The Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is the annual conference run by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) to promote and facilitate ongoing learning for occupational medicine professionals.
The first ASM Conference was held in 1973.
Due to COVID-19, the original conference planned for November 2021 has been rescheduled for Sunday 20 March to Wednesday 23 March 2022. Delegates have been advised accordingly and offered the option of attending the March conference or gaining a refund.
With the COVID situation continuing to evolve, the ASM Committee and the ANZSOM Executive have been keeping a close eye on things, meeting regularly to assess the risks and options for the meeting. At a meeting on 25th January, it was agreed that the face-to-face meeting would proceed as planned. We will continue to keep members updated if plans change.
To ensure the safety of delegates, speakers and venue staff, ANZSOM will be developing a comprehensive COVID-safe plan for the event based on advice from health authorities. This will likely include aspects such as vaccination status, wearing of masks, social distancing, hand hygiene etc.
In the meantime, from 17 December 2021 the Queensland Government is requiring all hospitality venues to limit access to those who are able to provide evidence of their vaccination or relevant medical exemption. You can read more about the vaccine mandate on Queensland's Health website.
From the venue:
From 17 December 2021, entry to Victoria Park Function Centre will be restricted to those who are fully vaccinated. If you are 16 years or over, you will need to carry proof of your vaccination status and be prepared to show this on arrival to your event.
The persons who are exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination include those who have medical contraindications
A person who cannot be vaccinated must show an evidence of contraindication. This is a medical certificate stating that a person is exempted from getting a COVID-19 vaccination. This can be downloaded from the Australian Immunisation Register. A legally qualified medical practitioner is required to complete the medical exemption form and record this on the Australian Immunisation Register.
A person that has evidence of a medical contraindication will be treated as if they are fully vaccinated and may be permitted to enter and remain in business venues with eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people.
What does this mean for you?
Victoria Park will have a staff member or security guard to check all guests vaccination status on entry. Please be assured that all Victoria Park staff are fully vaccinated.
Yes, you will need to be fully vaccinated to attend in person. Presently fully vaccinated means double vaccination. Refunds will not be available to those who are refused entry into the venue due to vaccination status.
You are still able to attend virtually if you are unvaccinated.
From the venue:
All patrons attending events at Victoria Park must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exception. The QLD Government App will be able to be used to check this status on arrival to the venue. Victoria Park will continue to monitor this for all guests on arrival (via QR code).
Guests that are not vaccinated are not permitted to attend.
The 2022 ASM Conference is a hybrid event with all technical program sessions being broadcast live from Brisbane via Zoom webinar. If you are unable to attend in person you can register as a virtual delegate to join online. You can change your registration to virtual attendance, within 2 weeks of the conference, witha full refund of the difference.
If you cannot make it to the live event - either in person or online - recordings of the sessions will be made available to all delegates for up 3 months after the conference end, giving you plenty of time to catch up on what you missed or refresh your memory of a particular presentation.
Full registration - covers the complete, in-person conference. All technical sessions, site-visits and workshops (excluding the CPR update) are included along with morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day. Complimentary access to the History of Occupational Medicine Seminar and the welcome cocktail reception are also included. You can add your conference dinner to your registration or purchase tickets for this separately.
Day registration - available for each of the three days of technical program of the conference. Day registration does not include social functions – these can be booked separately.
Virtual Registration - live-streamed access to all sessions across the three days, except for CPR and Site Visits. Delegates can also access recordings post-event. Virtual registration is not available for individual days. (see more details below)
CPR update - a staple of the ASM, this is the perfect opportunity to ensure your CPR certification is up to date.
Additional tickets - available for guests to attend the welcome reception and for the conference dinner.
Following on from the highly successful 2020 Virtual conference and in response to an ever-changing world, ANZSOM’s 2022 Annual Scientific meeting will be offered as a hybrid event giving delegates the choice of attending in person or virtually from wherever they find themselves.
While we are incredibly excited to see you all in-person in Brisbane in March, the COVID situation will affect how this event is run. Social-distancing, registration limits, travel restrictions, even potential lock-downs, are all part the changed and changing landscape of making plans.
State-of-the-art technology and skilled technicians come together to transport our expert presentations, live from Brisbane, direct to you. Virtual registration will allow delegates from around the country and across the world to participate in session they may not be able to get to in person.
A virtual registration will give you:
Full access to all 3 days of the technical program – live and interactive sessions will be broadcast via our online conference portal where you’ll be able to chat to your fellow virtual delegates and join in the live discussion.
An EXCLUSIVE virtual site visit – produced specially for our virtual delegates and giving you access to areas that you wouldn't be able to see in person
A virtual exhibition experience – visit our sponsor and exhibitor’s virtual exhibition pages for your chance to enter in the draw for prizes and giveaways
On-demand access to recordings & learning materials – double-booked with a meeting? No worries! As all technical sessions will be recorded for you to access for 3 months.
Access information and links to join have been sent to all virtual registrant on Wednesday 16 March. If you have not received this email or are having difficulty accessing the conference pages, please let us know. Email: email@example.com.
All full registration delegates will be sent links to access the conference recordings after the conference on Thursday 24 March.
If you have purchased a Day or Virtual Registration and would now like to attend the whole of the conference in person, just let us know and we will update your registration.
If you would like to change from a Full Registration to a Virtual Registration or swap a Day Registration for the Virtual access for any reason, you can do so at any time prior to the conference and the administration fee will be waived with any difference in price fully refunded to you.
See below for options in case of changes necessitated by COVID.
In the case of Queensland closing their border to all other states, the conference will still go ahead and in-person registration for will be automatically converted to Virtual Registrations. A refund of the difference (with no administration fee) will be given. You will also be given the option for a full refund if you are unable to join in the virtual broadcast.
The same options will be offered in the case of border closures in other states/territories.
Should circumstances arise that require cancellation of the event due to COVID, you will be given the option for a full refund. For the full cancellation and refunds policy, click here to find out more.
If you are refused entry due to your vaccination status not meeting the government regulations, no refund will be given.
If your question is not here, contact the Secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org