Long-standing partnership delivers growth over 13 yearsDietitians Association of Australia 2018 national conference
Event: Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) 2018 national conference
Date: 17-19 May 2018
Venue: ICC Sydney
Arinex has been working with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) since 2005, helping it evolve and grow its annual national conference.
The annual conference is held in different cities across Australia each year and brings together dietitians for education, sharing of new research and social opportunities. Arinex has worked with DAA to help the conference maximise digital opportunities and evolve its program, saving time for the organising committee and providing delegates with a better experience onsite.
In 2014 Arinex’ in-house app solution, eMobilise, was used to launch a dedicated conference app. The app hosted the conference program and gave delegates access to posters and presentations, removing the need for printed material and allowing for on-the-go program changes.
This was followed in 2015 with the introduction of online program management tool, eOrganiser, which drastically cut time for the organising committee in managing and reviewing abstract submissions. In 2017, all posters went online through the use of Arinex’ ePresenter, giving delegates a truly interactive experience and offering authors detailed information on views and engagement with their material.
Over the years Arinex has also helped DAA evolve and stay true to its mission of building healthier communities, by incorporating more health and well-being elements. Dietitian-approved menus were introduced and two years ago a family-friendly room was launched. In 2017, the conference started offering yoga classes for the first time.
In its 13-year partnership with Arinex, the annual conference has grown in reputation and attendance. Since 2007, average delegate numbers have risen from 633 in the first five years to 799 in the second five years. For the 2018 conference, the bespoke DAA app was downloaded by 69 per cent of users pre-event, achieving a record 83 per cent engagement. An endorsement of DAA’s reputation came in 2012 when it was awarded the 2,200-delegate International Congress for Dietetics in 2012, after working with Arinex on the winning bid.
We had another company managing our annual conference prior, but our meetings were getting bigger. A key driver was winning the international conference bid. We needed a bigger company with more flexibility and a greater area of expertise and based in Sydney. We went out to tender and Arinex won that tender. We’ve had a great relationship with Arinex. They understand us and we understand them. It’s great to know that you don’t have to repeat everything year on year. A big conference like this is so complex. If you’re working with someone who does understand it, and knows it, then it does make a difference.”