ASM 2020 key initiatives





  • A new initiative for #ASM20PER is the introduction of keep cup and water bottle washing stations, making it easier for delegates to use these whilst onsite.
  • Did you know for the 2019 ASM in Kuala Lumpur, not one single use plastic water bottle was served as part of delegate catering or speaker refreshments and we’re commitment to ensuring this is the case for future ASMs. Your support of this was well noted and we need your help to ensure this is upheld.
  • In 2020, all printed marketing materials including the registration brochure, handbook and pocket program have been eliminated. The use of the Virtual ASM and ASM app also support reduce the need for printed materials.
  • This year paper based name badges will be introduced, meaning no more plastic pockets! Bamboo lanyards will also be used.
  • Recycling stations at prominent locations in the venue for lanyards and name badges.
  • We have established an Environment Sustainability Working Group to promote sustainability and ensure ANZCA stays committed to minimising the health impact of climate change.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from ANZCA air travel emissions in 2018 have been offset by 81.7%. This includes our keynote and invited speakers travelling to the ASM.

Learn more about ANZCA’s sustainability initiatives here.

What you can do to reduce your carbon footprint

  • Make sure you recycle your lanyard and paper based name badge!
  • Pack, take and use your own keep cup and water bottle to the 2020 ASM. Filtered water stations will be available throughout the healthcare industry innovation centre and also on all levels outside the main meeting rooms.
  • Choose to offset the carbon emissions of your flights. Most airlines offer this for a small fee.
  • Where possible, reuse hotel linen, as this will help save water.

Venue and suppliers

  • PCEC engages with Oz Harvest to donate left over food.  PCEC donated 1086kg of food to Oz Harvest, or 3,258 meals during the 17-18 financial year and have a recycling agreement with Nespresso to recycle all their coffee pods.  The organic waste generated from PCEC kitchens is sent to Richgro in order to fertilise PCEC’s garden.
  • PCEC are continually bettering their operations, policies and procedures to improve their sustainability measures. To learn more about PCEC’s sustainability policy, please visit their website.
  • We’ve engaged with Perth Expo Hire to identify more sustainable materials used to build exhibition booths and actions have been taken to minimise printed signage. If it’s printed it’s done using environmentally friendly inks which can be recycled.
Gender equity
  • In support of ANZCA’s ongoing commitment to gender equity, 47% of speakers at #ASM20PER are female. This is a fantastic achievement and we are proud to showcase the high calibre female speakers. This has been a key focus for this year’s organising committee.
  • Did you attend ANZCA’s inaugural women in STEMM breakfast at #ASM19KL? We’re delighted to announce this initiative will be returning in 2020. Be ready to get involved, make a difference and join the conversation on twitter using #womeninSTEMM at the #ASM20PER

Learn more about ANZCA’s gender equity initiatives here.

2020 ASM Regional Organising Committee’s commitment to gender balance

We, the 2020 ANZCA ASM Regional Organising Committee, are proud of our commitment to gender equity and diversity in general. We acknowledge the ANZCA Gender Equity Position Statement and have therefore all taken the ‘panel pledge’ as a commitment to gender equity at the 2020 ASM. We also acknowledge the broader benefits of this position beyond our meeting.

We strive for proportional gender representation with our convenors, speakers and facilitators at the 2020 ASM. We are also proud to have the return of the Women in STEMM breakfast after its inaugural launch and success at the 2019 ASM.

That being said, we kindly request you appreciate the inter-session variations in gender balance and keep in mind the significant contribution our individual speakers make to allow us deliver a meeting of the highest standard.

We look forward to seeing you in Perth.

Dr Ed Debenham and the 2020 ASM Regional Organising Committee

Corporate social responsibility
  •  In line with Doctors Health and Wellbeing program, at #ASM20PER we are encouraging delegates to take a break and pause the pressure with a visit from Paws the pressure therapy dogs.
  • Attending the Family yoga session on Sunday May 3? Don’t miss the Paws the pressure therapy dogs who will be visiting prior to the session.
  • In lieu of speaker gifts a donation will be made to Fair Game on behalf of all ASM speakers, presenters, facilitators and chairs. Learn more about Fair Game here.

Learn more about ANZCA’s commitment to Doctors’ health and wellbeing here.