Indigenous eye health discussed at RANZCO Congress

September 2016

Over a thousand delegates are expected at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (RANZCO) 48th Annual Scientific Congress at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this November. 

As well as guests from across Australia and New Zealand, an international contingent from the Asia-Pacific region is expected. One of the attendees to the congress will be Club Melbourne Ambassador, Professor Hugh Taylor AC. 

Professor Taylor and his fellow ophthalmologists will discuss the latest developments as well as network with other practitioners. He still highly values the social component of conferences. 

“They bring people together. You can learn about the advancements in ophthalmology over the internet, but there is nothing quite like the value you get out of discussing it face to face. The social interaction is a very important part of events like RANZCO 2016. It helps creates a cohesiveness in the sector,” Professor Taylor said.

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Melbourne conference first of its kind

September 2016

Ambassador Professor Ravi Savarirayan, with support from Club Melbourne, is responsible for establishing the first Asia Pacific Bone Disorders Symposium, taking place in Melbourne later this month.

The symposium will attract clinicians, allied health workers, researchers, students and scientists. What makes the symposium unique is it is also suitable for patients and families who would like to attend and learn more about their conditions.

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Dr Insel: Challenging conventions of effective treatment

September 2016

This year at the annual Graeme Clark Oration, Dr Thomas R Insel asked those sitting in the audience to think beyond what we currently provide people with brain disorders.  

“Currently diagnosis is based on how you sound to me when I interview you, and then turning that into an objective science,” said Dr Insel. He is not disputing the essential nature of this form of diagnosis. But as far as ensuring correct diagnosis, early intervention and ensuring quality of care (factors we know that are often attributed to why the healthcare system fails those with brain disorders), Dr Insel believes patients need far more than what the system currently provides to lead functional and full lives.

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Club Melbourne celebrates new Ambassadors, Fellowship winner and economic contribution

September 2016

The prestigious Club Melbourne Ambassador Program celebrated its 11th Anniversary last month, with the induction of 13 world-leading Ambassadors, the announcement of the program’s inaugural Fellowship winner and yet another year of outstanding contribution to the State of Victoria.

The Hon. John Eren MP, Minister for Tourism and Major Events inducted the 13 influential Melburnians into the program, each of which brings a wealth of experience and international networks to Club Melbourne.

In another highlight of the night, RMIT University’s Associate Professor, Sarah Spencer was named the inaugural Club Melbourne Fellow for her excellence in research, innovation and leadership on the emerging and complex field of obesity, ageing, neuro-inflammation and cognitive dysfunction.

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Bookings now open for MCEC expansion

September 2016

MCEC is now taking bookings for the spaces created in the venue’s much-anticipated expansion.

Available to book for events from 1 July 2018, the new spaces include light-filled courtyard meeting rooms and a new Banquet Room for intimate gala dinners, an additional 9,000 square metres of multi-purpose exhibition space and a vibrant networking hub for delegates. 

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Ambassadors in the news

A number of Ambassadors have featured in the media recently, including Professor Katie Allen during ICI 2016 when Melbourne was named allergy capital of the world.

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Upcoming Ambassador conferences and other events

View what is coming up in the Club Melbourne calendar, including the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems next month.

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September 2016