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World Congress keeping ageing populations healthy

June 2016

The World Congress on Active Ageing will be hosted by Victoria University's Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 28 June – 1 July 2016. 

If you visit the World Congress of Active Ageing website, you will read that “in light of significantly increasing governmental focus on keeping their ageing populations healthier and active, this conference will prove to be the largest gathering of experts and stakeholders in the field of Active Ageing ever assembled.”

The statement directs us to the reality that in the 21st century the average age of the global population (but in particular those of first world countries) will increase dramatically. 

Between 2012 and 2060, it is estimated that people in Australia aged 75 years or more will jump from 6.4% to an astounding 14.4% of the population.

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Trial establishes Melbourne as stroke rehabilitation leader

June 2016

Results from a stroke trial conducted by Melbourne researchers suggest a new guide on treating patients following acute stroke. 

Stroke is not only one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, it is also a huge cost to the country. The estimated cost of stroke in Australia is 5 billion dollars per year. 

A third of that bill goes toward rehabilitating people who have had a stroke. Despite the fact we spend a copious amount on this component of stroke management, we have a limited knowledge base about when to start rehabilitation and how much it should be administrated.

Enter AVERT (which stands for A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial), which was an eight-year study looking at just that. The team at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, headed by Principle Investigator, Julie Bernhardt, set out to provide clinicians with a practical guide on the timing, frequency and the intensity following acute stroke.

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More space for Melbourne

June 2016

Late last month the Victorian State Government unveiled the design plans for Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) expansion, which completes the vision for the venue and the entire South Wharf precinct as a vibrant events and entertainment destination.

The project will add nearly 20,000 square metres of flexible, multi-purpose event space including new exhibition halls and additional meeting and banquet rooms, as well as a 341 room hotel and multi-level car park. It will be fully connected and integrated with the existing venue, increasing its total size to over 70,000 square metres.

The expansion is expected to attract an additional 74,000 international visitors to Melbourne each year, providing an estimated $167 million annual boost to the Victorian economy. Its construction will create an additional 700 jobs, and once complete, will add over 900 ongoing jobs to the economy.

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Melbourne APAIE Conference considered the best yet

June 2016

The 2016 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Conference (APAIE), one of the most renowned forums for bringing together global education experts and policy makers, recently met in Melbourne with the aim of improving professional skills and advancing developments in international education. 

Held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre the 11th Annual APAIE Conference took place from 29 February – 3 March, with many claiming it to be ‘the best APAIE conference ever!’ 

Exceeding expectations the event attracted a record number of delegates, with over 1600 delegates attending from 48 countries, and 70 per cent of all delegates attending from overseas. Exhibitor numbers also reached its highest ever level, with a record 90 exhibitors attending, 92 per cent of which were international.

APAIE was jointly hosted locally by nine universities of Victoria, with The University of Melbourne the lead host institution, led by Deputy Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Professor Susan Elliott, APAIE President and Club Melbourne Ambassador. 

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Ambassadors in the news

Congratulations to the four Ambassadors who received Queen's Birthday Honours this month, with more Ambassadors making the news recently. 

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