Gold Coast’s health expertise credentials on show as NeuroExchange kicks off


The Gold Coast is hosting the NeuroExchange from today with more than 80 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading interventional neuroradiologists together with key Medtronic representatives from the US meeting to discuss the latest in treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms.

The conference comes as Gold Coast’s Australian of the Year and stroke specialist Dr Hal Rice and his colleague Dr Laetitia de Villiers finalise plans to establish a world-class training centre for image-guided surgeries within the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

Destination Gold Coast’s Head of Business Events Selina Sinclair said Australia’s health and medical industry has grown considerably over the past decade.

“With 50 per cent of meetings globally in the medical field, like-minded professionals are provided a platform to come together to exchange knowledge, discuss and debate new ideas and forthcoming technologies,” Sinclair said.

“At the heart of the Gold Coast’s advancement is a thriving education economy driven by our hospitals, three distinguished universities, innovative start-ups and the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

“Events such as NeuroExchange continue to grow our credentials, evolve our intellectual capabilities and knowledge networks and create lasting legacies for the city.”

Director of Interventional Neuroradiology at Gold Coast University Hospital Dr Hal Rice partnered with global medical technology giant Medtronic to attract NeuroExchange.

Doctor Rice said the three-day conference marks a new era in attracting major medical and scientific conferences.

“Our vision is to train specialist physicians from all over the Asia-Pacific in the latest techniques in a dedicated facility, building on the training we’ve conducted over the last eight years within the hospital, with the latest equipment and space to accommodate larger groups,” Dr Rice said.

“Medtronic will be a key partner in terms of bringing Asia-Pacific physicians here for this specialised training and for cutting-edge technology development to continually improve minimally-invasive, life-saving treatments for stroke and brain aneurysms.

“Being able to partner with such a significant global company hosted at such an iconic property as The Langham Gold Coast provides a highly-desirable training and conference opportunity that will attract the top specialists and continue to grow the Gold Coast’s reputation as a health and medical hub.”

The pipeline for future health and medical conferences confirmed for the Gold Coast is also looking very healthy with Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association Conference, Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists National Conference and World Congress for Medical Law set to bring over 2,000 delegates this year.

Next year will see the city host the Australian Medical Students Association National Convention, International Society for Eye Research and World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress with nearly 3,000 delegates expected to attend.