FAQ - Event cancellations due to COVID-19 pandemic

What is happening with professional development events by ACHSM in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Until the end of June 2020, ACHSM will cancel all the following types of professional development events:

  • face-to-face seated events such as regular State-run professional development events
  • annual events such as the national one-day conference on Fri 20 Mar 2020 in Melbourne and the WA state conference on Tue 5 May 2020
  • one-off events such as the HMIP NSW graduation ceremony scheduled for Apr 2020.

This cancellation does not affect our monthly webcasts.

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Why did ACHSM decide to cancel events until end of June 2020?

The ACHSM leadership team has been closely monitoring the latest information from the World Health Organisation, Australian Health Department as well as State Health Departments to make an informed decision.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The official advice from all government and health authorities is that this is a quickly evolving situation.

We needed to make a swift decision so that those who had already booked to attend our upcoming events, as well as our staff and other suppliers such as venues, could be given sufficient notice to take appropriate measures.

There is a need for leaders in health service delivery and healthcare organisations to prioritise their responses to the Coronavirus in their communities.

We heard from a growing number of healthcare organisations that have implemented travel restrictions.

We understand and support our members and other leaders – and the need to respond effectively to patient and community concerns.

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Will my event registration fees be refunded for seated events?

If you have booked to attend a seated face-to-face ACHSM event during this cancellation period, we will be in touch to advise of cancellation arrangements and issue a refund. If you don’t hear back from us by 20 March 2020, please email events@achsm.org.au.

You also have the option of keeping the payment on your ACHSM account as a credit towards another future event held by ACHSM. If you wish to do so, please email events@achsm.org.au to let us know accordingly.

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Is the ACHSM Asia-Pacific Congress still scheduled to take place in Perth in October this year?

At this point in time (12 March 2020), ACHSM is only planning on cancelling events up until the end of June 2020.

As the extent of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be foreseen, it is hard for us to predict whether this cancellation will be further extended or not.

We will obviously monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of government and health authorities before advising of any further decisions.

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Will regular webcasts still go ahead?

Our monthly webcasts will still proceed as usual despite the cancellation of our seated face-to-face events.

In fact, we are exploring, in close collaboration with our State Branches, the possibility of increasing the frequency of webcasts. We will keep all members and followers of the College informed of possible events.

Any new webcast events added to our website will be visible at achsm.org.au/events and we will promote them through our usual channels via broadcast email and on social media.

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Will the Fellowship program be affected by this cancellation?

Our year-long Fellowship program involves a combination of readings and group discussions.

These discussions can be held by distance through software such as Zoom and Skype, or by using the Collaborate function at the Griffith University ACHSM portal, bypassing the need for face-to-face meetings. The Fellowship Committee will be in touch with Study Coordinators to determine the best approach.

Candidates for the 2020 Fellowship program will be expected to continue meeting their requirements for readings and study and endeavour to check in with their Study Coordinators using electronic means if face-to-face meetings are deemed risky.

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Is Certification still on track to take effect from 1 Dec 2020?

At this point in time, ACHSM is still pursuing its initial plan to introduce Certification from 1 Dec 2020, with existing Fellows and Associate Fellows to be deemed Certified Health Executives (CHEs) and Certified Health Managers (CHMs) respectively.

CHEs and CHMs will still be expected to complete a number of hours of professional development attendance over the triennium (three years) following the introduction of Certification.

More information is available online at achsm.org.au/certification.

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