Sails Resort – Port Macquarie by Rydges

Jo Robinson writes, 

The launch of the new Sails Resort Port Macquarie By Rydges took place at QT Sydney recently. The “By Rydges” brand is a new concept for the company and with Sails Resort Port Macquarie it showcases a 4.5 star resort with a luxe Hamptons feel.

The Resort, set to complete its last stage of a major refurbishment in late 2017 will have 92 guest rooms and suites and an events centre for up to 300 pax. With a $59pp day delegate package or an accommodation package from $229.00 with breakfast for one it makes it a very affordable new conference option in regional NSW for conference organisers.

By Rydges” is a unique new brand under the EVENT family of hotels and resorts. It is a little outside of the box sitting between a Rydges and QT with a 4.5-star rating.

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QT Sydney

Jo Robinson writes, 

If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the CBD that is quirky, modern and luxurious with a unique history look no further than the QT Sydney.

This hotel has brought together two well-known Sydney historic buildings on Market Street, being the Gowings and State Theatre buildings.  Each distinctively different with a blend of Gothic, Art Deco and Italianate architecture that come together seamlessly to create the QT.

From the friendly welcome by the front door staff complete with their flame red wigs to create the theatrical ambience the hotel boasts 200 luxury guest rooms complete with amazing bathrooms and touches of class such the cocktail kits and personal amenities in each room. An ideal room to retreat to after a busy day of meetings.

A well-kept secret is the private screening cinema with a maximum capacity of 56 guests, which includes the latest 3D AV.

The hotel boasts two other event spaces with the ability to host up to 55 guests for a private dinner or 150 for a cocktail function.

These two venues are also ideal for board meetings and strategic planning sessions.


Unique surgery workshop uses robots and real spines

Posted on July 20, 2017


Twenty five of Australia’s upcoming surgical trainees and fellows used real human spines and robotic simulations to fast forward their understanding of, and skills development in, complex spinal surgery techniques during a unique surgical workshop in Adelaide last weekend (15-16 July).

Flinders University’s Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) welcomed the group, organised by the Spine Society of Australia and sponsored by Medtronic, to Flinders’ innovation precinct at Tonsley, where they were able to combine their surgical skills training with biomechanical testing using the MDRI’s award-winning Hexapod robot.

Associate Professor John Costi and the team were able to test segments of spine in the hexapod before and after surgical reconstruction to demonstrate how stable the spine is before and after the procedure.

“What sets this workshop apart from others is that it allowed some of Australia’s most talented up and coming surgeons to examine the biomechanical properties of the human spine following  surgical interventions and receive feedback on the success, or otherwise, of each intervention,” said Associate Professor Costi.

“The information gathered allowed the surgeons to see first-hand the effects of surgical techniques on the stability of the spine, which is particularly important for trainee surgeons.

“The type of data and knowledge we can obtain in just a matter of hours using the Hexapod Robot is instrumental in informing and improving how we perform future spine surgeries.

“This was an incredibly exciting opportunity to bring together surgical training with direct biomechanical evaluation of surgical procedures.”

The testing demonstrated the effects of instability and then restabilisation after surgical reconstruction of the cervical and thoracolumbar spine segments.

“I believe that this combination of surgical skills training with biomechanical testing is an Australian first,” Associate Professor Costi adds.

Flinders University’s Six Degree of Freedom Hexapod Robot was awarded the 2012 Engineering Excellence South Australian Award for Innovation/Research and Development and also the Malcolm Kinnaird Engineering Excellence Award (the highest accolade).

It also placed 2nd internationally for the National Instruments Impact Awards in 2016.

Located at Flinders’ Tonsley campus, the Hexapod Robot is one of the world’s most advanced testing systems and is an exemplar of the high caliber capabilities and facilities driving innovative research at Tonsley.

The Hexapod provides accurate and more realistic 3D loading of joints and implants under different load conditions and movements, allowing the simulation of hundreds of complex movements.

For more information about the Hexapod Robot and the Biomechanics and Implants research group at Flinders University, visit the MDRI website

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