Monday, August 20, 2007

Medinfo Day 1

Monday morning in Brisbane started early - waking up on UK time. Despite the heavy rain, I mooched around the city a bit and visited the Queensland Maritime Museum (most of the pictures & text on the linked wikipedia page are mine) before going to the Brisbane Convention Centre and sorting out my conference registration.

A quick afternoon sleep fortified me for the opening session which opened with a digeredoo player and Aboriginal dancers providing a traditional welcome, which dated from BC (Before Cook). A massive (police) lineup of committee members etc was then introduced and paraded before the opening speeches by Nancy Lorenzi (IMIA President) and Evelyn Hovenga who thanked everybody for their involvement in the conference.

Delegates were welcomed on behalf of the Prime Minister by Karen Struthers MP (Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Health) who makes jokes about the rain and commented about the importance of the topics likely to be discussed in the programme in relation to the Queensland Health Action Plan. She was followed by the South Brisbane Federal Band.

The first of the keynote speakers was Paul Guilding (CEO Ecos Corporation) who described his history in social and environmental issues and current role in consulting on sustainability in the corporate sector.

The second speaker was Max Bennett (Scientific Director, Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney Australia) who provided a historical approach to the study of the brain describing in some depth Neuro Anatomy and Physiology. At this point the jet lag kicked in & I had to wander outside to stop myself from falling asleep. I met several interesting delegates and partners at the reception and ended having dinner at an Italian restaurant with Scott Turley and his wife and peter Murray's wife Liz.

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