The focus will be on global eye health care at the recently confirmed Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in June 2024.
On behalf of the host organisation, Orthoptics Australia president Marion Rivers said they looked forward to welcoming orthoptists from 23 IOA membership countries from around the world who are expected to attend the Congress.
“The Congress will provide us with the opportunity to showcase the work of our Australian orthoptists and global colleagues as well as demonstrate the strength and importance of this niche field in Queensland where there is a high demand for qualified professionals precipitating an increase in higher education and research in the sector,” Rivers said.
The team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre worked closely with the local national association, Orthoptics Australia, in collaboration with Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing to secure the conference for Queensland and Brisbane.
“Queensland continues to demonstrate its world-class event hosting capabilities and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to Brisbane in 2024,” said Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.
“The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund, is proud to support such events because they drive significant economic benefit for the state.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said thanks to an impressive Brisbane bid, the IOA Congress would generate an economic impact of more than $1 million and provide a boost to the local tourism, service and knowledge sectors.
“Being chosen to host this important international congress is a credit to our collaborative Team Brisbane approach and our growing reputation as a leading medical research, business events and tourism destination,” Schrinner said.