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Asia Pacific Stroke Conference (combined with Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA))

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to present to you the 2016 Asia Pacific Stroke Conference to be held in sunny Brisbane on the east coast of Australia. The conference is jointly organised by the Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation (APSO) and the Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA), scheduled from 14 to 17 July 2016 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. The conference theme is “Extending access to stroke treatment”. We believe that this theme is particularly relevant in the setting of a new era in the management of acute stroke involving reperfusion modalities of thrombolysis and endovascular thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke, and early physiological control including blood pressure lowering in acute intracerebral haemorrhage.

The conference is a 4-day program with plenary sessions, workshops and scientific abstract presentations pertaining to cutting edge research related to the wide range of manifestations and effects of stroke, including prevention, acute treatment, rehabilitation, recovery/resettlement, systems of care and basic sciences. We will include lively debate sessions on acute revascularisation, stroke registries and models of delivery of care, which we are sure you will find these sessions entertaining as well as informative.

APSO is now in its 7th year of formation and is expanding its reach and activities as a pivotal regional stroke organisation devoted to enhancing stroke research, care and policy across Asia. Given that Asia includes almost two thirds of the world’s population which is undergoing rapid demographic and lifestyle changes, the burden of stroke is large and increasing, but there are enormous opportunities for health improvement.
We warmly welcome you to the 2016 Asia Pacific Stroke Conference .
Yours faithfully,

Professor Craig Anderson
President of the Asia Pacific Stroke Organisation
and

A/Professor Bernard Yan
Chairman of the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference 2016 Local Organising Committee

Fifteen million people annually suffer from stroke worldwide. Almost five million subject suffering from stroke die each year. Out of the survivors almost five million remain disabled. In Asia alone around nine million suffer from stroke annually. More than 600 million people will still be trapped in poverty in 2015, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Thus we face a massive challenge of stroke burden in Asia.

To face this daunting task of burden of stroke in Asia Pacific region, the executive committees of Asia Pacific Stroke Association and Japan Stroke Forum formally decided to merge. As a result, the “Asia Pacific Stroke Organization (APSO)” was established, with one of the principle aims being to unite to fight the menace of stroke in this region

APSO is a registered charitable business in Hong Kong and is affiliated to World Stroke Organization. The active stroke societies which are financially contributing to APSO are: Hong Kong Stroke Society, Indian Stroke Association, International Stroke Society Sri Lanka, Korea Stroke Society, Philippine Stroke Society, Singapore Stroke Society, Stroke Society of Australasia, Taiwan Stroke Society, Thai Stroke Society etc.

The executive committee of APSO is strongly committed to the cause of stroke and are striving to raise the standard of stroke care in Asia, especially in resource limited countries within the region.For more information about APSO, please visit www.theapso.com

Transport

Brisbane is a compact, connected city, ideal for walking and getting around via the many scenic river and bridge walks. The city’s efficient transport network makes it easy for visitors to find their way about the city.

The Centre’s central city location is convenient for visitors with easy and direct access to an efficient citywide transport network of buses, trains, taxis and the river’s high-speed regular catamaran service. The city to airport Air Train operates from the South Brisbane train station, adjacent to the Convention Centre.

The City’s international and domestic airports are only a 20 minute taxi ride from the city centre and the Convention Centre.

Airtrain

– Catch the Airtrain from South Brisbane station to Brisbane’s international and domestic airports. Tickets are available for this service from the Client and Visitors Services Centre located in the Main Foyer.

Bus Services

– South Bank is serviced by two bus stations: The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street and the South Bank Busway Station cnr of Colchester and Tribune Streets, South Bank.

CityCats – A popular and speedy way to travel the river. CityCats operate everyday and stop at the South Bank River Terminal on the Clem Jones Promenade. The inner-city ferry travels between the CBD, North Quay and Kangaroo Point, stopping at South Bank Terminal 1 and 2 on the Clem Jones Promenade.

Taxi

– Taxi ranks are located outside the main entrance to the Convention Centre on Merivale Street, at Mantra South Bank on Grey Street. There is a taxi drop off located at the Convention Centre Grey Street entrance.

Trains

– South Brisbane Railway Station adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street.

For information about public transport please visit translink.com.au.

Tourist refund scheme

International travellers can claim back the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) they have paid on goods bought in Australia that they are taking with them when they leave the country. The tax can be claimed back at international airports and seaports under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), subject to conditions such as an AUD300 minimum purchase from one store.

Travel insurance

Please ensure you are appropriately covered for travel insurance before travelling to Australia.

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind and neither MCI nor the APSC16 will accept liability. It is recommended that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time you register and book flights. We recommend you purchase travel insurance that covers non-refundable conference fees. Travel insurance must be purchased in the country of residence.

Visas

All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register for the conference before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter. This is all you require from the conference managers in order to make your visa/ETA application. We recommend you apply for your visa/ETA at least 10 weeks before you travel (earlier in some cases).

For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy/Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website www.immi.gov.au/visitors

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