Western Australia to host major international health conference in 2024

22/02/2023 | 3 mins
  • In October 2024 Perth will host the 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO 24).
  • CHRO 24 returns to Australia after 18 years, strengthening Perth’s reputation as a leading international business events destination.
  • CHRO 24 will bring leading clinicians, regulators, researchers and industry partners to Perth.
  • Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall showcases the importance of attending conferences early in your career as he chairs the host Committee for the 22nd CHRO Conference, 40 years after his first publication of Helicobacter Pylori and presenting his research at the 2nd International CHRO.

Business Events Perth has today announced that Western Australia has officially been awarded the 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms, to take place in Perth in October next year (CHRO 24).

The CHRO 24 Organising Committee, along with CHRO members voted in favour of Western Australia’s bid, presented by The Marshall Centre in partnership with Business Events Perth.

The workshop is set to attract 500 researchers, clinicians, and scientists from around the world to foster new collaborative, multi-disciplinary interactions, and address pressing issues and solutions surrounding Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and related organisms in the Era of Meta-omics.

Showcasing the importance of attending conferences early in your career, Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall will chair the organising committee of CHRO 24, 40 years after presenting his first publication pf Helicobacter Pylori at the 2nd International CHROS in Brussels that led to the joint Nobel Prize with Professor Robin Warren.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA said the event was a great opportunity to promote Western Australia to high-yield business travellers and to shine a spotlight on the State’s growing life sciences sector.

“Securing business events and conferences like CHRO 24 plays a critical role in advancing the health and medical life sciences industry as well as supporting our state’s tourism sector,” Mr Cook said.

“Supported by the WA Government, through Tourism WA, and Business Events Perth, CHRO 2024 will bring the medical community together and show delegates and their teams what Western Australia has to offer.

"Life sciences is one of many growing sectors in Western Australia and I’m pleased our state has been selected to host this important event, bringing it back to Australian shores for the first time in 18 years, and showcasing Perth as a world-leading business events destination.”

Medical Research Minister, the Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC said the WA Government’s boost towards the Medical and life sciences sector continues to drive the state as a hub of opportunity for innovative health and medical research on a global level.

“In 2021, Campylobacter was responsible for the majority of enteric infections affecting Western Australians.

“It’s hoped this workshop brings the best minds in this field together to focus on infectious diseases research on key areas such as antimicrobial resistance, new diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions.

“Tapping into the global knowledge to solve some of the world’s biggest health issues is a priority for the McGowan Government.

“Securing events such as CHRO 24 will help us achieve this.”

Nobel Laureate and Director & founder of the Marshall Centre for infectious disease, research and training, Professor Barry Marshall said Western Australia is the perfect destination for CHRO 24 as the State continues to invest in its research and medical sector.

“When I am asked why international conferences are important for the academic community I often reflect on my own experience.

“When a discovery is made in one location you can’t truly feel the context until you’ve spoken to an international audience.

“This is when you can see how it fits into the physical context of that field of research.

“The CHRO24 conference will play a crucial role in initiating collaboration on a global scale, and Perth is a fantastic location to do this.”

Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said Western Australia has a strong base in medical research and is at the forefront of developing solutions with new treatments and technologies.

“The 22nd International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms 2024, is a platform to showcase the research-rich state that is Western Australia,' he said.

“CHRO will contribute upwards of $3.4 million to the state’s economy, showcasing Perth on the global stage as a destination for continued knowledge exchange.”


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Rachel Fu (Marketing and Communication Officer) 

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