As the Coronavirus pandemic is increasingly taking up much of our thoughts, I wanted to share my best wishes – whether you are personally affected by the uncertainty and anxiety of everything, including the possible transmission of the virus, supporting and protecting others, and managing life safely and as comfortably as possible.
As you may imagine we have been carefully tracking the possible impact of the virus and considering the need for safety restrictions on our conference this year: ICED 2020 Sydney (ANZAED and AED), being held on 11-13 June, and have been in ongoing discussions with the Academy for Eating Disorders. In particular we share AED’s concerns for our international colleagues most affected by the virus to date, in China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.As many of you might be aware, the Australian Government’s Department of Health (AGDH) has established a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert on the matter. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#current-status. Restrictions have just been placed on large meetings, and it is not known when these restrictions will be released.
We are also in receipt of advice from public health agencies in Sydney, the conference venue, and are tracking international advisories, both around the risks to attendees of person-to-person transmission of Coronavirus, and also in the capacity of local and international colleagues to attend.
While the conference is still three months away, we are aware of some need for certainty for people making travel arrangements. We hope to be able to provide some greater certainty of the plans in the next two weeks about whether the conference will proceed as planned, or whether we look at postponement or holding a possible online event.
Dr Kim Hurst, President
14 June, 2020