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Southbank continues to attract major events

10 Jun 2014

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Southbank has again proven to be an attractor of major, global events.

The World Congress on Public Health has settled on Southbank and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) as the destination for its 15th meeting in 2017.

Just days after the Yarra River Business Association’s networking event educated local businesses about leveraging business conferences in the area, the State Government announced its successful bid for the health congress.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) runs the event, which is held ever three or four years.

The Minister for Health and Ageing, David Davis, said Victoria’s progressive healthcare initiatives had helped make Melbourne a suitable destination for the event.

“The congress will provide a platform for global knowledge exchange on key public health issues such as communicable diseases, immunisation and obesity and will allow us to showcase our world-leading public health programs and research to the world,” Mr Davis said.

CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Karen Bolinger, said the decision showed Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in science and medicine.

“Melbourne’s expertise in these fields is a major drawcard for international associations like WFPHA, as they are able to work with our research institutes and universities to create rich content and attached preeminent speakers to ultimately drive delegate attendance,” Ms Bolinger said. 

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