More than 700 specialist doctors, GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, neurologists, psychologists, pharmacologists and other health care professionals are about to descend on Brisbane for the 35th annual Australian Pain Society Conference.

The conference, which is being hosted at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, has a number of international renowned guest speakers covering topics from spinal cord stimulation to cannabinoids in clinical pain management.

With such a diverse array of topics covered by world renowned specialists, it is sure to produce animated discussions during the networking sessions, says Dianna Crebbin from DC Conferences.

During the conference a book on the history of the Australian Pain Society will be launched tracing the first 35 years of pain management in Australia. The book includes information of two World Congresses of Pain held in Australia: the first in 1990 at the then new Adelaide Convention Centre with 2000 delegates, and the second in 2005 held at the Sydney Convention Centre with 4000 delegates.

Brisbane’s turn to host the 2015 Australian Pain Society Conference is well overdue as the last time the conference was held in Brisbane was back in 1994, although the conference was held in other Queensland destinations, such as Cairns in 2001 and the Gold Coast in 2010.

DC Conferences has been managing the Australian Pain Society conferences (or their satellite meetings in 1990 and 2005) continuously since the 11th ASM in 1989. This must surely be close to a record by any PCO to have such a long term relationship with one organisation.

The conference has grown and changed dramatically over the decades from the first meeting in 1979 with just 120 delegates and a $10 registration fee to the multidisciplinary action packed event with 36 streamed sessions, breakfast sessions, rapid do or die 2 minute poster sessions and wonderful support from industry partners in an extensive industry exhibition.

DC Conferences also manages the APS Secretariat and the President-elect Geoff Speldewinde pays tribute to DC Conferences in the book for their “ immensely invaluable, unique and long term professional services.”

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