The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) dates back to 1929, when it was first held in Atlantic City, USA as a biennial event. It is the unique global forum where multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences in health sector management and service delivery is facilitated. Leaders of key national and international hospital and healthcare organisations, drivers of healthcare policy, management, financial trends and solutions are gathered in this forum to engage in constructive dialogue on best practices in leadership in hospital and healthcare management and delivery of services. Even more importantly, IHF members have un-paralleled opportunities to showcase their accomplishments to peers and the rest of the global healthcare community. The event contributes to the enhancement and enrichment of knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals. The delegate make-up reflects the IHF membership which spans some 40 countries.

The Congress was last held in Australia in 1997 when it attracted over 1,300 delegates and 80 speakers. Following a 20 break, Australia is ready to welcome the world back to showcase our innovative health system and learn from global health leaders.

The IHF World Hospital Congress is that one-stop shop for the healthcare professional seeking the opportunity/environment in which to engage in a 360 degree learning and knowledge-sharing experience among peers.

the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA)

The AHHA is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian  healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare in Australia.

Established in 1946 to ensure higher standards, greater efficiency and improved conditions for patients, the AHHA has made a significant impact on achieving these original objectives, helping to develop a culture of collective responsibility for healthcare. Our collaborative and dynamic approach means AHHA is uniquely positioned to facilitate collaboration between clinicians, academics, policy makers, administrators and politicians.

AHHA’s members come from across the Australian health system and represent the acute, primary, community and aged care sectors as well as those organisations that support the delivery of quality health services.

the International Hospital Federation (IHF)

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not for profit, non-governmental membership organisation.

Our members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organisations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. We provide them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and strategic experience as well as opportunities for international collaborations with different actors in the health sector.

Established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA as the International Hospital Association, it was re-named after the Second World War in 1947. With its Headquarters in Geneva the IHF is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The IHF recognises the essential role of hospitals and health care organisations in providing health care, supporting health services and offering education. Our role is to help international hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.