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Club Melbourne Ambassadors secure DOHaD World Congress

June 2016

Professors John Bertram and Euan Wallace co-chaired the successful Melbourne bid to host the World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.

Announced last month, Melbourne has won the bid to host the 11th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 20-23 October 2019.

The proposed theme for the congress is “transforming the future from the first moment of life,” which is exactly what the 1000 estimated delegates will wish to achieve. The aim of DOHaD is to combat non-communicable diseases by establishing healthy behaviours early in life.

Local, national and international scientists, as well as clinical researchers, obstetricians, paediatricians, public health professionals and policy leaders will gather at MCEC to discuss how early life (conception, pregnancy, infancy and childhood) is not only a time to mitigate immediate risks to health, but how it is also a critical period to promote health and prevention of diseases later in life. 

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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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Club Melbourne Ambassadors recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours

June 2016

Four Club Melbourne Ambassadors were officially recognised in The Queen's Birthday 2016 Honours List yesterday, for their significant contributions to Australia across medicine, science, education and commerce.

Professor Doug Hilton received the Officer (AO) in the General Division and Professor Robert McLachlan, Professor Avni Sali and Mr Mark Stone received the Member (AM) in the General Division.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Chief Executive, Peter King said inclusion in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List is a fitting acknowledgement of the Club Melbourne Ambassadors’remarkable careers.

“I congratulate all four individuals on this wonderful achievement, which reiterates the calibre of Ambassadors we have within our program.

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Cancer control under new management

March 2016

Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia and UICC President-elect will lead the organisations and Melbourne into the next stage of development in cancer control.

Melbourne sits in a very formidable position in the cancer space.  Oncology and immunology research has always been one of the city’s major strengths, but that grew into a global presence after we hosted the 2014 UICC World Cancer Congress, which attracted the world leaders in cancer medicine, research and patient care.  The Congress, held every two years, was an important event marking Melbourne’s place as a research and development engine in oncology and immunology.

It is hoped that this reputation will be further cemented under the leadership of Club Melbourne Ambassador Professor Sanchia Aranda, who was involved in the organisation of the Congress and was appointed during the event as President elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

More recently in June 2015, Professor Aranda was also appointed to the role of CEO of Cancer Council Australia.

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