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8 March 2020

The Annual Scientific Meeting as a face-to-face conference cannot go ahead as planned. The risk of delegates acquiring COVID-19 is low, but real. 

 

The risk of holding the conference is likely the same in Sydney as anywhere else in Australia.  However, the risk of a delegate being exposed to COVID-19 at the conference could result in 75% of the ENT’s in Australia and most, if not all, trainees potentially being quarantined for at least 2 weeks. This would be devastating for the healthcare of Australia particularly with the potential problems if the virus does accelerate as predicted.

 

Therefore, ASOHNS’ Council Federal Executive have made the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face conference and the Conveners have proposed to take steps to convert the conference in Sydney to a virtual congress. 

 

We will be spending the coming days, the dates of the meeting 13-15 March 2020 and a couple of weeks of editing, to deliver an outstanding virtual conference with all the scientific content planned.

 

The course content will be captured onsite or remotely over the March 13-15th dates. All those who were presenting will have the opportunity to present their work. Presentations will be collated for broadcast and online access prior to 31 May 2020.


Details of how to provide your presentation will be sent separately to all presenters.

 

The valuable preparation and scientific material will still occur on the conference dates as planned, but without any delegates. 

 

The online material will be available to all ASOHNS members, trainees and delegates for the purposes of CPD and scientific benefit.

 

Registration fees to delegates will be refunded upon request to RACS Events management after 15 March 2020.

 

We will liaise the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons regarding CPD.

 

If you were scheduled to present at the conference, you will receive a separate email regarding how to submit your presentation, either in person at the ICC, or electronically.

 

Please note, all pre-meeting workshops have been cancelled and all social events have also been cancelled.

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

 

If you have a general enquiry, please send to info@asohns.org.au with the Subject line “ASM 2020 Virtual Congress”

 

We will endeavour to respond within 48 hours.

 

Registration enquiries should be sent to asohnsasm@surgeons.org