Thank you very much for your submission for the 2020 DAA Conference in Melbourne.
As you are no doubt aware, we are in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts are suggesting that we are still to reach the peak of the pandemic and the timeframe for this is unknown.
Current advice from the Australian Federal Government is to limit non-essential organised gatherings to fewer than 100 people indoors, and 500 people outdoors. There is particular advice to limit non-essential meetings or conferences for critical workforce, which includes dietitians as healthcare professionals.
We are also conscious of the fact that all universities have restricted travel for staff and our members in Private Practice are being significantly affected by reduced patient numbers.
Our priority is to keep DAA members and the Australian community as safe as possible, so the DAA Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 DAA Conference in Melbourne until July 2021.
What does this mean for my submission?
We will be looking at ways of providing some presentations and will be in touch with further information in due course and we thank you for the time spent on your submission.
Hosting our annual conference is also a big investment for DAA each year and by making this decision now, we will minimise the financial implications to our organisation.
Many thanks for your understanding, we hope you can stay safe and take care of your friends and family.