We arrived at the inaugural Queensland iDEA with a sense of anticipation. Set in tropical Brisbane’s autumn, the full day of workshops was held in a heritage medical school building, moving to the attractive, leafy UQ St Lucia campus for the weekend. Surrounded by water, what better way to arrive at the campus than by ferry?
A team of volunteers welcomed around one hundred doctor and medical students from around Australia to hear a varied program which both covered the basics for newcomers as well as covering new ground. Local, national and international speakers presented in formats including workshops, video linkups, panel discussions and talks.
This report can’t possibly hope to cover the depth and breadth of the speakers’ credentials or topics. If you weren’t able to be there, slides will be shared via the DEA website as available.
A highlight was the thoughtful provision of a travel card, showcasing Brisbane as a walkable city with a comprehensive bus & ferry network and transport app which works! Food throughout the weekend was colourful, ethical and nourishing. The opportunity to network with colleagues new and old is integral to the conference, with social events facilitating this. On Friday night during a casual gathering, new DEA Management Committee Prof Peter Brooks shared thoughts on becoming active in environmental advocacy, attributing both his genetics and environment. The Saturday social pop-up laneway dinner was an indoor/outdoor event featuring delicious food and local wines.
Thanks to the organisers and volunteers, especially: iDEA student team Beau, Karin, Garbi, David, Maddy, Shelley, Kaiya, Andrew, Sapphira, Vu, Kandice and DEA Drs Karin Kochmann, Simon Murray, Peter Keustler and David King.
To sum up the mood of the conference, here are some quotes from some “first-time” iDEA attendees: