ASHM has been following developments on COVID-19 closely, with a focus on ensuring the wellbeing of staff, stakeholders and the public. We also appreciate the additional strain being felt by the healthcare sector at all levels.
Our consultation was with experts in the field, local health authorities, people living with HIV and the National Program Committee. Our priority is the safety and well-being of delegates and our community.
ASHM and the National Program Committee believe it is important to deliver a virtual conference to the sector to provide opportunity for collaboration, information sharing and solidarity in a time of crisis.
ASHM’s priority is to provide a forum for the sector that facilitates discussion and engagement between participants and speakers via a high quality virtual conference platform. The virtual conference will be designed to be as interactive as possible, offering plenty of opportunities for live questions, discussion, polling and networking. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
The next face to face conferences will be held in Melbourne at the same venue – the MCEC, in 2021. An exact date will be announced shortly.
Registered delegates will be contacted directly in due course to discuss options. Delegates will have the option to roll over their current registration to attend the virtual conference (a refund for the difference in cost will be provided) or to roll over the funds to the 2021 conferences.
Delegates who have submitted abstracts will be contacted directly with advice on how to proceed.