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2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meeting

2024 Australian Pain Society 44th Annual Scientific Meetingin the IASP Global Year about Sex and Gender Disparities in Pain21 - 24 April 2024 | Darwin Convention Centre, NT

General Conference Information

Conference App

The conference app has everything you need for APS 2024! The perfect tool to build a personalised schedule, connect with other delegates and start planning your conference experience. 

To download the app please search The Event App by EventsAir via the Apple App Store or Android Play StoreOnce The Event App is opened, please type aps2024 into the search by event name bar.

Your PIN has been emailed to you. If you do not know the PIN please contact the Conference Secretariat, or visit the registration desk once onsite for assistance.

Program

Conference Program
A one-page program is available to download here. For a full program and further information please download the conference app today, using the above instructions.  

Additional Sessions
Add to your conference experience by attending a Pre-Conference Workshop, Discipline Sub-Group Meeting, the Trainee Session or one of the many social activities. Explore the following links to discover all the additional sessions that are available to you:

If you have not selected to attend a paid session during your initial registration and wish to attend, email the Conference Secretariat at apsasm@dcconferences.com.au. To ensure you don't miss out, we encourage early registrations to all activities, if you would like to add a social activity to your registration, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Onsite / Registration

Venue Address
The Darwin Convention Centre is located at 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City. For further information please visit: darwinconvention.com.au.

Registration Desk
The conference registration desk is located in the Concourse, Ground Floor of the Darwin Convention Centre. The opening times are as follows:

  • Sunday 21 April: 7.30am – 7.00pm
  • Monday 22 April: 7.30am – 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 April: 8.00am – 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 April: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Staff at the registration desk will be happy to help with any queries.

Registration Entitlements

Full Registration entitlements include: Admission to all sessions, access to the conference app, attendance e-certificate, morning/afternoon teas and lunches on each day of the conference, plus one ticket to the Welcome Reception on Sunday 21 April 2024. 

Day Registration entitlements include: Admission to all sessions on the day of your registration, access to the conference app, attendance e-certificate, morning/afternoon teas and lunch on the day of your registration. 
This registration type does not include a ticket to the Welcome Reception. If you would like to attend the Welcome Reception, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Exhibition Opening Hours & Catering Details

Pre-Conference Workshop Only: Sunday 21 April
The workshop sponsors and meal breaks will be in the Waterfront Foyer, Level 2. This space will be open from 8.00am – 3.30pm. Catering break times can be found in the conference program.

Conference: Sunday 21 April - Wednesday 24 April
The conference exhibition and all catering breaks will be held in the Exhibition Hall on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, the catering and all posters will be stationed in the Concourse Foyer. Catering break times can be found in the conference program.

Sunday 21 April
The exhibition will open for the first time on Sunday from 6.00pm – 7.30pm, for the Welcome Reception.

Monday 22 April
Exhibition opening hours: 8.00am – 3.45pm

Tuesday 23 April
Exhibition opening hours: 8.00am – 3.30pm

Dietary Requirements
If you have advised of a special dietary request, please make yourself known to banqueting staff at the DCC in order to collect your special meal. Vegetarians are catered for in the main catering. 

Conference Information

Name Badges
All delegates are provided with a name badge, they will be included in the registration pack. Delegates are required to wear their name badges for the entire conference as they are your official pass to sessions and the Exhibition Hall.

Poster Display
The poster display will be located within the Exhibition Hall.

Posters should be in place by 10.15am on Monday 21 April 2024 and will be displayed for the duration of the conference. Posters must be printed in A0 portrait, presenters are asked to bring their own ‘hook and loop’ velcro to affix their posters to the display wall. 

Digital versions of the posters are included in the APS 2024 conference app, alongside a copy of the poster authors abstract.

