Our battlefields tour operators are in the final stages of securing the site for the ceremony for those Australians who did not win places in the ballot. We will be one of the few groups who will have such access.
To be there for this 100 year anniversary, is not about jingoistic patriotism but a time to reflect on the futility of war and it's effect on all sides. This is beautifully reflected in the words of Ataturk which are engraved on a memorial at Anzac Cove:
"You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
The conference program will focus on how battlefront dental and medical experiences, innovations and technology apply to our day to day clinical practice. We are honoured to have some of Australia’s most highly regarded speakers to educate us, including Prof Sandy McFarlane AO, a world authority on post traumatic stress disorder.