ISPRM Congress win for Sydney strengthens Australia’s lead in global public health policy

Sydney has won the hosting rights for the 16th International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) World Congress in 2022 – the first time the event will be held in Australia.

The win highlights the life-changing work of Australia’s leading specialists in a variety of fields from stroke rehabilitation, amputee care to disaster relief and provides our local talent with an opportunity to learn from their global peers.

Set to attract more than 1800 delegates from around the world over five days, the Congress was won for Sydney by BESydney and the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ).

“The time is right for ISPRM to visit Australia’s shores – we welcome the opportunity to showcase our expertise and to collaborate and learn from the international community,” said ISPRM 2022 Bid Leader and NSW chair of RMSANZ Associate Professor Steven Faux.

“The win is a culmination of many years of teamwork to secure an important meeting for our sector, and the Australian Rehabilitation community is passionate about the legacies to result from hosting the Congress here.”

The Congress’ international decision-making body was impressed by Australia’s bi-partisan commitment to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the world’s first taxpayer-funded scheme run exclusively by and for people with a disability. By the time the Congress is in Sydney, the nationwide rollout of the NDIS will be five years in, and the Government and industry will have a wealth of data and learnings to share with their global peers.

“Attracting large-scale international events such as this one, with the help of Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund, is a crucial component of our national tourism strategy with business events delivering $5 billion to the national economy in the last year alone,” said Minister for Tourism Simon Birmingham.

ISPRM 2022 will be held at International Conference Centre Sydney.