HL7 International Working Group Meeting HL7 International Working Group Meeting, Sydney, Australia, January 2011

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Meeting Information

Invitation from the Chairman

Meeting Brochure

On-Site Guide

Key Information

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Travel Information

Flights Information

Accommodation Information

Weather and other Useful Info

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Invitation from the Chairman

Invitation from HL7 Australia

Welcome to Sydney!

The Australian e-Health community is delighted to host the HL7 International Working Group Meeting 9-14 January 2011!

The HL7 International Standards and Education Meeting will provide the forum for more than 50 Work Groups, Committees and Task Forces to progress the HL7 V2.x, CDA, V3 and EHR Standards.  An extensive range of Courses, Tutorials and Workshops will allow us to hear and learn the very latest developments in EHRs, clinical messaging, terminology, etc. from the global experts and leaders in e-health.

To host the Meeting in Sydney, HL7 Australia has partnered with the Dept of Health and Ageing, NEHTA, Standards Australia, HL7 New Zealand and Business Events Sydney.

Australia is delighted to welcome the e-health standards world to Sydney in January and is looking forward to an exciting and productive meeting.  We are dedicated to making the Sydney WGM a success - both by attendance and regarding the financial outcome for HL7 International.

   The HL7 Australia Board

Who Should Attend?

The HL7 Meetings are open to anyone interested in e-Health, Health Informatics and Healthcare IT Standards.  The education program of the Meeting includes free introductory sessions as well as tutorials at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.  The Standards development will be undertaken in ~65 different committees that meet throughout the week.

Meeting Venue

The meetings of the HL7 International Working Groups and Committees will be held at the Cliftons Meeting Rooms & Venues Sydney right next to the Amora, Marriott, Four Seasons, etc. hotels within two minutes' walk of Sydney Harbour and a stone’s throw from the historic The Rocks precinct.  We have contracted the entire purpose-built Cliftons corporate meeting rooms building with their excellent AV/WiFi facilities which allows us to schedule additional tutorials and education sessions of the Extended Education Program.

Working Group & Committee Meetings

All HL7 International Working Groups and Committees are scheduled to meet in Sydney to progress the various HL7 standards and other projects.  These meetings are scheduled throughout the duration of the WGM.

Education Program

Education Sessions and Tutorials
As at every Meeting of the HL7 International Working Group, there will be a rich education and training program including free introductory sessions, focussed beginner & advanced tutorials and certification exams.  At the Sydney Meeting, there will be ~40 Tutorials in the following tracks:
  • Track 0: Free "First Timers’ Orientation", Introduction to the HL7 Organization and its Standards development processes as well as co-chair training sessions
  • Track 1: HL7 V2.x, the world’s most successful and continually enhanced Healthcare Interoperability Standard. Introduction to V2.x, Patient Administration, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Discharge/Referral, etc. Implementation, Conformance, XML - also V2.x Certification Exams.
  • Track 2: Introduction to the V3 Standards, the Reference Information Model ("RIM"), Messaging, Documents ("CDA"), XML, Wrappers and Transport - also V3 and CDA Certification Exams
  • Track 3: Electronic Health Records (EHR), Visual Integration (CCOW), Security and Medical Logic (Arden Syntax, GELLO)

Extended Education Program

Based on specific requests by attendees, we are holding these education events:

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Wednesday Evening Networking Reception

Yes, we are planning the Wednesday Evening Networking Reception to be on a boat cruising fabulous Sydney Harbour!

We will have a great evening with mountains of shrimp and live music as we cruise past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge into the sunset …

Useful Information

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Travelling to Sydney

Coming to Sydney is easy with over 40 international airlines flying into Sydney and over 500 international flights arriving per week.  Travelling to Sydney is convenient for our North American participants, as all flights go non-stop from the three gateways Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver to Sydney.  The meeting venue Cliftons is in the city-centre of Sydney, right next to the harbor, a 20-minute taxi or airport train ride from Sydney Airport.


Note: This information was current as of January 2011 and may be obsolete now.  It is kept for reference purposes only.

These are some typical prices (round-trip, incl. taxes):

- From Chicago: from ~US$1,550
- From Los Angeles: ~US$1,800
- From Atlanta: ~US$1,950

- From Toronto: ~C$1,950
- From Vancouver: ~C$2,120

Accommodation in Sydney

For the Meeting in Sydney, we have taken the approach of hiring the complete Cliftons Meeting and Training Center for the Work Group and Committee meetings.  This avoids committing us to staying in one hotel only and gives you the choice of accommodation that suits you best.