Poster presenters will be standing by their hard copy poster to answer any questions during the poster viewing sessions. Details are as follows:

  • Monday 22 April: 1.15pm – 1.45pm (Odd poster numbers)
  • Tuesday 23 April: 1.00pm – 1.30pm (Even poster numbers)

CPD Points/Certificates of Attendance
All delegates attending a pre-conference workshop and/or the APS conference will receive an e-certificate of attendance. The certificates will be emailed to all delegates shortly after the conference; no hard copies will be available. Please contact the Conference Secretariat if you need to update your email address. 

The attendance certificate will note the number of educational hours completed. You will need this certificate to apply for CPD accreditation points through your chosen college. We recommend delegates self-record as colleges differ on their professional development point systems.

Conference Feedback
Delegates will be emailed a link to a daily evaluation at the end of each day; participation is appreciated. Feedback is important to ensure changes and improvements are made to future conferences.  

Delegates who complete the evaluations can go into the running to win a complimentary registration to the 2025 Australian Pain Society 45th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Onsite Behaviour

Ethical behaviour of APS Members & ASM Delegates
Our community is strengthened by the diverse and intersecting stories and experiences of all the clinicians, researchers, and people with pain who allow us to learn from them. The APS is committed to nurturing a culture where all individuals are and feel included, listened to, valued, and respected. The APS has zero tolerance towards any forms of discrimination, either through action or language, based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or age. To review the full policy, please click here. 

Sustainability

Lanyards
The lanyards available to delegates onsite have been made from environmentally sustainable bamboo. For hygiene reasons, we are unable to reuse lanyards and so instead encourage delegates to bring their own lanyards from home where possible.  

Reusable Cups
We all know how much that morning coffee helps get us through that first plenary session of the morning, but we urge all delegates to bring their reusable coffee cups with them.

If every delegate used a reusable coffee cup instead of a one-use takeaway option we could save over 2000 cups going into landfill at APS 2024 alone!

Bottled Water
We also ask all delegates to bring a reusable water bottle with them to the conference. Water will, of course, be available throughout the event, however only glasses and jugs will be offered.

Satchels
The APS ASM does not supply conference satchels. We hope delegates and exhibitors will support our move away from offering something we are increasingly told “ends up in the bin”! We encourage exhibitors to offer digital copies of their sales materials. We also encourage all delegates to dig through your cupboards and find a past APS ASM satchel to bring along!

Travel & Accommodation

Climate - April
April is the last month of the wet season in Darwin. Anticipate tropical weather temperatures of 25c - 36c with high humidity and the possibility of afternoon showers. We encourage all delegates to bring a hat and have water with them when outdoors

Time Zone
Darwin operates on Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) which is UTC/GMT +9.30.

Parking
If you are driving to the DCC parking is available underneath the Centre, via Stokes Hill Road. Please note, clearance is 2.3 metres. Please click here for more information.

From Darwin Airport
Bus: The public bus stop is located on Henry Wrigley Drive, adjacent to the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort. This is approximately a 600m, 8 minute walk from the terminal. For information on routes and timetables, please visit the Territory Government’s Catch a Bus to Darwin Airport page.

Taxi: Taxi services and ride sharing services are available to and from the airport and around the city. The taxi rank is located directly in front of the terminal building.

For more information regarding transport options, please click here.

Accommodation
If you have booked your accommodation through the Conference Secretariat your reservation has been confirmed with the hotel. Any amendments to bookings must be sent via the Conference Secretariat. Should you wish to contact the Hotel directly for any other queries, please use the following contact details:

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront: (08) 8982 9999

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin: (08) 8982 9999

Travelodge Resort Darwin: (08) 8946 0111

Mantra Pandanas Darwin: (08) 8901 2900

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 2 9954 4400 or email apsasm@dcconferences.com.au.

After Saturday 20 April, please direct all enquiries via the email address above. If it is urgent, please contact the Conference Secretariat on 0438 454 660.

Social Media

The APS have a strong online following. Join us online and share the conference with those who aren’t able to make it. 

The Conference and Society hashtag: #AusPainSoc 

Feel free to use the following social media tile!

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to Larrakia Country/Darwin!