More than four hundred medical education experts will flock to Newcastle in March 2015 for The Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference 2015 to be held at the University of Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health won a bid for the prestigious international event that is expected to inject more than a million dollars into the Newcastle economy.

The 2015 event will mark the first time the biennial conference has been held outside of Asia. Scheduled for 29 March - 1 April 2015, it will be attended by healthcare professionals and educators from around the world and will cover such topics as education leadership, education standards, innovation in medical education and challenges in clinical training.

The successful bid was led by the University of Newcastle’s Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Professor Ian Symonds, who worked alongside Business Events Sydney (the state’s convention bureau) and the Newcastle Convention Bureau to secure the conference.

“The University of Newcastle is ranked among the top three percent of universities worldwide,” said Professor Symonds.

“We have a reputation for delivering world-class innovation, with more than forty fields of research undertaken at the University being rated at, above, or well above world standard. World-class facilities such as the Hunter Medical Research Institute also enhance our attractiveness for visiting medical education experts,” he said.

Showcased at the conference will be an innovative Joint Medical Program, a partnership forged between the University of Newcastle and the University of New England, together with Hunter New England Health and Central Coast Health.

The industry-leading Joint Medical Program offers students the opportunity to practise in regional, rural and remote Australia through a high quality regional university, and urban opportunities through a high quality metropolitan university. It provides a strong base for postgraduate training and research in urban, regional, rural and remote medicine.

“There has been a great deal of international interest in our Joint Medical Program model for medical education as a way to help ease the health workforce shortage in rural areas,” said Professor Symonds.

Business Events Sydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the conference provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the expertise and innovation of the School, the Joint Medical Program and the University of Newcastle, as well as the appeal of NSW’s regions.

“The University is engaged in ground-breaking research in the fields of health and medicine and the AMEA conference is the perfect opportunity to showcase this on the world stage,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.

“The conference will shine the spotlight not only on the University, but also on Newcastle and the vast array of venues, knowledge hubs and attractions the region has to offer.”

For more information: AMEA, University of Newcastle, Business Events Sydney