2014 Australian Pain Society 34th Annual Scientific Meeting
13 – 16 April 2014 | Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
It seems amazing that DC Conference has been managing the APS Conference for over 25 years. Having just completed another Australian Pain Society (APS) Annual Scientific Meeting, we thought we would share some of our experiences and favourite moments from the conference with you.
It has been a privilege
to work with the
Australian Pain Society
for the past 25 years
With 100 more delegates than last year and 90 more than in 2012 in Melbourne, the 34th ASM in Hobart was the most successful ever in terms of delegate attendance, industry sponsorship, and workshop and social activity participation.
Participants at APS 2014 enjoyed the generous hospitality of the Hotel Grand Chancellor overlooking Hobart Harbour and Constitution Dock. “The Hotel Grand Chancellor should be proud of the quality of service they provide as it makes our job as conference managers so much easier and is reflected in the success of our conference,” said Alex Robertson, APS 2014 Conference Manager. “We look forward to bringing other conferences to the Hotel Grand Chancellor and working with them again in the future.”
With so much to enjoy in the immediate vicinity, we were afraid it would be difficult to keep our delegates focused, but we need not have worried. Pre-conference workshops were almost at capacity and more than 600 people enjoyed engaging keynote addresses from well-regarded international experts in their field. For the first time conference delegates were able to provide feedback and ask questions of presenters in a plenary session through their mobile phones, which proved to be a great success and added a little fun and spice to the session.
The social activities were also a huge success. 400 delegates enjoyed the Welcome Reception festivities in the Exhibition Hall on the first night. APS members of 10 years or more continuous membership, as well as our speakers and key sponsors were hosted at an elegant reception at Government House by Tasmania’s Governor the Hon Peter Underwood AC. Smolt Restaurant, with its delicious Spanish and Italian cuisine was the venue for both the Pain in Childhood SIG Dinner and the Neuromodulation Society Dinner at Salamanca Square. The major social highlight of the conference was the Gala Dinner at the famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), where a record number of delegates rocked the dance floor after enjoying a visit to the museum and a sumptuous three-course meal.
“It has been a privilege to work with the Australian Pain Society for the past 25 years and to witness the growth of the Society from infancy to maturity. In that time Pain Management has become a discipline in its own right and now engages professionals working in almost every area of healthcare and from wide ranging disciplines.”
Dianna was presented with a beautiful glass bowl to thank her for her work with the Society over the past decades.
See you all in Brisbane next March for APS 2015.
For further information on APS 2015, please visit www.dcconferences.com.au/aps2015