Social Functions

Amid the busy schedule of thought leadership and learning, there is still time to network, socialise and relax with your fellow delegates at the World Hospital Congress social functions. Each will have a distinctly Aussie flavour, enabling you to taste the best in food and drink as well as experience Australian cultural traditions.

Congress Gala Dinner

Wednesday 10 October 2018
6.30pm – 11.00pm
Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Tickets: $130 per person
Dress: Cocktail, however delegates are also most welcome and encouraged to attend in national dress.

Join us for a spectacular evening celebrating Australian culture, food and wine in the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. We encourage you to bring your dancing shoes and use the opportunity to network with your fellow delegates. 

The evening will also see the presentation of the Sidney Sax Medal. The Sidney Sax Medal is awarded annually by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research. 

Proudly sponsored by Telstra Health


Thursday 11 October 2018
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Tickets: $180 per person
Transport: buses will depart from Glenelg Street, BCEC from 6.00pm. Buses will return to BCEC at conclusion of the night from 9.00pm.
Dress: Casual

Note: if you are attending the IHF General Assembly Meeting you cannot also attend this dinner as it will be held at the same time.  

Join us for the unique experience of a dinner surrounded by a forest of koalas.

The evening of Thursday 11 October has no official functions, so if your Australian dream includes getting up close to a koala join us for this special event.

You will be transferred from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Congress venue) to the world renowned Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There you will meet Australian native animals in an up-close and personal encounter before enjoying a gourmet barbeque in the koala forest. This special event includes transport, dinner and drinks and the unmissable experience of meeting some of Australia’s most famous animals.

Please note some paths within the sanctuary are steep so comfortable footwear is recommended. The venue is outdoors and could become cool during the evening, so casual clothes and a warm jacket or pullover are recommended.

Disclaimer: A minimum number of participants is required for the dinner to proceed and the dinner may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not achieved. If this occurs a refund will be issued. Bus times are subject to change.

The Aussie Sundowner

Friday 12 October 2018
3.30pm - 5.00pm
Exhibition Area, Hall 1, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Cost: Included in a full three-day Congress registration
Additional tickets: $50 per person
Dress: Smart casual

The Australian tradition of a “Sundowner” refers to a drink taken at sunset after a long day’s work. It is a time to relax and reflect but also to enjoy some traditional Australian refreshments and meet an Aussie animal or two. 

Join us in the Exhibition Hall 1 where you can experience an authentic Australian BBQ, taste some Australian native foods like kangaroo and barramundi  and find out if you are brave enough to touch a snake or lizard!

The Aussie Sundowner will also feature prize draws and a few special surprises that are not to be missed. 
Don’t miss this fun end to the World Hospital Congress, a last chance to network and the opportunity to make some memories that will last a lifetime. 

Ticket are available for purchase via the online registration forms available by clicking here. 

Note: if you have already registered and would like to purchase an additional ticket to either social function, please contact the Congress Organisers (Iceberg Events): or +61 7 3876 4988.