Friday, 26 June 2015

Melbourne to host the 2021 Congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health

L to R: Mr Marko Sanovic, Ms Vicky Salinas, Professor Dino Pisaniello,
Dr Ismaniza Ismail and Professor Malcolm Sim
The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) has announced its triennial Congress will be held in Melbourne in 2021. The Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians will be the host organisation for Congress.

Professor Malcolm Sim from SPHPM’s Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH) along with other school staff, Professor Dino Pisaniello from the University of Adelaide, Dr David Beaumont from AFOEM and Mr Marko Sanovic from the Melbourne Convention Bureau prepared the successful bid for this major international occupational health event.

“This is a significant opportunity for SPHPM and Monash University to showcase their contribution to occupational health in Australia, the Asia Pacific region and globally,” Professor Sim said.

The announcement was made after a vote of the ICOH Board and members at the recent 2015 Congress in Seoul that attracted over 3000 delegates. The program for the Seoul Congress included hundreds of presentations from esteemed experts and professionals from the field. Professor Sim was also re-elected to the ICOH Board, receiving the highest number of votes.

"We look forward to planning and executing an informative and innovative Congress in 2021 that will develop the field of occupational health and improve the health of workers worldwide," Professor Sim said.

ICOH is the international peak body for occupational health and it aims to foster scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety. It was founded in 1906 and today has a membership of about 2000 professionals from 93 countries.

The ICOH Congress is held every three years and the next Congress will be in Dublin in 2018.

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