centre.
Over the course of the year of planning, the event planning team supported and informed by ICC Sydney’s specially created internal COVID Taskforce, guided the organiser through the many iterations of the NSW Government public health orders, interpreting and implementing the complex and evolving health regulations.
Supported by a strong foundation of stringent onsite safety measures, over 75 conference sessions were able to be presented via panel discussions, keynote presentations and fireside discussions.
Despite the disruption presented by COVID in 2020, ICC Sydney’s team took the time to introduce and implement effective safety measures prior to the event.
Critical to the success of the event was the exemption granted by the NSW Government Department of Health to the venue to deliver exhibitions in the Exhibition Centre.
Australian Healthcare Week also represented a triumph for the venue team as well as the exhibition and business event industry as a whole, with over 765 shifts provided to both front of house and back of house ICC Sydney team members in delivering the exhibition. A further 649 contractors were inducted and permitted to deliver works onsite due to the scale and scope of the event.