Were you planning to go anyway despite the COVID-19 threat? We want to know
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharmacy Guild’s flagship conference, scheduled for next week, has now been postponed.
The Guild made the announcement in a statement on Friday 13 March, coinciding with advice from the Prime Minister and Australia’s chief medical officer that all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people would be suspended from Monday amid fears about the spread of coronavirus.
APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM said the decision, which he described as “difficult,” was made based on several health and safety concerns.
With more than 6000 people having been expected to attend APP, the Guild said its number one priority is the health and safety of the community pharmacy workforce, given they continue to be on the front line of the nation’s response to the novel coronavirus.
APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM advised that a reduced program, called APP Online, is currently being developed for registered delegates to view streamed content and recorded sessions, online.
“While we work to confirm new dates for APP, ‘APP Online’ will offer as many of the APP face-to-face sessions, in a digital format, as possible,” he said.
“This means that delegates will still be able to hear the latest industry, business and clinical updates and record the CPD credits that they would have gained at APP.”
We want to know your thoughts and plans in consideration of the postponement of APP.