ANZCA ASM Perth: 29 April - 3 May 2022

COVID-safe plan

 

As a professional medical college, we take very seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of our members, contributors, visitors, and staff at all our meetings, including the annual scientific meeting (ASM). We see this as one of our highest priorities. We’re working with the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, other meeting partners and stakeholders, and we continually monitor and engage with the WA Health sites to deliver COVID-safe events for everyone. WA’s Safe Transition Plan has been released, for further information see here.

There are a number of factors, including COVID-19 that are out of the control of ANZCA and may require a change to the event/meeting plans. It is important that all delegates acknowledge there are inherent risks associated with attending any event/meeting including but not limited to border closures or other travel restrictions being imposed; requirements for quarantine or self-isolation and / or; the sudden cancellation of the event / meeting.

ANZCA will not be liable for any loss or damages to delegates that are caused by factors beyond our control, including but not limited to any imposed or potentially imposed COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations. We recommend all delegates carefully check the details of any insurance coverage you may hold, as well as the specific terms and conditions of your travel and accommodation bookings. If you have any questions we would be happy to discuss.
Please email asm@anzca.edu.au

We’d like to reassure you that we’ve worked hard on contingency plans in regard to the running of the ASM including hybrid and fully virtual options and will communicate these as early as possible to give you the opportunity to make informed decisions or change plans if required. No matter what the climate, your ASM will go ahead!

We will continue to add to this page as our plans for the 2022 ANZCA ASM evolve.

COVID-19 vaccination

In line with Australian and Western Australia government and ANZCA guidelines, anyone attending the meeting will be required to be double vaccinated. All delegates, staff, contractors, participants and visitors will be required to provide proof of full vaccination on entry to the meeting, at time of registration. Contact the events team via asm@anzca.edu.au if you have vaccine exemption documentation.

This measure aims to protect our colleagues, contributors, visitors, participants and staff as we work to ensure a COVID-safe meeting.

Acceptable proof of vaccination status includes as per the WA Government
• COVID-19 Digital Certificate uploaded to phone wallet.
• Official Australian Immunisation Register certificate.
• Printed COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate issued by Medicare.
• Medical exemption with valid, original letter signed and issued by a specified medical practitioner class ID.
• Official New Zealand COVID-19 vaccination documentation. For further information visit the NZ Unite against COVID-19 website.

WA's Safe Transition Plan has been released

“The plan outlines safe conditions for interstate and international travel, and provides certainty on how businesses and WA’s way of life can continue safely with the introduction of public health and social measures once COVID-19 enters WA’s community. With a 90 per cent double dose rate (12 years and older), expected in late January/early February, WA’s controlled border will be eased to allow for international and interstate travel from all jurisdictions, with testing and vaccination requirements.” – WA.gov.au

Interstate arrivals will be required to:
• be double dose vaccinated (for eligible people)
• return a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure
• undertake a test on arrival in WA (to be phased out, pending a review)

International arrivals will be required to:
• be double dose vaccinated (for eligible people)
• return a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure
• undertake a test on arrival (to be phased out, pending a review)
• complete 14 days quarantine in a designated facility (if high risk, e.g. unvaccinated people)

We encourage you to visit this site regularly to keep up to date on restrictions, requirements, and WA government directives.

What we will do

The following steps will be put in place to help ensure a COVID-safe event. These steps will include:

• Placing hand sanitisers with supporting signage in high contact areas
• Producing COVID-safe plans for all hands-on and interactive workshops
• Working with offsite venues to ensure they have COVID-safe venue plans in place, which will be monitored and implemented appropriately
• Ensure that you can enter, exit, and move around the meeting safely.
• Cleaning and hygiene protocols at all venues are adhered to
• Manage room capacities and catering breaks
• Continue to engage with WA Health sites

What you can do

We ask all attendees and staff to adhere to the following principles:

• Download prior to arrival and use the SafeWA app for the purposes of contact tracing
• All participants at the meeting (including delegates, partners, and staff) must provide proof of vaccination status
• Maintain 1.5 metre physical distancing where possible
• Observe good hygiene practises. This includes regular hand washing with soap and warm water, the frequent use of hand sanitiser and good coughing and sneezing etiquette
• If you have any symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice, get tested and please stay home.

What the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) will do

PCEC have consistently monitored the COVID-19 situation and followed regulations and advice provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. This advice has been further complemented with guidance from the Department for Health for Western Australia.

The PCEC has COVID-19 resources and will follow government directed guidelines, these may include:

• Promotion of the SafeWA app for contact tracing
• Increased hygiene practices, including thorough and regular sterilisation of surfaces, including bathrooms, benches and all touch points such as door handles
• Adherence to physical distancing measures
• Continued rigorous adherence to food-safety management standards within all culinary services.

All visitors should observe the government policy when visiting the PCEC.

This information will be updated regularly and follow us on social media for ongoing information.