Information 2018


Will be published on the ISHA conference website 7 days prior to the ISHA 2018 start date. They will also be accessible via the ISHA 2018 mobile app.

Application For Mobile Devices

The app will allow participants to navigate through the entire scientific program from their mobile device, view sessions by day and category, access the abstracts being presented, locate exhibitors and to create a personalised itinerary. Notification will be sent closer to the start date for ISHA 2018 instructing how to download the app.


Access to ISHA 2018 is only possible with your personal name badge. Please always wear your badge! The Registration Desks will be located in the Convention Centre Level One Foyer at MCEC, Melbourne.

Banking, Currency and Exchange Rate

Banking hours are generally 0900 to 1600 and extended on Fridays to 1700. Several international banks have offices in the CBD. Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. Consult a bank for the latest exchange rate. Decimal currency is used in Australia (AUD) and currency units are dollars and cents. Australian notes are: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coins are: $2, $1, 50, 20, 10, and 5 cents. Australian currency fluctuates on the international monetary exchange. Therefore we recommend checking with your local bank for the exchange rate just prior to your arrival in Australia or visit for the current exchange rates.

Car Parking

There are a number of car parking options at MCEC. Details of spaces, access routes, height restrictions, opening hours and parking fees can be found at

Certificate of Attendance and CME Credit Hours

An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME for CME accreditation of this event.


For any name change, a fee of US $50 is charged. Onsite changes of name badges or email addresses for the certificate mailing due to incorrect submission will be charged US $10.


Melbourne has the reputation that its weather can sometimes be a little unpredictable. With October being the second month of spring, it is also the most changeable month of the year. A full range of weather may be experienced within a few days, from warm, calm and sunny to cold, windy and showery. There are several cloudy to overcast days – so it is advisable to dress for “four seasons in one day”! Temperatures generally range between 15-25 degrees Celsius or 60-77 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information see

Convention Centre

ISHA 2018 is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC):

Level 1
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf
Australia 3006

Credit Cards

Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.


The International Society of Hip Arthroplasty 2018 ASM including the Conference Organisers will not accept liability for the damages of any nature sustained by participants or their accompanying persons for loss or damage to their personal property as a result of the International Society of Hip Arthroplasty 2018 ASM and exhibition or related events.


Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Industrial Exhibition

The industrial exhibition is located in the level 1 Foyer, immediately adjacent to the scientific session rooms. International companies will display their latest products, services and technical innovations.


It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.
Delegate registration fees do not provide any such insurance coverage. The Organising Committee and the ISHA Conference Office accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.


The congress language is English. Simultaneous translation is not provided.


The Organising Committee and/or the International Society of Hip Arthroplasty 2018 ASM Organisers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the International Society of Hip Arthroplasty 2018.

Lunch & Coffee Breaks

Coffee breaks are included in the registration fee and will be served in the exhibition area. Lunch is included on Thursday and Friday.

Opening Hours

Provisional opening times are detailed below. These may be subject to change:

Registration Area and Helpdesk11.00 - 19.0007.30 - 19.0007.30 - 19.0007.30 - 14.00
Industrial Exhibition09.00 – 17.3009.00 – 17.3009.00 - 13.00
Speakers' Service Centre11.00 - 19.0007.30 - 18.3008.00 - 19.0007.30 - 12.30

People With Special Needs

Every effort is made to ensure people with special needs are catered for. Should you require any specific assistance, please include a notation with your registration form to enable us to make your stay in Melbourne a pleasant and comfortable experience.

Poster Exhibition

All accepted posters are available for viewing electronically during the entire annual scientific meeting on ePoster terminals.

Viewing terminals will be located on level 1 of the convention centre. Additionally, all accepted posters can be accessed via the ISHA 2018 App and on the ISHA conference website.

Prayer Room

A Prayer Room is located on the ground level of MCEC. Directions can be obtained from the Customer Service Desk located in the Ground Floor Foyer.


Accredited journalists are welcome to cover ISHA 2018. Upon presentation of your press identification, registration will be free of charge. Please refer to the Registration section of the website for information on how to obtain press registration.

Privacy Statement

Information requested and provided on Conference online forms will be used to administer the Conference including registration accommodation, scientific program, catering, transport and sponsorship. Data obtained will remain the property of the International Society of Hip Arthroplasty 2018 ASM . For more information on our privacy policy, click here.

Registration Area and Helpdesk

The registration area and help desk on level 1 will be available during the following opening hours:

Wednesday, 3 October 201811.00 – 19.00 (registration area and Asian Society Meeting only)
Thursday, 4 October 201807.30 – 19.00
Friday, 5 October 201807.30 –19.00
Saturday, 6 October 201807.30 –14.00

Social Media

Receive up to date information on what is being presented in lectures, discussed about posters and other related topics! Follow “ISHA2018” on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube and join the conversation using #ISHA 2018.

Tax (GST) and Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax will be added to registration fees on “checkout”. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme for any goods purchased whilst in Australia.

Please note that the Tourist Refund Scheme is only available for goods and not for services, therefore you will not be able to claim the GST paid on your registration fees via the TRS. For more information, please visit the TRS Application website.


Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:

The Event Organisers reserve the right to cancel any activities relating to the ISHA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting if there are insufficient registrations.  Also, at any time, without notice and without giving reasons, the Event Organisers may cancel or postpone the Event, change the venue or any published timetables, activities, presenters or particulars without being liable for any loss, damage or expense incurred or suffered by any person.

Travel and Accommodation:

The Event Organisers are not themselves carriers or hoteliers nor do we own hotels or coaches.  The coach journeys and hotel accommodation herein are provided by reputable carriers and hoteliers on their own conditions.  It is important to note, therefore, that all bookings with the Event Organisers are subject to terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by hoteliers and all other service providers who services we utilise, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage.

Our Responsibility: 

The Event Organisers cannot accept any liability whatever nature for acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise of those coach operators, hoteliers, and other persons providing services in connection with the Course pursuant to a contract between themselves and yourself (which may be evidenced in writing by the issue of a ticket, voucher, coupon or the like) and over whom we have no direct and exclusive control.

The Event Organisers do not accept any liability in contract or in tort (actionable wrong) for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which are beyond our control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on our part including but not limited to war, civil disturbance, fire, floods, unusually severe weather, acts God, act of government or any authorities, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such action may be settled by acceding to the demands of a labour group).  Please note that prices quoted are subject to change without notice.

The Event Organisers:

References to “the Event Organisers” in the above Event Information and Conditions mean any members of The Board or staff of ISHA – The Hip Preservation Society, Local Hosts and agents appointed by ISHA.


Refer to the Travel section of this website under the Organise Your Attendance tab for further information about Australia Visa requirements.


Wireless internet is available throughout the conference centre free of charge.

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