Networking and other activities in Melbourne

We know it can be challenging to meet people at large conferences so we have put together a few opportunities for you to connect to others, swap ideas and enjoy your visit in Melbourne.

Exhibition Opening and Drinks Reception with our Exhibitors

Monday 30 October | 17:45-19:00

As we officially launch the Exhibition Hall, there will be opportunities to meet fellow delegates, view the ePosters and connect with the International Forum supporting sponsors and exhibitors.

You will be able to pre-register for this reception when you select your sessions as part of your registration.

Melbourne Golden Hour River Cruise

Tuesday 31 October | 18:30 – 20:00

This will be a closed 1.5-hour cruise. You will sail downstream on The Yarra to see the sunset and then head back to the city, where you can enjoy the enchanting city lights.

On arrival, you will receive a welcome drink and canapes. You will be able to purchase additional drinks from the onboard bar too.

Please purchase your ticket here or via the button above. We have a limited availability and tickets are priced at AUD44 including GST .

If you have purchased a ticket for the river cruise, you can collect it from the Registration Enquiries desk before 17:00 on Tuesday 31 October.

Networking Hub at The General Assembly

Tuesday 31 October | 18:00-20:00

There will be a reserved space for International Forum attendees at The General Assembly pub on the South Wharf riverside. You will be able to purchase drinks and food as you go.

No registration is needed, please remember to bring your conference badge with you!

Buddy-up Programme

As part of your registration, you can choose to join our buddy-up programme where you will be matched with another attendee and emailed an introduction. Then, you can use the Monday evening or breaks throughout the conference to meet up and connect.

There is still time to sign up for the buddy-up programme. Simply log in to your registration* and select if you would like to be paired up with a buddy or support the programme.

The deadline to sign up for this programme is Monday 9 October.

*To log in to your registration, please go to your registration confirmation email or click on the link ‘Need access to your booking?’ on our registration page (you will be able to see this at the bottom of the section titled ‘Summary’, part of ‘Ticket Selection’).

The Interactive Writing Wall

We want to hear about what challenges you every day and how you solve problems, big and small.

We invite you to share ideas and tips from your quality improvement journey via the interactive writing board, which will be placed in the Exhibition Hall. This will help you connect with fellow delegates and discuss your and their experiences.

Contribute to a collaborative artwork

Join Aunty Rochelle and her friends from the Hush Foundation on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Wellbeing Zone (in the Exhibition Hall) to contribute to collaborative artwork. The artwork will be started at the 2023 Gathering of Kindness in Melbourne the day before the International Forum.

Once finished, the artwork will travel to hospitals to spread the message of kindness in healthcare for all and utilise the power of the arts to support wellbeing, culture change and the human experience.

Aunty Rochelle Patten is a highly respected elder, cultural leader and artist. Patten has a Masters of Applied Science at Deakin University—which she achieved at fifty years of age—focused on the health of the Dungahla (Murray) River and Murray Darling Basin areas where she has lived and continues to care for. She has worked for the Native Title Legal Service and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Medical Service as the chairperson for sixteen years. Aunty Rochelle also sits on the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council as a director for her region. She has been creating art for many years and recently had a joint exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre titled Two Strong Sisters. Patten has been on the Yulendj knowledge group for Museums Victoria since 2012 and was an integral contributor to the First Peoples exhibition at Melbourne Museum. She is a respected member of her community and currently lives in the Barmah Forest connecting and caring for her country and animal friends.

Find out more about the Gathering of Kindness:

Event App and Virtual Platform

You can connect with both in-person and online attendees via the International Forum event app and virtual platform. Look out for the social feed for ongoing conversations leading up to and during the conference.

The app will be live from mid-October. If you have registered for the conference, we will notify you.

You can download the CrowdComms app via the App Store or Google Play. To access the conference, enter code ifmelbourne23 and then log in with your email address.

The app will also give you:

  • Access to all live-streamed sessions, including keynotes
  • Access to all ePosters
  • Access to the programme schedule and options to network
  • Live notifications and reminders on what’s happening at the International Forum
  • Chance to rate the sessions you attend and fill in our survey