Gold Coast bolsters its medical credentials with national association convention

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(L-R) Amy Doan, Bradyn Chong, Dr Dinesh Palipana, Daniel Barry and Jacqueline Dewirral.

The Gold Coast is preparing to welcome the country’s biggest medical student conference, the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s (AMSA) National Convention in July.

Now in its 64th year, the AMSA National Convention will welcome over 700 medical students from across the country and New Zealand.

Speakers include neuroradiologist Dr Hal Rice, disability advocate and 2021 Queenslander of the Year Dr Dinesh Palipana and Dr Ben Bravery, whose survival against colorectal cancer empowered the start of his medical career.

Palipana, who is also a BE Connected Gold Coast Ambassador, said the forum connects some of today’s leading practitioners with tomorrow’s next generation of professionals.

“The theme for 2023 is ‘The Coast is Clear’ which invites delegates to reflect, advocate, and voice their ideas and opinions about the current and future of medicine in an open, safe, and inclusive space,” he said.

“With an undeniable hunger for information sharing across five days, the Gold Coast’s unmistakeable energy promises to ignite, connect, and inspire delegates and I am looking forward to letting them in on the vibrancy we enjoy every single day!”

Destination Gold Coast’s Head of Business Events Selina Sinclair said 16 per cent of all business events in the medical and health industry in 2021 were held on the Gold Coast.

“Although this is a valuable short-term boost to our visitor economy, it’s the long-term benefits beyond tourism that increase the overall value of these events,” said Sinclair.

“It’s our world-leading technology, innovation, advanced research, and robust health system that makes the Gold Coast the obvious choice for those studying or working in the health and medical sectors.”

Albertine Tran, convenor of the AMSA National Convention, said the Gold Coast was perfectly placed to host the convention.

“It’s been a running joke for decades within medicine that ‘you haven’t been to medical school unless you’ve been to a convention at least once’,” Tran said.

“So, if you only go once, Gold Coast’s convention is the one you want to go to.”