Rural SIG Meeting 2020



Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) responds to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Dear colleague,
Over the past week the Anaesthesia Continuing Education (ACE) team, representing the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA) has come together to discuss the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on all regional continuing medical education (CME) and special interest group (SIG) events that were scheduled in the coming months.
More and more hospitals and health services are relying on our fellows, members and trainees to help prepare for and manage the outbreak of COVID-19 and importantly to provide the very best of care for our communities. There is simply not enough time in these clinicians’ busy days to either convene or attend CME or SIG meetings.
Also recognised and taken into consideration is the unacceptable risk of spreading the infection amongst delegates and the subsequent lengthy quarantine period that would be required, creating an unacceptable risk to our front line clinicians and the capacity of health systems in both Australia and New Zealand.
As such we have made the difficult decision to postpone the CME and SIG events scheduled to take place in June, July and August, 2020 and have started work and planning to move these meetings to 2021. Postponement later into 2020 was discussed and deemed unworkable.
The list of meetings that have been postponed are:
CME events

SIG events

The CME and SIG secretariats from ANZCA and the ASA are now working on providing information to all those who had registered for these meetings and have prepared a series of frequently asked questions to provide you with accurate information.
Those delegates who have already registered will receive further correspondence along with information on the process of refunds. All registered delegates for any of the postponed meetings will be offered a full refund. The best way to make contact at present is to email the events team and your email will be directed to the most appropriate secretariat for action.
We do ask for your patience as we work through the complexities of cancelling the meetings and please be assured that our professional team has a comprehensive and detailed plan to manage all contingencies. In addition to this communication, over the coming weeks our teams will also be contacting all people involved with the meetings, ranging from our presenters through to our suppliers.
In regard to any ACE meetings post August 2020, including those linked with the ASA / NZSA Combined Scientific Congress (October 16-19, Wellington), we continue to closely monitor advice from the Australian and New Zealand governments and their relevant health authorities. Also remember to check the ACE website and follow ACEANZCAASA and NZSA on social media for updates. It is expected a decision about the CSC will be made and communicated by May 2020.
I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work, thought and detailed activities undertaken by all involved in these CME and SIG meetings and also the disappointment they must now be feeling. Know that your work is greatly valued and we are looking forward to celebrating this work in 2021. This is obviously a difficult time for all conferences and all specialties, but we hope postponing till next year will allow this global pandemic to settle and for our front line clinicians to have rested and recovered.
We will be grateful for your continued support and we hope to see you at our ACE meetings in 2021. Thank you all for your understanding during what is a challenging and unprecedented time.
Dr David Elliott
ACE Chair



For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:

Kirsty O'Connor   
P: +61 3 9510 6299
630 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

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