6th World Congress on Pediatric Care

Event:6th World Congress on Pediatric Care
Delegates:1,500 delegates from 80 countries
Destination:Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney
Duration:13-17 March 2011
More than 1,500 specialists convened in Sydney over five days in March 2011 for the 6th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care.

Congress Co-Chair Dr David Schell, of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, said since the first congress in the series in 1992, the event had become a vital forum to harness international expertise, experience and influence to improve the outcomes of children suffering from life-threatening illness and injury.

“Australia has played a key role in the global development of pediatric critical care, so we were delighted that our bid to bring the 6th World Congress to Sydney was successful.

“In fact, this was the first time it has been hosted outside the US or Europe, which demonstrates Australia’s leadership in the field,” said Dr Schell.

Australia’s uniquely inclusive approach was reflected in the decision to jointly host the congress for the first time by both the medical and critical care nursing communities – the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society and the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

“In Australia, we look at the important roles played by everyone in the pediatric intensive care cycle – not only the doctors, but also the nursing and allied health staff, such as physiotherapists and psychologists.

Our workshops and scientific program were structured to accommodate the diversity of skills, interests and experiences of all delegates attending, and we’re confident that this approach will set the standard for future congresses,” Dr Schell said.

Importantly, it provided a forum to build international connections between specialists, which should lead to further global collaboration – this particularly important way to advance pediatric critical care around the world.

Dr Schell, Congress Co-Chair