Melbourne to host Australia's largest ever medical event in 2014

Melbourne has won a bid to host the International AIDS Conference in 2014, the largest medical conference ever to be held in Australia.

Minister for tourism and major events Louise Asher said: "This six-day event, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in July 2014, will generate $80 million for the Victorian economy and is expected to attract more than 14,000 of the world’s leading scientists, health care providers and political, community and business leaders."

She added: "Winning this conference for Melbourne is testament to Australia’s deserved reputation as an international leader in HIV/AIDS research and clinical care. Melbourne leads the nation in innovation, research and medical facilities, and it is fitting this major congress will be held here."

The win follows the announcement of other major medical events won by Melbourne for 2014 including the 23rd World Cancer Congress and the World Congress of Cardiology.


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