New South Wales to reap reward of hosting world

Sunday’s arrival of 1,500-plus of the world’s leading experts in the care of critically sick children will generate $8 million for the state economy, and help generate significant networking and research collaboration opportunities.
 
In addition to bringing world’s best practice and international knowledge to Australian-based researchers and practitioners, the 6th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care (http://www.pcc2011.com) will also provide a global platform to highlight Australian innovation, research capacity, and facilities.
 
Congress Co-Chair Dr David Schell, who is also a staff specialist in the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children’s Paediatric Intensive Care unit, said securing the World Congress for Sydney for the first time was important because it delivered a wealth of long-term as well as short-term benefits, which ultimately would enhance the treatment of critically ill children.
 
“One of the key advantages of participating in a World Congress like this lies not just in the immediate learning but also the long-term bridges which are established between the many paediatric critical care specialists around the world so that we are better able to share ideas, experiences and learnings as to how we can better help kids who are critically ill, and provide even more support for their families,” Dr Schell said.
 
In addition to being the first time the World Congress has been held in Australia, it is also the first time that the event, being held March 13-17, will be jointly hosted by the Paediatric Critical Care Nursing as well as Medical community.
 
Co-Chair Tina Kendrick, the Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant with the NSW Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), said the decision to take a more collaborative approach also made sense.
 
“Clearly critical care nursing staff play an important role in the paediatric intensive care cycle and we’ve structured the workshops and scientific program to accommodate the diversity of skills, interests and experiences of all delegates attending. In Australia our national conference has always been a joint medical and nursing venture, and we hope that this uniquely Australian approach may become standard for this Congress too.”
 
The Congress will also showcase the success of another Australian initiative, the Between the Flags program for deteriorating patients, which is attracting growing global interest.  Developed by NSW’s Clinical Excellence Commission, the program borrows from the iconic Surf Life Saving Australia program and provides a comprehensive and standardised early recognition and rapid response to patients whose condition is deteriorating.
 
With four months still to go to the end of the financial year, Business Events Sydney (BESydney) has secured 50 national and international business events, expected to generate $125.6 million to the economy in the future, a massive 75% increase from the same time last year.
 
BESydney CEO, Jon Hutchison, said this event would deliver immediate and longstanding benefits to NSW and Australia as well as direct economic benefits. “We are thrilled to be working with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN) and the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) to bring this Congress to Sydney. The value of holding such an event goes far beyond its theme “One World Sharing Knowledge”, as it plants the seed for expanding local knowledge, growing new networks and assisting in research, funding and development for the industry in the future.”
 
Among the 130 speakers presenting during the 4 day conference at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, are Professor Des Bohn, Chief of Critical Care at Toronto’s Sick Kids, and Professor Joseph Carcillo, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
 
Draeger (http://www.draeger.com/AU/en/) has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor, Phillips (http://www.healthcare.philips.com/au_en/) is the Silver Sponsor while CareFusion (http://www.carefusion.com/) is the Internet Centre Sponsor.