In March 2020 the ABM . Sadly, COVID19 has had a far more significant impact that anyone may have predicted and for now, there is no end in sight. The conference committee has again been faced with a difficult decision to transition to a solely online conference. We have done so because of closed international borders, restricted interstate travel and restrictions on gatherings, as well as increased work demands and risk of infection with COVID-19 on medical practitioners and other health professionals who would attend the conference. It was felt we needed to reduce the risk to the women and children whose health we are dedicated to protect and improve, as well as that of our broader global community, and to minimise financial impact to our conference and conference registrants.
No. Members of the have arranged for the conference to be held in an online environment. Although we will not be able to meet in person, this format will allow you to view the presentations over a much longer period of time (until May 31st 2021), and allows the conference to increase the number of presentations we can offer. The conference will be held over the weekend of the 20-21st February (the weekend proposed when the conference was postponed in March 2020). As people no longer have to travel, and rather than hold the workshops the day preceding the conference, the workshops will be held over the previous weekend (13th and 14th February). This does enable people to attend both workshops if they wish.
All existing registrations for the 2020 Conference will be automatically transferred to the online conference in February 2021. Existing registrants do not need to do anything to confirm their attendance. There will be a refund for those who have already registered to attend the dinner, or registered extra guests for the welcome event.
People who have not yet registered, will be able to register for the online February 2021 conference up until the 16th May 2021. Workshop registrations will be open until 31st January 2021.
All conference presentations (pre-recorded and recorded live) will be available for you to access until May 31st 2021. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to record the preconference workshops due to their interactive nature. A refund for the workshop part of the registration can be negotiated if you are not able to attend the workshop on the dates proposed. These are 13th February 2021 for Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners and 14th February 2021 for Beyond the Essentials: Advanced Topics in Breastfeeding Medicine. If you would prefer to cancel your registration, a full refund minus $50 for administration charges will be available until the 30th November 2020.
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