Welcome to 2021. Christmas has come and gone over a month ago. As I write this, it is a glorious summer evening in Otago, but the weather has been variable to say the least!
Hopefully you have all had something of a rest over the Christmas/New Year period. Looking back on 2020, New Zealand was very fortunate to have so few cases of COVID; yet it was a strain and many of us felt weary as the end of the year approached - COVID fatigue. Now we are into 2021. What of the forthcoming year? Who knows, but I do think that the twists and turns of the COVID story will continue, and it is by no means over. There is a strong body of expert opinion that COVID will become endemic and that the world will have to learn how to live with it.
This week on Thursday 4 February we are going to have the first ANZSOM forum of the year. This one will be an open forum for members to discuss anything they want. Perhaps how are things going with accelerated silicosis, or aspects of COVID, or audiology or whatever? It will be an opportunity for members to raise topics of interest and concern and also make suggestions about possible speakers for other sessions this year. So I encourage you to come along on Thursday and have your say.
The details for the Zoom Forum on Thursday are:
Date: Feb 4, 2021 Time: 07:30 PM Auckland, Wellington
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, and an opportunity to create a calendar reminder.
Membership discounts are available for those who are current financial members of ANZSOM New Zealand (including full and associate members). This membership initiative aims to provide New Zealand members with access to ANZSOM's educational resources and events.