Brisbane conference puts pain management in the spotlight

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Written by Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Australia’s leading experts in pain management converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this week for the 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference.

One in five Australians will suffer chronic pain in their lifetime with an estimated 80% not accessing treatment that could improve their health and quality of life. It is estimated that chronic pain costs the Australian economy $34 billion per annum and is the nation’s third most costly health problem.

More than 800 specialist doctors, general practitioners and allied health professionals along with four key international speakers debated the issues confronting pain management from the traditional to emerging interventions including the use of medical cannabis.

A diverse range of topics were addressed at the conference by world renowned specialists in pain management including Professor Mary Lynch from the Department of Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada who talked about the Canadian experience with medical cannabis, the active component of marijuana – a timely contribution as Australian health providers and policy makers work towards a strategy for cannabis use.

Key topics at the top of the scientific agenda included brain pain, immune stressors, acute pain and chronic pain, paediatrics, physiotherapy and psychology.

It has been 21 years since Brisbane hosted the Annual Pain Society Conference with delegates describing the conference as one of the best ever with ‘a fantastic scientific program and excellent speakers.’

Dianna Crebbin from DC Conferences which has been managing Australian Pain Society Conferences since 1989 said delegate numbers for Brisbane exceeded their expectations. “The conference just gets better and better with greater involvement from young researchers and practitioners from the multidisciplinary base of health care practitioners.”

BCEC General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe said such knowledge based conferences continue to shine the spotlight on Brisbane’s reputation as a centre of excellence.

The 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference is one of a number of high profile scientific meetings being held at the Centre in coming months and the economic, social and educational impacts of these events are considerable”.

Jessica Christy wins YMEA award

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Written by Editor, CIM Magazine

DCC  1Conference coordinator Jessica Christy from DC Conferences has won the Young Professional Scholarship at last night’s 2014 Meeting and Events Australia (MEA) NSW Industry State Awards, held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

She will now go on to represent NSW in the national awards, which will be held during the 28th annual MEA Annual National Conference in Hamilton Island in May.

The Young Professional Scholarship program is open to employees of MEA members aged 30 years of age or under with less than three years experience in the meetings and events industry. State and territory winners each win a complimentary registration to the MEA conference including airfares and accommodation.

Christy joined the DC Conferences team after she was spotted by the company’s Dianna Crebbin working as a volunteer the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners 2012 National Conference, managed by DC Conferences.

“Jessica has been a stand-out individual ever since we first noticed her as a volunteer back in 2012,” Crebbin said. “She has been a real contributor since joining the DCC team and she is such a positive force in the office. I can see she has a great future ahead of her in the industry.”

No pain no gain for Brisbane

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Written by the Editor, CIM Magazine

Australia’s leading experts in pain management converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) this week for the 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference.

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More than 800 specialist doctors, general practitioners and allied health professionals along with four key international speakers debated the issues confronting pain management from the traditional to emerging interventions including the use of medical cannabis.

 

A diverse range of topics were addressed at the conference by world renowned specialists in pain management including Professor Mary Lynch from the Department of Anaesthesiology, Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Dalhousie University in Canada who talked about the Canadian experience with medical cannabis, the active component of marijuana – a timely contribution as Australian health providers and policy makers work towards a strategy for cannabis use.

 

Key topics at the top of the scientific agenda included brain pain, immune stressors, acute pain and chronic pain, paediatrics, physiotherapy and psychology.

It has been 21 years since Brisbane last hosted the Annual Pain Society Conference, with Dianna Crebbin from DC Conferences, which has been managing Australian Pain Society Conferences since 1989, saying delegate numbers for Brisbane exceeded their expectations.

“The conference just gets better and better with greater involvement from young researchers and practitioners from the multidisciplinary base of health care practitioners,” she said.

BCEC general manager Bob O’Keeffe said such knowledge-based conferences continue to shine the spotlight on Brisbane’s reputation as a centre of excellence.

“The 35th Annual Australian Pain Society Conference is one of a number of high profile scientific meetings being held at the Centre in coming months and the economic, social and educational impacts of these events are considerable,” he said.