There are more than 40 hotels within a few minutes walk to Cliftons, the prices start at US$69 per night (2.5-star, incl. taxes).  Click here to see the list: http://bit.ly/Sydney2011HotelsUS  Note: taxes are included - its the law in Australia!

If you are coming from Canada, try http://bit.ly/Sydney2011HotelsCA - prices start at C$72 per night and all taxes are included.  Prices in A$ here.

Typical hotel prices (per night, including taxes):

- Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks: US$69
- Glenferrie Lodge B&B (10 min ferry): US$83
- Napoleon On Kent (Suites): US$119
- The Russel Hotel (shared bathrooms, incl. breakfast): US$130
- Castlereagh Boutique Hotel: US$131
- Travelodge Sydney Phillip Street (15m walk): US$147
- Amora Hotel: A$200 incl. Free Internet
- The Menzies: US$200
- Travelodge Wynyard: US$200
- The York by Swiss Belhotel: US$211
- Sheraton Four Points: US$222
- Intercontinental: US$225
- Four Seasons: US$242
- Radisson Plaza: US$249
- Sebel Pier One (The Rocks): US$267
- Holiday Inn Old Sydney: $US279
- Sydney Hilton: US$312

More hotels here: http://bit.ly/Sydney2011HotelsUS
Budget accommodation here.
The Amora Hotel, Jamison St, Sydney

The Amora Hotel, Jamison Street, Sydney

The Amora Hotel (5-star, on Jamison St)

• 415 stylish rooms with views of Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour or the Cityscape
• 2 Restaurants, 2 Bars, Gym, Swimming Pool, Spa, Sauna, etc. (more info)
• A$200/night including free internet and all taxes - 3 min walk from Cliftons!
  We have a limited number of rooms at A$200, please Book Now!

Note: Check-in is 2pm and check-out is 11am unless otherwise agreed.  Visa, MasterCard,  Amex, Diners and JCB cards accepted - a 1.5% credit card fee recovery charge applies to all payments.

Amora Reviews

"We have negotiated a room block at the very stylish 5-star Amora Hotel.


Do you need a visa?

Most Sydney WGM participants will only need an "Electronic Travel Authority" (ETA) which you can obtain online in about 5 minutes - like the US, Australia now requires for travel security reasons that visitors register their intent to travel online.  All you need is your passport details and a credit card (unfortunately) for the A$20 fee:

If you have a USA, Canadian, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysian, Singapore, South Korean passport:
https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/ETAInput.jsp?language=En  ("Visitor ETA" - A$20 service fee)

If you have an European Passport (incl. Norway & Switzerland):
https://www.ecom.immi.gov.au/visas/app/uu?form=TV  ("eVisitor ETA" - free - read more...)

If you have a passport from another county, you need to apply for a visa as soon as possible:


Sydney 2011 Working Group Meeting Help-Line

If you have any questions, would like some touristic travel ideas or need help with attending the HL7 International January 2011 Working Meeting in Sydney Australia, please e-mail the HL7 Australia "Sydney 2011 WGM Help-Line". Read HL7 Books and Guides to learn the secrets of getting the most out of HL7

Sydney January 2011 WGM - on a Budget?

Even if your Sydney 2011 travel budget has been severely limited for reasons beyond your control - you can still come to Sydney!  Here are a few little-known sources for low-cost flights and accommodation:

Budget Flights:
Meeting participants coming from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand can take advantage of the excellent fares by Australian budget airline JetStar (a subsidiary of QANTAS).

Meeting participants coming from the US might consider taking a cheap flight (or air miles) to Honolulu, Hawaii, and then take Australian budget airline JetStar to Sydney, which costs ~ US$1,000 return.

Budget Accommodation:
There are many splendid hotels on Sydney Harbour!  However, there is also very affordable accommodation from A$46 per night within a few minutes walk to the Meeting venue Cliftons.  All prices include taxes:

- Sydney Harbour Youth Hostel (shared room): A$46
- Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks: US$69
- Glenferrie Lodge B&B (10 min ferry): US$83
- Napoleon On Kent (Suites): US$119

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