Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference 2016

General Information

Getting to QT Hotel

QT Hotel is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Parking

Parking including valet parking is available at QT hotel for a fee. Public parking is also available on the street and at near by public car parks for a fee. Click the button below for public parking options.

Local Parking Information

Public Transport

TransLink’s bus, train and tram network can connect you to places all over the Gold Coast. Our integrated network on the Gold Coast includes the G :link trams, Surfside buslines and Queensland Rail. Visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30 for information or to plan your journey.

TransLink’s integrated tickets are a great way to get around. Travel on bus, train or tram with go card or grab a Gold Coast go explore for bus and tram travel.

Light Rail:

The G:link Light Rail is now operating throughout the Gold Coast, connecting Broadbeach to the Gold Coast University Hospital with 16 station stops.

If you are travelling from Griffith University to QT Hotel you can take the G:link from Griffith University to Cypress Avenue station. The journey will take about 26 minutes.

In Surfers Paradise, you can get off the G at stations; Surfers Paradise North, Cypress Avenue, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise or Northcliffe and be within easy access to the precinct.

For more information about riding the G, including schedules & ticket pricing, click here.

 

 

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers

The Conference will be held at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast. The Hotel is an easy drive from both Brisbane and Coolangatta Airports. The following airline websites provide information on flights arriving into Brisbane or the Gold Coast:

From Gold Coast Airport

For international and interstate visitors arriving at the Gold Coast’s local airport, Coolangatta, the following options are available.

Shuttle Bus:
 
Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle

Pre-booking is recommended and can be done online at the website below. One way or return coach transfers between your hotel & the Gold Coast Airport are available.
Website: http://gcshuttle.com.au/airport-transfers/
Phone: 1300 655 655
Cost (approx): AUD21.00 one way, AUD41.00 return

Taxi:

Gold Coast Cabs

From Coolangatta Airport to the Symposium venue (the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre) the approximate cost is AUD 52.00 one way.
Website: http://www.gccabs.com.au/
Phone: 131 008

From Brisbane Airport

For international and interstate visitors arriving at Brisbane Airport, the options for travelling to the Gold Coast are via coach, taxi or airtrain. The journey takes approximately 75 minutes.

Coach:

Con-X-ion

Pre-booking can be arranged and is recommended for early and late arrivals.
Website: http://www.con-x-ion.com/
Phone +61 7 3358 9700 or 1300 664 700
Email: reservations@coachtrans.com.au
Cost (approx): From AUD49.00 one way, AUD91.00 return

Train:

Airtrain

The Airtrain service leaves from Brisbane Airport every half hour (15 minutes during peak times) throughout the day between 5:00am and 8:00pm. Travel time is 90 minutes on the train to Nerang station, and approximately 15 minutes drive to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Online bookings receive 10% off. Website: www.airtrain.com.au
Phone: +61 7 3216 3308
Cost (approx): From AUD31.00 one way, AUD59.00 return

Airtrain Connect – Transfer Service

The AirtrainConnect service includes the train to a Gold Coast station, and then a chauffeured vehicle to your accommodation or the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. When you arrive at the Brisbane airport, Airtrain staff will arrange your tickets and advise which Gold Coast train station to disembark at. When you arrive at the Gold Coast, your driver will be waiting with your name on a sign to take you to your destination.
Website: www.airtrain.com.au
Phone: 1800 119 091
Email: reservations@airtrain.com.au
Cost (approx): From AUD50.00 one way, AUD90.00 return

Eating Out

Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.

For more information about Gold Coast dining please visit the following websites:

Goods and services tax (GST)

All prices quoted on this website are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods & Services Tax), unless otherwise specified. GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

Australia levies a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%. The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the GST (and also the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET)) paid on goods bought in Australia and taken out of the country. The refund applies to goods over the value of AUD$300.00 when items are purchased in the same shop within 30 days of your departure from Australia. Should an item be too large to take onto the aircraft as hand luggage you will need to visit the TRS clearing office at the international airport with the item and receipt. The receipt will be stamped “TRS sighted” and the large item can then be checked-in with your luggage. Once you have cleared customs you can collect your refund from the TRS desk by showing your receipt or items purchased. It does not apply to services or goods consumed or partly consumed in Australia. Goods which are to be exported can be used before departing Australia.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include

  • loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference,
  • or through cancellation of the conference,
  • loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
  • loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason,
  • medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
  • loss or damage to personal property,
  • additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.

The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Language

The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Conference.

Parking

There’s plenty of available on-site parking, including allocated spaces for people with disabilities. Valet parking is also available.

Photography

The Conference hosts and organisers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the Conference. The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform an Arinex staff member at the registration desk onsite.

Privacy

Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2012 in March 2014.  The Conference Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information.  Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Conference and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events. Further information on Privacy Laws in Australia can be found here: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-act/privacy-law-reform

It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Conference and to include the individual’s details in such a list.   Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Conference. Individuals are also entitled to access the information held by written application to the Conference Managers

Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested from GCHMRC2016@arinex.com.au following the completion of your Conference registration.

For VISA information please click here to download an information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions now open. Submit today before it closes on Friday 5 August 2016.

Submit Abstract here