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 www.flinders.edu.au/mdri

Shared from: https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2017/07/20/unique-surgery-workshop-uses-robots-real-spines/

Rydges Hotels Progressive Site & The Bodyguard

Brittney Henderson writes, 

Jo and I were recently spoilt to an evening of progressive site inspections and the Bodyguard musical hosted by Rydges Sydney Central, Rydges World Square and Rydges South Bank Brisbane.

Rydges Sydney Central
Starting the evening at Rydges Sydney Central, we were greeted with cocktails and delicious canapés while witnessing the unveiling and demonstration of Event Hospitality and Entertainment’s newest meeting planner app. The app purposely built for conference and event managers, will allow PCO’s to commutate directly with the operations team in seconds for onsite requests such as adjusting venue temperature and modifying break times across all venues.

The site inspection showcased a newly renovated Superior and Executive room. These rooms have been especially designed with a contemporary feel and a touch of the destination, Surry Hills.  Key features include UBS points and lighting switches in convenient locations showing real thought has been put into the design and functionality of the rooms. The hotel has 9 function rooms many with the added bonus of natural light. After a day of meetings why not take advantage of the exclusive rooftop function area for cocktails and canapés.

Rydges World Square
Our second location was Rydges World Square, we inspected the Deluxe King and Executive King rooms along with the venues conferencing space. Rydges World Square‘s Grand Ball room has a large 500 theatre capacity with the ability to be spit into two or three spaces perfect for breakout sessions.

To finish off our site inspection we headed to the trendy Cidery Bar and Kitchen to taste a selection of ciders on offer.

The Bodyguard
WOW what a fantastic way to finish two hotel inspections by being hosted to the musical “The Bodyguard”. How could you not sing along to Whitney Houston classics Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You.

The Rydges team put on an absolutely fantastic night and we certainly enjoyed the bubbles and ice creams at the show.