The Pan Prostate Cancer Group Scientific Meeting will take place on the 13-15 December 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. You can find all the information you need on planning your travels and attending the meeting below.
Click here to download the Meeting Program.
Click here to register for the Pan Prostate Cancer Group Scientific Meeting.
Planning your Arrival to Australia
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before travel. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival, with the exception of New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders, who will usually be issued a visa on arrival in Australia provided they meet health and character requirements. All visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.
A facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international travel agents and airlines in over 30 countries including the US, UK, parts of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or Consulate can advise of the availability.
For non-ETA countries, visas are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world. In non-ETA countries, we recommend that you apply early for your visa.
International participants for the Pan Prostate Meeting may be eligible for the following visas:
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)(Subclass 601)(business stream)
- eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream) visa
- Visitor (business stream)(Subclass 600) visa
- Temporary Work (short stay activity) (Subclass 400) visa
For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend the Pan Prostate Meeting, you should:
Determine which visa you are eligible to apply for, ie. ETA (Subclass 601)(business stream), eVisitor (Subclass 651)(business stream), Visitor (subclass 600)(business stream) visa. Please refer to the links above.
Apply for your visa at least 8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks if you are from an ETA or eVisitor eligible country) as visa processing times may vary.
Consider Australia’s health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your Visitor (Subclass 600)(business stream) visa application.
For further information regarding Australian visas, please visit: www.border.gov.au
Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.
December is Summer and in Melbourne you will experience warm days however it can be cooler in the evenings. The average temperatures are maximum of 24 (°C) and minimum of 13 (°C).
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.
Our destination – Melbourne, Victoria
Recognised as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne is set around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. The city itself, laid out in a large rectangle and boasting a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, sits on the northern banks of the Yarra River, about five kilometres from the bay.
Melbourne is a city with something for everyone. From chic fashion stores to buzzing laneway cafés and trendy bars, botanic gardens to sports stadiums, elegant Victorian-era streetscapes to Manhattan-style skyscrapers, film and food festivals to galleries and opulent theatres, Melbourne has an activity and attraction that will interest you.
Melbourne truly understands how to conduct business on a global level and has also been aptly described as Australia’s most stylish city after sunset. There are plenty of things to do in Melbourne. Easily navigated on foot, the city’s confidence and success are infectious; Melbourne is the perfect destination.
Getting to Melbourne
Melbourne Airport is located approximately 22km from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Easy access is available from the airport to the city centre via bus and taxi. Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.
SkyBus offers a shuttle bus service from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day and every 30-60 minutes overnight. Tickets can be purchased on arrival or online by visiting the SkyBus website.
Taxis are available from the ground floor level of Melbourne Airport. The central business district is approximately 30 minutes from the International and Domestic Airport. A taxi costs approximately $50-$60. Taxi Phone: 13 22 27 or 131 008.
Car rental services are available at Melbourne Airport. Please refer to the Melbourne Airport website for further information.
Getting Around Melbourne
On the first day of the Conference we will provide you with a myki. A myki is the smart card ticketing system you can use on trams and trains.
The myki Visitor Pack includes:
- A myki smartcard pre-loaded with enough value for one day’s Zone 1 travel ($8.00 – AUD myki money)
- Instructions on how to use myki
- An inner Melbourne tram map
Top ups to existing cards can be made at any 7-Eleven store, at the Zouki RMRWH Convenience Store inside the Royal Melbourne Hospital (Shop 8), or at myki machines located at all metropolitan train stations. Please note that there is no onboard top up facility. For more information http://www.myki.com.au/About-myki/myki-visitor-pack
Information regarding tram, train and bus timetables is available from http://ptv.vic.gov.au/.
Meeting Venue Information
The Meeting will be held at Melbourne University at the Arts West Building.
The entrance for the building is via Genetics Lane accessed from Royal Parade next to the Dr DAX Kitchen at the pedestrian traffic lights. At the end of Genetics Lane you will turn left into Medical Road.
Please see map here.