Brisbane to host international ear, nose and throat congress

The Asia Oceania ORL-HNS Congress will return to Australia for the first time in 40 years, attracting 1,500 clinicians and surgeons.

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress (AO ORL-HNS) – the major ear, nose and throat scientific event in Asia and Oceania – will return to Australia in 2023, for the first time in 40 years.

The 15th AO ORL–HNS Congress will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) for five days in March 2023, and will attract 1,500 clinicians and specialist surgeons working with the ear, nose, throat, head and neck.

The congress is expected to bring $4.5 million AUD (£2.5m) into the Brisbane and Queensland economies.

Officials at host organisation, The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (ASOHNS), hopes the congress will foster relationships and ongoing regional programs to put Asia Oceania at the forefront of medicine.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said: "Brisbane is recognised as a leading research and innovation hub, home to many talented people working at the forefront of medical breakthroughs.

"This local expertise coupled with exceptional meeting facilities and an expanding number of hotels, dining and visitor experiences made Brisbane a clear choice to host the Asia Oceania Otorhinolaryngological Head and Neck Surgery Congress."

A big part of the successful bid was leading ear, nose and throat surgeon, associate professor Bernard Lyons, past secretary-general of The Asia-Oceania Association of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Societies (AOAOS) and now president-elect. 

"This meeting is potentially the largest to be held in the field of otolaryngology head and neck surgery in Australia," said associate professor Lyons. "It is a unique opportunity for Australia to interact on a scientific basis with our neighbouring countries in the Asia Oceania region."

To secure the conference, associate professor Lyons worked with professor Ben Panizza and Dr. Phil Fisher, President of The Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in collaboration with Tourism & Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing.

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