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WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference

WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference – Hosted by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
2 – 5 October 2008

  • 1451 participants
  • Over 530 abstract submissions received
  • 65 exhibition booths


  • Actual Delegate Numbers increased by 45% to the Forecast
  • 539 Abstract submissions – Record Number
  • First time Mini Oral Presentations
  • Social Program

The original target for delegate numbers was 1000, however with a dedicated and strategic marketing plan managed by arinex, this number was exceeded by 45%.  This delegate attendance was considered a great success by the Organising Committee.

The Scientific Program was a highlight with a total of 539 abstracts received.  The Committee selected 48 reviewers with 4 of these being based internationally.  Our abstract submission software was utilised via the Conference website and easily handled the last minute demand of these abstract submissions and the national and international reviewing. The number of abstracts submissions was a record for the College.

Mini Oral Presentations were included in the program for the first time. During the abstract process, presenters could submit for either a physical poster or mini oral poster presentation.

The WONCA 2008 social program was a real highlight and included the Welcome Reception and the Conference Gala Dinner. 

The Welcome Reception was a very relaxed event and the first official function for the Conference. Delegates enjoyed a selection of hot and cold canapés and an array of Australian fine wines and beer. The reception was held amongst the exhibition to give more exposure for the exhibitors.  Delegates were given the opportunity to get up close to some native Australian wildlife such as a Behemoth python, koala, Joey kangaroo and a six foot long salt water crocodile. In addition, wineries showcased their wine and ran cellar door tastings.

The Conference Dinner was themed “Celebration of Diversity”. The room had an Australiana theme with native flowers and hurricane lamps alternating as centrepieces. The three course dinner was also a feature for the delegates and showcased Australian food and wine.

A stockman opened the night with a “Cooee” calling delegates to dinner and a whip crack performance which was followed by three cultural dances from China, Greece and India, reflecting three of the waves of migrants into Melbourne and highlighting Melbourne’s cultural diversity. Entertainment by “Reflections Of” was also welcomed by delegates who danced the night away! 

As a result of the experience the RACGP had with arinex , we have subsequently been appointed to manage their Annual Scientific Meeting from 2011 – 2013.