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UPDATE: ANZSNM 50th Annual Scientific Meeting

Monday 16, Mar 2020

Update to members regarding ANZSNM 50th Annual Scientific Meeting, 24-26 April 2020
 

The Federal Government updated its advisory yesterday that non-essential gatherings of more than 500 persons should not proceed. The NSW Govt implemented this as a total ban effective from today and in place until June 14 2020:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Documents/covid-19-public-events-order-20200315.pdf 

Under the circumstances, this means that ANZSNM Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Sydney in late April is unable to take place as originally planned. The decision to cancel at this stage has, in effect, been made for us.

I know you will share my disappointment in what was to be our 50th Conference. There has been an enormous amount of effort on the part of the Local Organising Committee and other members of the Society in the planning of this, but events have now rendered holding a physical meeting in April 2020 impossible.

We will continue to work on alternative possibilities to maintain our educational, scientific and clinical programmes for you in the light of this change. We are considering a number of possibilities, including ‘virtual’ options. In this regard, perhaps even more Society members will be able to partake in the various talks and subjects discussed. We will update you as soon as practicable including alternatives for the Annual General Meeting which is typically scheduled during the ASM In April.  

Please bear with us as we consider the implications of the ban on the conference. We will provide further information to delegates, presenters and sponsors shortly. 

Please stay safe and we will be in touch.

Ros Francis
President