Doctors on call as Sydney bags mega medical conference

Sydney will host Australia’s largest meeting of international doctors in 2022, after winning the bid for the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) World Conference.

Over 4,300 family doctors are expected to attend the conference being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Dr Harry Nespolon said the event will bring the world’s best professionals in family medicine to Australia.

“This is an extraordinary win for the RACGP, Australian GPs and their patients,” Dr Nespolon said. “The opportunities a conference like WONCA 2022 creates for primary care in Australia are endless.

“Doctors from every corner of the globe will converge on Sydney in October 2022 to share research and discuss best practice and techniques to keep people and communities healthy on an international level.

“This gives us the chance to put Australia on an international stage. As a country, we punch well above our weight when it comes to world’s best practice and the standards within general practice.

“Meeting other doctors in our field, hearing their stories, and learning from their experiences will be a most effective way for Australian GPs and their healthcare teams to make decisions that ensure their practice is more efficient and delivers world-class healthcare.”

RACGP partnered with BESydney to win hosting rights for Australia.

“WONCA 2022 will mark 50 years since the global meeting was first held Down Under, attracting doctors from emerging, developing and developed health systems,” said BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith.

“WONCA 2022 in Sydney will equip these professionals, the bedrock of the global health system, with the skills and knowledge to keep them at the forefront of world’s best practice.”

The bid was given financial support by Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund.