Device sector gathers for annual conference

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The medical technology sector is converging on Sydney next week for the annual conference of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA).

The theme of this year's conference, the 'Value of Medical Technology to a Healthier Australia', is being held on 1-2 November at Doltone House in Sydney.

Key speakers include Liz Broderick AO, former sex discrimination commissioner, Dr Dora Hughes, health advisor to former US President Barack Obama, assistant health minister David Gillespie, Dr Rachel David, CEO of Private Healthcare Australia, and Michael Roff, CEO of the Australia Private Hospitals Association.

According to MTAA CEO, Ian Burgess, “Global advances in medical technology over the past 20 years have resulted in a 56% reduction in hospital stays, 25% decline in disability rates, 16% decline in annual mortality and increased life expectancy of approximately 3.2 years. 

“At the heart and soul of the medical devices industry are 19,000 dedicated professionals, committed to making a positive difference to patients’ lives through medical technology.

“And so, it’s important to keep up with the latest MedTech innovation which is revolutionising healthcare. 

“This conference will not only showcase the most recent MedTech innovations from all over the world but provide a forum to exchange idea with industry leaders, local and international.”

MTAA Annual Awards Dinner, held on the first night of the conference, will see the announcement of the winner of the 10th Kerrin Rennie Award. The award acknowledges a company’s contribution to the Australian medical technology industry.

Other winners to be announced include the Outstanding Achievement Award for an individual’s contribution to Medtech, the recipient of the MTAA Life Membership Award and the inaugural winner of the Women in MedTech Champion.