IIA-Australia News

IIA-Australia COVID-19 Update

by Peter Jones | Mar 19, 2020
In these difficult and uncertain times, our greatest concern is the safety and well-being of all individuals in our community. As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to develop, we are closely monitoring developments including the evolving messages from the Chief Medical Officer, government, the health authorities and the WHO. 

Since announcing the cancellation of SOPAC last Friday, our conference and finance teams have been working hard to process SOPAC refunds. We hope to have the majority of refunds paid before the end of March.

SOPAC Online
We are working on delivering an abridged version of the content from the SOPAC® 2020 program. The online conference on 16 June 2020 will include some of the keynote speakers and most popular concurrent sessions that were planned for SOPAC® 2020. More to come. Keep 16 June free in your diary!

Health Sector Assurance Forum
Due to the current pressures on leading healthcare industry practitioners who were due to speak at the Health Sector Assurance Forum, we have decided to reschedule the Forum to later in the year when the worst of the COVID-19 virus is expected to have passed.

Member Meetings
I met via teleconference with all Chapter Chairs yesterday and we agreed to cancel all face-to-face Member Meetings with immediate effect. While the overall safety issue of the coronavirus was the primary factor, the decision also took into account travel and meeting size restrictions, as well as attendee and sponsor concerns. Member Meetings will continue, but as live-streamed online events. Details of online Member Meetings, and how to register, will be sent to you over coming weeks.

Public Training Courses
To minimise opportunities to spread the coronavirus, and acknowledging the many different venues we use, all face-to-face public training courses are postponed with immediate effect. Members who have registered to attend a specific training event will be notified separately about that training and will be able to receive a full refund. We are also exploring on-line options for the delivery of training.

I regret any disappointment and disruption that these changes have caused. We have made these decisions with the health and well-being of you and our staff as our top priority.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well. We look forward to welcoming you to face-to-face events again when it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so.